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Are you a woman? If you are, have you been thinking about motherhood? If you have, you may be wondering whether or not you are ready to be a parent. While parenthood is occasionally unexpected, a large number of women and their partners plan and prepare for it.
A friend of mine asked a great question in response to one of my recent Lean books. His question was in essence how do you keep Lean initiatives moving ahead and not going the way of another flavour of the month program. We have all seen managers with the best intentions launch new initiatives that were supposed to be the wave of the future only to see them fizzle out after a few weeks or months. Lean initiatives are no different. Many organizations have tried Lean and either abandon it completely or don't take it very far. So what makes the difference between companies that tried Lean and those that are leading the pack? A successful launch of Lean is in some respects like getting lean with one's weight. There are no quick fixes. There are no easy solutions and it takes work. You cannot make a New Year's resolution to lose weight then go back to your old habits after a few weeks or months and expect to stay Lean. It takes discipline over the long haul.
Supply chain competence affects your bottom-line in more direct ways than you might realize. In this book we reviewed the role of controlling cost of sales through supply chain competencies and its effect on the corporate financial statements. The balancing act of maintaining a high level of service and low costs is becoming harder for supply chain managers as businesses try to meet the growing customer mantra of "more for less." This pressure comes at a time when business is becoming more global, supply chains are lengthening, and competition is on the rise. Although this challenge is not new, the outlook is that it will intensify as a number of factors; economic, regulatory and market-driven become more acute. Consequently, supply chain performance will have increasingly significant impact on overall business success.
Are you a CEO, consultant or entrepreneur interested in entering or expanding your activity in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia's market? Then this book is for you The main objective of this book is to provide you with basic knowledge about Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia; an overview of their economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issues. Novice exporters, in particular will find it a useful starting point. Singapore's historic role as trans-shipment centre for the South East Asia region has traditionally created opportunities across a broad spectrum of sectors. This globally connected, multi-cultural and cosmopolitan city state offers a conducive environment, especially to creative and knowledge-driven businesses. On the other hand, today, Malaysia is the world's largest producer of computer disk drives and rubber and one of the largest producers of timber; while Indonesia is not the easiest place in the world in which to do business.
When FTSE 100 CEO's were polled and asked the question, "Are your sales people calling on the right customers, at the right time, with the right offer?" 99.3% responded, "I don't know." Which shouldn't surprise. Sales and Marketing are still the last bastions of protected turf, limited management scrutiny and lack of accountability. Unfortunately, the important lessons learned and the gains in effectiveness and efficiency derived from lean manufacturing have not been successfully translated to the Sales and Marketing environments. And, it's understandable. Sales involves people doing business with people, not people doing activities with machines and processes. Sales is perceived to be more of an art form than a science. Yet, ironically, Sales is virtually a pure science and, as such, is both measurable and predictable. If we are correct, the disciplines of Lean can easily be applied to the Sales and Marketing functions resulting in significant increases in effectiveness and bottom line results.
There are some people who think there is no place for 5s Lean at home, just like those who say you can't bake without ovens The 5S process of Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain is a lean manufacturing process in use by the Toyota Production System for decades. The premise of 5S is to help organize and improve the conditions of a workplace, but this process can be used for your home as well. These steps can help you get your home organized now, and keep it that way.
Lean IT promises to identify and eradicate waste that otherwise contributes to poor customer service, lost business, higher than necessary business costs, and lost employee productivity. To these ends, Lean IT targets eight elements within IT operations that add no value to the finished product, service, customers and organizations. The aim of this book is to help you make key IT investment decisions that will propel your organization's IT function into the future and help maximize the productivity and efficiency of your organization. A staggering 85% of IT Directors have told us that their IT infrastructure was established over time, without a coordinated or strategic approach. With the pace of technological change, IT functions must now play a more strategic role in delivering company objectives.
So, you want to be a writer? The real question is: what kind of writer do you want to be? What do you want to write about? Where does your passion from writing come from? I have been told by numerous writers that there was something in their childhood that sparked their interest in writing. Nearly every professional writer has always wanted to be a writer.
A key part of CEO Guide to Doing Business in Russia is to make sure we realize a business legacy for companies all over the world before, during, and after the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. CEO Guide to Doing Business in Russia will enable companies and individuals to build their networks, understand how to do business in Russia, and connect with business partners worldwide, this book will increase your opportunities to meet and engage with potential partners during both the Russia 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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