Author Archives: Andrea Hill

This week, at Initiatives in Art and Culture’s Gold Conference, the opening evening event – normally reserved for an outing at an atelier or exhibit – was instead devoted to a panel on issues facing women in the jewelry industry. … Continue reading

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A slightly different version of this article originally ran in InStore Magazine in March, 2017. You can read the original here. Sexual harassment isn’t about sex. It’s about power. Where sexual harassment begins and where it ends isn’t always clear. Is … Continue reading

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Ideas are a lot like zucchini. They tend to be prolific in production, but after a while you realize that a giant pile of zucchini isn’t all that useful (or appetizing). To get the full value out of a garden … Continue reading

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At the end of every project, we take time for reflection, during which we look for insights that will allow us to improve in the future. I like to do this with my life as well. I’ve never been one … Continue reading

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Using Poka Yoke, you can eliminate most of those head-smacking, why-did-we-make-that-mistake process problems.

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Getting to the root cause of problems can speed up the solutions. Even better – it can keep those problems from spring up somewhere else!

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This is the second of a two-part post. To read the first installation, click here. I’m not suggesting collaboration is new – I’m suggesting we need more of it. Here are some examples of collaboration from which we can draw … Continue reading

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Everyone wants to know: What is the future of retail? Who will tell us what it looks like? What do consumers really want? How do we remain relevant?

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For most of grade school and middle school, my granddaughter was homeschooled…at my house. Each morning her mom dropped her off before she went to work, and Aubrey and would I head to our shared office. Most days she jumped … Continue reading

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Clear Expectations Help You Release Control One of the things I like to write about is how to get out of our own way, and how most people get in their own way by fearing change and trying new things. … Continue reading

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