Solving Problems, Cultivating Ideas Together

I worked for Procter & Gamble Philippines in the late 1980’s.  I was a production manager who oversaw the food packing lines of the company.  As production manager, I was invited at times to join the food brand team meetings led by marketing managers, who were responsible for their respective products’ success.  P&G is famousContinue reading “Solving Problems, Cultivating Ideas Together”

How Sales & Supply Chain People Can Work Together

Customer inquiries and quotations have long been seen as traditional jobs of sales professionals.  Field sales representatives visit customers and strive to get orders from them.  When customers inquire, sales professionals are expected to answer with accurate information.  Trouble starts when sales professionals have no adequate answers to give.  Sales professionals may know prices, terms,Continue reading “How Sales & Supply Chain People Can Work Together”

Six Reasons Why We Don’t Need A Purpose in Life

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?  –Charles M. Schulz Do we need a purpose in life? Many so-called gurus would say yes.  We need to have one in order to have a direction.  A purpose givesContinue reading “Six Reasons Why We Don’t Need A Purpose in Life”

Delegating is a Subset of Teamwork

The following are some lines I’ve heard bosses tell their subordinates when the latter are feeding back about difficulties in their jobs:  “Be creative.” “Just do it.” “Don’t give me problems.” “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” “I can count on you.” “That’s what I pay you for.” “That’s what I hired you toContinue reading “Delegating is a Subset of Teamwork”

Being Proactive Requires Reviewing Our Values

My boss asked me to finish a report by Monday morning.  I was planning to submit it by Wednesday next week but my boss wanted it earlier.  Because he asked me on Friday, I had to cancel my weekend plans.  Some bosses pile on work on their employees.  The bosses would believe there is goodContinue reading “Being Proactive Requires Reviewing Our Values”

We Need Librarians More Than Ever

How relevant are librarians in the 21st century? In the 1970’s, when I was much younger, a library was that room of stand-alone shelves filled with books, spaced by a few tables and chairs.  The librarian was the one minding that room, making sure we who visited kept quiet while we browsed through the titlesContinue reading “We Need Librarians More Than Ever”

Finding the Right Management Style

“Different Strokes for Different Folks” are what we apply when we as managers deal with subordinates.  “Different strokes” imply that we should behave differently toward different people.  But behaviour just by itself might not be enough.  A household of two (2) married relatives of mine has two (2) female domestic helpers and a male familyContinue reading “Finding the Right Management Style”

Problems are Doorways to Opportunities

Since the start of 2021, semiconductor chips, which are used in cars, trucks, computers, and smart-phones, have been in short supply.  Supply has been so short that automotive companies have shut down assembly lines and consumer electronics corporations have delayed roll-outs of new products.  Bloomberg reported in its September 22, 2021 Supply Lines newsletter thatContinue reading “Problems are Doorways to Opportunities”

When Increasing Capacity Becomes a Priority

One Sunday morning, a homeless woman at a traffic intersection was approaching cars and begging for alms.  Some drivers give but most don’t.  But the woman persists anyway; she shows a sign saying she’s homeless and asks for money for food.  I thought as I observed the homeless woman:  if the government could spend soContinue reading “When Increasing Capacity Becomes a Priority”

Solving the Supply Chain Mystery

I once met a regional sales manager of a large consumer good company at Davao City, the biggest city on the island of Mindanao, 978 kilometres (608 miles) south of Manila, Philippines.  As I was introduced, the RSM looked at me for a moment and smiled broadly. “You’re a supply chain consultant?” Before I couldContinue reading “Solving the Supply Chain Mystery”