supply chain management
For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs, News

Asian Banker Summit 2015 – Connecting Finance with Supply Chains

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

​Read More
Artboard-1mdpi
Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For Boutiques and Consultants, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs

Understanding and Using Resistance – in Business Transformations Using SCM 3.0

19 years ago, when studying for MBA, our Professor in Change Management, Dexter Dunphy told us that Change Management is nothing but management of downside. I understood that his point was every change has a downside – and as a change manager, the most important job you have to do is to understand the downside

​Read More
ship-sink
Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For Boutiques and Consultants, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs

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

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

​Read More
supply chain management
Business Strategy, For Boutiques and Consultants, For CEOs, For CXOs and VPs, For Supply Chain Software Companies, Sales & Operations Planning, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Supply Chain Execution

How Organizational Silos Can Ruin Your Supply Chain

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

​Read More
supply chain management
Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs

Dropping an Anchor – Strategic Thinking on Centralisation vs Decentralisation

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

​Read More
Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs, Strategic Supply Chain Simulations, Supply Chain Strategy

These Global Business Network Winners Know – ‘The Game Has Changed Again.’

When I explain to people that supply chain 3.0 is real, in general, I get three type of responses. Most of the McKinsey (or their clone) trained strategists ask me to show data to back up this assertion. On the other hand, more intuitive executives (mainly from sales and marketing background, as I observe) ask me

​Read More
Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs

Five Key Cornerstones of The 5-STAR Business Network

There are five key Cornerstones of success in building and harnessing effective global business networks So what are these 5 key cornerstones of the super networked businesses that lead to these networks being called the 5-STAR Business Networks? As an aid to memory, I have given them mnemonic names in order, shown below (see the

​Read More
supply chain management
Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For CEOs, For CXOs and VPs, Supply Chain Strategy

What Did Ikea Do When Suppliers Blockaded Its Business

Imagine if you were a small sized furniture seller, and suddenly your suppliers refused to supply furniture to you because they allege that you are selling at too low a price. And, when you went to another manufacturer, they refused too. In fact, it turns out that all manufacturers have decided to boycott your business because

​Read More
supply chain management
Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For Boutiques and Consultants, For CEOs, For CXOs and VPs, Inventory Optimisation, Production Planning and Scheduling, Sales & Operations Planning, Supply Chain Strategy

Any One of These Five Confusions in Your Company Could Wipe Out the Entire Profit for the Year

There is no doubt that confusion results in loss of action. Because clarity is the basis of all actions. Clarity gives you confidence and confidence results in action. Imagine a scenario where you need to make a decision and, to make a decision you need information, some of which is missing. Generally speaking, you will

​Read More
supply chain management
Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards

If Your Company’s Form Following Its Function?

(Scroll to the bottom to see the entire cartoon in the picture above) I was shocked when I heard of the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands Inc. The $2.5 billion maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread had about 33 plants, 565 distribution centers and 570 bakery outlet stores across the United States. I have no doubt

​Read More