Category: Gee

The daily business of HARDI members, as well as the business of HARDI itself, is far more complicated today than when I first came to HARDI in 2006. The stakes for our members and their association also seem to be significantly higher as opportunities generate greater rewards while mistakes come at steeper costs. Clearly the…

No, this is not an economic forecasting article or the debut of a new passion about consumer product safety. It is, however, intended to be a warning shot of an epidemic I see spreading quickly across our world, society, and industry. I’m not sure whether it’s due to unprecedented access to and influence of technology,…

Yes, Philadelphia is the home of authentic cheesesteaks and yes, those of us from Philadelphia are very critical of any foreign attempts to replicate a true cheesesteak, but we also grow tired of every national telecast of a major event giving the impression that all we do in Philly is eat cheesesteaks all day.  It’s…

I celebrated my 10th anniversary with HARDI last May, just over five years as CEO and it’s amazing how fast time has passed. What surprises me even more is how often I now find myself unable to recall why we do some things certain ways, despite having seen just about every process and procedure change in…

“Public Relations” is kind of like lawyers and insurance. No one likes to think about it, and they hate spending money on it even more … until they need it. Unfortunately, that’s where Carrier Corp. found itself since the amateur video of their announcement to relocate a U.S.-based furnace plant to Mexico went viral and…

When most business leaders and owners think strategy, I’m certain only those in the health insurance industry actually consider health insurance as part of their strategy. However walk down the halls at any HARDI conference and you’ll hear countless executives complaining about the ever-growing costs of health benefits. The 2015 Distributor Performance Dashboards show HARDI…

“Performance management” is a sometimes overly-used term in business and is often considered an HR function. When many say the words, they do so with an overtly negative connotation. Many long-time leaders and managers continue to resist formal performance management systems, processes, and procedures because, “if I hire the right people, they shouldn’t need to…

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