Paul Myerson introduces his book, Introduction to Supply Chain and Logistics Management Made Easy, where he not only defines the supply chain but also offers insight into its various components, tools, and technology to help improve your understanding so that you can use it as a competitive tool in your business.
Visible megaproject failures such as Boeing’s 787 "Dreamliner" get plenty of media and political attention, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. Most change failures are below the waterline, either failures of standard change programs, or difficulties with everyday, nonprogrammatic change. In this chapter from The Science of Successful Organizational Change: How Leaders Set Strategy, Change Behavior, and Create an Agile Culture, Paul Gibbons explores why business has the lowest standards for "knowledge" and the lowest standards for entry among the professions, and how these deficiencies can be improved.
The authors of A Guide to Six Sigma and Process Improvement for Practitioners and Students: Foundations, DMAIC, Tools, Cases, and Certification, 2nd Edition explain that if you can release the intrinsic motivation that lies within all of us it can actually fill you with energy so you can enjoy what you do and look forward to doing it, day after day and year after year.
Randal Wilson introduces his book, Mastering Project Time Management, Cost Control, and Quality Management: Proven Methods for Controlling the Three Elements that Define Project Deliverables, which gives managers powerful insights and tools for addressing the "Triple Constraints" that define virtually every project: time, cost, and quality.
For those of you in the United States I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and that you had plenty of time to spend enjoying your loved ones. We spent the week in Phoenix where we enjoyed time with terrific family and friends. I planned on doing my newsletter over the holiday but had too much fun doing little things with my wife and kids. Precious times indeed.
The United States and the rest of the world has been watching the Presidential election with a wide range of emotions including fear, excitement, uncertainty, angst, and wonder. History was made with the election of Barack Obama. Many were elated, many were disappointed. Regardless of political affiliation, my faith tells me to respect the authority of our leaders and to pray for them. President-elect Obama has many challenges facing him and he deserves our respect as leader and commander in chief.
I hope that during these times you are keeping your head above water and keeping good balance in your work and personal life. It’s going to be a busy couple of months for me between writing, speaking engagements, and consulting aside from my important role as a husband, father and friend. I talk a lot about keeping work/life balance not only for you but also as a reminder for me. Heaven knows I need it!
It's happened to many of us. We go through a first interview thinking we've nailed it but the phone doesn't ring for a second interview. Sometimes it's due to poor job fit, but at other times there's something we've done which leaves a bad taste in the prospective employer's mouth. Watch for these problem areas and increase the likelihood of a call-back...