How to Advance Your Education at Supply Chain Conferences


If you’re a supply chain professional, a student in the field, or you just want to learn more about supply chain operations, there is a raft of benefits to be had from attending supply chain conferences. What you may not have considered though, is that there are ways and means to maximise the educational value of supply chain conferences, seminars, and similar events. I’ve put together this short guide to help you make sure every supply chain conference you attend is 100% educational. The key principal behind this guidance is to pick the right conferences to meet your learning objectives. If you get that part right, the rest is down to your ability to be attentive and choose the right conference sessions in which to participate.   First: Clarify Your Learning Objectives There is an awful lot to be learned at supply chain conferences and events. So much so, that without a bit of prior planning, it’s easy to be overwhelmed, unsure of which sessions to take part in, and to suffer from information overload. The best way to avoid these problems is to identify exactly what supply chain topics you want to learn about. The more narrowly you focus in this regard, the better. So you need to ask yourself some questions like: What topics of education will deliver the most value for you and your organisation? Will you benefit most from general supply chain conferences or those focusing on a particular aspect? What specific topics will help you solve real-world problems in your company? What disciplines do you need to sharpen in order to raise your career performance? Once you have a list of educational objectives, you can move on to the next step in planning your conference attendance wish-list.   Choose Supply Chain Conferences Wisely Now you know what you most need to learn about, you...

3 Reasons to Acquire a Mentor in Your Profession


There are many ways to gain information and knowledge to help you progress in your professional career, but few of them provide the benefit of wisdom. That’s quite understandable, because in general, wisdom can only be gained directly, as you journey through your career and build a portfolio of knowledge and experiences.   Access the Wisdom of a Mentor in Your Profession While you are building that portfolio however, it is possible to benefit from the wisdom of others, which is precisely why mentoring relationships are so important for anyone with a will to succeed professionally. If you don’t already have a mentor in your profession; somebody willing and able to support you on your journey and share her wisdom, I urge you to try and find oneā€”and here are three reasons why. 1. A Reflective Influence Not to be confused with a coach, who will likely take a directive approach to aiding your growth, a good mentor is someone who’s there when you need her. She will help you learn and grow according to your agenda. In particular, a mentor in your profession will act like a reflective surface, one at which you can fire your questions and concerns. Your mentor will often help you find your own solutions, rather than handing them to you on a plate. She may offer her opinions, and share her own related experiences and lessons learned. Not only will this help you become more confident at problem solving, it will also reassure you that your issue is not unique to you, but one that your mentor too, has had to deal with in the past. That’s why mentors can be invaluable to senior managers and business leaders when executive loneliness sets in. 2. Portal to a Professional Network Another benefit of having a mentor in your profession is the broad network which...