Change your work culture to change your fortune

Johannesburg, 21 Oct 2010
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What if you invited your entire organisation to weigh in on how to go forward - how to achieve the best quality, least cost and perfect safety in your organisation?

This is the question that renowned international change management specialist Dr Sherrie Ford will be posing to delegates at the upcoming SAPICS (The Association for Operations Management of Southern Africa) regional conferences in Cape Town and Durban, as well as at specialised workshops in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, when she shares her insights with the South African supply chain community.

Sherrie urges managers to change the way they lead, in order to reap the rewards of aligning top management, middle management and shop floor employees. "How to align work culture across all levels of the organisation is a challenge faced by business leaders around the world. Since work culture governs success, however, it's critical that top management finds new approaches to leading in order to achieve this," she stresses.

Leading through change, implementing Lean Enterprise methods, reducing costs and becoming more flexible and adaptive to ongoing change at work are some of the topics Sherrie's SAPICS workshops will highlight, and which will offer managers some fresh approaches to leading and aligning work culture with the vision of the company and the demands of the customers.

Sherrie is based in Athens, Georgia, in the USA, where she is the principal of Change Partners, a change management consulting firm, and chairman of Power Partners, a 400-employee manufacturing company for pole-type transformers, solar panels and adsorption chillers. Sherrie says she first became interested in the quandary of work culture resistance to change in the early 90s, and founded the Centre for Continuous Improvement within a technical college in northeast Georgia. She has been one of four external judges for the "Ten Best Plants in North America" competition - hosted annually by IndustryWeek magazine - since 1998. She has delivered talks and workshops around the world, including in the USA, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and, on seven occasions, in South Africa, for SAPICS.

The SAPICS regional conferences take place in Durban on 28 October and in Cape Town on 5 November. For more information, please contact Jenny at the Conference Secretariat on 011 023 6701 or Up-to-the-minute information is continuously posted on the SAPICS Web site at


SAPICS - The Association for Operations Management of Southern Africa - comprises professional members from across the spectrum of South African industry. Since its foundation in 1966, SAPICS has become a leading provider of knowledge in supply chain management, production and operations in South Africa. The association is closely affiliated to APICS The Association for Operations Management in the United States.

SAPICS is the South African custodian of two internationally accredited certification programmes - Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP). The association's education offerings are aimed at advancing industry's ability to succeed in a changing and increasingly competitive market place.

The Annual SAPICS Conference and Exhibition is the premier educational and networking event in Africa for supply chain management professionals.

The 33rd Annual SAPICS Conference and Exhibition will be held at Sun City from 26 to 28 June 2011.

For further information, please contact:

Wendy Zipp at Express Communications
011 022 2759 / 082 338 9523


Jenny Froome at SAPICS
011 023 6701

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