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Conflict & Collaboration in the Supply Chain

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Have you thought about the role of conflict and collaboration in the supply chain?  When thinking of supply chain from creation to customer, there are many links and connections.  In the current supply chain model, there are connections between and among suppliers, transportation partners, manufacturers, outside processors, distributors, customers, end consumers, and much more. Within any of these connection points, there are another set of links and connections between new product development/ R&D, sales, operations, finance, HR/ staffing, and any more.  Given the sheer number of variations of connections, it becomes a critical link in achieving success. Therefore, the concepts…
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Harvey Mudd Student Projects & Innovations Related to Cancer

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Earlier this week I attended some clinic presentations at Harvey Mudd and the value of innovation hit home! The type of education and experiences you provide for your employees and team members will make a difference. Do you find a way to provide an experience?
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Manufacturing is HOT

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In the last week, not only have there been several articles about the positive strides manufacturing is making but it also has come up in several presentations we have attended such as the Inland Empire Economic Forecast. Here is a compilation of just a few of the HOT topics and trends.
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Best Practices and the Bellagio Fountain

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Kash Gokli (head of Harvey Mudd’s manufacturing and clinic programs) and I led our 12th Harvey Mudd executive roundtable last week on the topic of best practices. One executive spoke about the importance of human capital. Also, think about how you can grow with or without money invested. Regardless of where you are, best practices are well-worth the investment.
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I’ve Been Thinking about Competition – Or Are They?

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Last week, Kash Gokli (Professor of Manufacturing Practice and Director of the Engineering Clinic at Harvey Mudd) and I led our most recent Harvey Mudd Executive Roundtable on the topic of competition. We created these roundtables to bring Southern California executives together to network and discuss timely topics for organization success. We had a fascinating discussion about two general themes: How to develop a strategy to make you stand out from the crowd so you have no competition AND how to collaborate with your competition for win-win success. In today’s Amazon-impacted, competitive world, it is wise to be thinking about…
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Harvey Mudd College Wins APICS West Coast Student Case Competition

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The APICS Southwest District recently hosted 23 teams in San Diego from the Western United States, Hong Kong and Mexico in a student case competition to solve computer-simulated supply chain problems, provide analysis and present their recommendations. Undergraduate team Harvey Mudd College won the top spot representing the Southwest District in the national competition in San Antonio, Texas. These simulations challenged students, most with backgrounds in operations management, supply chain management, business management, industrial engineering, or MBA students, to create solutions to the problems posed and provide the rationale for their recommendations. Their work cumulated into judged presentations explaining their strategies and proposed outcomes.…
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The Importance of Recognition

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On the 10 year anniversary of my business, I recognized 10 people for 10 years as LMA Advocates — people who have gone over and beyond, resulting in LMA Consulting’s growth and success. I truly appreciate their support, expertise, ideas, feedback, etc. I would not be here today without them — and certainly not leading a growing consulting practice that helps manufacturers & distributors make — and keep — bold customer promises AND profits. I have the best job — helping clients and the people within my clients achieve significant successes. What could be better? At my 10-year bash, I committed to…
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The Power of IP (Intellectual Property)

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Last week, Kash Gokli, the head of Harvey Mudd’s manufacturing program and I facilitated an executive roundtable discussion with CEO’s and senior leaders from around Southern California on the topic of IP. We had an IP guru at the roundtable to talk about IP and answer questions. It was a fascinating discussion. Do you develop new products to grow your business and to serve your market’s needs? Do you have proprietary processes? Most likely, we all have valuable intellectual property, and we should protect it. The value of a business often relates back to the value of IP! As we…
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Our Competition is Complacency

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I attended a conference for ProVisors (premier organization of senior-level trusted advisers) group leaders earlier today. It was energizing to spend the day with top notch trusted advisers and leaders. One of the speakers was talking about the power of collaboration vs. competition. I’ve found this to be true in my group as well. If two people who seem like competitors (perhaps two CPA’s) look for ways to work together, their business increases exponentially. For example, 1+1=16. If they see each other as competition, business declines. In this case 1+1=.5. In essence a scarcity thought process! The bottom line is…
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Collaboration Rules

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Collaboration is pivotal to success for manufacturers and distributors. Supply chains are connected to a larger degree than ever before.  Global is commonplace.  Customers and manufacturers talk frequently.  Suppliers collaborate with manufacturers on developing new products.  Collaborative planning, forecasting and VMI programs are commonplace.  In many industries such as aerospace and distribution, they are a “must”.  Consumers have gained a more powerful voice with social media.  Feedback is immediate.  The bottom line is that collaboration has evolved from a fluffy concept to a vital and pragmatic one. Certainly, collaboration arises on a daily basis in my consulting practice.  More and…
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