Friday, May 05, 2017

Is International Experience Relevant For Supply Chain Work?

Here's the question posed by Spend Matters to Subhash Segireddy, who works on supply chain network design at Cisco.

"You’ve worked with a number of international, multicultural teams, and this applies to other “30 Under 30” [ISM/ 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program] winners, as well. Pretty much any field can claim “international experience” as a plus, but do you think it is especially relevant for supply chain? What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned by working on multicultural teams?"

Here's what Segireddy says:
Supply chain organizations are usually global, and being aware of cultural differences is very critical. A simple example is understanding the stories behind the holidays across different cultures. Working in global teams helped me bridge cultural differences and deliver results. The biggest lesson [I’ve learned is] that no two individuals are the same, especially if they are from different cultures. Being aware of this has helped me strengthen my leadership, problem solving and communication skills.
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