More than half of executives at U.S.-based global companies say they are not confident their supply chain organizations have the competencies they need today, according to the 2015 Supply Chain Survey from Deloitte.
We all know that kids are pretty smart these days; just watching my neighbor’s 3-year-old son find Elmo videos on my cell phone makes that clear. But we’d still like to think that as grown-ups, we are brighter, more intelligent and better decision-makers than 6th graders. But are we? We had the opportunity recently, to …View full post
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) asks the Chief Executive Officer (CEO): “What if we spend time and money training our employees and they leave the company?” The CEO responds: “What if we don’t and they stay?” Taking time and resources to train your personnel is often looked at as a necessary evil. Training employees takes …View full post
Listening includes a lot more than just hearing words. Frequently, we need to interpret or infer a deeper or underlying message beyond the spoken word. We deploy many of our senses to detect non-verbal cues and assimilate our life experiences with the verbal message when we actively listen. Usually, the objective of a conversation is …View full post
One of the biggest challenges in risk management is risk identification. Humans are naturally optimistic, therefore we do not like to recognize or discuss risks. We need to incorporate processes such as scenario planning and the pre-mortem technique into our forecasting practices. These techniques help us overcome our aversion to recognizing and discussing risks. Only …View full post
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When it comes to managing projects, poor communications can result in increased project scope, the loss of multimillion dollar sales, and costly lawsuits. Since effective communication is grounded in the ability to listen effectively, perfecting this skill is well worth the effort.
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Even the most carefully planned project can run into trouble. Whatever the issue, the challenge of finding a solution falls to the project manager. Here are some useful tips to help adjust the plan.
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. . . an Innovative Approach to Managing Uncertainty. Innovations in information technology have enabled companies to adopt supply chain management as a critical element of their corporate strategies. Despite these breakthroughs, many companies have not fully realized the benefits of constructing collaborative relationships with supply chain partners. Professor Jack Muckstadt of Cornell University and …
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Project managers have to manage conflict. Teams are human, after all, and arguments can arise for all sorts of reasons, from disagreements over workflow to competing priorities. When conflicts arise, it’s the PM’s job to keep everyone moving forward, putting them together to thrash out technical differences or reach a compromise on resources.
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Are you giving your staff the training they need to best serve your clients? Sure, you’ll pay for the tax courses, but are you giving them the people skills—like problem solving, customer service and supervisory skills—that they need to make your firm the best it can be?
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It can be one of the most uncomfortable situations a project manager faces: You have a team member who simply isn’t delivering. Their work may be late or poor. They skip meetings or don’t file their progress reports in a timely manner. For whatever the reason, their role in the effort hasn’t gelled, and the …
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