Why Persistence Matters

August 30, 2017

Typically when I talk about persistence, I refer to my Mom because she is very persistent. I’m glad that wore off on me. However, this time, I am referring to several people: an ACA Group colleague, Ellen Kane; a Manufacturing Council of the Inland Empire colleague, Wally Brithinee; and one of my APICS Inland Empire Board of Directors Tony Martinez. I have been involved in the APICS West Coast Student Case Competition since the first year when Ellen Kane founded it with three teams from two schools. Now, I’ve acted as co-chair with Ellen (pictured below with me at the 2017 event), and it has grown into a highly successful competition with 25 teams from all over the world and over 100 students attending our sold-out “West Coast” competition. Thanks to persistence from Ellen and the team.

Lisa Anderson with Ellen Kane

Lisa with Ellen Kane at the 2017 APICS West Coast Student Case Competition

My APICS Inland Empire chapter had one of the original teams to compete (Cal Poly Pomona) and has expanded greatly with multiple teams from Cal Poly and CSUSB, as well as new teams from Harvey Mudd (the 2017 grand prize winner!) and the University of LaVerne. None of this would have been possible without the expert support and generous contributions from our chapter and the Board of Directors, especially Tony Martinez (thanks Tony!). And, after close to 10 years of trying and not giving up (persistence), with a push from Wally Brithinee (pictured below with students from Harvey Mudd and the head of their manufacturing program, Kash Gokli) and Tony Martinez, we have finally been successful in bringing UCR on board as well. We are thrilled to have significant participation of students in the future of manufacturing and supply chain!

Wally Brithinee wth Harvey Mudd Students

Wally Brithinee with students from Harvey Mudd and the head of their manufacturing program, Kash Gokli

One tip to implement this week: 

Have you ever given up? I’d be surprised if you haven’t since we all have! With that said, I can guarantee that most of my greatest success has come after 99% of people would have given up. Sometimes I’m truly successful solely because I’m persistent and keep going until I find a way, assuming someone somewhere has achieved the goal. Because beating your head against the wall for a truly impossible task is not a good plan either!  I definitely wouldn’t have my consulting practice today if I hadn’t learned this skill from my Mom. And we wouldn’t have such a huge involvement of students in manufacturing and distribution without Ellen, Wally and Tony.

Actually, I find that most people give up when on the brink of success. Please have persistence and take a second look at options before giving up. Or, gain help. Note that I wouldn’t have been successful without Ellen, Wally and Tony and a host of other people. Instead, put your mind to work on how to overcome an immediate obstacle and then navigate one step at a time.


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