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Category Archives for "For Chairpersons and Boards"

Complacency is a slow poison

The sense of entitlement, complacency and the imperial privilege can be observed even today in almost all the nations that once had a great empire – Spain, Portugal, Britain and France. Unfortunately, now the same feeling can be quite frequently seen in the United States, Australia and even Canada.         There seems to […]

What Causes Supply Chain Confusion

My last post “Supply Chain Confusion could kill your business“ generated several great comments from highly qualified professionals around the world, and in this post I want to explore the reasons for the confusion. Obviously, the confusion is debilitating, and unprofitable. I am sure readers will have their own experiences with the confusion in supply […]

Supply Chain Relationships- Partnerships Or Partnershaft?

By Stuart Emmett Business & Relationships Business and supply chain management maybe technically simple, but it is usually managerially difficult. In supply chains for example, there are many technically simple solutions which give better business performance. There are also many “hard” technical systems approaches such as, MRP and SAP, which are most useful and can […]

Tendering – The Only Way?

A serious look at Tendering by Stuart Emmett One of the key activities of procurement is to obtain acceptable agreements with suppliers by using the tendering and the negotiating processes. However, which of these two processes is best and why do some organisations use only tendering, whereas other organisations, will only negotiate? Let’s therefore briefly […]

Use Monte Carlo Simulations To Quickly Model Costs And Influence Stakeholders

By Doug Hudgeon The Cost Reduction Tip Taking your business down to its lowest possible operating cost typically involves changing (usually simplifying) processes. When preparing a business case for changing your current processes, it is usually easy to nail down system costs but people costs are almost always problematic. Even if you believe you can […]

Challenging Leadership Principles

By Stuart Emmett  This article puts over what I see as essential leadership principles. They are taken from my book “The Leadership Gospels” (2008) that uses as the key source, the gospels; the gospels being the reporting by four people (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) of the words and actions of the founder and leader […]

Empowerment And Email

by Stuart Emmett I am fed up with a lot of organisations. Is it just me? Do others find too many simple basic mistakes are being made these days by organisations? These mistakes are also being repeated many times and do not seem to get corrected. Why is this? One of my theories is that, […]

How Organizational Silos Can Ruin Your Supply Chain

Organizational silos are based on the division of labor, on organizing the labor in such a way that each individual specialized in what he/she knows best, so that it can all be integrated in such a manner that a cohesive whole which is created in the result is much better in quality and much cheaper […]

Dropping an Anchor – Strategic Thinking on Centralisation vs Decentralisation

The chief mate was on the forecastle with the bosun and 3 sailors preparing to anchor the ship. Master was on the bridge of the ship with the second mate, a helmsman and a lookout. The ship had just arrived in the pearl river delta after a long sea voyage, and this being the middle […]

Data DATA Everywhere – Not A Drop to Drink…

I had some personal experience in 1990 with the ancient mariners’ rhyme or The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere: Day after day, day after day, We stuck, nor breath nor motion; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean.

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