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Disruption, Innovation, Global Trends & the APICS-IE Symposium

November 20th, 2018

Lately, I’ve attended various conferences and participated in a few events/ panels on a diverse set of topics with different groups (ranging from transportation to public policy to manufacturing and supply chain to consulting to universities/ students to women leaders).  Aside from it being a whirlwind of fascinating conversations, I’ve seen a few themes emerge across every one of these events – disruption, innovation and global trends.

In today’s Amazonian and Uberian environments, disruption is the new normal.  For example, at Mobility 21 (Southern CA transportation coalition), autonomous vehicles and Uber/Lyft type transportation/trucking concepts arose.  At the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM/ APICS) international conference, the idea the IoT, artificial intelligence, Netflix type disruption and more arose.  And at the Society for Advancement of Consulting local event held at Harvey Mudd, almost 50% of the attendees were originally from out of the country and key discussions occurred around global trends and disruption.

Thus, I’d be remiss if I didn’t invite you to join us at the APICS-IE executive panel & networking symposium with an amazing panel discussing “Advancing Innovation and Navigating Global Trends” on Nov 3rd at Harvey Mudd in Claremont.  Click here to learn more and register.

One tip to implement this week:
Since disruption and innovation go hand-in-hand, there are many ways to think about this topic.  One suggestion is to gather your team and business partners/trusted advisors and brainstorm about what disruptions are likely to impact your industry.  Also consider which disruptions are likely to come down the pike. Understanding your environment and how you are positioned is a great starting point – and you’ll be better off than most organizations who might already be known in innovation circles to repeat this exercise on some sort of regular basis!

Additionally, join our unique networking and educational event on “Advancing Innovation and Navigating Global Trends”.  We have an amazing panel including the deputy executive director of the port of Los Angeles, the COO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Chairman/Dept of Surgery at the City of Hope, a senior executive in aerospace and a senior director of supply chain & operations.  It should stir up some really engaging discussions on innovation and global trends! The event is on Nov 3rd in Claremont, CA from 8-11:30am. I hope to see you there.  Learn more and register.


Sunny California & a Positive State of Mind

March 1st, 2018

Earlier this week, I attended a conference for a day in Carmel, California.  The rolling hills, green grass and inviting outdoor eating (sometimes with amazing ocean views) can be quite majestic!  Also, the last few days in Claremont have been absolutely sunny and beautiful, even while running errands driving around town.  It certainly lifted my spirits to take notice of what surrounds me.  

Do you think this type of view can give you a push towards a positive state of mind?  And, have you noticed that those team members with a positive state of mind are more successful – and more importantly – enjoy life more!






One tip to implement this week:
I realize we all do not live in an idyllic setting like this one; however, we are all surrounded by beauty of different types.  Have you opened your eyes to see what’s around you?  

Even in the opposite of sunny California, we can find settings and people to help put us in a positive frame of mind!  For example, I’ve learned that people who live in Seattle love rain, and so my guess is that they would consider a picture of rain and mountains an idyllic setting.  However, even if they don’t love rain, I can’t imagine how they wouldn’t see the beauty of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding area!  But, if that occurred, find a beautiful picture to hang in your office or something that puts you in that positive frame of mind.  Similarly, in Chicago (where I lived when I was a child), it is probably cold, windy and snowy; however, Lake Michigan is likely to provide a great setting.  No matter the place, I’m sure you can find something – or someone – that is interesting, different or beautiful.

While indoors at work, there will not be these types of settings – you could put a few screen savers on your computer of any place from around the world as one of my clients did.  At a minimum, you undoubtedly have an interesting co-worker.  If you don’t, look harder.  I have yet to work with a client without at least someone who added spice into the day.  

Sometimes you have to be looking for the interesting setting, co-worker or customer to see them.  Have you walked through your facility and not even noticed who you walked by?  I admit; I’ve done it before.  Why not pay close attention tomorrow?