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Posted By: Kathleen Wolf Davis - Former Editor-in-Chief, Intelligent Utility, Energy Central
On: September 7, 2016
About a week ago we shared a chat with Mike Ahern, director at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), on the importance of education to adapt to the changes in this industry. Recently, we talk to a student at WPI to further drive home that point. Read the first chat with Ahern  more...
Posted By: Doug Sterbenz - EVP & COO (retired), Westar
On: May 27, 2016
Riding on the Shoulders This weekend, along with an estimated half million other people from various backgrounds, I will make another trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. Why? Because I am drawn there to see the 100th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500. Sometime along this year’s trek  more...
Posted By: Elsa Cantu - Digital and Media Strategist, Big Frontier Communications
On: May 25, 2016
By continuing to advance technology and lower costs, wind power, America’s fastest growing new source of electricity, will stay on pace to grow to supply 10 percent of U.S. electricity by 2020. That’s according to leading wind energy executives this morning during the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER 2016 Conference and Exhibition, as thousands of  more...
Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: April 20, 2016
Meetings, meetings, meetings. Doesn't every company have too many of them? Questions like, "What's the point of dragging all of us out of our cubicles when the conversation only pertains to a few?" and, "Wouldn't it be better to use that time actually doing the work instead of just talking  more...
Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: March 4, 2016
You're not alone. A manager of a fast food restaurant posted a job for a part time food service worker-someone to make sandwiches and serve customers. Among the teenagers who typically applied, he was hoping to find someone who was a good student in school, dependable, and not afraid to  more...
Posted By: Jess Dods - Principal, Right Choice Careers, LLC
On: February 8, 2016
At utilities, communication is critical. Have you ever wondered why we can talk easily with some people and not with others? In this piece, we'll look at one measure that can be very helpful: understanding your preference for extroversion or introversion and how this impacts your discussions and interactions with  more...
Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: January 27, 2016
In 1969, behavioral scientists Walker and Lorsch discovered that two virtually identical workplaces could produce vastly different results according to one simple decision. What they learned is a lesson worth repeating. The researchers studied two cardboard box manufacturing plants that were like the identical twins in high school you couldn’t  more...
Posted By: John Egan - President, Egan Energy Communications, Inc.
On: January 25, 2016
The utility industry has been roiled in recent years by mergers & acquisitions (M&A). Most publicly held electric and gas utilities are either in the process of integrating a merger, preparing a merger, or both. Over $166 billion of utility-industry M&A has taken place since 2012, according to PwC’s North  more...
Posted By: Ronald Willoughby - Executive Consultant | Electric Power Systems Planning & Operation, Willoughby Consulting
On: November 13, 2015
Aging workforce issues pose well-known challenges.  With average ages of 50 years or more at many companies, knowledge retention is especially acute.  Companies are faced with losing lessons-learned over many decades.1   The overwhelming nature of preventing such a calamity leads to inaction.  Yet, inaction increases the risk of losing  more...
Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: November 5, 2015
In Part 1 of our series you peered through the window of an accounting department to see a dysfunctional accounting team at work. Teammates were blaming each other for mistakes and missed deadlines, and clients were taking the brunt of it. You watched them long enough to see them pull  more...

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