Tag Archive: Southern CA

Queenstown, New Zealand and the Value of Your Surroundings

November 24th, 2017

Queenstown has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth!  They realize this advantage and put these beautiful surroundings to good use.  Beyond tours of all shapes and sizes (ranging from jet boats to off-roading vehicle tours and more), the gorgeous sites make for a great backdrop for movies.  For example, in an adorable tiny town outside of Queenstown called Glenorchy, they film movies with the amazing scenery.  Certainly, you’ll recognize some of the names such as the Lord of the Rings, Wolverine, the Chronicles of Narnia and, most recently, Mission Impossible 6 with Tom Cruise.  Each of these used the backdrop below in one way or another.  Have you thought about the value of your surroundings?

One tip to implement this week:
It might be a great place to start by taking a step back or slowing down to observe your surroundings.  Do you see what’s around you?  I know I have certainly been accused of missing things while thinking about a client or an upcoming event.  Why not take a few minutes to notice what is going on around you?  I bet you’ll find it is different than what you thought!

What/Who Are Your Surroundings
You might find that you are surrounded by some amazing scenery as well.  For example, I live in Southern CA, surrounded by the ocean, mountains, the desert and much more.  However, that is the geographic area.  At work, perhaps you can think about the culture and people surrounding you – your colleagues, your customers, your suppliers and more.  Do you appreciate these people?  They can make or break your business and career so perhaps it is worthwhile paying attention.  

Leverage Your Advantages
Additionally, what else surrounds you?  Does your company invest in machinery, equipment or the latest technologies?  Can you leverage these advantages?  Or, at a macro level, perhaps you should think about your surroundings in terms of your industry, economy and more?  And, at the micro level, “the small things” such as the cleanliness and organization of your facility can make a huge difference.  Take the time to look around – what do you like?  How can you put your advantages (strengths) to use?   

Logistics, Logistics and Logistics

January 2nd, 2017

supply chain

I took the APICS CLTD (certified in logistics, transportation and distribution) exam yesterday (and passed!); therefore, I have been knee deep in logistics topics this week. Who knew logistics was such a BIG topic? Well, we have been excited at APICS-IE to start teaching this certification class as it is critical to manufacturing, distribution and transportation success. Since taking on CLTD, we have noticed an increased interest from people like the Wall Street Journal and, of course, the proactive supply chain professionals in Southern CA! If you don’t have the right product, at the right place, at the right time, in the right condition at the right cost etc., etc., your business will lose profits and potentially customers — quite a big deal!


Did you know Southern CA is #1 in NOT only manufacturing but also logistics in the U.S.? Are you thinking about logistics or does it just “happen”?

One tip to implement this week:

As I said, logistics is a large topic. There are 4 LARGE books for the CLTD exam. How about starting by taking an assessment of your area (such as Southern CA) or your company? Find out how important logistics is to your area and your company. It certainly HAS to be related if you move anything anywhere, have inventory, etc. And, if you live in an area like Southern CA, it is vital to your life. Logistics is cornerstone to the economy and has global implications. Certainly the LA and Long Beach ports are the BIG daddy of all ports. The #2 port is a FAR smaller second in comparison. We have massive distribution centers, and manufacturing is nothing to blink about as #1! Imagine the opportunities.

Have you noticed how often paying attention can go a long way to starting progress?

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