The Secret Weapon of Any Corporate Training Program

Corporate training comes in many formats: in class, online, self-study, or blended programs are just some of the options that exist for busy professionals and organizations. But one often overlooked aspect of training is what we consider to be the "secret weapon" of all programs: coaching.

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Executive Spotlight Series: Connecting Silos Within a 9,000-Mile Supply Chain


As Vice President of Industrial and Supply Chain Strategy at Camso -- a multinational tire and rubber manufacturer with four business units and a 9,000-mile supply chain -- Joe Schnippert is faced with his share of daily challenges.  Amid port strikes, long lead times, and manufacturing line disruptions,  Camso has continually kept customer service in the forefront and maintained an aggressive focus on operational excellence. 

We interviewed Joe to learn about some best practices that have helped pave the way forward. 

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: A Complete Guide to Principles

Whether they're consuming a product or service, customers experience the aggregate of all the processes with which a company operates. Ideally, these process should all be aimed at maximizing customer value at the lowest possible total cost. But many companies are challenged with lack of alignment throughout their organization. And when they fail to work as a value stream and operate with "silo thinking" -- it can have detrimental effects on their customers.

To truly drive value stream thinking, organizational leaders must constantly align the organization toward a purpose, while supporting all team members in increasing value and eliminating waste. This is the essence of lean leadership and a lean culture.

Lean teaches us that successful organizations are principle-based, instead of tool-based. Tools allow us to create formality and structure around our daily processes and problem solving, but it’s thinking and behaviors that take us to the next level.

The following blog series is a comprehensive guide for leaders to start thinking and operating by prinicples. Covering everything from communication and engagement to functional knowledge, this series is designed as a practical, lean leadership training tool for professionals to:

  • Read each lesson
  • Practice the principle (with recommendations highlighted in each lesson)
  • Reflect on improving personal management style and the overall organization

Let's get started!

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Executive Spotlight Series: Keeping the S&OP Process Simple

As Chief Operations Officer for Nature’s Sunshine Products, and a recently named supply chain "Rainmaker" by DC Velocity, Sue Armstrong is known for her ability to create order amidst a complex supply chain. 

Nature’s Sunshine, a nutritional supplement company based in Utah, operates in a largely regulatory landscape – they serve 43 international markets, manage over 4,000 forecasted SKUs, use over 900 raw material ingredients, and source from over 250 vendors. Over 90% of everything sold globally is manufactured in its Utah facility.

Overseeing worldwide sourcing, manufacturing, distribution and information technology, Sue leverages lean principles to drive collaboration, innovation, and operational excellence, bringing stakeholders together to drive solutions. Among these solutions are re-designing global supply chains, simplifying processes, removing waste and excess inventory while creating a holistic, collaborative team of skilled individuals working towards common goals. To that end, over 80 people have been accredited through internal lean programs in two years.

This focus on lean and collaboration coupled with supply chain complexity has changed the way Nature’s Sunshine does sales and operations planning (S&OP). We interviewed Sue on S&OP and the proven best practices that have led to her organization's success.

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C-Suite Spotlight Series: What is Zero Based Budgeting and What Does It Mean For Your Supply Chain?

"In manufacturing, zero-based budgeting doesn't just look at materials, but it challenges all the services and functions that are performed by the company."

As the chief financial officer of Harris & Ford LLC, a major chemical distributor, Charles works to improve the firm’s global distribution and logistics services to leading Fortune 500 companies in the food, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors.

One business trend Charles often now sees is zero-based budgeting -- a method of budgeting in which all expenses must be justified for each new period. We interviewed Charles about zero-based budgeting and how it's affecting supply chain.

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How Do You Balance Leading and Driving Results?

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How Great Leaders Handle Conflict and Accountability (Lean Leadership Series)

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C-Suite Spotlight Series: How to Get Better Results From Your Suppliers

"I have the pulse of my floor, do we have the pulse of our suppliers' floors? Are they moving the needle forward?"

As CFO for Bonfiglioli USA, a leader in global power transmission and control in Hebron, KY, Scott Guy is passionate about continuous improvement. Consistently recognized for analyzing complex business problems, Scott's everyday role requires making tough decisions while considering their long-term effects to the bottom line. 

One way Scott contributes to Bonfiglioli's growth and profitability is through its supplier base. We interviewed Scott on how he's formed partnerships with suppliers who share Bonfiglioli's core values, and ensures their development towards mutual success. 

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Are You Practicing These 5 Tips for Coaching Your Team?

 

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Communication Styles of Highly Effective Leaders

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