Supply Chain Executive Commentary

  1. Ask The Consultant: How To Have One-To-One Meetings That Matter To Your IT Solutions Provider Team
    7/30/2015

    In business, we often talk about mission, vision, and values to our teams and the importance of ongoing discussions and communications around those major themes. 

  2. Just Own It: Can Self-Leadership Work In Your IT Solutions Provider?
    7/28/2015

    In the ultimate move toward self-leadership in the workplace, Zappos (among others) recently announced they were eliminating managers in an effort to keep things less corporate.  In a movement called holacracy, teams are expected to know what needs to get done and do it, focusing on the relationships rather than the individual to meet objectives.

  3. What To Consider When Planning Your Business Exit Strategy, Part I
    7/24/2015

    One of the areas I spend considerable time on is helping business owners prepare for and then complete an exit from the business they often founded and have worked in for decades. Let’s get one thing straight:  It is a big deal for an entrepreneurial owner to exit his or her business. In fact, it is a very big deal. The saddest call I receive comes from a small business owner that has worked in their company for decades. It was their creation, and they have poured sweat and blood into building it to where it is today.

  4. 6 Uses For IoT Sensors In Equipment Manufacturing
    7/22/2015

    It seems you can’t read any technology-related news these days without hearing about the potential of the Internet of Things to revolutionize the way we engage with the world. The reason? It’s a really big deal! The IoT promises to be the most disruptive technological advance since … well …. the Internet.

  5. Leadership Lessons Learned By A Systems Integrator On A 7,500-Mile Rally To Mongolia
    7/22/2015

    The most important leadership lessons come from the least likely scenarios. I’ve found this to be true throughout my career as an entrepreneur and executive, and it’s part of the reason I’ll spend a few weeks this summer driving thousands of miles across Europe in a tiny car I rescued from the scrap heap.

  6. 4 Reasons Small Labels Deliver Big Business Benefits For Manufacturers
    7/20/2015

    When was the last time you’ve considered the business impact of a simple label? The need and importance of labels has morphed well beyond just packaging and shipping. In fact, there are more than 25,000 combinations of labels, tags, and ribbons available to support many different manufacturing labelling applications. Why so many? Consider the number and cost of parts found in electronic and medical devices today. There are 15 component and packaging labels needed to manufacture and ship a typical smartphone alone.

  7. When Employees Put Data At Risk: Medical IT Client Horror Tales That Will Convince You To Encrypt (Part 2)
    7/15/2015

    Previously, we chilled you with a haunting tale of a medical practice that would not listen to warnings to encrypt, even after an ex-contractor stole a computer holding unprotected private medical information. It caused our IT and security services company to end that relationship rather than risk being arty to a damaging HIPAA violation.

  8. When Employees Put Data At Risk: Medical IT Client Horror Tales That Will Convince You To Encrypt (Part 1)
    7/15/2015

    While we all want to trust the people we work with, our experience implementing and managing IT and security services shows that employees go rogue more often than you might expect. Unaccounted-for data and files can be especially damaging in the healthcare field, where HIPAA compliance requires that medical facilities take reasonable measures to protect patient privacy.

  9. The Best Business Advice: Don’t Worry About What Other People Think
    7/15/2015

    I grew up in a family where advice was flowing most of the time, whether solicited or not. My dad was always providing his perspective on life and all things happening around us. For a lot of years, I really didn’t appreciate it so much. But as I grew older and actually began to listen to what he said, it suddenly became a lot more relevant. Now that he’s gone especially, I recognize the brilliance of much of what he shared and wish he were still here as I know I have more to learn.

  10. The Transition From Entrepreneur To Leader (Part 2): Multiply Influence by Maximizing Engagement
    7/13/2015

    In a previous blog post entitled “The Transition from Entrepreneur to Leader,” I wrote that without a doubt the biggest challenges most small businesses face revolve around people in the key areas of leadership (the people at the top) and employees (the people who do the work).  In this installment I want to write about people and what we as leaders need to do to ensure we maximize engagement for the people on our teams.

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