Tag Archive: people

Do You Live By Values Daily?

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We decided to participate in Executive Forums (an executive peer group) and Global Growth Cycle (a global consulting peer group) in order to stay up-to-date on what our clients need (sometimes even before they know they ‘need’ it).  After all, understanding what is successful as well as investing in our continual learning are important factors in long-term success. At a recent meetings of both groups, the importance of values arose.  Do you have values? And, more importantly, do you LIVE by values or are they just pasted on your wall (and ignored)? Because we felt it was important for LMA Consulting…
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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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Even The Best System Will Fail Without Talent

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As an ERP expert, it is quite clear to me that even the best systems will fail miserably if they don’t possess talent. Don’t even bother to select and implement an ERP system if you don’t have the “right” people on the bus. Start with executive support and continue on down through every position – everything is a team effort. Since we’ve worked with many clients on ERP projects, it is crystal clear what impact people will have on your business’s success. Throw out the notion that ERP is a technical topic! Instead, start thinking of it as a transformation…
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People Remain “In”

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No matter how many conversations go on about technology and the latest and greatest processes to drive results in manufacturing and distribution companies (including robots and automation taking over lower-skill positions), people remain “in”. Without exception, our best clients consider people their #1 asset. Who develops the programs for the robots? Who figures out how to utilize business analysis tools and predictive analysis/artificial intelligence concepts? And who implements best practice processes such as lean manufacturing, SIOP/S&OP and the like? People! There is zero doubt that the best people with mediocre machines, technologies and less-than-desirable systems will outperform mediocre people with…
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The People Element

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I find that the best process will fail with the wrong people. The best system will not drive results if the wrong people are involved. Yet if exceptional people are involved, even the most mediocre of processes and systems will thrive! People are your #1 asset. For example, I still vividly remember a project that had a “dream team” of people but the leader was inept. He managed to wipe out all progress continually – and frustrate the people to boot. On the other hand, I also remember several projects that looked somewhat hopeless in terms of delivering results according…
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Project Success Is All About the People

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In reviewing project successes and failures, it turns out that project success has little to do with the technical aspect of projects. Instead, it is all about the people. Within the last year, we’ve been called by clients struggling with issues ranging from poor delivery performance to sagging margins, while other clients want to ensure they are prepared for strong revenue growth. Every one of these clients required some sort of project to deliver the intended results – growth, profits, margins, cash flow, and efficiencies. Company sizes ranged from $7 million to $50 million to $250 million dollar facilities of…
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People, People, & People

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In real estate, almost everyone knows that location, location, location is the name of the game. The best house in the wrong location will not sell. It is imperative to pay attention to location. The same holds true in business success — it is all about people, people, and people. Who do you have on your team? Lately, in today’s Amazon-impacted business environment, we’ve been working with a few clients to rapidly increase service levels — to maintain happy customers, to grow the business, to gain a competitive advantage and for many more reasons. The degree and speed of success…
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5P Accelerator to Fast-Track Growth and Profits

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Our most successful clients are constantly thinking about where they are headed. They think about why they are going there — how does it fit with their vision? How does it have meaning for their customers? Employees? Supply chain partners? They also think about emerging trends — what is most likely to impact their business? What do they have control over? What opportunities can they leverage? Can they turn lemons into lemonade? How? Our role is to stay ahead of the curve so that I can help my clients achieve dramatic results. Thus, we’ve incorporated the following best practices and thinking…
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Observation

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It is worth it to take a step back on a daily basis, if not more frequently, to observe. There is a significant power in observation – for your business, your career and your life. Although observation sounds easy, it isn’t nearly as easy in reality.  A few strategies for success include: Start off your day by looking out the window – what do you see? It can go a long way to clear your mind and just observe. As you walk around your workplace, keep an eye out for what others might “step over” – a classic example of…
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Daily People Priorities

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I often state that people are our #1 asset – more important than any multi-million-dollar machine, ERP system, bank loan or the like. How are we treating our #1 asset on a daily basis? Have you thought about this lately? One way to ensure people remain top of mind (instead of in last place after all urgent customer needs, Board requests, bank requirements, etc.) is to follow these people priorities: Check in with your people every day – find out what is going on and how they are doing. Ask for ideas – get their minds stirring. Ask them who…
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