Responsibility – Joe, Sherry and The Corps …

By Fred Crans | Posted on: June 30, 2014

Responsibility seems like a fairly straightforward topic. Yep, the Excellent Organization will display the trait, “Responsibility.” But what does that mean? Does it mean that the people who work for the organization are “responsible”? Does it mean that the department … Continue reading

Implementing Rigor

By Ed Hisscock | Posted on: May 21, 2014

It’s not that hard. Fred opens his post this month with the statement that rigor is hard. I disagree, slightly. Rigor, in my opinion, is only hard at the outset. Once established, the flywheel takes over and rigor becomes just … Continue reading

For Extraordinary Results, Rigor Must be the Framework and Discipline to Get You There

By Darren Vianueva | Posted on: May 21, 2014

In the purest sense rigor is strictness, severity or harshness when dealing with people or the full extreme severity of rules. In supply chain, rigor is about bringing discipline, rules, thoroughness, consistencies and framework to processes and operations. It is … Continue reading

Rigor (This is Hard)

By Fred Crans | Posted on: May 21, 2014

The third “R” is Rigor. And brother, this is a hard one to write about – at least for me. Ask anyone what the term means and you will get several variations of the same thing: Rigor is hard – … Continue reading

The Power of a Personal Connection to Our Work

By Ed Hisscock | Posted on: April 22, 2014

I am pleased to have Susan Tyk and Fred Crans writing on relationships (not networking) in this issue. They are masters of this topic in our industry. The fact is, our whole industry feels like a relationship to me. Sounds … Continue reading

Don’t Miss Opportunities to Forge Relationships

By Susan Tyk | Posted on: April 22, 2014

Life really is about the quality of our relationships. I taught my children early on the value of relationships and being resourceful in getting to know as many people as you can. My son Dan learned at the age of … Continue reading

Relationships — The Heart of It All

By Fred Crans | Posted on: April 22, 2014

A guy who has been married three times should not be allowed to pen an article on the value of forming effective, long-term relationships. Lucky for me, our ongoing topic in this newsletter, the Six Rs for a reformed supply … Continue reading

Seizing the Day to Make Supply Chain Relevant

By Ed Hisscock | Posted on: March 17, 2014

As I read Fred Crans’ “relevance” piece this month I recalled something I wrote five years ago on what supply chain practitioners should be doing to seize the opportunities inherent in healthcare reform. Is what I thought still relevant? I … Continue reading

For What It’s Worth

By Thomas Sisk | Posted on: March 17, 2014

When Fred Crans approached me to write a piece on relevance, my first thought was, “He’s setting me up for the Marx Brothers bit from ‘Duck Soup.’ ” Chicolini: Now I ask you one…What is it has a trunk but no … Continue reading

How to Stay Relevant

By Fred Crans | Posted on: March 17, 2014

In the spring of 2006, my aunt, Charlene Norris, was dying of cancer. She lived out her final days being cared for by her son Robin, his wife Cindy and his loving family. They made her last days as pain-free … Continue reading

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