SQUIRREL! – Living in a World of Distractions

I don’t know about you, but one of the funnier – and certainly very relatable – parts of Pixar’s movie Up was when Dug (the dog) would suddenly get distracted by just the mention of a squirrel.  Unfortunately, that type of behavior is now part of our everyday lives…

ROBBERY DENIED! – An Automation Success Story

A couple of years ago, we published a post on “The Key Components to Move a Pilot to Production” that featured fellow St. Louis technology firm, Blue Line Technology.  Blue Line has an industry-leading capability in intelligent facial recognition security solutions. One of their customers in Yakima, Washington made…

The Importance of Breaking Good Habits

  Eating better, exercising more, quitting cigars (ouch) – are all examples of changes in 2018 addressing my continuous list of not great habits that needed attention.  The list seems to be endless – and sometimes repetitive (my success rate isn’t exactly 100%).  So with all of my bad…

Digital Marketing – A New Adventure

Over my twenty years as a business owner, I have had to change business practices a number of times to stay current.  Most recently, this included a new approach to our website, learning to use social media and now – digital marketing. Digital Serendipity As we were looking at…

2018 – A Time to Celebrate Relationships

As we finish another year at HL Group, I think it is a great time to reflect on where we are – and also thank all of those who make this company successful.  We celebrated our 20th Anniversary last summer – and we didn’t get here on our own. …

Mobile Automation Streamlines North Pole Distribution Operations

Two years ago, we profiled an organization and their supply chain challenges.  They introduced automation and mobile technologies to help improve operations.  The success of the early initiatives and the ease with which their staff took to the new tools encouraged this team to seek additional opportunities for mobile…

Museum Collections, Asset Tracking & a Christmas Moose: Challenges & the Power of Collaboration

This time of year, many of us are digging into the dark corners of our basements pulling out the bins that contain our ornaments, decorations and other holiday must-haves.  I don’t know about you, but invariably there is always that one item that isn’t where I thought it would…

Who Moved My Cheese? Reminders on Change and Potential Outcomes

Remember in the late 90s when everyone was reading Who Moved My Cheese?  For those of you who don’t remember it (or were too young to have read it then at least), it is a simple story about change – willingness and outcomes. In Project Management Utopia, project plans…

Remembering ALL of Our Veterans – November 11, 2018

This Sunday, we have the privilege of honoring and thanking those Americans who are serving or have previously served – that are still with us.  It’s different than Memorial Day, when we remember and reflect on those that lost their lives in service to our great nation. Veterans Day…

The Case for An Effective Process

As I write this, it is Halloween and in true St. Louis fashion, it’s rainy and a little cold.  As a native Minnesotan, I appreciate the fact that there isn’t snow on the ground and a snowmobile suit to work a costume around (or under – as was sometimes…