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May 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 5

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Kevin McManus 

Performance by Kevin McManus

Intolerable failures
One challenge that comes with living in the second half of one’s life is that you must become more accustomed to accepting failures. This is hard for me – in addition to being at least a bit of a perfectionist, I have continuous improvement on the brain. Just 10 years ago, I would have viewed my slower road racing results, poorer quality of sleep and other changes as failures.

Paul Engle 

Management by Paul Engle

IT in the clouds
I have been around long enough to witness several IT business revolutions. We’ve gone from computer leasing (1960s) to mini computers (1970s) to networking and client/servers (1990s) to the Internet. The next step, aside from social networking, appears to be cloud computing.

D. Junell Scheeres 

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres

Comparison shopping
You need surgery. You’ve moved to a new town. You’re reviewing the list of providers for your health plan. Where should you go to select the right physician or facility that will meet your needs, take your insurance and provide quality care? And how will you know you’ve made the right choice?

Paul Templin 

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

Starve reorg fever
The study of the industrial and post-industrial organization dates back to Frederick Taylor and his principles of scientific management. More recently, a great deal of study has focused on the reorganization process. Various academics and practitioners have developed recipes for successful reorganizations, recipes that come with catchy titles.

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