February, 2021 Section Meeting
Date: Tuesday February 23, 2021
Topic: Lifelong Learning for Lifetime Success
Place: Virtual Meeting
Directions: Registration/sign-in information to be provided to committee membership via email
Time: 5:30pm EST
Cost: There is no charge for this event, but you MUST have a Zoom link to attend. This link will be furnished to registrants by email at the completion of their registration.
Speaker: Michael Ford
Summary: In our ever-changing world, particularly one in which the pace of change is accelerating, we need to constantly upgrade our skill sets to satisfy the needs of the marketplace. If you’re thinking that sounds like matching supply to demand, you’re right on! The critical resource that constrains throughput has evolved from being inventory, to capacity, to information, to knowledge. How is knowledge different from information? Information sits in a database, whereas knowledge is our ability to use information. It takes the form of skill sets, technical expertise, wisdom, and decision-making ability. Put another way, information is stored by a computer; knowledge is possessed by a human being.
As we journey through life, our needs, wants and expectations will change. Our value system evolves as we go from being young, carefree teenagers to responsible adults with obligations to our families, employers and society-at-large. We find that our learning comes from both formal education and the practical “lessons learned” we develop from life’s experiences. Often, the key to maximizing our success is in striving for a balance among the following conflicts:
- Theory v. Practice
- Old v. New
- Risk v. Reward
- Standard v. Creativity
- Satisfaction v. Yearning
This presentation will discuss these elements as part of an examination of learning and the role it plays in the broader scope of life. The facilitator will share entertaining experiences from his personal and work lives that promise to share lessons learned.
About the Speaker: Michael D. Ford, M.S.I.S.E., CFPIM, CSCP, CLTD, CQA, CRE, CQE, ACPF, CPSM, CSSGB is a Supply Chain Expert with TQM Works Consulting. He provides innovative solutions, based on 30 years of experience in retail, distribution, manufacturing, and consulting. His work history includes software implementation, business planning, inventory control, distribution planning, and corporate training. This includes a broad range of experience from ETO (Engineer to Order) to MTS (Make to Stock), as well as non-profits, service, and Department of Defense.
He has presented at over 380 industry events throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, Nigeria, S. Africa and Australia, and has provided over 5,800 hours of classroom training, averaging 4.5/5.0 on evaluations.
Ford combines his technical expertise with personal skills, to develop a unique “outside the box” approach to life’s challenges. He is a charismatic speaker who specializes in delivering training that is “edu-taining.”