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Strategic Priorities

Having the right business priorities will keep your organization ahead of the rest. I thought it might be interesting to brainstorm top strategic priorities commonplace today for manufacturers and distributors. Speed - More and more, I'm seeing speed enter the contest as a key strategic priority. How do you [...]

Profit through People

Successful leaders develop strong teams and deliver results. In my experience as a global business consultant and former VP of Operations, I've yet to find a business with lousy people practices and successful long-term business results. Instead, I've found several mediocre businesses with exceptional people who thrive. Undoubtedly, people [...]

The 4 Leadership Essentials Required for Long Term Success

Excellent leadership is required to outshine the competition. No matter the client, I’m continually reminded of the critical importance of leadership. If you have to choose between leadership skills and prior work experience / technical skills, undoubtedly, leadership skills must win the day. My clients with exceptional leaders outperform [...]

2020-09-28T16:00:00+00:00September 19, 2013|Categories: Financial, Talent|Tags: , , , , |

Risk – Take it or Leave it?

In today’s new normal business, prudent risk-taking can pay off greatly for your company. Risks abound in today’s market! Products are stolen during transit. Natural disasters occur. Political conflicts arise. Ports go on strike. Securing information is no longer easy – or inexpensive. Customers go out of business. Investments [...]

Big Data & The Supply Chain

Big data is now central to supply chain management.As much as I rarely jump on the latest buzzword bandwagons (as I find them to be a waste of time), big data is an important emerging topic in supply chain. The amount of data continues to grow - we are [...]

The Art of Prioritization

Prioritizing is a unique skill of eagle eye strategists. Since I'd place bets that we all have far more to do than is remotely achievable, I strongly believe our success is dependent on our ability to prioritize. Choosing the "right" items to focus on makes the difference between success [...]

What Does it Take to Have a Real Team?

Build successful teams that are cohesive and self-improving. It's rare for significant results to be achieved by individuals in today's economy; teams have substantially greater success. What do good ones have in common? One clear purpose - Typically, a team has one purpose since it's formed specifically for that [...]

2020-09-30T11:47:00+00:00August 27, 2013|Categories: Financial, Talent|Tags: , , , , , , |

What is a Systems Pragmatist?

Systems Pragmatists incorporate design every step of the way, and stay several steps ahead of the process.Would you select curtains to spice up a house with a rickety foundation? I certainly hope not! Instead, you would resolve your foundation issues before even thinking about nice-to-have's. So why do we [...]

Pay it Forward: What’s Good for the Industry Is Good for Business

Listen here to my recent interview on OC Talk Radio – Critical Mass for Business.I often get asked where I find the time to write so many articles, present at industry meetings, and post noteworthy items on social media. I really am passionate about what I do, but it [...]

Organization Essential to Strategic Focus

Bring order to chaos – organize and redefine your priorities.Organization is one of the key tenets required to be successful with an eagle eye strategic focus so that you can rapidly assess strategic priorities. I’ve yet to run across an organization with just the right amount of priorities – [...]

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