From the land of the divine rodent (Orlando), KronosWorks 2008 opened with a tingle this morning – Jimmy Tingle, that is. Tingle, a well known Boston area comedian, emceed the morning session in Orlando and left the crowd wanting more of his “Jimmy Tingle for President” routine. He introduced and interviewed Aron Ain, CEO of Kronos and Peter George, SVP of Products and Engineering at Kronos.
Ain laid out the Kronos strategic goals for 2009, focused on the continuing expansion of Kronos workforce management solutions, continuing globalization of Kronos from a product and service perspective, as well as ongoing investments in field recruiting solutions. George pledged to shift the development priorities for the products toward improvements that will make the products easier to own from an implementation, upgrade, and user perspective.
The tenth annual Kronos Best Practices Awards were awarded to BJC Healthcare, Catholic Health East, Ceradyne, Shooting Star Casino, Somerfield Stores, and Wabash National Corporation. Winners are recognized for their innovative use of Kronos products.
On a lighter note, Kronos announced the grand prize winner of its “How do you Kronos?” video contest. The winning entry, titled “Life before Kronos“, was submitted by Aztec Shops LTD at San Diego State University in San Diego, CA.Submissions were judged on their creativity, originality, and how well they described the experience of using Kronos software. Along with the Grand Prize winner, who received $10,000, there were second and third-place prize winners who won $5,000 and $1,000 respectively. “The Kronos Show“, submitted by Carl Truesdell at The University of Central Florida, took second place, while “Kronsters, Inc.“, submitted by Michael Ellerbeck at National Frozen Foods Corporation, took third place. All of the videos submitted are available to be viewed at: http://videocontest.kronos.com.
The keynote speaker this morning was Malcolm Gladwell, well known author of “The Tipping Point” and “Blink”. Gladwell spoke about “The Intuitive Manager”, exploring the notion that the best and most effective managers are often said to be intuitive, in the sense that they have the confidence to act on instinct. Gladwell provided the attendees with insights about how to sharpen and protect their capacity for intuitive judgement.
Other popular sessions with attendees today included “ROI: How to Make the Business Case for Labor Management” by David O’Connell, senior research analyst, Nucleus Research as well as customer sessions delivered by ResCare Inc., Holy Cross Hospital, Dresser-Rand, Discount Tire Company, Cleveland Clinic, Seminole Gaming, and Ceradyne.2