Jul 262017
 
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Apple CEOs:  The Story of Steve Jobs and Tim Cook You Didn’t Know About

Steve Jobs hired Tim Cook to improve the Apple supply chain.  Steve Jobs wanted something similar to the Dell supply chain.  Tim Cook was brought in to reduce inventory and make Apple’s supply chain much more agile as well as leaner. Tim Cook went from Apple’s Chief Procurement Officer and took Steve Jobs place as Apple’s CEO.

Supply Chain and Leadership Information.

  • “We are the most focused company that I know of or have read of or have any knowledge of. We say no to good ideas every day. We say no to great ideas in order to keep the amount of things we focus on very small in number, so that we can put enormous energy behind the ones we do choose …..It’s not just saying yes to the right products, it’s saying no to many products that are good ideas, but just not nearly as good as other ones.” ~ Tim Cook, CEO Apple, Supply Chain Expert.
  • “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder Apple Inc.
  • “Steve [Jobs] and I spent months getting to know each other before I joined Apple. He had no exposure to marketing other than what he picked up on his own. This is sort of typical of Steve. When he knows something is going to be important, he tries to absorb as much as he possibly can.”  ~ John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Inc.
  • “Companies that get confused, that think their goal is revenue or stock price or something. You have to focus on the things that lead to those.” ~ Tim Cook, Apple CEO

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Jun 112017
 
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Mark Zuckerberg – The Lifestyles Of Young Billionaire Entrepreneurs 2017

Forty-five minute video.

Supply Chain and CEO Information.

  • “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.” ~ Mark Zuckerberg
  • “The real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time. I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.”  ~ Mark Zuckerberg
  • “What really motivates people at Facebook is building stuff that they’re proud of.” ~ Mark Zuckerberg
  • “By giving people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.” ~ Mark Zuckerberg
  • “When people are connected, we can just do some great things. They have the opportunity to get access to jobs, education, health, communications. We have the opportunity to bring the people we care about closer to us. It really makes a big difference.” ~ Mark Zuckerberg
Jun 082017
 
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Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Mark Cuban, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Seth Godin…

  • “In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible.”  ~ Seth Godin
  • “The real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time. I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.”  ~ Mark Zuckerberg
  • “I started the business with a simple question: How can we make the process of buying a computer better? The answer was: Sell computers directly to the end customer. Eliminate the reseller’s markup and pass those savings on to the customer.”  ~ Michael Dell

Motivational Information.

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Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels…

  • “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs

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  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “I appreciate that, but maybe you’re looking out for your interests just a little bit more. I mean you shouldn’t be asking people to come down here and pay the freight on something they paid, it still ain’t good enough, I mean you think that’s right? I mean maybe you’re doing your job but why you gotta stop me from doing mine? Cause if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something… and you’re told no, even after you paid your dues? Who’s got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody! It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!… You know, the older I get the more things I gotta leave behind, that’s life.”  ~ Rocky
Oct 092016
 
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Best Supply Chain Companies

Here are a few of the best supply chain companies to research: Amazon, Apple, Toyota and Walmart.

Amazon has done some amazing things with its supply chain.  Now that Walmart is trying to catch Amazon in the ecommerce world you know Amazon has arrived.  Do a search on Kiva Robots or Amazon Robotics and you will find a large assortment of information on ways Amazon has automated their supply chain.  Also research Jeff Bezos who is the founder and CEO of Amazon.  Target recently hired a supply chain executive from Amazon to lead their entire supply chain organization.  Below are some links to information regarding Amazon.

Best Supply Chain Companies

The Apple Supply Chain is known to be one of the best, if not the best supply chain in the world.  Steve Jobs hired Tim Cook in 1998 to revamp the Apple Supply Chain.  Now Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple.  Jeff Williams led the Apple Supply Chain and is now the COO of Apple.  Apple puts major emphasize on its supply chain.

Best Supply Chain companies Apple

The Toyota Supply Chain is very well documented.  I believe Toyota is one of the best supply chain companies to research because there is so much information out there about Toyota and the Toyota Production System (TPS).  The Toyota Production System (TPS) is what has helped Toyota become synonymous with quality.  Taiichi Ohno is the father of the Toyota Production system so he is a very good person to research.  If you search the Toyota Production System a huge assortment of information will come up.

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The Walmart Supply Chain and been innovating since Walmart began.  Starting in small towns Sam Walton had to figure out the best ways to get product to the stores and this helped him develop the amazing Walmart Supply Chain.  Do research on ways Walmart and P&G started sharing information in the 1980s making the supply chain so much more efficient.  There is a great deal of information on the Walmart Supply Chain and different ways Sam Walton continuously improved Walmart.  Walmart is definitely one of the best supply chain companies.

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Jul 152016
 
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Mark Cuban: How I Became a Billionaire.

Fantastic video about how Mark Cuban became the person he is.  Bloomberg Game Changers profiles Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban. Mark Cuban is most known from being the dynamic owner of the Dallas Mavericks’ Basketball and his appearances on the television show series Shark Tank.

Mark Cuban Quotes:

A great assortment of Mark Cuban quotes.  He has some great advice.

  • “Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you.” ~ Mark Cuban
  • “What I’ve learned is that if you really want to be successful at something, you’ll find that you put the time in. You won’t just ask somebody if it’s a good idea, you’ll go figure out if it’s a good idea.” ~ Mark Cuban
  • “A sure sign of failure for a startup is when someone sends me logo-embroidered polo shirts. If your people are at shows and in public, it’s okay to buy for your own employees, but if you really think people are going to wear your branded polo when they’re out and about, you are mistaken and have no idea how to spend your money.” ~ Mark Cuban
  • “When you’ve got 10,000 people trying to do the same thing, why would you want to be number 10,001?” ~ Mark Cuban
  • “Open offices keep everyone in tune with what is going on and keep the energy up. If an employee is about privacy, show him or her how to use the lock on the bathroom.” ~ Mark Cuban
  • “It is so much easier to be nice, to be respectful, to put yourself in your customers’ shoes and try to understand how you might help them before they ask for help, than it is to try to mend a broken customer relationship.” ~ Mark Cuban
  • “You’ve gotta be differentiated and unique. You’ve gotta know what your core competency is and be great at it.”  ~ Mark Cuban Quotes
  • “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.” ~ Mark Cuban
Jul 102016
 
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Leadership Language: MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

McCombs Management Professor James Fredrickson has been using Martin Luther King, Jr.s Letter from a Birmingham Jail in his MBA Art of Leadership class for many years.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

  • “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. 
  • “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.