Your business might very much be something that belongs to you, but as it grows, its success and the operation of your services likely wouldn’t be possible without your employees’ work. It’s easy to ignore that and see yourself as the one who holds all of the power due to the benefits that you might provide them with, but maintaining employee happiness could be more vital to your business than you expect.
Not only does this go a long way to fostering a positive work environment in general, but it can also reduce your staff turnover and develop stronger relationships between you and your employees, which translates into higher productivity levels.
Strategic competitiveness represents a metered and premeditated approach to creating a position in the market and industry advantage. Companies can create specific boundaries that represent how the organization or product intends to have an advantage among competitors.
Companies utilize analysis of their position in the market in order to assess and project future success and likely returns. In order to gain competitive industry advantage, an organization must find unique products, services, or marketing strategies to set them apart from competitors in a sustainable manner.
Women have made tremendous strides in the Supply Chain Management profession. However a new survey shows that the percentage of women Supply Chain leaders is still low.
Time was, Supply Chain Management was seen as an outgrowth of a blue collar profession. Logistics Managers, Manufacturing Directors and other Supply Chain leaders often rose from the shop floor, from front-line warehousing and transportation positions.
As a result, the field was overwhelmingly male: because mostly men occupied those front-line roles, and educational opportunities to get into the field were limited, the leadership reflected that demographic.
But as we chronicle on the Argentus blog, the field has changed. Supply Chain is no longer a back-office, transactional function.
I spent a year working in Colorado. In Colorado you can’t help but be drawn to the beauty of the mountains. Eventually I started climbing those peaks (called the Fourteeners, as they are over 14,000 feet high) in my spare time. I hadn’t even thought about Mount Kilimanjaro at that point.
At the same time I started reading all of the books I could find on mountain climbing. One in particular, the “Seven Summits“, by Dick Bass and Frank Wells, with Rick Ridgeway, really caught my attention. It tells the story about these guys who got the idea to climb the highest summit on each continent.
By the time I had finished the book I got the idea in my head that I wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. That became the start of an adventure of a lifetime.
There are differences between winning teams and a high performance organization and losing teams. There are differences between winning companies and losing companies.
Some of those differences are induced by uncontrollable factors. And while every winning team does not win all the time, and every losing team does not lose all the time, there are controllable factors which determine the predominant direction of any organization.
As we come to the end of our 4th year here at Supply Chain Game Changer we have realized some exciting milestones.
With over 4 million views across the Website, LinkedIn and Twitter our content has continued to be highly recognized. The site is viewed as a key influencer platform in the arenas of Supply Chain, Logistics, Procurement and Management. It is a must read place source for Professionals, Students and Experts alike. We have now published over 600 articles since our inception along with 3 Ebooks.
Continuing in our tradition of years past we present here our 2020 Top 10 List Part 2. As the globe continues to struggle with the Coronavirus pandemic we’ve written many several articles with respect to the pandemic and its repercussions and the future.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Here’s our list of our Top 10 articles of 2020, for the second half of the year:
At Supply Chain Game Changer we believe in sharing experiences and expertise from people in every industry and from across the globe. As such we have introduced our “Seasoned Leadership in Action™” Interview series here at Supply Chain Game Changer. This interview is with Sheri Hinish, the World renowned Supply Chain Queen®!
The Supply Chain team was generally viewed as lacking in skill and capability by those outside the organization. Customers and other internal functions viewed Supply Chain as a dysfunctional organization as evidenced by the poor Supply Chain performance metrics. And external benchmarking placed our Supply Chain last amongst our competitors. Going to infinity and beyond was a tall task to say the least.
Inside the Supply Chain organization there were a lot of very smart people. But there was no trust, teamwork or synergy. The culture was one more of complacency than of trend setting. And there was a lack of inspired leadership.
The foundations of any Digital Supply Chain is the real time, end-to-end electronic connectivity of every node and aspect of your Supply Chain. Unless your company is entirely self-sufficient this connectivity requires extensive and exhaustive Supplier Onboarding.
And this onboarding is not restricted to the first tier suppliers with whom you have direct contact. You must connect with second, third, and fourth tier suppliers, many of which you will often never have even heard of before.
And that is an enormous challenge, to say the very least.
This is our third year of publishing interviews with great leaders. Our 2020 All Stars are leaders that have been exceptional this year, as they and people from all walks of life have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The interviews are generally amongst our highest viewed articles. This further underscores the fundamental objective of Supply Chain Game Changer which is to share experiences and expertise from professionals around the world.
People want to hear from others and learn the lessons they can share. They want to hear about experiences and get advice and guidance.
At Supply Chain Game Changer we believe in sharing experiences and expertise from people in every industry and from across the globe. As such we have introduced our “Seasoned Leadership in Action™” Interview series. The first in our Interview series is with Skip Boothby, a colleague and good friend for many years.
Skip Boothby is a tremendous Leader and Executive with phenomenal experience in running businesses and operations through every stage of their evolution. Skip’s background and insights are valuable for all of us to learn from and share.
The ability to effectively navigate and make decisions based on data is no longer a luxury but a necessity for managers and executives in today’s data-driven world. Data literacy, the capacity to understand, interpret, and communicate data, has emerged as a critical skill set for leaders in every industry.
This article will investigate how data literacy enables managers and administrators to make decisions based on data and drive organizational success.
How many times have you seen new Management being brought into a company, only to see them leave and be replaced, through the revolving door, in a very short timeframe?
This happens a lot on Sports teams. Coaches and Players alike are replaced after a relatively short stint with no tolerance for poor performance.
I’ve seen it happen several times. Basically the CEO or Chairman gets rid of the entire Management team and brings in a new team. Within a couple of years the process is repeated. The entire team is replaced even though these people were considered saviours when they were brought in.
Does that kind of Revolving Door, or Turnstile, Management Strategy really work? Is it really a reflection of the performance of those being replaced or is it more a reflection of the poor leadership of those doing the replacing?
Here we present a series of thought provoking and inspirational Supply Chain quotes.
“If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.” ~ Henry Ford, founder Ford Motor Company
“Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.” ~ W. Edwards Deming