Patrick Daly Interlinks Podcast
Supply Chain Resilience through Strong Relationships
In this episode we talk Dr Edward Sweeney, Professor of Supply Chain Management, at the Centre for Logistics and Sustainability at Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, Scotland. On this show, we have been talking with guests from around the world about the importance of international supply chains since long before the COVID pandemic. Right now however, and because of the supply chain crisis, the supply chain suddenly appears to be of huge interest to everyone including politicians, the mass media and the average person in the street. All are concerned about shortages, rising prices and what the future might hold.Edward joins us on the show in this episode for the second time and I have asked him back precisely because of this new and heightened profile of international supply chains so that he can help us to understand what exactly is going on and what might be coming next.
The Supply Chain Crisis - What Is Really Going On?
In this episode we talk to Frank Kilbride, Country Manager, Ireland of the international logistics services company Aramex, based just north of Dublin.Aramex is a business that is plugged right into all the international supply chain networks that we have been hearing so much about in recent weeks and months in the media due to constraints, bottlenecks, and shortages in many parts of the world.Aramex has its HQ in Dubai in the UAE but operates in over 50 countries, including Ireland, with hubs in Dublin, Cork, and Shannon.In Ireland, the business essentially has three service offerings:·Freight Transport – including Ocean, Air and Land·Logistics Services – which covers Warehousing, Stock Management and Pick n Pack Order Fulfilment·Express DeliveryThis is the second time that Frank has joined us on the show and I have asked him back to explore the world of the supply chain. That is the supply chain which used to work away effectively unseen and unheard of by most lay people and that has now become a subject of acute attention and concern to the media, politicians and the average citizen in the street, as we experience the ongoing consequences of Brexit in northwestern Europe and the lingering effects of the COVID pandemic on the world economy.
Strategies That Change the Game
In this episode we talk to Pamela S. Harper consultant, author and podcaster. Pam is Founding Partner and CEO of Business Advancement Inc. (BAI), a strategic growth advisory firm based in the New York City metropolitan area. Pam is a global expert known for helping visionaryCEOs, C-Suite executives, and Boards cut to the heart of high-stakes strategy and organizational dynamics issues to dramatically accelerate growth.Over the years, Pam has guided numerous clients through critical conversations and decision-making leading to hundreds of millions of dollars of value realized from new game-changing strategies and accelerated timelines.BAI’s clients have represented companies of all sizes across more than 30 industries. They have included DRS Technologies, GlaxoSmithKline, Jet Aviation, and JM Huber, along with many other companies and non-profit organizations in diverse industries, all experiencing dramatic growth and change.In this conversation we discuss her business and how her clients benefit from working with her as well as garnering insight into her views on several of the big issues facing decision-makers in businesses around the world today.
Climate Change: The World's Best Last Chance
In this episode we talk with Mark D. Wolf, consultant, executive coach, and CEO of LavaFish Advisors based in New York City. LavaFish Advisors is a consultancy dedicated to helping business leaders address matters related to sustainability for long term success. Mark is also the founder and co-chair of the New York City chapter of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.This is the second time that Mark has joined us on the show and I have asked him back because the sustainability agenda appears to have moved onto a new, more serious footing now as we emerge from the emergency phase of the COVID pandemic in late 2021.During this year 2021 we have had a summer of extreme weather with fires, floods, and hurricanes in various parts of the globe, the publishing of an alarming IPCC report that has set of the ambition of the goal and the magnitude of the challenge of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 and we have the upcoming COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland in early November which has been described as the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control.In this interview we get Mark's perspective on all of these topics and more.
Values-Based Leadership in Turbulent Times
In this episode we talk to Dr. Karen Y. Wilson Starks, who joins us from Colorado Springs in the United States.Karen is President and CEO of TRANSLEADERSHIP, INC., andthe 2021 recipient of The RHR International Excellence in Consultation Award. Karen hosts The Voice of Leadership podcast,as well as the Dr. Karen Speaks Leadership TV show. She is author of the book Lead Yourself First: The Senior Leader’s Guide to Engaging Your People for Greater Performance and Impact.For more than 30 years Karen has worked with values-based and Christian corporate executives in secular businesses. She advises executives on how to create a powerful leadership legacy that leaves the organization, the people, and themselves transformed and equipped for the next chapter. She is a trained clinical psychologist and served in the U.S. Army on active service as an officer and psychologist.
Localize to Globalize
In this episode we talk to Stefan Huyghe, Vice President of Translation at Communicaid Language Solutions Inc.Stefan is based in Texas and is a native of Belgium, a country with three official languages, that include Stefan's native language, Flemish or Southern Dutch (I ask him to clarify that distinction in the interview), French, and German.Stefan went to school in Switzerland, another multilingual country, this time with four official languages, German, French, Italian and Romansh. Consequently, the fact that Stefan is in the translation business is not really a big surprise.In today's globalized economy, we all want to enjoy the products and services of the whole world in our home markets, and as a consequence, translation and the localization of business strategies have become big business.If you want to effectively promote and sell your offerings around the world you are inevitably going to need the services and expertise of people like Stefan and his firm Communicaid.
Creating Communities is the Future of Branding
In this episode we talk to Javier Diaz, Brand Champion with Acclaro, a translation and localization service and platform that helps the world’s leading brands succeed across cultures. As befits the role, Javier truly international both in his person as well as in his approach. He himself is Spanish, he comes from Oviedo, the ancient capital in the green and rainy north of Spain, he lives in Prague in the Czech Republic and joined us for this interview from Greece. At Acclaro Javier is responsible for building the LocLife™ community. LocLife™ is an online event series hosted by Acclaro that explores the human side of localization through engaging discussions about important issues. The series brings together localization industry insiders and the business community at large to share stories about personal and professional challenges and successes, trends and the future of localization.
Battling Inflation in the Supply Chain
In this episode of interlinks we take a deeper dive into the world of the supply chain, with a group of international experts, all colleagues of mine from the Supply Chain Special Interest Group at the Society for the Advancement of Consulting.All through 2021 we have been hearing of inflationary pressure feeding through to the high street driven by pandemic-related factors and non-pandemic-related factors in the supply chain.Notable among them has been the rise in the cost of transport of containerised freight from Asia to Europe and North America, chip shortages in the automotive industry and commodity shortages for materials such as timber, glass, and construction materials.So far, central banks in Europe, America and Asia have been sanguine about the rise in inflation, which has hit a ten-year high of 2.2%, and are not alarmed nor are they indicating a move to raise interest rates any time soon. Their view is that these are non-core, short term inflationary pressures that will normalise as economies recover from COVID.Be that as it may, businesses are now having to cope with rising costs and shortages at this point in time and for the weeks and months ahead and that is what we are going to be discussing today – the type and nature of the challenges, how long they may endure and what companies are doing to mitigate and avoid their effects.To discuss these issues in this episode I am delighted to be joined by:Antonio Zrilic, President of Logiko Consultants in Zagreb, Croatia.Elizabeth Warren, President of Dialed-In Partners from Los, Angeles, California.Art Koch, President of Arthur Koch Management Consultants in Miami/Fort Lauderdale area in Florida.
Engineering the Future
In this episode I talk to Aiden O'Dwyer, Head of Operations Ireland & UK with DPS Engineering based in Cork, Ireland. DPS is a global consulting, engineering and construction management firm serving hihg-tech industries around the world. Aiden has a long track record working internationally in the engineering services space in the energy and manufacturing sectors with firms such as Jones Engineering and the iconic Clonmel, Co. Tipperary firm Kentz Engineering. Aiden's current role focuses on manufacturing clients in the life sciences sector in Ireland and UK.In this conversation we chat about Aiden's career progression and international experience over the last four decades. We explore how the concepts of "Lean" and "Last Planner" find application in the world of engineering services and discuss how COVID has been affecting the business over the last year and a half and accelerating changes in ways of working. We also discuss how climate change and the decarbonization of the economy is now becoming an ever-present agenda item in large engineering projects.