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Industry experts and editors of Quality, NDT and Vision & Sensors share their views on the latest in the market and in manufacturing—from management and leadership to process and technology—and we want feedback from engineers, designer, operators, managers and others with something valuable to say about the business of quality!

Jim’s Gems: The Real Achievers

Many of us admire people whom we perceive as high achievers. Mostly those people are heads of state, athletes, movie stars, musicians, and the like. However, most of the highest achievers in this world are people most of us have never heard of.
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Jim’s Gems: I Think I Can

Most of us remember that wonderful children’s story about “The Little Engine That Could”. The story has several versions but the one by Watty Piper was published in the U.S. around 1930. It is a story of optimism and hard work that people of all ages can relate.

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Jim’s Gems: Encourage Continuous Improvement

Last week we were discussing organization change, total quality management, and continuous improvement with a group of managers. The jest of that discussion which focused on deployment issues might be of interest to many readers of this weekly blog.
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Jim's Gems: Goals Can Be Predictors

We’ve written about goal setting a few times in this blog which includes last week’s. However, considering it’s the start of the New Year it’s worth dedicating the year’s first blog to goal setting.
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Jim's Gems: Thriving During Change

Change requires learning throughout life but change also means letting go of the past to move forward.
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Jim's Gems: Use Values to Motivate Others

We’ve written about motivation in several blogs and in two Quality Magazine’s web exclusives. Today, I want to discuss motivating others through values. As we discussed in our November 19, 2013 blog, knowing what your personal values are is important; however, knowing what other peoples' values are can be important also.
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Jim’s Gems: Greatest Teachers

As we journey along the path of life, barriers, challenges and stumbling blocks are inevitable. These stumbling blocks come in all shapes and sizes.
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Jim's Gems: Guard Against Negativity

The best people to associate with are those who do three important things at the same time.

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Jim's Gems: The Law of Attraction

This seems like a weird title for this blog but read on for a connection to our main themes of self-awareness, motivation, and success. Have you ever thought about what makes a company great?
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Jim's Gems: Who Is Your Wizard?

The movie classic “The Wizard of Oz" celebrates the 75th anniversary of its release and is now available on DVD.
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 In honor of World Quality Month, we spoke to James Rooney, ASQ Past Chairman of the Board of Directors 2013, for his take on quality around the world.
For more information, read the ASQ Speaking of Quality column.
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