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Supply Chain Excellence

We had an APICS student case study competition last weekend in San Diego. It was the best turnout yet – 12 teams, both undergrad and grad teams. The students were quite impressive in reviewing and resolving the case study. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo won 1st place for the [...]

2020-10-13T00:04:39+00:00February 15, 2011|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: |

Logistics Is Making a Comeback in the Inland Empire

Logistics has been making a comeback in the Inland Empire in the last 6 months! The port activity is up, employers are beginning to look at projects to improve operations and hiring is on the rise. Earlier this week, I attended Norco College’s Logistics Advisory Committee meeting for their [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:37+00:00January 27, 2011|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|

USA Today Statistic – What Outlook Do CEO’s Have?

I read an interesting statistic in USA Today that two-thirds of the CEOs that Business Roundtable surveyed in September expected sales to grow in the next 6 months – on the surface, this doesn’t sound too bad; however, the article said that this is down from the prior survey [...]

2020-09-28T17:51:00+00:00October 4, 2010|Categories: Change Management|Tags: , , |

Accelerate Change Management Results

In order to succeed in today's business world, it is imperative to become excellent at change management. After all, almost every new project or initiative requires change of some sort. Therefore, the better you become at managing change successfully, the better your bottom line impact. According to Harvard Business [...]

2020-09-23T21:26:11+00:00July 6, 2010|Categories: Change Management|

Building an Innovation Culture – What Is Vital?

There’s one word – leadership! A recent Industry Week article showed several examples of innovation success – the key is that executives must be committed, patient and ready to lead by example. Doesn’t this sound like something we should do anyway? Absolutely! I think it is amazing how often [...]

2020-09-23T22:37:30+00:00May 24, 2010|Categories: Change Management|

Inflation or Deflation? ……….Why Does it Matter?

Most economists and media are concerned about inflation. For example, a new McKinsey & Co study offers up inflation as a fresh concern. And the media talks quite a lot about the printing of money in Washington – and how that could easily lead to inflation. In my opinion, [...]

2020-09-24T15:53:09+00:00May 20, 2010|Categories: Change Management|

Unemployment in CA & the U.S. – What Can We Do?

According to the UCLA Anderson Forecast, it is predicted that California employers will shed another 90,000 jobs this year and job growth will remain slow. Overall, it’s expected to remain around 12%. California is far worse than the national average (which hovers just below 10%); however, there is much [...]

2020-09-28T17:45:54+00:00April 21, 2010|Categories: Change Management|

US Manufacturers Face Shortage of Skills – How Can That Be?

According to a study released in 2009 by Deloitte, the Manufacturing Institute and Oracle revealed that nearly a third of companies were experiencing a modest to severe shortage. Gaps in such skills as problem-solving and communication also were noted in the study. This doesn’t seem to add up vs. [...]

2020-09-28T17:47:00+00:00April 14, 2010|Categories: Change Management, Skills Gap|

Why Leadership Can Make or Break Your Business: A Compilation of Case Study Examples

As originally written for AMA – April 2010 In today’s “new normal” business environment, leadership is even more critical to achieving bottom line results because customers are demanding more for less, employees are concerned about the future, and cash is tight.  In my experience in working with clients across [...]

2020-11-30T21:58:13+00:00April 1, 2010|Categories: In The News, Leadership|
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