Project Management to Stand Out in the Crowd for Job Search?

October 17th, 2009

Absolutely – it “works”.

There are so many high quality people in the job search process in today’s environment – after all, unemployment rates continue to increase, even though it is increasing at a slower rate. Tell this “comforting” statistic to the exasperated job seeker. For example, California’s unemployment is 12.2%.

It is obvious that traditional job search methods no longer work. Instead, it is essential to stand out in the crowd (and the crowd is quite a crowd these days). In talking with a former colleague and supply chain expert earlier today, I discovered that she has achieved significantly more success since adopting project management principles in her job search process. These principles have resulted in higher response rates, increased interviews and follow-up calls. Now, this can be a comforting result.

So, what are the keys to success in transforming your current job search process into a project management approach? 1) Remember, identical to project management success, relationships are the key to success 2) Develop a simple task list and timeline 3) Prioritize 4) Follow-up 5) Track progress with a continuous improvement philosophy

To read about these five keys to success in more detail, please refer to the complete article: click here.

Awarded Board Approval in Supply Chain Strategy

October 9th, 2009

I wanted to share a recent success with you. I was awarded Board Approval in Supply Chain Strategy by the Society for Advancement of Consulting (SAC).

To read more about it, I’ve attached the press release below:

The Society for Advancement of Consulting® (SAC®) has approved another member to achieve the rare SAC® Board Approved designation. This approval means that the consultant has worked in a specialized area for a considerable length of time; has provided detailed, documented evidence of success directly from clients in that specialty; and has conformed to the Code of Ethics of the society, serving as a thought leader and exemplar in the profession in general and their specialty in particular.

The individual is:

Lisa Anderson, President of LMA Consulting Group, in Claremont, California. Her practice includes Process Control, such as operations and supply chain management; Mergers, Acquisitions & Turnarounds; and Project management for various financial and operational needs.

SAC membership consists of less than 1% of consultants worldwide due to stringent membership requirements, and less than 3% of SAC members have achieved Board Approval status.

“This is a tough position to obtain, at the height of one’s profession, and is a great criterion to apply when clients are considering consultants,” says SAC CEO Alan Weiss, Ph.D. “It’s difficult to choose the right resources in certain areas, and our Board Approval is evidence, not promotion, and are real instances of consistent success in delivering client results.” The SAC office will serve as a reference point and share that evidence with any clients seeking more information on Board Approved members.

SAC is an international association of consulting professionals who subscribe to an industry code of ethics and have provided evidence of significant consulting results among their clients. For more information, please go to, write to, or call 800/825-6153 (401/886-4097).

Continual Learning……Never Stop

October 1st, 2009

As I’ve discussed on a previous post, continually learning is essential in today’ environment – for business survival, job search survival, personal survival………and go beyond survival to learning to thrive. There is no way to thrive without continual learning.

This subject occurred to me as I’m getting ready to head to Toronto for the APICS (Association of Operations Management) International Conference. There will be learning opportunities of many variations:

1. The latest research on operations and supply chain topics

2. Learning through valuable networking with attendees, speakers and exhibitors with varied backgrounds, experiences, and cultures.

3. Learning through being a mentor of a student – typically one of the best ways to learn!

4. Learning about and experiencing the host city, Toronto – including attending plant tours of local companies.

5. Learning through access to the latest softwares and technologies (through the APICS exhibitors and learning center).

Have you planned any sort of learning into your 4th quarter? If not, what could you add?

Should you Throw Out Complex Project Timelines?

September 25th, 2009

This is exactly the subject matter of my recent article published in Project Times, “Throw Out Complex Project Timelines”. Thus, my answer is YES!

The current recession has made it all the more critical that companies deliver the expected project results – on time, on/under budget and meeting/ exceeding the intended results. Therefore, it is critical that we throw out the old paradigms, starting with the need for complex project timelines. I hear my project management colleagues thinking, “heresy!”; however, in my experience in working with companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-up’s to international, multi-billion dollar organizations, I’ve found that what “works” (delivers bottom line results) consistently is quite the opposite – simple, common sense, people-focused projects. So, what are the keys to success?

The three keys are 1) Start with people; 2) Develop a simple project timeline; 3) Lastly, follow-up is your key to success. Read about each of these three keys to how to achieve bottom line results without complexity in the full article reprinted on my website or directly on Project Times (FYI, it requires registration to view the entire article; however, I’d appreciate it if you registered and commented on the article).

I look forward to hearing your comments – and I encourage debate, as it is one of the best ways to get to an even better end result.

Reigniting Job Search &/or Career

September 21st, 2009

I was recently quoted in an article in MSNBC titled “Discouraged? Time to Reignite Job Search” about the frustrating job search process many job seekers are encountering, it’s affect on morale and how to reignite the process. click here to read full article.

Unfortunately, I happen to know several job seekers who are some of the absolute best people in their fields I’ve ever worked with over the past 20 years, across many companies, industries and borders who are having an awful time with the current market and job search environment. After all, California’s unemployment has hit a new high – 12.2%.

To me, it appears as though there is a serious crisis of confidence in corpoate America – in essence, business leaders seem afraid to make decisions. And, this crisis is affecting the job market. On the other hand, those leaders who forge forward and make solid business decisions and investments (whether it’s to hire to support your business strategy or invest in equipment to expand your product offerings etc) will leapfrog their competition. According to McGraw-Hill research, the companies that invested during the 80’s recession were more successful than the rest.

I believe business leaders must stand tall and think about thriving instead of surviving through the current recession. And, although terribly frustrating, the job seekers should not give up. Eventually, the top quality candidates will find the business leader interested in thriving, and it will be a fantastic opportunity for both the job seeker and business leader.