Decision Making Course Addresses Skills Gap

A new course entitled, Improve Your Decision Making Skills, is now available to help address the analytical and problem-solving skills gap reported by various sources, including the World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Report 2018.

Designed as an introduction to critical and systems thinking, the course includes how to identify and construct strong arguments that support conclusions, and practical tools that can help in daily decision making. The course will benefit both those early in their professional careers and seasoned managers who must guide their teams to better decisions and outcomes.

Delivered in a live, classroom setting, the course is offered at the NC State McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education, and may also be conducted onsite at a company setting or independent training facility.

Please view the short video below for more information on this new course of instruction.

The Medical Device Excise Tax: 18 Months Later

When the Medical Device Excise Tax was announced it generated much-heated debate (http://1.usa.gov/1l0GFeJ). That heat seems to have dissipated over the past months as other issues have floated to the top of the news heap.

The End Is Near

Many didn’t seem to understand the furor over a relatively small 2.3% tax on medical devices. The tax, however, is taken right off the top-line sales rather than net profit, and this calculation has the potential of a large impact on the operations of medical device firms (http://bit.ly/1q4n13w).

A lot of speculation was offered as to why the tax would be either a good thing for healthcare or the death knell for the medical device industry. I, too, provided my opinion on what I felt were 5 likely outcomes regarding the future of the tax from repeal, through modification to inaction. But the fact is that no one knew outcomes for certain because the actual effect of the law hadn’t yet played out. Everyone was guessing which still seems to be the case.

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