Author Archives: Chris Niccolls

Project Manager: The Best New Career For Operation Managers?


I recently read an article by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, “Re-Humanising Work and Organizations Through Projects“. Antonio raises an interesting point. Typical positions in operation have changed. Automation and management systems have taken over.  Operations managers once had great latitude and followed their instincts, … Continue reading

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New Taxi War As UBER Gets Regulated


Cars for hire and nothing new. Taxi’s… hacks, jitneys, limousines, hansome cabs… existed before the first automobile. As soon as the automobile did arrive in the early 20th century, there was an explosion of new car services. The early 21st … Continue reading

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Evolution of The Light Bulb and The Jobless Future


Human beings use technology. Our extensive use of technology is what defines being human. Humanity only has a written history of our early life because we invented the technology of writing. That written history often speaks about the rise and … Continue reading

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Despite Today’s Great Employment, The Future is Jobless


The Federal employment statistics for America have arrived for June of 2018 and they are spectacular! 218,000 new jobs were created, unemployment is low and holding at 4%, but unemployment isn’t so low that inflation is rising, and wages are … Continue reading

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When Small Towns Die Out, Can America Survive?


  When you think of America, what comes to mind? The bright lights of New York’s Broadway? Or a small town, with a quaint main street and homes with well-manicured lawns? America’s self-image is evenly split, and both sides are true, … Continue reading

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The Retail Apocalypse Has Arrived


At the start of 2018, America has the lowest unemployment and the best economy in more than a decade. The stock market is at new highs. It feels like the economy is strong. But… that’s not the way it looks. … Continue reading

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Is the Real Crisis Too Few Jobs Or Too Many Workers?


Robots are coming, and they’re going to take your job! Sure. We all know that. Cars will drive themselves. New factories will have all robots and no workers. Your manager will be replaced by an AI. Half of all jobs … Continue reading

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Written In Sand… The Next Global Shortage has Arrived!


As the world becomes more globalized, international projects are getting bigger. As a result, the most unexpected shortages can suddenly appear. A few years ago, China went on a building spree, creating a global shortage of scaffolding and construction cranes. As … Continue reading

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How to Avoid The Latest Outsourcing Dangers In 2018!


(Previously published in OUTSOURCE, 01/04/2018, Updated 3/25/2018) By now everyone knows about outsourcing, the big issue of the 20th century that revolutionized the 21st century! But outsourcing didn’t start in the 20th century. In the 18th and 19th century Europe developed … Continue reading

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The Surprising End After 25 Years of Successful Outsourcing To Mexico


  When President Trump was merely Candidate Trump, he said that he was able to negotiate with Automaker Ford to end outsourcing and keep jobs in America. HIs campaign got a big boost, even though Ford said that it did … Continue reading

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