Category Archives: Data-Based Decision Making

2018 – Trends Impacting Labor, Management, and the Workplace in 2018 – Part One

Every year, one of the most read posts on our blog predicts trends in Labor-Management relations and collective bargaining. A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed on our ideas for 2017. This week, we will begin to look at the … Continue reading

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Some Insights on Current Trends in Labor-Management Relations

Last week I heard a speaker discussing how the labor-management environment has changed over the last few years, and would like to share a couple of his points with you. Mike Duco, Labor Relations Manager for the City of Columbus … Continue reading

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How Are Your Team’s Critical Thinking Skills?

When I was a science teacher, one of our goals was to enhance the ability of our students to use critical thinking skills. As I look at the approach to studying problems commonly used today, I am afraid we failed. … Continue reading

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Did You Know: We are Halfway Through 2016

On July 1, we passed the half-way point of 2016. You may have begun the new year with the usual resolutions, but we are not going to dwell on those. It is time, however, to look at what has happened … Continue reading

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Did You Know: Labor-Management Partnerships in Health Care Improve Patient Outcomes?

When Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the father of the Quality Management process, was asked how he would know when the transformation to quality was successful he gave the same answer: when it is adopted in healthcare. Clearly there were significant … Continue reading

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What is Worse Than Information Overload?

At times we all feel we are in information overload. There are so many facts and details we need to consider when making decisions it can seem overwhelming. This week I found a magazine article dealing with this problem. Written … Continue reading

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Avoid the Temptation of the Quick and Easy Answer

When teams are trying to solve a problem there is often a natural level of impatience. There is a desire to find an answer and let everyone know what they have done, usually as quickly as possible. In doing so, … Continue reading

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The Question Teams Eventually Ask

We have had the chance to work with some highly productive teams at CALMC. We’ve seen them develop from committees struggling to accomplish anything to become effective teams, able to work together and solve problems. We always know, however, there … Continue reading

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How Does Your Team Make Decisions?

When we begin working with an employee engagement team or labor-management committee, one of the question s we ask is about the method they use for decision making. We need to determine the method they use and how it is … Continue reading

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Did You Know: “If It Isn’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” Is Really Bad Advice?

We have all heard this expression. It even seems to make sense at first. Why spend time and money on something that is not broken? With a little thought, we can see the fallacy of the statement. The better question … Continue reading

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