A Short Guide to Behavioural Coaching in Support of World Class S&OP

To be most effective, S&OP requires a positive, growth-oriented, mentally tough mindset as well as constructive behaviours. It is unlikely that a critical mass of effective behaviours is present in every company that implements S&OP. On top of this, S&OP practitioners indicate that behaviours are not addressed enough in S&OP implementations. There are different behavioural change requirements during S&OP maturity stages. This article suggests three … Continue reading A Short Guide to Behavioural Coaching in Support of World Class S&OP

Why we Need to Rethink S&OP Vision, Culture, and Language

PREVIEW In their three-part Foresight series entitled “Misconceptions, Missteps, and Bad Practices in S&OP,” (Foresight issues 46, 47, 48) Chris Gray and John Dougherty expose a baker’s dozen of blunders blocking the road to an effective S&OP process.  S&OP Is the New Name for ERP. To Make S&OP Work, We’ll Need New Software. For Our Company, S&OP Is Operations (O) and Inventory without Involving Sales (S)! Make to Stock, … Continue reading Why we Need to Rethink S&OP Vision, Culture, and Language

The S&OP Pulse Check 2017 results

The S&OP pulse check is a unique survey that provides new and different types of insights for S&OP practitioners. The S&OP pulse check started in 2010 and is this year in its 6th edition. Thanks to everybody who has made the 2017  S&OP survey possible. Key insights this year are: People & Culture Effective S&OP processes see more positive cultural change Mental Toughness supports effective … Continue reading The S&OP Pulse Check 2017 results

4 Phases of Behavioural Change in the Journey to S&OP Excellence #1

An S&OP implementation requires many changes, not the least behavioural change.  However, there are different behavioural change requirements during a journey to S&OP excellence.  These behavioural changes often require coaching to be addressed properly. In four posts, four coaching phases will be explained to support leaders with behavioural change required to reach S&OP excellence. These are; Coach to change, coach to sustain, coach for excellence … Continue reading 4 Phases of Behavioural Change in the Journey to S&OP Excellence #1

A new definition for Integrated Business Planning

In one of my S&OP pulse check surveys, I asked participants the following question; ‘Do you believe there is a difference between S&OP and IBP?’ Most (48%) of the 120 survey participants believe there is a difference. 20% answered ‘don’t know’ and the remaining 32% believed there is no difference.  The answers made me realize I actually don’t know any widely acknowledged definition for IBP. And … Continue reading A new definition for Integrated Business Planning

Leading S&OP/IBP across geographies

This is the last in a series of four articles on leading an effective S&OP/IBP culture. The first article was on effective S&OP/IBP behaviour. The second article on leading S&OP/IBP change. The third article discussed on how to lead sustainable S&OP/IBP and introduced the ‘S&OP leadership quadrant’. This fourth article is about leading S&OP/IBP across geographies. Leading S&OP/IBP across geographies Once a company starts crossing the borders other complexity … Continue reading Leading S&OP/IBP across geographies

Leading S&OP/IBP change

This is the second in a series of four articles on leading an effective S&OP/IBP culture. The first article  was on S&OP/IBP behaviour. This second article is on leading S&OP/IBP change. Leading S&OP / IBP change Whilst implementing S&OP/IBP, you and your company will go through a change process. Leading S&OP/IBP is about leading change in processes, systems and behaviour and you need support to … Continue reading Leading S&OP/IBP change