Archive for leadership development

The Case for Competing on Logistics Talent

There is a lot of buzz these days about there being a shortage of supply chain and logistics talent in the market. While much of the focus has been on white-collar positions, finding, hiring, and retaining talent at the frontlines of operations – such as drivers and distribution center employees – is equally challenging and important. And this holds true not only for companies that manage logistics operations in-house, but for logistics service providers as […]

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Dump the Performance Review: A Better Way to Evaluate Supply Chain Talent

The transportation manager you hired last year — in large part because of his success at reducing transportation costs at previous employers — was able to reduce your transportation spend by 17 percent this year, way above the 10 percent target you had set. You highlight this accomplishment in his performance review, and you further recognize his success by giving him an end-of-year bonus. But does he deserve it? If you go strictly by WHAT […]

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Great Advice for Young Professionals from Supply Chain Executives

Earlier this year, I launched Talking Logistics, a weekly online video talk show where I interview thought leaders and newsmakers in the supply chain and logistics industry. One of my goals was provide students and young professionals with an interactive platform to engage and network with industry executives. I’ve had many great guests over the past five months, and I’ve asked many of them the same question: What advice would you give to students and […]

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The Most Important Attribute of a Supply Chain Leader

Last summer, I led a workshop with a group of supply chain executives where we discussed the following question: What skills, knowledge, and expertise must an executive have to lead a supply chain organization effectively in today’s increasingly global, dynamic, and risky business environment? The group discussed many leadership attributes, but the one that was viewed as the most important was the ability to develop, manage, and grow positive and productive relationships with peers, customers, […]

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A Supply Chain Course Designed by You

What is the shelf life of a supply chain management book? I’ve been asking executives this question for the past few years and the general consensus is about two years. Sure, there are certain fundamentals of supply chain management that are timeless, but when you consider the rapid and ongoing changes in technology, business models, economic conditions, government regulations, and a variety of other factors, it’s clear that “the book on supply chain management” is […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 21-25, 2013)

It’s been a brutally cold week, so grab a blanket and something hot to drink, and let’s go straight to this week’s news. Infor SCE 10.2 Adds Mobility, Innovation to Logistics Management HighJump TrueCommerce EDI Solutions Adds New Transaction History and Reporting Features Union Pacific Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 2.8% in December Wal-Mart Toughens Supplier Policies (Wall Street Journal) Apple steps up labor audits, finds underage workers […]

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