I am almost positive John Glen doesn’t use a crystal ball when he casts his predictions for the year ahead, but having listened to his forecasts in previous years he is very much ‘on the money’ in terms of what he sees the forthcoming 12 months delivering. The past 10 years have seen unprecedented scenarios and as the global economy struggles to get back on its feet there are going to be twists and turns we don’t expect or haven’t planned for.
In the supply chain world – having the ability to manage those effectively with appropriate contingency plans and strategies in place can be a key differentiator. It’s one of the reasons CIPS is passionate about the power of the PMIs. These are essential tools for keeping on top of the here and now and with proper analysis can help individuals and organisations spot problems – or opportunities appearing on the horizon.
And if those global concerns weren’t enough, we’re also tackling Gen Y! Like economic predictions, the next generation of employees and how we deal with them may feel like a dark art but we have great value to offer in terms of a rewarding and challenging career. Our profession provides opportunities like few others. If we collectively get it right, the best talent will be knocking down our doors. Let’s make sure we’re ready to welcome them.