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Better Communications for Better Results

May 25, 2015

There have been many studies completed since the 1990’s on Project statistics, delving into success rates and failure reasons. One result often mentioned is the failure due to a breakdown or lack of communications. A survey by research company Spikes Cavell pegs that failure rate at 57%! Another survey reports that 60% of failed projects… read more →




Considering Refinery Giveaways

May 19, 2015

Refineries focus on maximizing per-barrel profit margins by changing crude slates and unit operations to maximize the market value of finished products. However, emphasizing these major strategic priorities understates the impact of unit operations and margin incentives as well as potential areas of quality giveaway. Quality giveaway can be defined as any time a refinery… read more →




Using Appropriate Performance Measurements to Drive Behavior

May 15, 2015

In today’s world, most businesses have access to a plethora of data. The biggest hurdle is understanding how to use the data to develop insightful metrics that lead to improved decision making and enhanced performance. Many organizations tend to focus on industry benchmarks or generalized operational metrics; however, these metrics are often not specific enough… read more →




Keeping your Social Media Profiles Employer-Friendly

May 4, 2015

Are employers checking your social media profiles?  Yes!  It is said that 93% of recruiters check a candidate’s social media profile as part of their screening process, and don’t think your current employer isn’t watching too.  With social media becoming engrained into our daily lives, it is easy to get caught up in the fun of… read more →