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What’s Not in My Bio

I speak at many conferences throughout the year, and I’m often asked for two things by conference organizers (besides a copy of my presentation): a photograph of me and my bio. The photo I send them was taken almost 15 years ago. I keep waiting for someone to send it back to me with a simple “Are you kidding me?” in the subject line, but I haven’t gotten that email yet, so as long as […]

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Will Social Kill the 800-lb Gorilla?

In a HBR podcast that aired last week, Nilofer Merchant, author of 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era, discusses the emergence of a new organizational model that threatens the power of 800-lb gorillas in business: “The 800-lb gorilla in business has been aspiration, and it worked as a metaphor — it was the one who dominated over others, perhaps in the form of pricing power or market control, market monopoly, and it […]

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You Are the New Vice President of Supply Chain Management! Now What?

If you were hired as the top Supply Chain Management executive at a company, what would be your top three initiatives to improve the company’s capabilities? Here is my list: 1.   Get the right people on board! You can’t accomplish anything else if you don’t have the right talent. The toughest part of the job will be getting rid of people who don’t have the right skills and attitudes. As a new executive, the best […]

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Guest Commentary: The Greatest Talent Pool Available – America’s Veterans

If I told you I had a candidate who, at age 25, had led 50+ people in very demanding situations with extremely high stress levels and was directly responsible for millions of dollars of budget, what would you think? My guess is you would say you were very interested in having that person as a leader in your company. That person is a military veteran. We are about to enter unprecedented times. Businesses will have […]

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