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Every firm should have
regular cash check-ups

Just as humans need to have a physical examination to ensure personal well-being, so should corporations’ treasury systems be evaluated on a regular basis. The way cash is managed as a company commodity can mean the difference between future financial ...

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Workers’ religious beliefs
accommodated by firms

“Spirituality in the workplace is growing because people are longing for a sense of tranquility,” says Clayton Osborne, vice president of strategic staffing and diversity at Bausch & Lomb Inc. “And it can boost teamwork and positive relationships among co-workers ...

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Management:
Hello, my name is … ?

Daniel Carp would need nearly 35 days, working around the clock, to meet every Eastman Kodak Co. employee. And that’s if Kodak’s soon-to-be CEO spent just 30 seconds with each worker, took no breaks and assembled the 90,000-plus global work ...

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Resources

–“Teamwork & Teamplay,” by James Hallie Cain, Jim Cain and Barry Jolliff (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1998) –“Quicksilver: Adventure Games, Initiative Problems, Trust Activities and a Guide to Effective Leadership,” by Karl Rohnke and Steve Butler (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1997) –“Book ...

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Radio show offers
training forum

Kenneth Rabinowitz, founder and president of Professional Development Group, wants to play Frasier Crane for area executives and workers. Rabinowitz–as “Dr. Ken”–and co-host Anne Felker have been providing an anonymous forum for executives and their employees to ask real-world questions ...

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Lean manufacturing focus
of new IMC, RIT initiative

The Industrial Management Council and Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies have joined forces to create the Center for Excellence in Lean Manufacturing. The joint venture, located at CIMS, offers area manufacturers a comprehensive resource for assistance ...

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Mentoring not for the
corporate world alone

While mentoring is a given in corporations–indeed, careers rise or fall upon associations with powerful senior executives–entrepreneurs tend to shy away from the concept. By nature, entrepreneurs are more likely to be lone wolves, rugged-individual types who think they can ...

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Training must be part of
anti-discrimination policy

Have your employees, particularly supervisors, received training to learn how those policies apply? How recently have your supervisors received updated information so they can administer those policies correctly? If these questions make you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. A surprising number ...

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Internet adds options
for executive training

Few executives will argue that they have nothing left to learn, but when executives consider embarking on a learning program, they frequently think of impediments rather than benefits: –“I don’t have time for a class.” –“I don’t want to be ...

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Reaching new heights
can improve teamwork

International honchos, jaded by wood-paneled boardrooms and meetings on private jets, might need a little something exotic to take them away from the mundane. For example, Venture Up, a 16-year-old Phoenix-based performance improvement company, takes groups of type-A execs to ...

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Boards should take interest
in sexual harassment issues

Experts tell Director’s Alert that board members need to ensure that their company has a firm sexual harassment policy. They also should make sure everyone, including directors, goes through mandatory training sessions. Here is some more advice from the magazine: ...

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Executive Education:
Putting it together

That depends on the purpose of the board, responds Andrew DuBrin, professor of management at Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Business. “Some organizations simply select high-status individuals to serve on their board as a form of window-dressing, while other ...

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For more information

Corporate board members can gain more information on topics related to governance at the following Web sites: –Corporate Board (www.corporateboard.com)–This journal provides information on topics from Asia’s monetary problems to board evaluations and shareholder value. –Director’s Alert (www.directorsalert.com)–Besides Director’s Alert ...

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Stores, consumers predict
spending will rise this year

Retail groups most years predict strong holiday sales, and this year is no different. The annual Deloitte & Touche/National Retail Federation retail survey shows consumers expect a 4.3 percent increase and retailers, 4.4 percent. The Consumer and Retail Mood Survey ...

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Stores need to think
before setting up site

Stores thinking about setting up Web sites should consider what they want out of the site before talking to an Internet service provider. California-based Wilson Internet Services says companies should sketch out the following information: –Inventory size–Small stores are five ...

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