Keep Digging and Keep Learning!

Keep Digging and Keep Learning!


Are you still learning in your career? Are you continuously seeking new opportunities to keep your skills fresh?

APICS Greater Detroit hosted Linas Polteraitis, Adient’s VP of Global Commodity Procurement last week at a sold out event where he shared valuable information on strategic procurement strategies.


Linas also reinforced the importance for supply chain and purchasing professionals to keep digging and keep learning!

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Linas also suggested that our decisions can be driven by our emotions and we should always be asking WHY. He recommended we watch Simon Sinek’s TED Talk on “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” We’ve shared the link to Simon’s now famous presentation on the right.

Essentially, Sinek states that successful leaders have the following “golden circle” in common.

  1. What – every organisation should know this
  2. How – some know this – their differentiating values, or intellectual property
  3. Why – only the best know this – why their organisation exists beyond a profit

The best organisations can explain and sell the ‘why’ first, and use this to inspire others. People don’t buy what you do, but why you do it. Using Apple as an example, their sales statements starts with their “why” – they design differently to push the boundary.

ASCM CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE, recently shared his thoughts on the importance of upskilling supply chain professionals for a sustainable future. He shared that according to PwC’s 23rd Annual Global CEO Survey, the key forces driving the upskilling imperative include automation, less availability of talent, reduced mobility of skilled labor and the aging workforce. “One reality is clear,” the report states, “increases in automation, changes in demographics and new regulations will make it much harder for organizations to attract and retain the skilled talent they need to keep pace with the speed of technological change. They will have to grow their own future workforce.”

Abe stated that the CEOs who have embraced upskilling report benefits including stronger corporate culture and employee engagement, greater ability to attract and retain workers, heightened levels of innovation, and enhanced productivity.

APICS Greater Detroit serves the local Supply Chain community by providing education and information needed to stay competitive and keep learning!

We offer educational events and certification classes throughout the year. We have two upcoming classes starting in March with a CPIM 2 VIRTUAL class (3/5) and CSCP In-person and Virtual class (3/14). More information is below.

Interested in leveraging APICS expertise within your corporate training programs? We can help develop and deliver content proven to help you lower costs, manage risks and improve revenue! Learn more about our custom corporate training programs or contact us via email at:


We look forward to helping you keep digging and keep learning in 2020!

APICS Greater Detroit also offers globally recognized certification programs throughout the year for individuals and companies looking to improve their supply chain management efforts. Please contact us via email at: with questions on our offerings and how they can help your company prepare for global changes.


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