Tighter employee accountability can have a big impact on the supply chain, write Julie Miller and Brian Bedford of MillerBedford Executive Solutions. "[I]f you don't start holding yourself and your employees accountable for the little things, they may eventually lead to the links of your supply chain becoming stressed -- or worse -- broken," they write. Supply chain leaders can promote accountability within their organizations by conducting annual postmortem evaluations, developing and communicating behavior statements, motivating employees through the reward-penalty system and regularly tracking business performance, they suggest.

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