Aug 042017
 

Tim Cook Quotes CEO Apple

  • “The reality is, is that we love competition, at Apple. We think it makes us all better. But we want people to invent their own stuff.”  ~Tim Cook
  • “Price is rarely the most important thing. A cheap product might sell some units. Somebody gets it home and they feel great when they pay the money, but then they get it home and use it and the joy is gone.” ~Tim Cook
  • “Some people see innovation as change, but we have never really seen it like that. It’s making things better.” ~Tim Cook
  • “We’re very simple people at Apple. We focus on making the world’s best products and enriching people’s lives.” ~Tim Cook
  • “We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain… What we will not do – and never have done – is stand still or turn a blind eye to problems in our supply chain. On this you have my word.” ~Tim Cook
  • Too often people think about intuition as the same as relying on luck or faith. At least as I see it, nothing could be further from the truth. Intuition can tell you, of the doors that are open to you, which one you should walk through. But intuition cannot prepare you for what’s on the other side of that door.” ~Tim Cook
  • We have to make sure, at Apple, that we stay true to focus, laser focus – we know we can only do great things a few times, only on a few products.” ~Tim Cook
  • “There’s this thing in technology, almost a disease, where the definition of success is making the most. How many clicks did you get, how many active users do you have, how many units did you sell? Everybody in technology seems to want big numbers. Steve [Jobs] never got carried away with that. He focused on making the best.” ~Tim Cook
  • “There are times in all of our lives when a reliance on gut or intuition just seems more appropriate—when a particular course of action just feels right. And interestingly I’ve discovered it’s in facing life’s most important decisions that intuition seems the most indispensable to getting it right.” ~Tim Cook
  • “Creativity and innovation are something you can’t flowchart out.” ~Tim Cook
  • “We have to make sure, at Apple, that we stay true to focus, laser focus – we know we can only do great things a few times, only on a few products.” ~Tim Cook
  • “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 has always had the discipline to make the bold decision to walk away.” ~Tim Cook
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Aug 012017
 

Here are supply chain and business quotes from great business minds.  Let us know what your favorite Supply chain and business quotes might be.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams

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“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~ Thomas Edison

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  • “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” ~ Henry Ford
    • “I am planning…” “I want to…” “I have this idea to…” unless you are taking action your ideas are just that, ideas.  You are not going to build a reputation based on your ideas if your ideas are never implemented.
  • “The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.” ~ Warren Buffett
    • This is one of my favorite quotes and others like it.  Anyone can make things complex, but it takes a special person to make things simple.
  • “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”  ~ Bill Gates
    • You happy customers are going to agree with what you are doing which makes it difficult to know what to change.  Your unhappy customers are going to tell you what isn’t working so you know what to change.
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  • “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” ~ Muhammad Ali
    • If you aren’t taking risk you most likely aren’t stretching yourself.
  • “Success seems to be connected with action.  Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”  ~ Conrad Hilton
    • What actions are you taking to reach your goals?  What actions are you doing to improve your knowledge in supply chain or whatever discipline you may be in?
  • “If anything goes bad, I did it.  If anything goes semi-good, we did it.  If anything goes really good, then you did it.  That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.” ~ Paul Bear Bryant.
    • Although Paul Bear Bryant was a football coach, this quote can be applied to business and supply chain in so many ways.  Great example to show how a leader should lead.

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“One secret of success in life is for a man (or woman) to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

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“High expectation are the key to everything.” ~ Sam Walton

Sam Walton Walmart Supply chain and business quotes

  • “Supply chains are everywhere. From the biggest company in the world to running your househould. We all have supply chain experience even if we don’t know it.” ~ Dave Waters
  • “If your supply chain runs without many problems you either have a great supply chain or running very fat.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “Supply Chain is like nature, it is all around us.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com

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  • “If your supply chain runs without many problems you either have a great supply chain or running very fat.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “Without a standard there is no logical basis for making a decision or taking action.” ~ Joseph M. Juran
  • “A good rule in organizational analysis is that no meeting of the minds is really reached until we talk of specific actions or decisions. We can talk of who is responsible for budgets, or inventory, or quality, but little is settled. It is only when we get down to the action words-measure, compute, prepare, check, endorse, recommend, approve-that we can make clear who is to do what.” ~ Joseph M. Juran

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Jun 192017
 

Quotes about Supply Chain

“Great companies understand the strategic importance of supply chain and want people with supply chain experience in the c-suite.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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Buzzwords of the future of Supply Chain? Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Augmented Reality… ~SupplyChainToday.com.

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“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” ~ Tom Peters.

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“Supply Chain is a great path to CEO.  If you don’t believe this research Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com

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“If you are going to do TPS you must do it all the way.  You also need to change the way you think.  You need to change how you look at things.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of the Toyota Production System.

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“Transparency greatly reduces “surprises” in the supply chain. Talk, communicate, share, collaborate.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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“1. Increase Visibility. 2. Reduce Variability. These two activities encompass all layers of Supply Chain Management.” ~SupplyChainToday.com

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May 122017
 

Digital Supply Chain Quotes

Here are some great quotes about the digital supply chain.  The digital supply chain has the potential to revolutionize supply chain but be sure you do your due diligence before making decisions on your path forward.  There is a great deal of hype coming with digital supply chain and this is why it is better to proceed with caution.  Most people know of stories where there was a great deal of promise behind a product but little value came from it.  Would like to get your thoughts on this subject.  Here are links to this topic on our LinkedIn discussion as well as our Facebook discussion.

“Those in supply chain know the impossible is possible.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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“The Internet of Things (IoT) will impact supply chain in so many ways.  Either learn about it, or get left behind.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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“The digital supply chain has the potential to completely change supply chain.  However, do your due diligence before rushing in.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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“Do your due diligence when dealing with consultants, many promise big results but deliver little.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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“Think of a 3D printer as your TV.  The same way your TV streams movies your 3D printer could download plans to make any product in your warehouse.  Is the future of warehouses the same as video stores.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

Supply Chain 3D Printing

“Remember all the hype behind B2B procurement?  Some was true was was not.  Ask lots of questions about the digital supply chain.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

Digital Supply Chain Quotes

“Blockbuster? Digital changed the way we rent movies. How will the digital supply chain impact the way we do business?” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

Digital Supply Chain Disruption

“To automate you should first be sure processes are standardized and documented.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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“Imagine where your company would be if it didn’t get involved with the Internet.  That image will be similar if your company doesn’t get involved with the Internet of Things (IoT). ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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May 092017
 

Apple Steve Jobs The Crazy Ones

Steve Jobs narrates the first Think different commercial “Here’s to the Crazy Ones”. It never aired. Richard Dreyfuss did the voiceover for the original spot that aired. However Steve’s is much better 1997.  Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Branson, John Lennon (with Yoko Ono), Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison, Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock, Martha Graham, Jim Henson (with Kermit the Frog), Frank Lloyd Wright and Pablo Picasso.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. 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 people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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May 062017
 

Digital Supply Networks: The digital transformation of supply chains

There is a great deal of change coming to the supply chain.  How will digital supply chain transformation change the way you do business?  Is your company ready for the future?

Digital Supply Chain Transformation

How can these quotes help you get your ideas across about the digital supply chain?

  • “Going from PayPal, I thought, well, ‘What are some of the other problems that are likely to most affect the future of humanity?’ Not from the perspective, ‘What’s the best way to make money?’ which is okay, but, it was really, ‘What do I think is going to most affect the future of humanity.’” ~ Elon Musk
  • “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence and honest purpose, as well as perspiration.” ~ Thomas Edison
  • “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” ~ Jonh Steinbeck
  • “You want to be extra rigorous about making the best possible thing you can. Find everything that’s wrong with it and fix it. Seek negative feedback, particularly from friends.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.”  ~ Lee Iacocca
  • “Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” ~ Thomas Edison
  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~ Maya Angelou

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Apr 302017
 

Supply Chain Management Quotes

  • “Supply Chain is like nature, it is all around us.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “Leaders win through logistics. Vision, sure. Strategy, yes. But when you go to war, you need to have both toilet paper and bullets at the right place at the right time. In other words, you must win through superior logistics.”  ~ Tom Peters
  • “Gentlemen, the officer who doesn’t know his communications and supply as well as his tactics is totally useless.”  ~ General George S. Patton
  • “During the last war, eighty percent of our problems were of a logistical nature.”  ~ Field Marshall Montgomery
  • “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”  ~ Chinese Proverb
  • “Make inventory a common enemy for your company.” ~ Dave Waters
  • “Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “I say an hour lost at a bottleneck is an hour out of the entire system. I say an hour saved at a non-bottleneck is worthless. Bottlenecks govern both throughput and inventory.”   ~ Eliyahu M. Goldratt, The Goal
  • “Quality is free. It’s not a gift, but it’s free. The ‘unquality’ things are what cost money.”  ~ Phil Crosby
  • “All we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “The line between disorder and order lies in logistics…”   ~ Sun Tzu
  • “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.”  ~ W. Edwards Deming
  • “Focus on the lowest total cost of ownership not the lowest price.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.”  ~ Henry Ford, founder Ford Motor Company
  • “Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.” ~ W. Edwards Deming
  • “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.”  ~ Seth Godin 
  • Do your due diligence when dealing with consultants, many will promise big results but deliver little. ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “It is impossible to improve any process until it is standardized. If the process is shifting from here to there, then any improvement will just be one more variation that is occasionally used and mostly ignored. One must standardize, and thus stabilize the process, before continuous improvement can be made.”  ~ Masaaki Imai
  • “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”  ~ Henry Ford
  • “You will not find it difficult to prove that battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics.”  ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “Keep Calm and call the Supply Chain guy (or gal).” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “If you don’t have an essential item that puts people into chaos.  What happens if the coffee runs out in the morning?  Simple but you get the picture.”  ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “The key to the Toyota Way and what makes Toyota stand out is not any of the individual elements…But what is important is having all the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner, not in spurts.” ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow.”  ~ Phil Crosby
  • “For much of Toyota’s history, we have ensured the quality and reliability of our vehicles by placing a device called an andon cord on every production line – and empowering any team member to halt production if there’s an assembly problem. Only when the problem is resolved does the line begin to move again.”  ~ Akio Toyoda, CEO Toyota Motor Company
  • “If your supply chain runs without many problems you either have a great supply chain or running very fat.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “When you are out observing on the gemba, do something to help them. If you do, people will come to expect that you can help them and will look forward to seeing you again on the gemba.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through the argument debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”  ~ Colin Powell
  • “If you can me time to fix problems you can make time to plan so problems don’t occur.” ~ Dave Waters
  • “Every breakthrough business idea begins with solving a common problem. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. I discovered a big one when I took apart an IBM PC. I made two interesting discoveries: The components were all manufactured by other companies, and the system that retailed for $3,000 cost about $600 in parts.”  ~ Michael Dell
  • “Two basic rules of life are: 1) Change is inevitable. 2) Everybody resists change.”  ~ W. Edwards Deming
  • “Imagine where your company would be if it didn’t adapt and leverage the Internet.  That will be the same way if your company doesn’t get involved with the Internet of Things (IoT).”  ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”  ~ John F. Kennedy
  • “What gets measured gets improved.”  ~ Peter Drucker, considered the father of Modern Management
  • “Put a good person in a bad system and the bad system wins, no contest.”  ~ W. Edwards Deming
  • “Why not make the work easier and more interesting so that people do not have to sweat?  The Toyota style is not to create results by working hard. It is a system that says there is no limit to people’s creativity.  People don’t go to Toyota to ‘work’ they go there to ‘think’”   ~Taiichi Ohno
  • “An hour saved at the non-bottleneck is a mirage.”   ~ Eliyahu M. Goldratt, The Goal
  • “A relentless barrage of “why’s” is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo.  Use it often.”  ~ Shigeo Shingo
  • “You must never try to make all the money that’s in a deal. Let the other fellow make some money too, because if you have a reputation for always making all the money, you won’t have many deals.”   ~ J. Paul Getty
  • “Many of our best opportunities were created out of necessity. “ ~ Sam Waton, founder of Walmart
  • “To fight, we must have oil for our machine.”   ~ Adolph Hitler
  • “In God we trust; all others bring data.”  ~ W. Edwards Deming
  • “At Wal-Mart, it goes back to Sam Walton and the foundation and business model that we simply operate for less, or everyday low cost. We’re known for operating in a very efficient way and then giving those savings to customers.”  ~ Mike Duke, former CEO Walmart
  • “Keep Calm and call the Supply Chain guy.”  ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures.”  ~ Tom Peters
  • “Supply chains are everywhere. From the biggest company in the world to running your household. We all have supply chain experience even if we don’t know it.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “All we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS)
  • “A relentless barrage of “why’s” is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo.  Use it often.”  ~ Shigeo Shingo
  • “The Internet of Things (IoT) will impact supply chain in so many ways.  Either learn about it, or get left behind.”  ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.”  ~ Sun Tzu
  • “Good is the enemy of great. That’s why so few things become great.”  ~ James C. Collins 
  • “Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” ~ W. Edwards Deming

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Apr 192017
 

Analytics and Big Data Quotes

  • “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.” ~ Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of HP
  • “The world is one big data problem.” ~ Andrew McAfee
  • “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” ~ Thomas Edison
  • “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”  ~ Albert Einstein
  • “War is ninety percent information.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
  • “In God we trust. All others must bring data.”   ~ W. Edwards Deming
  • “If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.”  ~ Jim Barksdale
  • “The most valuable commodity I know of is information.”  ~ Gordon Gekko, Wall Street (1987)
  • “It is today we must create the world of the future.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  • “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession.” ~ Sherlock Holmes, fictional detective
  • “The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see.” ~ John Tukey, American Mathematician
  • “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly, one begins to twist the facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” ~ Sherlock Holmes
  • “Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine.”  ~ Peter Sondergaard
  • “Listening to the data is important… but so is experience and intuition. After all, what is intuition at its best but large amounts of data of all kinds filtered through a human brain rather than a math model?” ~ Steve Lohr
Apr 172017
 

Supply Chain Management Quotes

“You can only do so many things great, and you should cast aside everything else.” ~ Tim Cook

Apple Supply Chain

“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.  And they have no respect for the status quo.  You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.  About 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 people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~ Steve Jobs

Apple Supply chain

“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” ~ Tom Peters

supply chain management quotes

“Almost all quality improvements comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures.” ~ Tom Peters

Quality Supply Chain

“Supply Chain is like nature, it is all around us.” ~ Dave Waters

Supply Chain

“Some people try to make everything complicated, we want to try and make everything simple.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com

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Feb 282017
 

Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders. ~ Tom Peters

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Don’t wait.  The time will never be just right. ~ Napolean Hill

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Create a vision that makes you wanna jump out of bed in the morning.

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If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves. ~ Thomas Edison

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