I’ve Been Thinking

Innovation Tips from the APICS-IE Executive Panel & Networking Symposium

My APICS (#1 trade association for supply chain and operations management) chapter hosted an executive panel & networking symposium which was focused on the topic of innovation. Innovation is a critical topic! Problem solving and maintaining the status quo is no longer enough as customers expect more, regulations increase [...]

The Importance of What is NOT Happening

Quality must be an assumption. The problem with assumptions such as service and quality is that people lose focus because there is little conversation about the topics when "all is well". People are typically not rewarded for things that don't happen. For example, if there is a crisis, people [...]

Cherry Blossoms & The Value of Time

I was in DC this week for a conference. My theme last week was on continuous learning, and I put that into practice this week. Walked away with several ideas. It just so happens to be in "cherry season" in DC (see below). This is what got me thinking [...]

2020-10-02T22:50:17+00:00April 17, 2015|Categories: I've Been Thinking|Tags: , , , |

The Value of Continuous Learning

I've been thinking about the value of continuous learning. I am in the fortunate position of learning something new with each client and from each Board meeting (with my APICS and ProVisors groups). Last week, I met with a prospective client and saw interesting machines and manufacturing processes. I [...]

The Power of Amazon

I've been thinking about the power of Amazon since I facilitated an APICS tour of their San Bernardino 1.2 million square feet facility on Friday. It was quite impressive from several viewpoints: 1) warehouse automation. 2) simplicity 3) how they treat their people. 4) the power of continuous improvement. [...]

The Value of SIOP

I've been thinking about the value of SIOP (sales, inventory and operations planning). Not only can it be a great way to gain bottom line results (capacity to support business growth, improved margins, accelerated cash flow), but it also can help align the functions of an organization. I've facilitated [...]

Perseverance Counts

March 24, 2015 I've been thinking about perseverance. I can attribute the majority of my success throughout the years to perseverance. I guarantee I've passed by people who were smarter and more talented by not giving up. My parents have been instrumental in this process because they always made [...]

2020-10-02T22:55:16+00:00March 24, 2015|Categories: I've Been Thinking|Tags: , , , |


I've been thinking about growth as I'm getting ready to celebrate my 10th anniversary of LMA Consulting Group, and as I've been partnering with several clients who are in high growth mode lately. If you aren't growing, you are declining. Unfortunately, staying the same doesn't work. You must choose [...]

2020-10-02T22:57:18+00:00March 15, 2015|Categories: I've Been Thinking|

The Power of Partnerships

I helped to kick off a SAP Bootcamp for my APICS (#1 trade association for supply chain management) chapter in combination with our partner, Cal State University, San Bernardino.  Cal State University San Bernardino is one of the only universities I am familiar with that teaches students about ERP [...]

The Value of CRM (Customer Relationship Management)

I'm in process of teaching my first APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) session, and earlier today I taught a section on CRM.  In addition, I've been helping clients select the "right" ERP system to best meet their business priorities, and CRM has emerged as a top priority.  The [...]

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