Kenneth B. Ackerman
Kenneth B. Ackerman, president of The Ackerman Company, can be reached at (614) 488-3165.
In (faint) praise of managers and administrators
It's easy to turn up the snark machine when it comes to managers and administrators. But the truth is, leaders need them to turn vision into reality.
Same song, second verse
Last year's proposal for a new passenger rail system in Ohio proved to be a bust. Now, advocates are back with a new version that's bigger, badder, and even more wrong-headed than the last one.
Big Data—bloated or just large-boned?
The jury's still out on the value of Big Data, but this much is clear: Big Data is pretty much pointless without Big Judgment.
We, as both employees and employers, continue to sink deeper into the entitlement quagmire. Here's what it will take to turn things around.
When managers think they are leaders
Life's too short to waste on "leaders" who can't lead and managers who can't manage. Here are some telltale signs you're dealing with one of these.
The myth of THE supply chain
It's easy conversational shorthand, but talking about the supply chain as some sort of singular entity does a disservice to the profession.
Everybody get on the bus
The first—but often overlooked—step in any successful supply chain journey is getting all the various functions on board the same bus.
Goin' to the chapel
Transactional relationships are so last century. Today's shippers are looking to develop closer, more strategic partnerships with their logistics service providers. Here are some things to consider.
Dashing through the snow, sun, surf, sand—whatever
In theory, dashboards provide mission-critical information that's key to continuous improvement. In practice, it's often another matter altogether.
A rose by any other name ...
The term "consultant" may have fallen out of favor. But rebranding it as an "advisory" won't make it smell any sweeter.