Category Archives for "For CEOs"

The Second Biggest Mistake in Business Transformations

GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN GROUP

In this article I want to focus on the second biggest mistake companies make during business transformations. In case you are wondering why I am focusing on the second biggest mistake rather than the biggest one – it is because I have already written a blog post on that topic last week. Here is the link to […]

The Mysteries of Supply Chains

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I have been asked this question a lot on Quora, as well in my board and other speeches. A lot of supply chain commentary is becoming too technical and mysterious. Supply Chain Software sellers have a vested interest in creating the mystique – similar to what McKinsey used to do about 20 years ago. But […]

Nokia Sheds Iconic Phone Unit in an Attempt to Re-bundle Itself

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Virtually all its shareholders gave their approval, and with a stroke of pen the Finnish firm that once dominated the global mobile phone market officially announced the sale of its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp yesterday. The $US 7.4 billion deal will see Nokia transform its business model into a telecom equipment and network […]

BIG PICTURE vs REAL PICTURE – What is Required for Business Transformations?

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Global shipping is a very cut-throat business where you can make a lot of money just by buying and selling ships at the right time. So ships in operation are sold quite regularly. When I was in shipping – there were two kind of buyers who visited the ships to inspect them prior to purchasing them. […]

What I Learnt About Business Transformations Fighting Pirates (Not in the Caribbean)! – Part 1

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I was reminded of this story because I was talking about it in a workshop on business transformation last week. I repeat it here because it will be relevant to many people fighting the hard corporate battle, many times without adequate backup. Here is the true incident without any build-up or embellishment. You have to allow […]

How Organizational Silos Can Ruin Your Supply Chain

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Organizational silos are based on the division of labor, on organizing the labor in such a way that each individual specialized in what he/she knows best, so that it can all be integrated in such a manner that a cohesive whole which is created in the result is much better in quality and much cheaper […]

Dropping an Anchor – Strategic Thinking on Centralisation vs Decentralisation

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The chief mate was on the forecastle with the bosun and 3 sailors preparing to anchor the ship. Master was on the bridge of the ship with the second mate, a helmsman and a lookout. The ship had just arrived in the pearl river delta after a long sea voyage, and this being the middle […]

Asian Banker Summit 2015 – Connecting Finance with Supply Chains

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On 14 – 16 April 2015 in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, nearly 2000 top bankers and other professionals from all over the world are going to congregate to discuss the future of finance in business and society. I am speaking in two panels –  the opening leadership dialogue around 9.30 or […]

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