Daily Archives: December 1, 2011

Random Quotes from New Books This December

It’s that time of year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s when people wrap up gifts and shake mysterious packages. So why don’t you give a couple of our new books a good shake and see what wisdom falls out?

2600 Phrases for Setting Effective Performance Goals by Paul Falcone

“At the end of the day, look to the goal-setting process as an opportunity to reinvent and strengthen your relationship with your team members and with your own supervisor. Remember, what you want for yourself, give to another; each to his own without judgement; and life begins at the end of your comfort zone. The wisdom in phrases like this can impact your entire career and outlook on life. So don’t be afraid to stretch a bit here. And don’t hesitate to make yourself vulnerable if you’re trying something new and for the first time. You can’t overcommunicate at times like these and when others sense your genuine willingness to try to make things better, you might just find that they’ll respond in kind.” (pages 15-16)

Supply Chain Excellence: A Handbook for Dramatic Improvement Using the SCOR Model, Third Edition by Peter Bolstorff & Robert Rosenbaum

“Understanding the business reasons for a project and then properly identifying its scope are critical steps to a successful launch. The Fowlers executive team had already provided the ‘go’ decision during an on-site briefing on March 11; now the members wanted to known who, what, when, where, and, of course, how much. During the on-site visit the SCOR coach, Brian, Jovan, and David organized web-based conference calls for the week of April 18, which would be used to review Phase 1 deliverables in preparation for the targeted April 25 project kickoff. There are three primary deliverables for Phase 1: (1) the business context summary, (2) supply chain definition matrix, and (3) an approved project charter. A fourth deliverable in the first week of active project planning is to assemble a complete presentation of information to be used in the project kickoff meeting.” (page 37)

Remember that after all the tinsel has fallen, you can find more of our Random Quotes from New Books series here.