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Students & the Future of the Profession

March 22nd, 2019

In the last few weeks, our APICS Inland Empire students have been on fire! As the president of APICS Inland Empire and Chair of the MCIE (Manufacturing Council of the Inland Empire) Innovation Awards, I am absolutely thrilled to announce:

Cal Poly Pomona Global Student Challenge

Cal Poly Pomona Global Student Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harvey Mudd MCIE Innovation Award

Harvey Mudd ASCM_ APICS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling optimistic about the future of our profession? Absolutely!

One tip to implement this week:
Who wouldn’t love to send this newsletter? We are on a roll! It certainly gives us hope and excitement about the future of our profession. As an APICS Inland Empire chapter, our Board of Directors and members collaborate closely with many student chapters (CSUSB, Cal Poly, UCR) student teams (Harvey Mudd, University of LaVerne, Drucker) and community colleges (Norco). Often, we learn more from the students than vice-versa.

Not only are they “go-getters” but they also have technical skills and can present powerfully to a mock board of directors. These students know that to succeed, they need to do things differently, think about things differently and stand out from the crowd. After all, innovation isn’t for the faint of heart! It requires failure and persistence, just the qualities that go into resiliency.

Interested in joining us? We would love to have additional participation with our students. One way you can get started is to join us at our spring executive panel and networking symposium for discussions on the topic “Talent Transformation: People or Robots?“. We always learn just as much as we share. Speaking of which, if you have a top notch executive or expert to recommend for our panel, please contact us.

 

 



Harvey Mudd Student Projects & Innovations Related to Cancer

February 22nd, 2018

Earlier this week, I attended some clinic presentations at Harvey Mudd (student projects with companies / partners), and the value of innovation hit home!  

For example, there are students working on innovations to improve on the success rate of breast cancer surgeries – talk about relevant!  There are many tangible and impactful projects the students work on throughout the year in a wide variety of industries.  Marrying up practical experience with book knowledge can go far in preparing students to be successful in careers after college.  Do you provide well-rounded education and experiences?

One tip to implement this week:
What type of education and experiences do you provide for your employees and team members?  I see a distinctive difference between training and education whereas education is a much broader concept so that your employees will be able to interpret and carry forward.  Do you explain the whys?  Do you provide practical examples?  Do you allow your team members to try new things?  Even if they fail?

Although education can be quite valuable, it might not be enough.  Do you find a way to provide an experience?  A kaizen might do the trick …or at least get the process started.  Or, have you put together a cross-training program?  Shouldn’t a planner or logistics resource understand the trials and tribulations of talking with customers on a daily basis?  Dealing with an angry customer can do wonders for opening your eyes.  And how about vice-versa?  Are your customer service resources committing to whatever the customer requests regardless of whether you can deliver it?  Why not give a more comprehensive experience approach a go?

Regardless, continuous education is critical today as everything seems to change in a nanosecond!

 



The Power of Students

October 7th, 2016

supply chain

Last week, while attending APICS 2016 in Washington DC, I was able to spend time with the West Coast student case competition‘s winning team, San Diego State University. I am the Chair of the West Coast student case competition, and I was proud to see our team represent us at APICS 2016’s global competition. In today’s Amazon-impacted world, supply chain management is ever more relevant. And, it was especially exciting that our team made it into the top 5 teams globally — congrats! (See them pictured below after the competition.)

student power

Effectively managing the global supply chain is not only a relevant topic but vital to succeeding in today’s marketplace. These students have taken the bull by its horns and are getting ahead of the curve. What executive wouldn’t hire these winners on the spot?

One tip to implement this week:

Similarly to these students, are you thinking of ways to go the extra mile to stand out in the crowd? They were working on their presentation while their buddies were out exploring DC. Yet it will rebound to them in time. What can you do to make a difference and further your education, experience and network?

Similar to these students, do you see it as an exciting opportunity — and turn it into one?! Or, do you see it as a chore? Before turning down ideas from your colleagues, think about the possibilities. If these students had turned down the opportunity to compete, they wouldn’t have created one of the most valuable networks possible for their careers. Imagine how far you can go with the “right” perspective!

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