Unlocking the power of social

My last blog, the-power-of-social was a comment on Lora Cerere’s blog on social in the supply chain. In the comments Lora mentioned; ‘so though for an organization to listen. It’s just not in their DNA. What do you think that it takes to make this shift?’ The answer I believe is refreshingly simple; make it part of the company DNA! Or in other words, make … Continue reading Unlocking the power of social

A humble change lesson

If you have been following my blog for a while now, you might have picked up that I like the change management author Rick Maurer. He writes in a simplistic and humoristic way about the sometimes serious topic of change. I’ve used his 3 level resistance model from his book ‘Beyond the wall of resistance’ to map key stakeholders up to the most senior level … Continue reading A humble change lesson

Is your supply chain in flow?

Proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in the positive psychology, ‘Flow’ is the mental state in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are … Continue reading Is your supply chain in flow?

Demand driven & agile supply chains

The last couple of weeks I read it several times. ‘Supply chains must be demand driven’, or ‘you have to be agile to survive in today’s global competitive environment’, ‘you’re agile or you’re dead!’. Some S&OP models suggest that being demand driven is the highest form of maturity. This seems mostly advocated by AMR Research and Gartner. Before you think otherwise, let me tell you that I … Continue reading Demand driven & agile supply chains

Most Black Swans are business as usual

Since I came to Australia I know that black swans are common. I actually go regularly feed these swans with my two girls. For my two girls, black swans are as any duck or sheep; perfectly common animals. According to Taleb in his book The Black Swan, black swans follow the 3 following criteria: The event is a surprise for the observer The event has … Continue reading Most Black Swans are business as usual

In optimization, settle for the near optimum

As an MSc in operations management, I started my career analysing inventory parameters in a 35 main distribution centre, up to 350 locations, four level multi-echelon inventory network. The odd 100.000 spare parts my department was planning ranged from 0.01 US$ to 200k US$ in cost price and demand ranged from less then 1 spare part a year to over a 1000. The whole goal … Continue reading In optimization, settle for the near optimum