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Are You Ready for a Systems Transformation?

The need for a systems transformation seems to be arising more frequently lately.  How do you know if it is time to consider a systems transformation?  Let's start by defining a systems transformation.  In essence, a systems transformation is an upgrade of the way you perform business inclusive of [...]

Robots, IoT, AI, Autonomous Vehicles and More….

October 17, 2017 I have been attending APICS 2017 in San Antonio, and there is LOT of talk about the digital transformation of the end-to-end supply chain.  I listened to executives from J&J, Cisco, Microsoft, Whole Foods, Caterpillar, and innovative high-tech, rapidly growing companies, and the consensus is to [...]

My Late Aunt Marge & the Art of Conversation

October 14, 2017 Last week, my Aunt Marge passed away, one month shy of her 96th birthday. My dad, brother and I went to surprise her for her 90th birthday (see them below). She was sooo very excited to see my dad. She had a gift for conversation and [...]

What Do Sears and Amazon Have in Common?

October 10, 2017 Thanks to my client Dan Vest, I read a fascinating article about Sears and Amazon. Who knew Sears and Amazon had so much in common?  Pretty startling!  The Reader's Digest version is as follows:  Sears was the former Amazon just about 100 years ago, growing 50-fold [...]

Competition – Or Are They?

October 6, 2017 Last week, Kash Gokli, Professor of Manufacturing Practice and Director of the Engineering Clinic at Harvey Mudd, and I led our most recent Harvey Mudd executive roundtable on this topic.  We created these roundtables to bring Southern California executives together to network and discuss timely topics [...]

Are You Reshoring?

Many U.S. companies active in China have moved some operations out of the country – 38% relocated to North America.My APICS Inland Empire Chapter hosted a program on "Changing Trade Policies and its Effect on Reshoring" with Michele Nash-Hoff, author of "Rebuild Manufacturing - the key to American Prosperity".  [...]

What is Walmart Doing?

I sat on a panel of experts for Mobility 21's annual conference titled "Speed to Delivery: Good's Movement's High-Tech Future".  It was a fascinating conference and panel discussion as to the amazing amount of technology being discussed to address the future of transportation.  One of the panelists was the Senior [...]

My ProVisors Ontario Group’s 5 Year Anniversary and Amazing Connections

September 30, 2017 I am the Group Leader for the ProVisors (top notch group of trusted advisors to business executives and owners) Ontario group.   Last week, we celebrated our 5 year anniversary..... aren't we a sharp-looking group!  HUNDREDS of referrals and business connections later, we continue to be quite [...]

Electric Cars Surge in Investment by BIG & Interesting Names

Dyson just announced it will build a radically different electric car by 2020.  What is particularly interesting is that Dyson is not who you'd expect to get into electric cars.  They are spending far more (one billion pounds) to develop the car than they are on the rest of [...]

Styx and the Power of the Positive and Enjoying Your Career

September 25, 2017 Last week, I attended a Styx concert at the L.A. Fair - what a powerful event!  The band has been around for 45 years and still enjoys singing together!  It was apparent in watching the concert.  They really took the positive spin on their commentary and [...]

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