I’ve Been Thinking

Leaders Must Be Strong!

Published January 9, 2015 I started writing this about supply chain strategy, and I might go back to that topic next week as I was preparing to teach an APICS CSCP (certified supply chain professional) class tomorrow; however, I was diverted on a conference call that compelled me to [...]

The Value of Relationships

Published January 2, 2015 On the 2nd day of 2015, I'm reminded of the power of relationships. I just finished a lunch with a wonderful, 20-year friend and former colleague, and this topic is top of mind. What could be more important in our personal and business lives? The [...]

2020-10-05T15:20:18-07:00January 2, 2015|Categories: I've Been Thinking|Tags: , , , |

Customer Service…the Art of Success

Published December 26, 2014 There have been a few times in the last day where I'm reminded of the value of customer service. There is an art to success. It is not merely the words spoken. Instead, it has to do with whether the person seems to truly care [...]

The Value of Keeping in Touch

Published December 19, 2014 As I've been writing holiday cards for weeks now, keeping in touch is on my mind. Why go through all the work to send holiday cards? I think it is a great opportunity to take a minute or two to think about each person as [...]

2020-10-05T15:22:13-07:00December 19, 2014|Categories: I've Been Thinking|Tags: , |

Dow Plunges…Volatility is the New Normal – How Adaptable Are You?

Published December 12, 2014 It is all over the news that the Dow plunged more than 300 points today, as the sustained drop in crude oil spurred on growth concerns. Yet last week we had news of the highest job growth in 15 years. The bottom line is that [...]

2023-08-25T16:56:52-07:00December 13, 2014|Categories: Business & the Economy, I've Been Thinking|Tags: |

On Pace with Strongest Job Growth in 15 Years – Think about Training

Published December 5, 2014 I read in the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. is on pace for the strongest job growth in 15 years after November's growth of 321,000 jobs. This news doesn't surprise me as my clients are in growth mode. Even though my clients cut back [...]

2023-09-16T13:20:03-07:00December 5, 2014|Categories: Business & the Economy, I've Been Thinking|Tags: , |


Published November 29, 2014 I've been enjoying friends and time away for Thanksgiving. This time of the year reminds us of the value of gratitude. Thus, I thought it was an opportune time to discuss gratitude and remind us how important it can be for both personal and professional [...]

2023-09-19T10:36:41-07:00November 29, 2014|Categories: Business & the Economy, I've Been Thinking|Tags: |

The Value of Simplification and Business Results

Published November 21, 2014 I just left an executive SIOP (sales, inventory & operations planning) meeting with a client. We are rejuvenating the process to gain alignment and to spur a rapid improvement in on-time delivery (which will be followed by a reduction in lead times). I've been working [...]

Life Balance

Published November 15, 2014 I just finished a birthday celebration for my niece (in essence). My parents, my mom's sisters, my uncles, my cousin, my brother and I got together for some great pizza (Spinato's pizza in Scottsdale is my favorite!) to celebrate Mia's birthday. She loved her American [...]

2023-09-16T23:16:35-07:00November 15, 2014|Categories: Business & the Economy, I've Been Thinking|Tags: |
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