Tag Archive: cross-functional

The Value of Your Cross-Functional Network

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One of the keys emerging from APICS 2017 wasn’t from a session; instead, it was seeing the value of your cross-functional network.
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Winning Leadership Traits for Project Success

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No matter the topic of your project, it will be more successful if the project leader utilizes winning leadership traits. As our HR mentor used to say, “It begins and ends with people!” Therefore, leadership is the name of the game, assuming you want to win the game. In project management, this is even more critical because most project teams are groups of cross-functional resources who do not report to the same line manager. Thus, the project leader has to use influence leadership in addition to command and control leadership. Actually, command and control leadership doesn’t even work long-term for…
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Cross-Functional Success

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Although working cross-functionally is a basic tenet in every organization we’ve ever seen, it remains elusive to many. Certainly the topic arises frequently no matter what product or service is offered as coordination is required to conduct business. For example, we are working with a company to prepare for go-live, and the most challenging aspect lately has been to get every functional area to work in concert with each other within the order fulfillment process. Unfortunately, it requires more than simple coordination, although that alone would be a start in many organizations. In our case, as errors arise (which is…
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Keeping an ‘Eagle Eye’ on Priorities

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I’m frequently reminded of how critical priorities can be. Of course, this is why it is one of the pillars in my 5P Accelerator model for fast-tracking results. Do you pay attention to priorities? You should!   In today’s Amazon-impacted world, my clients want — and need — quick results. Fast progress will not occur if you are working on the wrong priorities. It seems apparent; however, it is worth noting as it is such a common occurrence. Here are some recent examples and types of priorities to ponder:  Priority clarity: I’ve been working on an ERP project design and implementation. Priorities…
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Have You Performed a Supply Chain Checkup Lately?

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As supply chains have become complex, it is no longer a “nice-to-have” to perform supply chain checkups. It has become an imperative. Supply chain performance will have a direct impact on whether a company can grow, whether customers are happy (or searching for competitive alternatives), whether profit will increase, and whether cash will be available. Thus, it must move from being an afterthought to a vital component of strategy. Supply chains have countless components and moving parts. Strategy, culture, people, processes, and systems are all relevant and must be considered in supply chain design. They are cross-functional, cross-organizational and global.…
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