How Economic Inclusion Impacts Growth

1/28/2011 05:10:50 PM  -  0 Comments

Today’s Business First includes an insightful and inspiring op-ed by GLI member Michael White, President and CEO of America’s Finest Filters.  In it, he discusses the importance of economic inclusion to economic growth, noting:
“Economic inclusion is defined as an attitude where all businesses are embraced and afforded every opportunity to participate in the American mainstream and global marketplace. Strengthening communities by reaching out to diverse business owners can yield results never before seen in the economic fabric of communities. Additionally, supplier diversity initiatives with public- and private-sector organizations have become a legitimate growth industry in our country, state and community.”



Bridges Project to Host Free Industry Innovation Forum

1/20/2011 08:46:21 AM  -  0 Comments

LOUblog Some exciting news regarding our city's new bridges: The Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority, along with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Indiana Department of Transportation, is hosting an industry forum to showcase the Ohio River Bridges Project and explore creative approaches to project development. The free two-day conference is scheduled for February 16-17 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The forum is designed to attract a range of industry professionals, so please attend or share the news with your contacts in the following areas:

Global contractors
Global developers
Construction labor industry
Engineering and design firms
Equipment and materials suppliers
Investors and lenders
Local, DBE and specialty contractors
Technology providers



Dave Oetken: Make Your Business Resolutions Stick

1/20/2011 08:26:59 AM  -  0 Comments

New Year Dave Oetken, Managing Director of Business Advising for GLI’s ENTERPRISECORP, offers the following advice on making your business’s New Year’s resolutions stick:

How are your New Year’s resolutions working out?

Now that we’re halfway through January, are you on track with your New Year’s business resolutions?  Most Decembers, business leaders reflect on the prior year’s performance and vow to improve: to do things differently, or never do that again.

And then what happens?

Fifty-three percent do not maintain their New Year’s resolutions because their planned changes are either too expensive or take up too many resources (Health & Safety Executive – HSE – 2006). Seventy-five percent of change initiatives fail because the organization is unsuccessful in managing the human reaction to change. (John P. Kotter, Leading Change, 1996)

Obviously, the odds are not always in our favor. So, faced with challenges from every corner, what can business leaders do differently this year in order to make their New Year’s resolutions stick?