Director, Supply Chain, Global Workforce Development, Seagate Technology
“Slow down to speed up. In 2019, I am going to make a more concerted effort to take time to dispense with certain tactical, non-value-add type chores that will free up time to focus on more strategic opportunities. For example, when I get solicitor emails that I’m not interested in, I just delete them. Next year, I’m going to take the time to unsubscribe from them so I don’t keep receiving them. Obviously, the emails are not a huge time suck, but it is just a simple example of the ways in which many of us inadvertently allow inefficiencies to distract us, and ultimately keep us from reaching our full potential.”
Chief of Staff, Director, Supply Chain Executive Operations, Cisco Systems Inc.
“Take time to acknowledge progress. Incremental successes often feel small in the face of the larger systemic and business challenges we all face, but no progress is ever insignificant. Even the simplest step forward or the smallest investment can yield unexpected gains. That’s not to say that we can or should abandon our “moonshot” goals. It’s our duty to keep pushing operational technology and processes to the edge and beyond. But, we also need the satisfaction of those small wins to fuel ourselves for those longer, more arduous journeys. So, celebrate every win, and keep building your portfolio of successes.”
Director, Strategy and Analytics, Walmart eCommerce
“My professional resolution for 2019 builds on my 2018 resolution, which was to earn the MicroMasters credential in Supply Chain Management (MM SCM) from MIT. In 2019, I want to use the great knowledge I gained from the MIT program to improve my organization’s effectiveness, to maximize my personal career success and to impart what I’ve learned to the next generation of supply chain professionals I’m mentoring in my company. My resolution in 2018 was to invest in continuous learning and professional development, which was a lot of work! In 2019, I want to work just as hard, but focus extracting full value from last year’s investment.”
Global Head, 3D Printing, HP Inc.
“Less PowerPoint, more discussion. Rather than spending valuable time putting formal slide presentations together and aligning people before ideas or initiatives are introduced to the broader team, I’d like drive more focus in the coming year on collaborative efforts like brainstorming and design thinking earlier in the project planning process. By encouraging the frequent, open exchange of multiple, diverse perspectives, I believe that we will achieve better -i.e. more productive and innovative – outcomes.”