Inspiring Quotes – Some of My Favourites


Sometimes we need a bit of inspiration or motivation.  These are some of my favourite Quotes that do just that, particularly when I need to readjust my perspective!   I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Maya Angelou Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. —Henry Ford Do or do not. There is no try. —Yoda Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. —Mark Twain When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. —Henry Ford A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.——Albert Einstein If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. —Booker T. Washington If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. —Sheryl Sandberg How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. —Anne Frank When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. —John Lennon Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. —George Addair Nothing will work unless you do. —Maya...

The Right Questions to Ask When Hiring Supply Chain Consultants


As you almost certainly know if you follow this blog, I run a group of companies that includes a couple of successful supply chain consulting firms. That’s my full disclosure out of the way before you read the rest of this post. So why am I going to reveal the questions you must ask before engaging supply chain consultants?   Mostly it’s because if you’re a company leader thinking about hiring supply chain consultants, I want to help you select the right partner and hence maximise the likelihood of a successful engagement.   It helps of course, that I know my own companies can unfailingly provide the right answers to these questions, and because they are the questions most often asked by discerning clients, before they engage consultants from Logistics Bureau or SME supply chain specialists from Dawson Consulting.   The 5 Most Important Questions to Ask Without any further preamble then, here are five questions to ask any firm of supply chain consultants before making the decision to engage them:   Does your expertise encompass the entire range of supply chain elements and components, or just some parts of the supply chain? For most supply chain problems/opportunities, there is a multitude of possible causes and solutions. You’re more likely to arrive at the most cost-effective solution by engaging consultants who work across the entire supply chain.   Is your firm truly independent and agnostic with regard to the solutions you recommend? A lot of supply chain consultants make at least some of their money through affiliations with product or solution vendors or service providers. While these firms might offer their services at a price that seems hard to refuse, you can be sure their recommendations will involve you buying something from which they’ll make a profit—but less sure if doing so will deliver the best outcome for your...

Are Social Media Faux Pas Sabotaging Your Career Prospects


It’s no secret that social media networking has become a primary tool for career trailblazing, and if you’re planning a career move or looking for progression, you’re probably well aware of the need to network, both in the physical and online sense. Of course physical networking has its limitations, whereas networking through social media offers unlimited scope for making new connections and showcasing your talents. At the same time though, the accessibility of your online profile (and those of your network contacts) can be a curse as much as a blessing—more so in fact, as time goes on.   Rob’s Tips to Stay Squeaky Clean on Social Media Rob O’Byrne has a passion for helping people succeed, whether they are business-owners or career professionals. Rob also has plenty of experience in managing an online presence. He is active on many social media platforms, both in promotion of his consulting, education, and business service companies, and as a business authority with a desire to help others.   One of the things that Rob is very aware of, is the need to represent his brands professionally in all his social media activities.   Of course, Rob has a lot of business brands to look after, but even if the only brand you currently have is yourself, the way in which you represent it on social media can make or break your chances of a successful career. Indeed, if you have an online presence on social media and you care about career progress, you better make sure that presence is a positive one, because everyone’s looking—and your current and prospective employers may well be looking in more depth than most.   Avoid These Career-damning Social Media Mistakes The reason for these words of warning is simple. We’re all aware of the kind of blatantly dumb things you just shouldn’t do on social...

Revealed: The Best First Steps to Improve Your Business


If you’re the proud leader of a fledgling enterprise, there will doubtless come a time when you want to improve your business. In case you’re already reaching that point and wondering where to start, I’d like to share some tips that will help you take the first steps, with an emphasis on planning—probably the most influential factor in business improvement. Over the many years that I’ve been involved in founding, leading, and managing companies, as well as helping my consulting clients, I’ve had plenty of practice in the art of business improvement. Much of what I know today though, came at some point as revelations that I wished had arrived sooner.   Improve Your Business By Design Like many first-time business owners, I initially learned as I went along. I took guidance from others wiser than me. I also endured that timeless and sometimes painful process of trial and error. Over time I came to realise that the more effectively I planned, the less I had to endure the pain of learning from mistakes. The best planning in the world can’t prevent the need to feel your way forward to some extent—that’s an occupational hazard of being a business leader. But still, if you follow the basic guidance contained in this post, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to get things moving in the right direction and see your business start to improve and grow.   First: Know Where You Are Preparing to improve your business is the much the same as preparing for any other journey. The only difference is that initially, you might not know exactly where you are starting from. The first step therefore, is to make sure you know what shape your business is in, especially in relation to your competitors.   It’s a great idea to begin with a SWOT analysis, which is a...

3 Golden Rules for Successful Online Study


Whether you are a school-leaver, university graduate, single parent, overworked professional, or high-powered executive, flexible online training and education programs let you learn new skills at your own pace and in any location, as long as you can access the Internet (and even when you can’t, study material can often be browsed offline).   If you’ve never tried this form of (largely self-driven) education though, it’s important not to interpret “convenient” to mean “easy”.   To succeed with online study, you need to put in just as much effort and commitment as with any other mode of learning. Indeed, online study can be hard to adjust to, requiring a self-disciplined approach and the ability to manage and balance your time.   Rob’s Tips for Successful Online Study Rob O’Byrne knows a fair bit about online education, since as you may already know, he founded an online supply chain school to help professionals gain the pragmatic industry knowledge often omitted from more academic programs. Are you thinking about joining Rob’s Supply Chain Leaders Academy (blended learning program), or signing up for Our Supply Chain Secrets (supply chain e-Classes)? If so, or you have plans to enrol on any other online education program, you might find the following three golden rules helpful to follow, especially if you haven’t tried online learning before.   1. Home is Not Always the Best Classroom Before you decide to conduct most of your online study activity from home, consider first if that will really be the best learning environment. Some people have no problem studying from home, while others find it too easy to let distractions get in the way.   If you’re in the latter category, you might want to try studying in a different environment, such as an Internet cafe, coffee shop, or library.   The background noise in public buildings may actually...
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