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Micromanaging vs. Coaching

Micromanaging is a tactic, not a style.
By Nathan Jamail
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One of the greatest misunderstandings in leadership and coaching is the term micromanaging. Most leaders never want to be thought of as a micromanager. In fact, many leaders consider such a designation to be an insult or a weakness. When micromanaging is used as a coaching or leadership style, it will most likely deliver bad results, stifle creativity, limit employees’ self-worth and inhibit productivity.


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Value Stream Mapping: A Tool for Process Improvement

Value stream mapping is a useful visualization tool for improving manufacturing processes.
By Vincent Howell CMfgE
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Continuous improvement is at the top of the to-do list for manufacturers in process and discrete manufacturing companies. Industries continually look for ways to improve quality, increase output, meet customer demand, and provide innovations to set their products and processes apart from the competition.


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Glass Works: Glass Bottle Recycling Benefits and Barriers

While consumers clearly know that glass is 100% recyclable, they need to have confidence that the important action they take to recycle glass bottles will result in new glass containers.
By Lynn Bragg
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A new U.S. survey of just over 4,000 adults finds that 65% “strongly agree” or “agree” that glass bottles are 100% recyclable, and 73% always or usually recycle whatever they can.


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Ceramic Decorating: SGCDpro to Celebrate 50 Years

The SGCDpro board has selected Columbus, Ohio, as the site of Deco ’15.
By Myra Warne
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Plans for the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products’ (SGCDpro) 50th anniversary celebration were discussed at the society’s recent board meeting in Columbus, Ohio.


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Inside CI: Continual Evolution

It’s exciting to pause and imagine what might be possible in the next five years.
By Susan Sutton
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I’m writing this column in the midst of a very busy week. Sometime between conference calls and podcast recordings, I realized how little time I now need to spend on tasks that—even just a few years ago—took up the majority of my day.


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Refractories Roundtable

We’re compiling information for a refractories roundtable article, and it would be great to get some participation from our online community.
By Susan Sutton
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I’m looking forward to your insights, and thank you for participating!


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Wienerberger Details First Half 2013 Results

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Wienerberger AG recently issued an update on the development of business in the first six months and an estimate for market trends during the remainder of this year.
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AGC Announces Organizational Changes

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Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (AGC) recently announced that, as of October 1, its Glass company will follow a new structure based on two business categories.
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IP in Depth: Recent Patent Activity

Companies that are assignees of larger numbers of issued patents tend to own a larger percentage of published applications.
By Michael Gzybowski
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In the last 12 months, nearly 95 companies have taken out advertisements in Ceramic Industry. A search on these companies as assignees on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website (www.uspto.gov) reveals that only about 40% own issued U.S. patents and/or published U.S. patent applications.


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Rebound in Building Construction Expected to Drive Increased Demand for Decorative Tile

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U.S. demand for decorative tile is forecast to rise 6.7% per year through 2017, reaching 3.2 billion sq ft, valued at $5.7 billion.


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