The Wrong Caesar -- An Account of IBF Dallas


Have you ever wanted to look like George Clooney and get all the money, fame, and dates? I have long aspired to this. But in the great poker hand of life, I wasn't dealt an inside straight or even a nice pair. So I make do with what I've got.

Remember several years back, during his big rise to fame on ER, how Clooney set fashion trends with the Caesar haircut? If it worked for him, I figured, it would work for me. I asked my barber for a Caesar, but apparently there was something ambiguous about my request, and I ended up instead with a Sid Caesar. My dating life went downhill from there.

IBF Dallas

While I don't know how it feels to look like George Clooney (or date like George Clooney), I do now know how it feels to be a minor-league version of a celebrity.

This month's Institute of Business Forecasting conference in Dallas started with the annual Demand Management Forum, which I've been hosting since 2003. We had a great turnout and panel, that included Rob Miller of Avantor Performance Materials, Jesse Lehman of RadioShack, Todd Peterson of Robert Bosch, Sean Schubert and Ryan Rickard of Newell Rubbermaid, and industry analyst Lora Cecere of Altimeter Group. Check out Lora's Supply Chain Shaman blog for an extensive account of our worst practices confessional. (See also my colleague Charlie Chase's comment to Lora's blog post.)

Early the next morning I found myself in front of Iggy Pop's former makeup artist, being prepped for a High-Def Video interview with Russell Goodman, Editor-in-Chief for

Russell had asked me to arrive 15 minutes early to get into makeup, to which I wanted to reply "Are you assuming I won't be in makeup already?" but instead kept my mouth shut so as not to hurt his feelings. Although I wasn't afforded the usual comfort of a teleprompter and had to speak unscripted, the interview seemed to go well enough. Both the transcribed and video versions of the interview ("Taking the Lean Approach to Business Forecasting") are posted on the SupplyChainBrain website.

The conference wrapped up on Friday, after Breakfast with The BFD, a book signing arranged by Constance Korol of IBF and Kristine Vick of SAS. Over 50 early risers received a free autographed copy, and got to see what George Clooney doesn't look like in the morning.

(Photo by Constance Korol)


About Author

Mike Gilliland

Product Marketing Manager

Michael Gilliland is author of The Business Forecasting Deal (the book), editor of Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions, and Associate Editor of Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting. He is a longtime business forecasting practitioner, and currently Product Marketing Manager for SAS Forecasting software. Mike serves on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters, and received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement award from the Institute of Business Forecasting. He initiated The Business Forecasting Deal (the blog) to help expose the seamy underbelly of forecasting practice, and to provide practical solutions to its most vexing problems.

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