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How Lazy, Entitled, Coddled Millennials Strengthen Supply Chains

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Well I hate to admit it, but I am *technically* a millennial. (I like to think since I’m on the older side of the generation I’m just a bit wiser.) I worked with millennials when I managed interns in the central planning group at my last company. I have also recruited, interviewed, and trained many younger employees. I don’t like to admit I’m a millennial because they have quite a few negative connotations associated with them. In my experience, however, these negative qualities are superficial. I have taken a few common negative descriptors – lazy, entitled, and coddled – and reframed them in a way that makes them assets in supply chain. Lazy = Technologically…

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A Personal Invitation

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Today, I am excited to announce the launch of a community to help the supply chain professional. The community is open, available for all to share content, and engage in two-way dialogue in a meaningful way. Over the last six months we have pre-populated content—videos, podcasts, infographics, maturity models, and research studies—to spark impactful conversations. The community is currently in Open Beta. What does this mean? We are refining the workflows and functionality of this community, and we need your help to kick the tires and take it to the next level. We believe it is time to open the…

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Driving Research Excellence

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Pumpkin lattes. Colored leaves lining the streets. Frost on the car windows in the morning. No doubt about it, fall is here. I love the crisp air and blue skies of fall. For me, the fall season is a good time to reflect and start new things.  The rhythm of starting new things in September started for me in my school days. I was always excited when it was time to go back to school. I am stimulated by learning. I love the smell of new books, writing with a new sharp pencil, and beginning to learn something new. As…

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Globalization? Or Globaloney?

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I studied strategy and international management during my MBA program because I like to look forward. Back then I wasn’t as interested in the numbers of business, and I still owe my friend Kevin at least a portion of my degree for helping me get through statistics.  So, while I may have hated it, I made it through accounting, finance and statistics, and it prepared me to enter Corporate America. Back then I read books like The Tipping Point, The World Is Flat, and The Innovator’s Dilemma. They shaped how I thought about business. Recently, as I prepared to market…

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A New Career in Supply Chain

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There are lots of folks in the supply chain community that have years of experience. Then there are folks like me who are just cutting their teeth. Newbies such as myself realize how much opportunity is out there because supply chain is just SO BIG, and we start down a new career path bewildered and full of questions. “What should I do? How does that work? What does this mean?” Sometimes it’s a little intimidating to ask those questions because you’re trying to impress your new boss and don’t want to seem stupid. Trust me, I know. I came from…

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My Take: What Is the Difference between an Analyst and a Consultant?

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Gray and in his late fifties with a rumpled tan suit, the man wiped his chin vigorously. A bead of sweat sat precipitously on his forehead, as he turned to me while drinking a cup of coffee before the meeting started. He blurted with great energy, “How do you become an analyst?” I smiled. A little taken back, and trying to figure out how I knew this man, a myriad of images flashed in my mind as I tried to form a cogent answer to his question. It took me a minute to frame an answer, and then I said,…

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