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Who Should You Follow? A Guide to Good Mentoring Relationships

August 18th, 2017
Mentoring offers benefits to everyone involved

My own consulting mentor says: “follow someone who has been there and done that”. Experience counts.

We recently took on one of our first consulting mentoring projects. Since our focus is on delivering growth and profitability for manufacturing and distribution companies, we work mainly with business-to-business. With that said, every consulting project involves some level of coaching – mentoring – to people working on those businesses to deliver results.

And since we consider results to be the 80/20 of our business, we put a lot of attention on coaching the appropriate employees (from line supervision to the executive team) to achieve a desired outcome. So when a consulting mentorship opportunity arose with a mentee who was serious about achieving results, we jumped on it. And, we are so glad we did!

How to form the best mentoring relationship

The mentoring situation brings up the idea of knowing who to follow. It seems like an obvious topic to consider yet I often find my clients following “undesirable” role models with the expected (and unfortunate) results. My own consulting mentor says “follow someone who has been there and done that” – not someone who can talk about what to do but has never done it before. He uses the example of a ski instructor. Would you follow a ski instructor’s advice if they could talk a good game but didn’t know how to navigate the black diamond hills? I wouldn’t either! It’s similar to looking for a cheap heart surgeon. Who would do that?

Search for mentors and coaches who can help you navigate the most complex issues that arise because they have experienced it before – or something similar that they can draw from.

Bottom line: Choose your mentoring relationship carefully. Look for professionals who talk the talk and walk the walk, people who deserve to be viewed as true mentors.

Like this article? Continue reading about how mentoring and teaching can help you in your own career.

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The Drucker Supply Chain Forum

April 4th, 2017

I participated on the panel, “Professional Pathways in Supply Chain” at the Drucker Supply Chain Forum last week. Interesting to note that the panel was all women — definitely not typical but nice to see! I was joined by executives from Walt Disney, Source Intelligence, Intelligent Audit and CSCMP. It was a lot of fun, and I learned as much as I contributed.

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We had some engaging discussions about the future of supply chain and the types of professionals that will be needed. For details on these topics, please tune in to my recent Profit Through People newsletter. However, one of the keys I wanted to highlight here is the critical need for a broad set of skills in supply chain today. The end-to-end supply chain is a vast topic (from your suppliers’ suppliers through manufacturing and distribution to your customers’ customers). Are you continually learning to stay ahead of the curve?

One tip to implement this week:

There is much we can do to learn continually and increase the breadth of our skills. There are a few immediate steps we can take: 1) Look around you for a mentor and ask him/her to be your mentor or just simply ask for advice. It is one of the best ways to learn. I’ve had several mentors over the years, and they were instrumental in my success. 2) Put yourself in positions where you collaborate with colleagues around you. There are vast amounts you could learn by talking with your colleagues. 3) Join a trade association and/or find courses to supplement your knowledge. For example, I am the president of APICS Inland Empire, the premier professional association for supply chain management. We are continually offering programs such as our executive panel & networking symposium on “Disruptive Innovations in Supply Chain” and classes including the new certification CLTD (certified logistics, transportation and distribution).

Which will you do this week?

 

Looking for more ideas to keep your supply chain connected? Access more tips and resources on my blog. And keep connected by subscribing to my newsletter and email feed of “I’ve Been Thinking…”

 



LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson Reaches Publishing Milestones

August 30th, 2016
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The “I’ve Been Thinking” publication, which gives subscribers weekly supply chain industry tips, reached a 125th edition milestone.

Claremont, Calif., August 30, 2016LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson, a sought after manufacturing, distribution and supply chain consultant, speaker and writer who works with manufacturers and distributors in aerospace, building products and food to make and keep bold customer promises by empowering people with profit-driven strategies has completed major publishing milestones by reaching the 125th issue of her Profit through PeopleSM Newsletter and 100th edition of “I’ve Been Thinking” weekly tips publication. Complimentary to subscribers, both publications offer insights, ideas and expertise on trends including ERP, SIOP, The Amazon Effect and The Skills Gap.

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Subscribers recently received the 100th edition of Lisa Anderson’s Profit through People newsletter where readers get updates on the latest supply chain events and trends.

“I enjoy sharing these strategies to improve business performance – whether it is helping to grow the business, improve service levels, increase profits or accelerate cash flow, so long as my readers pick up on an idea or two that will deliver bottom line business results, I’m pleased,” explains LMA Consulting President Lisa Anderson. “I hope that by providing this information, manufacturers and distributors have the opportunity to stay ahead of the curve. I conduct leading edge research and am continually looking for “what works” so that our industry can thrive. It is far easier to engage employees when business is growing with exciting opportunities around every corner.”

Celebrating its eleventh year, LMA Consulting Group helps growing companies elevate overall business performance while creating a customer service edge. Through a number of proven proprietary processes, LMA Consulting Group can pinpoint areas for improvement with eagle eye precision and develop the strategies to deliver results. Anderson, who was named to the top 100 best global supply chain management blogs by SupplyChainOpz, and also recognized as the 16th most influential in supply chain management and sustainability by technology leader SAP in the “Top 46 Resource and Optimizations Influencers (Plus a Few Others),” started LMA Consulting Group is a regular content contributor in topics including supply chain, ERP and SIOP. Anderson has been interviewed for articles in publications like Industry Week, tED Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. She actively posts educational blogs three times weekly and has two newsletters, Profit through PeopleSM and “I’ve Been Thinking.” For information about Lisa Anderson, go to https://www.lma-consultinggroup.com/ or call 909.630.3943.