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The Top-of-Mind Issues Chief Information Security Officers are Thinking About Right Now

This June 16th and 17th in Denver, Colorado, Executive Platforms is organizing the North American Information Security Summit, a focused follow-up to last year’s broader North American Technology Executive Summit that will devote its entire agenda to the challenges and opportunities that are most important to Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Risk Officers, Chief Data Officers, and other senior executives responsible for cybersecurity and maintaining secure IT operations in large organizations. As you can imagine, a lot goes into putting together an event of this scale on this topic for such a senior audience. Above everything else, content is king….

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Beyond Resiliency: The New Supply Chain Trends from NASCES23

At the beginning of 2023 we started a new reoccurring series on this blog where we try to summarize what happened at each of our events: NASRS23 in a Nutshell, NAMES23 in a Nutshell, PMWS23 in a Nutshell, EUSCES23 in a Nutshell, NASCES23 in a Nutshell, and NAFS23 in a Nutshell all do a fine job of walking through what happened hour by hour and day by day, but the trouble with summaries is they do not leave a lot of extra room for notes about conversations I had on site, or themes and moods I picked up on that…

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NAFS23 in a Nutshell

The 2023 edition of the long-running and successful North American Food Safety & Quality series ran September 25th through the 29th at the Westin Chicago Northshore in Wheeling, Illinois, just north of Chicago. It was attended by 405 delegates, speakers, sponsor representatives, and guests from more than 200 different companies and organizations. The agenda included more than 50 keynotes, case studies, workshops, roundtable discussions, focus groups, interactive think tanks, and more. Early feedback has been universally positive, and work is already underway to build upon this success and make next year’s summit event bigger and better.That is the shortest overview…

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Questions to Ask About Your Digital Transformation Journey

For something we talk about all the time and build heavily into every one of Executive Platforms’ ten annual events (with more on the way), I was surprised when I spotted the last time I wrote a blog post specifically about the Digital Revolution was all the way back in the beginning of May, and the last time we got into real ‘How to Get This Right’ content was all the way back in January. Let me correct that lapse right now. One of the things I love most about this subject matter is that while everyone’s Digital Transformation Journey…

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Amir Ghannad, Author of The Transformative Leader and Host of The Transformative Leader Podcast

          — Geoff MicksHead of Content & ResearchExecutive Platforms Geoff joined the industry events business as a conference producer in 2010 after four years working in print media. He has researched, planned, organized, run, and contributed to more than a hundred events across North America and Europe for senior leaders, with special emphasis on the energy, mining, manufacturing, maintenance, supply chain, human resources, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, finance, and sustainability sectors. As part of his role as Head of Content & Research, Geoff hosts Executive Platforms’ bluEPrint Podcast series as well as a weekly blog focusing…

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Superconductors: What They Are, the Latest News, and What Might Happen Next

Author’s Note Added October 19, 2023: The following blog post makes specific references to a promising announcement about a substance known as LK-99. It was said at the time that third-party verification should come quickly. It seems LK-99 was not, in fact, a room temperature super-conductor. We will keep this blog post up, as it contains a lot of other good content, but we want to clarify at the top that this was written when enthusiasm was still high that a major breakthrough had been made. As a matter of policy, this is not a blog that covers breaking news…

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Building Competitive Advantage as Companies Localize and Regionalize Their Supply Chain Network

If you spend your career in any specific field, you will see themes and trends and moods and styles and eras come and go over the course of your working life that are defined by a single issue or pressure or innovation that shapes everything else you do for a time. Supply Chain professionals are no different, and right now as we come out the far side of a pandemic, we are in an extended moment where frequent disruptions of all shapes and sizes are now accepted as a business norm, and all anyone wants to talk about is building…

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PMWS23 in a Nutshell

This 2023 edition of the Pharma Manufacturing World Summit series ran May 15th and 16th at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in the heart of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It was attended by 275 delegates, speakers, sponsor representatives, and guests from more than 200 different companies and organizations. The agenda included more than 40 keynotes, case studies, workshops, themed lunch discussions, focus groups, interactive think tanks, and more. Early feedback has been universally positive, and work is already underway to build upon this success and make next year’s summit even bigger and better. That is the shortest overview we can offer…

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Ideas and Innovations on Mentoring, Sponsoring, and Reverse-Mentoring

As I write this, Executive Platforms organizes events for senior leaders relating to Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, supply chains in both North America and Europe, Technology, Human Resources, Finance, Food Safety and Quality, Sustainability, and Manufacturing. It is surprisingly easy to find common issues and challenges that people in positions of authority in these different roles have in common not just within their own disciplines, but across sectors. At some point as you rise through an organization, the specifics of your profession must include universals about leadership and people. You can have a conversation about a leader’s responsibilities and soft…

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The Digital Revolution and Frontline Workers: Putting the Big Picture in the Palm of Their Hands

Last week marked my thirteenth anniversary as an industry conference producer, and of all the conferences, summits, forums, and symposia I have worked on over the years, the largest single category must be manufacturing events. I love building events for people who build things. It helps that I worked a bunch of factory jobs to pay my way through school. I crushed rock into powder. I cooked steel until it was hard enough to cut other steel. I made brake parts for trains and gas tanks for cars. When people talk about safety training or shopfloor optimization or materials handling,…

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The Rise of ChatGPT and How It Will Impact Businesses

At the end of November 2022 the San Francisco-based company OpenAI launched a prototype of a free artificial intelligence chatbot fine-tuned with both supervised and reinforcement learning techniques to deliver detailed, articulate responses across a wide range of topic areas. Within five days, the chatbot —called ChatGPT in reference to the category of large language models it uses, which are known as Generative Pre-trained Transformers— had over a million users. By January, it had over 100 million users, making it the fastest growing consumer application ever to date. Within just three months on the strength of ChatGPT’s early performance, OpenAI…

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Avoiding the Curse of Shelfware

A universal fear of anyone who buys new equipment or systems for their company is that they might make the wrong choice and end up with nothing to show for their outlay of expense and effort but a never-used user manual that sits somewhere in their office, mocking them every time they look at it. Whatever they were trying to do with the best of intentions, somehow instead of hardware or software all they ended up with was shelfware. I love the word shelfware. Even just the sound of it conveys disappointment and defeat wrapped up in a vague but…

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Fixing the Peter Principle in Large Organizations

The Peter Principle states, “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to the level of their incompetence.” This is one of those ideas that has been around so long, it has become a joke where the punchline is that everyone knows it is true. We all can think of someone who is bad at their job who got to where they are because they were great at what they were doing before. It is a serious problem that can lead to disastrous long-term results for any organization unlucky enough to have its rising talent find themselves moved upwards into…

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Customer-Centricity, Employee-Centricity

There are business leaders in every industry who have made their careers and built competitive advantage for their companies by devoting their time and attention to being great at customer-centricity. There are business leaders —especially with HR responsibilities— in every industry who have made their companies employers of choice by devoting their time and attention to being great at employee-centricity. In a time of rapidly changing customer expectations, thinking deeply about the needs and wants of the people who buy what your business offers can be the difference between success and failure. In a time of rapidly changing employee expectations,…

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Institutional Knowledge Retention in a Time of High Turnover

We all know a ‘go-to person’ at work. They are competent, hard-working, knowledgeable, experienced. They are who you rely upon when you have questions or need results. Sometimes we refer to these people as Top Talent, but there are also all kinds of rank-and-file employees who are the difference-makers in everything they do without being interested in climbing corporate ladders. Whatever we call them, leaders depend on them. Teams revolve around them. Businesses would struggle to function without them. When ‘The Great Resignation’ was all anyone could talk about and ‘Talent Retention’ became something every organization focused on, all of…

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A Focus on the Fundamentals During the Fastest Growth in the History of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

How fast is too fast when we are talking about the future of medicine? This is not a new question, but it is being asked at a time of unprecedented change and at the tipping point of a whole new generation of products starting to enter commercialization. Between Cell and Gene Therapy, mRNA vaccine technology, and the full width and breadth of other R&D efforts across the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical space, the drug development pipeline has grown from 11 to 21 percent since the global pandemic with no sign of slowing down. All this is happening during a time of…

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The Career Path of a Senior Supply Chain Executive

I imagine a lot of people who read this blog series also listen to our podcast series. There is a lot of connective tissue between the two in terms of content and intended audience, and of course much of what I talk about there will influence what I write here. Today I want to share something great that came up during a prep call for a future podcast interview. Now I was not recording the conversation, but this is less about quoting someone and more about walking through a way of visualizing and thinking about something that I found really…

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