Need to Know

Need to Know

March 2, 2016| by Steve Lawrence

From Safe to Disaster in Half a Second

Why situational awareness is critical

Don’t be put off by the terminology. “Situational awareness” may sound like consultant jargon, but it’s the difference between life and injury or death on your factory floor. “The majority of accidents are caused by […] Read More

February 25, 2016| by Steve Lawrence

The Future for Service Centers

Higher margins in value-added work, tech efficiencies, and recruiting talent

  They are successfully positioning themselves in the high growth, higher profit sectors of the aluminum business. They are working harder and smarter to resolve their talent recruitment issues. And they are embracing big data […] Read More

February 18, 2016| by Steve Lawrence

The World on a Precipice

ISIS, global instability, new $ for U.S. defense, and our looming election.

The only person to ever run both the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency is hardly reassuring. Unless, that is, your business grows with the American defense budget. General Michael Hayden was leadoff […] Read More

January 14, 2016| by Steve Lawrence

Using Information Technology to Boost Profit

Digital tools can cut costs, increase revenue and help you stay ahead of your competitors

The explosion of available business data, and the proliferation of powerful analytical tools to turn that information into business-building tactics and strategies, are uprooting—disrupting—customer relations and sales and marketing strategies. For the metals and manufacturing […] Read More

December 23, 2015| by Steve Lawrence

A New Model for Leadership

Managing effectively in a disruptive economy

Retired General Stanley McChrystal learned under fire—literally—how to manage effectively when conditions change constantly and the old rules disappear. The former commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan told the MSCI Annual Meeting in May that […] Read More