Leadership May Be the Missing Piece to Sustainable SCM

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Apr 14, 2011 3:20 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

Identifying, developing, and retaining quality resources has always been critical to long-term business sustainability.  However, some experts now believe traditional subject matter expertise will not be the limiting factor in the future.  As we evolve into a new state of business sustainability post recession, the quality of a company’s leaders will play a defining roll in their transition.  

An article appearing in Industry Week, Priming the Pipeline for the Next Generation of Supply Chain Professionals, describes how many organization source talent based on what they already have.  Focusing on the qualities of their own top performers, the tendency is to mirror expertise that has proven to work in the past.   Looking to the sustainable business future, executives must recognize the gap between traditional leadership skills and those required to make a business step-change.  Described by Professor William Verdini, W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, interpersonal skills and leadership have become highly desirable for companies looking for supply chain professionals in an increasingly collaborative environment.  

Tomorrow’s sustainable supply chain organizations will be looking for new and innovative ways to improve procurement processes, minimize risk, and ultimately control costs.  Click here to learn more about sustainable supply chains.



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