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The Importance of Continual Learning

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Recently, we updated our website.  It prompted a lot of thinking about many aspects of business.  One is the importance of continual learning.  As you’ll see on our Continual Learning webpage, it is a priority.  With that said, I’ve noticed that the most successful people (clients, colleagues, fellow Board members etc.) have continual learning in common.  There is definitely something behind this trend!  It reminds me of one of our LMA Advocate winners, Valerie Ladd – her continual learning is quite impressive.  She never stops learning – and all with a positive attitude to boot. When thinking about continual learning…
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Trans-Pacific Trade Delays – Are You Prepared?

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Thanks to Dave Porter for recently sharing: Vessel operations and capacity in the last 10 days have been severely impacted by two typhoons in Asia (Central & North China).  Major ports such as Shanghai have been shut down for 2-3 days which has caused a ripple effect such as roll overs and cargo backlog.   In essence, it is creating havoc – vessels are leaving before the entire operation is concluded (leaving many containers behind); port calls are being omitted and/or cancelled; and, heavy congestion and berthing delays are occurring.  If that wasn’t enough, rates are going up again 15-20% as…
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Miniature Office Golf & a Pathway to Know, Like & Trust

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I attended a ProVisors social of miniature office golf last week.  We had great fun (thanks to James Valmonte and Kit Mac Nee for arranging such a great social).  As you’ll see, there was much creativity in setting up golf holes in an office setting.  I liked the hazards – especially the water holes! Although I can hang in there with scramble golf, I didn’t fare as well with mini office golf.  But who can complain about winning a  booby prize? Regardless of golf skills, it was enjoyable.  It is also a great way to get to know colleagues better.  People do business,…
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U.S. Small Business Optimism Climbs to 2nd Highest on Record!

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A National Federation of Independent Business survey reported that U.S. small business optimism is close to a record high and is at the highest level in 35 years!  Fueled by tax cuts, deregulation and robust consumer demand, business owners are optimistic about the future.  As a result, unfilled job openings rose to a new record. Not only did 23% expect to create new openings in the next three months but 23% also cited finding qualified workers as the single most important business problem, nearing the highest in 45 years.  Are you appreciating your talent? What Should We Consider and/or What…
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My Backstory & How We Develop Talents

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I’ve heard backstory expert, Mark Levy, speak several times over multiple years.  The light bulb didn’t go off in my mind regarding my backstory until a month ago – thanks to a conversation with Nancy Cramer.  Much appreciated Nancy (a colleague who has helped me with a few key concepts over the years)! Although my backstory is a bit longer than I’d like for this newsletter, I’m posting it anyway.  It’s a good example of how skills are derived and helps to explain where my talent for maximizing multiple variables came from.   (None of these pictures are of me.  However, I will share a video…
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6 Questions Predict People Success or Failure in 2018

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Technology is taking over the world, is it worth considering the top priorities for people in our new interconnect world.
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The Value of Getting to Know Each Other

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The holidays tends to bring on conversations with old colleagues and catching up with family, friends and clients.  Often times, we zip through life and business and don’t stop to get to know the people we interact with on a daily basis.  How could this be?   I have a few colleagues and friends who are particularly good at finding out all about the lives of people they work with (without wasting all sorts of time).  They always seem to have some detail I never knew about someone I talk with frequently about business matters.  Couldn’t we always do better?   You…
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Manufacturing is at a Peak!

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Manufacturing is at an all time peak, and shows no signs of slowing down.
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Holiday Parties & Diversity

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Creating diversity doesn’t require rules and regulations, but instead valuing different ideas, solutions and points of view.
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Lisa Anderson Named in Top 40 B2B Tech Influencers

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Originally published on Expertclick on November 29, 2017 CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – November 29, 2017 –   Supply Chain Expert and Consultant, Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP, CLTD, has been named in the Top 40 B2B Tech Influencers by the arketi group, a high-tech PR and digital marketing firm located in Atlanta, Georgia.  Focused on B2B technology, public relations and digital marketing for business-to-business products and services, arketi believes in influencer marketing. Identifying top tech influencers furthers their strategies. “I am delighted to be recognized by the arketi group.  Leveraging technologies is key to supply chain success” commented Lisa Anderson, President of the…
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