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Leadership Failure Is Epidemic Claimed Will Marré, Leadership Development Speaker

Leadership failure is epidemic, claimed Will Marré, leadership expert and the author of a new book, Save the World and Still Be Home For Dinner (Capitol Books, Sept. 2009), at the recent Excellence in Workplace Forum in San Diego. As evidence, he pointed to the successive failures of corporate leaders and the demise or bankruptcies of companies ranging from Enron to GM as well as the bailouts of our global financial system. In his remarks, however, Marré inspired senior executives and human resource leaders to be apart from these leadership failures by embracing a new leadership framework.

Marré proposed that leadership development has been dominated by business schools over the past forty years which has led to a “dumbing down” of leadership to a set of skills and attributes. He proposed that reducing leadership to abilities such as decisiveness, discipline, vision and inspiration fail to distinguish the critical difference between Hitler and Churchill or Stalin and Roosevelt. “The core problem,” stated Marré, “is that we’ve abandoned the first principle of leadership which answers the question, what am I trying to accomplish? If we are going to have a sustainable future leaders must have a noble intent, a purpose beyond self-interest.”

Leaders want to make a change in how they do business. A recent global survey by McKinsey and Company reveals that over 70 percent of global leaders say they need to improve their performance in solving social and environmental problems but are not sure what to do.

Research reported by Ashridge Business School reports that 76 percent of CEOs and senior executives believe that it is important that senior executives have the necessary knowledge and skills to respond to trends like climate change, resource scarcity and doing business in emerging markets marked by poverty, corruption and human rights violations. Alarmingly, however, only 8 percent believe that these knowledge and skills are currently being developed very effectively by either their own organizations or by business schools more broadly.

Marré has the answer for this leadership development dilemma, his new leadership framework he calls REALeadership. He stated, “If we are going to avoid the massive potholes in our future – resource depletion, environmental collapse, trade wars, massive unemployment, market disruptions and corporate extinction – we need leadership of a different kind, now.” Marré’s REALeadership framework creates a new, three-dimensional business model that “REALeaders” must take on in order to thrive in the coming decade. To find out more about REALeadership, visit Marré’s blog, CSR and the 4 Ideals of Socially Responsible Leadership.

Marré truly believes that REALeadership is the only leadership for a thriving future. In “The Future of Work: Engaging Employees to Drive Innovation” Marré discusses how leadership in the 21st century workplace based on creating a sustainable future drives employee engagement and innovation based on shared values where value is added to both the future and the bottom line. Furthermore, in his leadership development workshops, Marré shows organizations how a future of environmental sustainability, increased world health, and educational and economic opportunity create the greatest business opportunity in history.

About Will Marré:
Will is an Emmy Award-winning writer, leadership speaker and coach. He is the co-founder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and CEO of the REALeadership Alliance where he helps leaders identify, communicate and implement new socially strategic business models. Will has been a personal leadership coach and advisor to multi-billion dollar global companies such as Disney and Johnson & Johnson. For the past 10 years he has focused on making corporate social responsibility strategic. His book, Save the World and Still Be Home for Dinner will be released in fall 2009.

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T&G Business Solutions Provides A Wide Variety Of Integrated Business, Technology And Consulting Services

In any economic client, but especially a fluctuating one, businesses are constantly forced to reinvent themselves to match client needs. Downsizing, growing, changing their campaigns, lowering prices or creating better projects are all “reinventions” of the company wheel. Many small businesses have gone another route, incorporating related products or services into their company model to offer a broader range to their clientele.

T&G Business Solutions has done just that. A woman-owned minority company founded in 2005, T&G provides a wide variety of integrated business, technology and consulting services. In addition, they are also a member of the National Minority Development Council (NMDC) and veteran-owned as well. Gloria Pipkin, President of T&G, and Tyrone Pipkin, Vice President and veteran, were proud to be part of such a prominent council, and have done their best to carry the ideals of the council to the public.

Since its inception, T&G Business Solutions has gained a list of prestigious business partners, including Cisco and Dell, as well as receiving Illinois MBE Certification and others. The company’s services now cover every area of end-to-end project management for technology initiatives, business improvements and changes, as well as capacity management analysis.

Tyrone Pipkin explains the decisions behind the expansion. “Most companies like ours offer partial management. For instance, they offer enterprise systems integration or network integration, data warehousing management or data warehousing development. This means that the clients have to go to one company to get part of the job done, and another company to get another part of the job done.

“In this highly competitive business,” Mr. Pipkin continues, “we felt the need to provide all these services under one roof – a one stop shop, if you will, for technology initiatives.” Thanks to T&G Business Solutions and the few companies like them, it has become possible for a business owner to implement needed technological improvements through one company, rather than several.

Included in their services are end-to-end network management, data warehousing and portal development, network integration and business change management, which allows their clients to achieve designated business goals, prepare the workforce for changes, manage the transitions and streamline their processes. In addition, Tyrone Pipkin says, T&G offers consulting services for project management, technical support, network design and network administration.

“If it needs doing,” Tyrone Pipkin continues, “and it has to do with business technological improvements, we can do it. We’ve proven that time and again, for small to medium businesses and Fortune 500 businesses alike.”

Although T&G is still a small business, with only eight employees, they’ve made sure that their employees are highly trained in their capacities as certified technical experts, professionals and administrators. They’ve gained six business certifications and offer over twelve different services that all work together to form the complete business solution.

“Never underestimate a small business,” Tyrone Pipkin says. “The smaller the business, the harder they work to gain clients – and we do work hard; not only to gain clients, but to give our clients complete satisfaction on their project, whatever it may be. We have a solid reputation in the IT industry specifically because we deliver proven results.

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CWorks International Conference on Facility Management (CiFMC) to be held in Kuala Lumpur, June 2-3, 2009

Facilitating an exchange of ideas regarding best practices in facility management, CWorks Systems (Mesdaq:0079), a global leader of maintenance management solutions, is hosting an international conference called “A Facility Management Exchange” in the cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 2-3, 2009. The Conference, to be held in the Putra World Trade Center in KL, will feature two full days of content-rich sessions, inspiring speakers, and networking amongst colleagues from around the world.

This facilities management centric event will feature a distinguished roster of thought leaders and FM experts from major consulting firms, media, and technology-driven corporations. The keynote speakers include:

* Teena G. Shouse, CFM, Senior FM Consultant, of Facility Engineering Assoc., P.C., Director, Global FM. Bringing nearly 20 years of professional experience, Ms. Shouse has a wide range of facility management operational knowledge and experience in quality development and program/process standardization coupled with a true passion for the facility management field. Her achievements have been recognized with numerous awards. Ms. Shouse recently served as the Chairman of the Board for the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) from 2005 to 2007 and is currently a director of Global FM, a worldwide alliance of member-centered facility management organizations.

* Stan Mitchell, Chairman and President of Key Facilities Management International Ltd (KFMI), and founding member of Global FM. Recently recognized by the publication FM World as one of the top 20 Pioneers of Facilities Management in the UK, Mr. Mitchell is Past Chairman of the British Institute of Facilities Management and Convenor of WG2 within the CEN348 Technical Committee – the committee which established the first European Standards for Facilities Management agreements. He is currently Chairman of the British Standards Institute Facilities Management Committee and Founding Chairman of Global Facility Management Association.

* David Berger, P. Eng., MBA, and director/partner of Western Management Consultants in Toronto. Mr. Berger is one of North America’s top CMMS experts and has written extensively on CMMS/EAM, maintenance management, operations management, information technology, and strategy issues. Mr. Berger is Founding President of the Plant Engineering & Maintenance Assoc. of Canada, Past President of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Society for Industrial Engineering, and past Vice President, Canada, for the Institute of Industrial Engineers. For over 23 years, he has taught strategy, operations management and IT courses for the MBA program at York University, Toronto. Mr. Berger was recently elected a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Besides these professionals, other highlights include talks by George Selestine, Director of FM Asia Pacific, Sodexho; Micheal Doolan, Johnson Controls, Inc.; John Summers, Leeds Castle Ent. Ltd., UK; Jagath L. Gunawardena, Dubai Chamber of Commerce; and Dave Griffiths, Senior Management Consultant, CWorks Systems, among the many other esteemed speakers scheduled for the summit.

“CiFMC is a unique opportunity for CWorks to give back to our clients and to the profession of facility management,” stated Abdul Rani Achmed Abdullah, CEO of CWorks Systems. “By exploring and sharing the best practices of facility managers and experts who have international insights, our attendees will receive the best of the best in cutting edge practices that they can immediately incorporate into their FM practice.”

CWorks Systems, an award winning, publicly listed company that specializes in maintenance management solutions, has half a million users in over 100 countries. To learn how you can attend this international conference, visit www.cworks.com.my.

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DOT Compliance Challenge Program

Optima Associates, Inc., an operations, risk and asset management consulting firm based in De Pere, Wis., has come up with a new way to assist motor carriers with DOT compliance. The company will provide a simulated DOT motor carrier safety audit and waive its consulting fees for any motor carrier that can score a satisfactory rating in each of six audit factors.

Optima will conduct a full DOT compliance review using the motor carrier safety fitness criteria from Part 385 of the federal regulations, as well as the latest audit procedures published in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Field Operations Training Manual.

For motor carriers that accept Optima’s challenge and score a satisfactory motor carrier safety rating in all six audit factors, the company will waive its usual consulting fees. In these instances, motor carriers will only be charged for expenses incurred by Optima in the course of conducting a DOT compliance audit.

If a motor carrier scores an overall satisfactory rating but has a conditional rating in two or fewer factors, the carrier will pay 60% of Optima’s consulting fee in addition to expenses.

Jeff Simon, a senior compliance consultant at Optima, says the company’s DOT Compliance Challenge is a way to reward companies that are in compliance with DOT regulations.

“The companies that consistently do things right and that play by the rules can really benefit from this program. This is a way for them to get, at a nominal, expenses-only cost, an objective, outside review from a qualified DOT consultant to ensure that they’re in full compliance,” he says.

Simon explains that the program is designed to assist both for-hire motor carriers and private fleets. “This program is intended for motor carriers and fleets that are new toOptima and that are interested in receiving a systematic, professional review of theirDOT compliance efforts from an outside consultant.”

Simon notes that Optima’s transportation consultants have conducted simulated DOT compliance audits for hundreds of clients. “Our five DOT consultants each have at least 30 years of experience working in all aspects of the transportation business.”

According to Simon, the launching of this program is especially timely considering the ongoing trend in aggressive enforcement taken by the DOT. “In recent years there has been a shift from education to enforcement. The DOT’s stance is that motor carriers are responsible for knowing the regulations. Ignorance is no excuse. Carriers who are found in violation of the regulations will be fined, and the fines can quickly run into the thousands of dollars.”

Simon maintains that full DOT compliance is absolutely essential. “In the long run, it saves many times more than it costs, especially when considering the possibility of a lawsuit over an accident or incident caused by being out of compliance.”

Simon adds that the DOT’s database publicizes motor carrier safety ratings and evaluations, and these scores are available to customers, insurance carriers, financial institutions, lawyers and the general public. “This is one more reason why full compliance is critical and why regular DOT compliance audits are especially important.”

About Optima Associates, Inc.
Located in De Pere, Wis., Optima Associates is a personalized consulting firm that provides operations, risk and asset management consulting services. Optima helps clients accelerate performance leading to improved business results. To learn more aboutOptima Associates, visit


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