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Case in Point – Are You Starting the New Year with Clarity?

March 22nd, 2018

As consultants, when we first start talking with clients at least 80% lack crisp clarity.  Often, this alone is a large cause of their under-performance or limitation vs. full potential.  Thus, why not take quick stock of your clarity of direction for 2018 as we head into working day #1?

It can be quite simple.  Forget about all the buzz words such as lean manufacturing, predictive analytics, SIOP (sales, inventory & operations planning), artificial intelligence and the like.  Although you know we talk about some of these as powerful concepts, they are JUST tools. Instead, think about where you are going and what you need to accomplish in 2018.

Start with what should be relatively simple – where are you going?  Hopefully you’ve thought about strategy. Remember, strategy is no longer a topic to address every 2-5 years.  Successful leaders think of it as a strategic sprint that has to be re-evaluated (rapidly yet effectively) at least once a year.  Of course, this leads to topics such as understanding your market, customers, and business differentiators, and so start with these topics at a minimum.

Once you have clarity of where you are going, the hard part starts – turning your strategy into reality.  You cannot be the only person with clarity for the New Year if you want to be successful. Is your executive team on board?  Are they communicating in alignment as of the first day of the New Year? In today’s Amazon-impacted environment, unless your leadership team is in lock step with clarity of direction early on, you’ll be left in the dust.  After all, if customers expect delivery same-day and powerful customer experiences, they aren’t expecting to wait for you to get your act together after returning from vacation.

Take a quick audit of your strategic clarity, fill any gaps and look for opportunities to fast-track progress.  Let me know how it goes.



Season’s Greetings

December 24th, 2016

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish my clients, colleagues, family and friends a happy and healthy holiday season!

Although I have ZERO desire to move back to the Chicago area where I grew up, I love snowmen and thought this picture would be a fun way to share holiday spirit.

snowmen

Which would you be? Sometimes I feel like the one standing on her head; however, I don’t think I’d be able to walk anymore if I tried that!

Thank YOU  for another successful year. I would not be successful without my fabulous family, friends and colleagues. Of course, thank you to my APICS-IE Board of Directors for another great year! We recently enjoyed a holiday party and so I have a picture of several of us.

apics-board-of-directors

It was a week of parties…… I also had a great time with a white elephant gift exchange in my ProVisors ONT group (top notch trusted advisors) – such a wonderful group of people and high-quality CPA’s, attorneys, financial gurus and business advisors (let me know if you ever need a referral).

pro-visors

Kash Gokli and I enjoyed a great year with our Harvey Mudd Executive Roundtable group; Ellen Kane and I had our best year yet with a sold out, GLOBAL APICS West Coast Student Case Competition; Wally Brithinee and I had a successful MCIE (Manufacturing Council of the Inland Emprie) Innovation awards program; my ACA Group collaborated successfully to deliver client results and I started/continued several university and mentoring affiliations [joined the University of LaVerne’s Board of Directors for the business program, joined the Pomona College internship program, joined the Drucker School’s women in supply chain mentoring program, helped one of my favorite former clients (Jim Cenname) with Cal State Fullerton mentoring and worked with Norco College’s Logistics advisory board]. 

I had some great clients in 2016 (enjoyable projects and results – what could be better!) and was able to travel a bit. Of course I went to AZ to spend time with my Mom and family and was able to get to NC for my best friend’s daughter’s engagement party. I went to Australia for a strategy session and stayed to enjoy a few weeks in Australia and New Zealand with my other best friends. And, I went to Japan for a board of advisors meeting and enjoyed several days of tours – who could ask for more?

2017

Turning to the New Year, I look forward to the New Year and collaborating with clients to help them achieve even greater levels of success.

I am in AZ to spend Christmas with my family and will help my mom with some jobs around the house (hopefully we are quite productive so she feels like something has been accomplished), and I’ll be with my best friends for New Year’s in Charleston – should be great fun!

Have a happy, healthy & prosperous 2017!