Tag Archive: persistence

Do You Live By Values Daily?

August 29th, 2018

We decided to participate in Executive Forums (an executive peer group) and Global Growth Cycle (a global consulting peer group) in order to stay up-to-date on what our clients need (sometimes even before they know they ‘need’ it).  After all, understanding what is successful as well as investing in our continual learning are important factors in long-term success.  

At a recent meetings of both groups, the importance of values arose.  Do you have values? And, more importantly, do you LIVE by values or are they just pasted on your wall (and ignored)?

Because we felt it was important for LMA Consulting to stand for something, we have codified our values.  As a part of our communication efforts, we are sharing them with our clients, colleagues, subcontractors, advisors and more.  Of course, we always welcome feedback and input.

To kick off, we have four core values that happen to start with ‘P’ (which we enjoy because of the alliteration):


















LMA Values

  1. People – As we continually say (and believe), people are our #1 asset.  Our affiliations, LMA Associates, colleagues, clients and advisors fall into this category.  No matter how perfect the process or ideal the technology, it will not “work” without the people.
  2. Passion – It certainly makes life more interesting to enjoy what you do and have a passion for helping clients achieve bottom line results.  We find that success follows applied passion.
  3.  Persistence – No matter the topic in business (or life), persistence has been core to our success.  There is definitely truth to saying ‘persistence trumps talent’. Having both wouldn’t hurt but we’ll take persistence any day!
  4. Performance  – At the end of the day, keeping focused on delivering bottom line business results matters.  In our case, we deliver BOLD customer promises and profits!

Give your values some thought.  Start at square zero. Do you have them?  Do you agree with them? Do you ‘live’ them?  How about your team? Since this is a beneficial predecessor to setting strategy and ensuring results, it is worthwhile.  If you have questions or are thinking about how to get started, contact us .

Why Persistence Matters

August 29th, 2017

I've Been Thinking

Typically when I talk about persistence, I refer to my Mom because she is very persistent. I’m glad that wore off on me. However, this time, I am referring to several people: an ACA Group colleague, Ellen Kane; a Manufacturing Council of the Inland Empire colleague, Wally Brithinee; and one of my APICS Inland Empire Board of Directors Tony Martinez. I have been involved in the APICS West Coast Student Case Competition since the first year when Ellen Kane founded it with three teams from two schools. Now, I’ve acted as co-chair with Ellen (pictured below with me at the 2017 event), and it has grown into a highly successful competition with 25 teams from all over the world and over 100 students attending our sold-out “West Coast” competition. Thanks to persistence from Ellen and the team.

Lisa Anderson with Ellen Kane

Lisa with Ellen Kane at the 2017 APICS West Coast Student Case Competition

Wally Brithinee wth Harvey Mudd Students

Wally Brithinee with students from Harvey Mudd and the head of their manufacturing program, Kash Gokli








My APICS Inland Empire chapter had one of the original teams to compete (Cal Poly Pomona) and has expanded greatly with multiple teams from Cal Poly and CSUSB, as well as new teams from Harvey Mudd (the 2017 grand prize winner!) and the University of LaVerne. None of this would have been possible without the expert support and generous contributions from our chapter and the Board of Directors, especially Tony Martinez (thanks Tony!). And, after close to 10 years of trying and not giving up (persistence), with a push from Wally Brithinee (pictured below with students from Harvey Mudd and the head of their manufacturing program, Kash Gokli) and Tony Martinez, we have finally been successful in bringing UCR on board as well. We are thrilled to have significant participation of students in the future of manufacturing and supply chain!

One tip to implement this week: 

Have you ever given up? I’d be surprised if you haven’t since we all have! With that said, I can guarantee that most of my greatest success has come after 99% of people would have given up. Sometimes I’m truly successful solely because I’m persistent and keep going until I find a way, assuming someone somewhere has achieved the goal. Because beating your head against the wall for a truly impossible task is not a good plan either!  I definitely wouldn’t have my consulting practice today if I hadn’t learned this skill from my Mom. And we wouldn’t have such a huge involvement of students in manufacturing and distribution without Ellen, Wally and Tony.

Actually, I find that most people give up when on the brink of success. Please have persistence and take a second look at options before giving up. Or, gain help. Note that I wouldn’t have been successful without Ellen, Wally and Tony and a host of other people. Instead, put your mind to work on how to overcome an immediate obstacle and then navigate one step at a time.




Never Giving Up & the Cubs

October 19th, 2015

supply chainI adored the Chicago Cubs when I was young. My childhood friend Vonda and I used to watch every game. She loved Ryne Sandberg, and I loved Jody Davis. It was great fun! We even went to Wrigley Field a few times. As my Dad just passed away, I am reminded that he indulged our fanaticism and took us to some games – and played catch quite a lot when he got home from work. Since they are in the playoffs, it seems appropriate to bring them up. The last time the Cubs won was 1908 yet they still have amazing fans. I know they are down 2-0 so far but you never know……..

Why do Chicago Cubs fans never give up? For as much as they have lost over the years, it is a good question. Yet the Cubs carry on. Do you inspire this sort of loyalty in your fans/employees? In today’s marketplace, those who do will succeed.

One tip to implement this week:

Think of what you could do if you didn’t give up so easily. I can assure you that I would never have been a VP of Operations & Supply Chain or have started my consulting practice if I didn’t have persistence. I learned this valuable trait from my Mom. Give it a try. When things look down, think about what you want to happen. How can you make it come true? Think of new angles to try. There’s no reason to give up too soon. Actually I find that most people give up right before amazing success. Try just a little bit longer, and you’ll be amazed with the results.

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