Last week after the APICS conference, I had the opportunity to train and coach some great folks on The Fresh Connection. After the 3rd round, the teams were so focused and so successful in their critical thinking, there discussions, and there collaboration, there was darn little for me to do. It startled me as a leader that I had nothing to do! Not only that, I had no clue what to do next.
It got me thinking. So much of leadership today's seems to be holding the fort, fighting fires, or just putting them out, that we never take the time to think about what things can be. And when we get there, we have no clue what to do. After a bit of reflection, I found it incredibly energizing to realize that I could now move forward with building up the teams for the next level and that what I did!
Stop and think about your work for a moment. Do you find yourself getting a bit worn down and frustrated that all you're doing is holding your own? Take a couple minutes now and think of nothing else but what you'd like/love to do as a leader if you had the time. Once you get past the skepticism, you'll start to get excited.
If you want to see this happen at your work, give me a holler and we'll walk through a demonstration round of The Fresh Connection and show you how.
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Chuck Nemer is a trainer/consultant with 40 years of experience in Supply Chain Management, Lean, Leadership, and APICS. He currently works with approximately 50 universities and 3000 students annually in supporting the use and play of the simulations in the classroom. Within those 40 years, he has taught, and continues to teach, professional certification classes for APICS, professional development seminars and programs on his own, and on behalf of colleges in their outreach programs to local and regional manufacturing firms.
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