CSCSC e-Newsletter

December 18, 2012

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Happy Holidays!

 
To our readers, colleagues and friends...
Happy holidays from Beverly, Flora, Kevin, Kim and Sheryl. We wish you a wonderful holiday with family and friends, and a very happy new year.
 

The Constant Message from Stakeholders... And How You Can Help

The current and growing shortage of people to fill jobs in the supply chain is well-known. To address this need, the Council's stakeholders have repeatedly expressed the importance of reaching young people and job seekers with information about supply chain careers. (The Council's 2012 HR Study Update report emphasizes the need, and proposes outreach as an essential response.)
 
The Council has come up with a way to share the message with students, one classroom at a time. But we need help of two kinds from the many stakeholders who've talked about the employee shortage and solutions: volunteer time and financial contributions of any size.
 
In one effort to get past the talking and into action, the Council is raising funds to put supply chain practitioners and other stakeholders into Grade 8 and 9 classrooms across the country through Junior Achievement of Canada. Contributions in any amount will help us to expand the supply chain presence in Canadian schools. Volunteers willing and able to spend up to a day to deliver a JA program – infused with stories and examples that promote awareness of the supply chain sector – are also much needed to make this initiative a success.
 
Plans are in place for a Supply Chain Month with JA in January: Fourteen volunteers in ten cities from Victoria to Halifax will present a JA program with a dose of information about their own career experience and enthusiasm.
 
Beyond January, we hope to continue the relationship with JA, but will be able to do so only with increased support from the supply chain community. To read more – and contribute – go to the Council's Partnership with JA page.

Discussing Performance: A Sneak Peek at “The Green Room”

By Chris Irwin, MBA
 
In his Inner Game books, Timothy Gallwey performance in this way:
Performance = Potential – Interference
Although Gallwey tends to focus on individual performance (e.g., set yourself up to hit a great first serve), his approach holds for group interactions or for company performance. For example, a group may have the potential to “be more” than the sum of its parts. To do this, it will have to address some of the interpersonal interference that will arise. Similarly, no one has to look too far to see “interference” that holds back the performance of an organization. In addition to some of the interpersonal issues that burden groups, organizational interference can include cumbersome processes, delays in getting information, incentive systems that reward the wrong behaviours… the list goes on.
 
Last week, I had the pleasure of delivering workshops on collaboration for the Alberta Institute of PMAC. This further confirmed to me that those working in supply chain have excellent visibility into such areas of interference. The question becomes, “What do we do about it?” and the collaboration becomes, “Who do we have to get involved?” and “How do we involve them?”
 
Creative Connection is launching “The Green Room” project for 2013, which will explore issues relating to performance, including:
  • What do we mean by performance?
  • How do we try to measure it?
  • What will be the impact of those measures on behaviours?
This is very much a peer-network initiative. We bring our diverse expertise, but will create different forums for discussion and sharing from a wide variety of perspectives. In conjunction with the launch of our new website, we will curate an online community, as well as some non-virtual (?) events in Toronto.
 
Watch this space, as well as creativeconnection.ca for updates. Feel free to find me on LinkedIn should you wish to participate in the discussions.
 
All the best to you and yours for the holidays and for 2013!
 
Chris Irwin is the Managing Partner for the Canadian practice of Creative Connection Consultants, who work with companies to release superior performance by understanding the organizational narrative. He is on faculty at the Schulich School of Business. He also teaches in PMAC’s Strategic Supply Chain Management Leadership Program. He can be reached through this website www.creativeconnection.ca.
  

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Association News

Purchasing Management Association of Canada
PMAC's professional accreditation program, which leads to its Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation, has received global recognition from the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) as meeting the highest standards in supply chain education. PMAC’s program is the first in North America to receive this honour, and only the second in the world.

The new Global Standard for Professional Competence in Purchasing and Supply, created by the Global Standards Board of the IFPSM, evaluates degree-equivalent programs against clear and transparent criteria for content, delivery and assessment. It allows associations and organizations to certify the relevance and integrity of their educational programs in purchasing and supply management against internationally recognized benchmarks for degrees, credentials and certifications.

Coming Events

Aboriginal Human Resource Council, Webinar: National Aboriginal Virtual Recruitment Fair, January 31
 
The Van Horne Institute, in partnership with ELLE and Associates, and the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council, Engage! Women in Supply Chain Conference, January 31 and February 1, Calgary, Alta.

APICS The Association for Operations Management – Ontario Grand Valley Chapter, Innovation Conference, February 21 to 23, Cambridge, Ont.

APICS The Association for Operations Management – Ontario Grand Valley Chapter, Innovation Showcase – Material Planning in a Demand Driven World: Solution Overview, February 23, Cambridge, Ont.

International Quality & Productivity Center, 11th Annual Cold Chain & Temperature Management Summit, February 25 to 28, Toronto, Ont.

Always up-to-date in our online event listing. See events outside of Canada.

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