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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Detecting weak links in the food chain

The fall 2011 listeria outbreak resulting from contaminated Colorado cantaloupes now ranks as one of the nation’s deadliest occurrences of foodborne illness in decades. According to Noel Greis, director of the Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy at UNC Kenan-Flagler, a key challenge is to quickly identify and respond to suspected outbreaks. No two cases are exactly alike. By the time afflicted people begin to display symptoms, one or more weeks has passed since first contact with the tainted product. Once a foodborne outbreak has been confirmed by laboratory tests, the responsible products must be identified and recalled. The entire process from detection to product recall can take weeks, even months, she says. As cases of foodborne illness continue to Read More

Maximizing Millennials in the Workplace

Editor’s note. This is an executive summary from the Maximizing Millenials in the Workplace white paper from UNC  Executive Development. They are known as Millennials, Gen Y, Gen Next, Echo Boomers, the Baby-on-Board Generation, Screenagers, Facebookers and the MySpace Generation, to name just a few. They are the nearly 80 million young adults born between 1976 and 2001 who have already joined or are preparing to join the workforce. By 2014, 36 percent of the U.S. workforce will be comprised of this generation and by 2020, nearly half (46 percent) of all U.S. workers will be Millennials. The sheer number of Millennials combined with the increasing retirement of Baby Boomers means that employers will be facing leadership gaps and they Read More

How to influence others and sell your ideas

(Editor’s Note: In today’s post, UNC Kenan-Flagler professor Dave Roberts shares his insight on identifying influence in the workplace and pushing forward new ideas with those who matter.) Ditch the formal org chart and find the real influencers in your own company so that you can successfully sell your ideas If you have a great idea but you can’t persuade and influence the right people about its merits, your idea is very likely to languish. Knowing how to sell your ideas can help you persuade others at your company to implement initiatives that you create, or better guarantee a successful outcome with an external customer. You can take several concrete steps to improve your skills of persuasion and communicate in Read More