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Calling All Skeptics

Straight talk with Texas A&M industrial distribution professor on data and technology trends—when to be dubious and when to take heed.
by Ashley DeVecht

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - “When you automate something, you by definition make it a commodity,” said Dr. Barry Lawrence, a faculty member of the Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M University. A healthy dose of skepticism and caution is appropriate for most of the technologies promising to revolutionize industrial distribution, he argues, automation included.

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Leaders, Managers, Vision and Gratitude

Times of great change bring significant personal as well as business insight
by Bob Weidner

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - This holiday season brings far more gratitude, love and joy than usual. At the same time it brings more grief, appreciation of the bedrock character that makes life rich, and reflection on a tough year in unexpected ways. It is a bittersweet mix of emotion and gut quality lessons that carry into our personal and business lives. As we close this year we mourn and celebrate the lives of all loved ones within our MSCI team, and the MSCI family of companies who are no longer with us.

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Workplace Violence

Components of a psychologically healthy workplace
by Rod Hart and Denise Heybrock of Aon Hewitt

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - As episodes of workplace-centered violence have increased in the United States, a focus on emotional and mental health issues is more essential than ever. It is imperative for organizations to be proactive about violence prevention and have a plan that is supported by top management and understood by all managers and employees.

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Clarity, Confidence and Credibility

Step up your decision-making game
by Steve Lawrence

Whatever rung you occupy at work, Paul Paese is going to show you how to make better decisions, inspire more confidence, and increase your credibility. Paese is just one of the new brand of more useful, industry-focused MSCI conference speakers you’ll hear in this coming year. An expert in coaching and leadership dynamics, adjunct professor at Olin School of Business at Washington University, he is a keynote speaker at the 2018 MSCI Carbon Conference, February 20–21 at the elegant Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona.

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Something Has to Happen

Economist Alan Beaulieu on expectations for NAFTA in 2018

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - The widely respected economist Dr. Alan Beaulieu, president of the Institute for Trend Research, Manchester, N.H, sees cause for caution in 2018. “With NAFTA, well something has to happen. We should maybe rename it HAFTA. But they have to do something, if only because they’ve been promising for so long.

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