2020 was an unforgettable year, and in all the highs and lows, our team rallied to provide the industry with advice, insights and practical tips.


So as we officially head into 2021, we’ve rounded up Powers Top 10 most popular blog posts of the year, punctuated with our personal insights on each article.


The Importance of Maintenance Performance in a Pharmaceutical Plant

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest industries in the world, and over 45 percent of the global market is held by the United States. The increase in demand surrounding manufacturing and distribution across the Pharma industry has placed unforeseen strain on the Maintenance side of operations. Increasing equipment uptime is a new priority among leaders of Pharma, in response to the increased market demand. Read this article to examine a few innovative steps you can take to improve your maintenance performance, in months – not years.


Fake Leaders Create Fake Culture

With so much focus and scrutiny lately on statements versus action in the business world, it is time for us to get real, raw, and candid about company culture. Getting real means diving into honest and fearless self-reflection. It means turning an unblinking eye toward how we lead and contribute culturally to our workplaces. In this article, we provide tips for how to spot a fraudulent culture, and how to take your first steps to fix it.


The Pharmaceutical Industry in the Coronavirus Era

COVID-19 has vastly changed our world, placing unprecedented strain on individuals and businesses, and compelling us to find creative solutions to monumental challenges. The pandemic’s effect on the food and beverage, paper, and medical device manufacturing has been drastic. In this article, we take a closer look at the pharmaceutical industry and its response to these extraordinary times.


Transformational Culture Requires Transformational Leadership

Business leaders have begun to realize their desired company culture is not reflected in the leadership behaviors and interactions that are observed daily. Thus, their company culture has impacted how their front-line teams perform. This revelation has prompted business leaders to attempt to adopt a transformational company culture. In this article, we provide insights for business leaders seeking to transform their company culture by evaluating how they influence communication, change, and outcomes for their business.


Who Owns Employee Retention: HR or Operations?

The ultimate debate – who owns employee retention within your organization? The reality is, much of the manufacturing workforce is aging out, and these organizations are not doing enough to attract younger workers. So, manufacturers are having to do more with the labor they have, and one thing is certain: employee retention has never been more critical. In this article, we provide the Top 5 Strategies leaders must implement to improve employee retention: with mutual ownership between HR and Operations within your organization.


How Manufacturers Can Manage Labor in the Face of Unpredictable Holiday Consumer Demand

The holiday season is always a time of increased consumer demand, but with the supply chain already in a volatile place due to everything that this year has already brought, to say consumer demand will be unpredictable this year is an understatement. As manufacturers and distributors prepare to meet this unpredictable demand, one of the biggest challenges they must face is the availability of labor. In this article, we provide a few tips that enable manufacturing leaders to manage labor amid this unpredictable season of change.


The Sex of Culture

The topic of sex is at the core of most individual’s understanding of human existence and is considered a basic requirement for the evolution of life. But what about your company culture? Shouldn’t you consider the company culture you envisioned as foundational to your existence as an organization? This article addresses how to establish cultural integrity (the “birds”) and cultural consistency (the “bees”) in your organization as critical steps in realizing your desired company culture. Then, journey with us as we examine best practices to improve your Cultural Foreplay, Cultural Positioning, Cultural Performance, and Cultural Stamina. For Mature Leaders Only!


Private Equity New World Order: It's About Growing Companies

Private equity sometimes earns a poor reputation because of a historic perception of cutting costs (including laying off workers and staff) to improve profits. This is an extremely limited view, and modern private equity is more focused on growth and value creation: hiring new talent, developing new products and services, expanding production facilities and the workforce, and growing the company’s footprint and the business. Read this article to learn more about two high impact private equity value creation techniques for your business portfolio.


How the Food and Beverage Industry is Handling COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to affect the country and the world. While many industries have been affected to the extent of near closure, the food and beverage industry cannot just shut down; they must keep providing for the nation. Even in the face of extended employee absences and challenges related to the pandemic, the food and beverage industry must be more productive than ever to meet the demands of consumers. Read this article to learn more about how leaders of food and beverage industry are responding to these demands and refusing to fail.


How Does Politics Impact Company Culture? It is Not What You Think!

Despite your personal or organizational socio-political stance, your internal leaders and employees are not oblivious to the social changes happening around them. Most of your employees have formed their own personal views and opinions that shape how they will think, act, and behave. Read this article to learn more about how political change may influence the interactions between your leaders and employees – which may result in outcomes for your business that are misaligned with the company culture you desire.