In January 2014 it was 5 years ago that I arrived in Australia from the Netherlands. As I did several times before, I quit my job, moved country and started a new job. An approach that is not always helpful if you want to climb the corporate ladder, but it is great for getting new ideas and new life experiences that feeds curiosity and the soul.
In Australia I picked up writing or blogging with a focus on supply chain management and planning. I also did some research through a questionnair called ‘The S&OP pulse check’. The document attached looks back at 4 years of writing, with 30 blogs on Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) or Integrated Business Planning (IBP). You’ll find that I use both terminologies randomly.
My first blog ever ‘The behavioural supply chain’, was triggered after my aha moment that country cultures can’t be changed, but company cultures can be changed. Before that I focussed on how cultural differences between countries and geographies can be a barrier to implement great S&OP. This interest was fuelled because I worked across many countries.
It was after the merger speech from a CEO, when I realized that great leadership can change a company culture and make it more suitable to implement and sustain a complex business process like S&OP. You’ll find blogs grouped accordingly under leadership and company culture.
Although leaders have the biggest change impact, S&OP practitioners can’t walk away from their responsibility to facilite and sustain S&OP change in process and behaviours. They have to be aware of their soft skills maturity and work hard and show resilience to cross the functional silo’s and drive collaboration. You’ll find these blogs grouped under S&OP and the right brain as well as under my other S&OP muses.
Several blogs have been edited and published in well known magazines like the Journal of Business Forecasting, the AFP Exchange and the quarterly Supply Chain Movement. In this document, the blogs are copied and pasted raw from my website, with a minor amount of editing. There might be some overlap, the timeorder might have changed too, so that’s what you can expect!
Here it is: A S&OP journey by blog
I hope you enjoy it and get something out of it. Let me know if you do.