Current Issue: June 2017
We hope this issue will help you reflect on the idea of a workplace culture and how to improve it. But first, we need to understand the idea of what a culture is. When I was growing up, to be cultured meant that you attended operas and art openings, and knew which fork to use in formal settings. But then the Beatles and Andy Warhol got big, so we had pop culture.
Maharaja’s in St. Paul Loses its Princess!
Mujeres de HACE Kick-off June 7, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PMMinneapolis
Last year, MN Cup and Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, partnered to create a new Youth Division for our annual competition, supporting students 18 years of age and younger. We were thrilled with the first year’s results. With nearly 100 entrepreneurs in the division, 60% of the applications were female-led, the most of any division.
If metro-area developers were to select a mascot to represent the region right now, a good case could be made for the crane. They can be spotted hovering over commercial, residential and public works projects in Minneapolis, St Paul and numerous suburbs.
This month's Industry Watch + takes a closer look at retention, including results from our 100 Best survey on what employees really want and insight on choosing the right benefits for employees.
Ron Kirscht, president of Alexandria-based Donnelly Custom Manufacturing, has a complicated job. He specializes in short-run, low-volume injection-mold manufacturing for clients in various industries. The operation uses 600 materials and 2,800 customized molds for runs of anywhere from a few dozen to tens of thousands of parts.
The thousands of employees who took our anonymous online survey totally disagreed with each other by saying the same thing: I work at the best place! Oh sure, the raw numerical scores allow the Best in Class companies to rise to the top of the pack, but the underlying truth is that we have 100 winners.
You have a key open position in your company and three candidates as finalists. You closely evaluate their experience, education and professional associations, check their references and scan their LinkedIn profiles.
There has been a lot of talk about job creation in our country. For that to happen, you need to have good leaders running quality companies that are innovative. They also need to treat their talent well so that innovation continues.
Success is hard to come by when you aren’t clear on your strengths and values. All too often folks are stuck, whether disengaged or underutilized, within organizations. The answers needed to find success are within us all, but sometimes it takes the right person to pull them out.
Ask any technology and advanced manufacturing executive what causes their insomnia and they’ll quickly mention the lack of skilled tech candidates. The dire concerns of our last recession seem a hundred years past. The new anxiety is over lost sales, missed deadlines and exploding outsourcing expenditures, because companies lack qualified professionals to fill their technical positions.
MNBIZ: You started as an accountant. Did you go to school wanting to become an accountant?
For some designers, less is more. The exact opposite is true of Mode-sty, a fashion company that sells women’s clothing with a focus on modesty — high necklines, low hemlines and sleeves — rare in mainstream modern styles.