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Career Moves that Pack a Punch

Courtesy of Inbound Logistics
By: Karen Kroll, Writer and Editor at Inbound Logistics


Here's your ring-side seat to knockout advice from supply chain professionals who boosted their careers by coming out swinging.

Considering the number of positions many professionals will hold throughout their careers, what makes a particular career move more impactful than another? We asked several supply chain professionals to share the moves that proved most significant.

While the specifics vary, many moves share a common trait: They yanked the individual out of their comfort zone, propelling them into a period of growth and learning. Moreover, the knowledge gained in soft skills, such as communication and leadership, often proves more critical than the technical skills they acquired.

LEARNING FROM ADVERSITY

I was about two years out of college, in a leadership program in operations quality supervision with a Fortune 50 company, and training with a gentleman who passed away suddenly. Initially, I was going to have a smaller quality supervision role, but I was the only person who'd trained with this gentleman. So, as a college kid, I began managing 40 employees across three shifts—the company's most experienced blue-collar workforce.

I couldn't lead by my knowledge of manufacturing quality. I had to learn from my team without worry or shame.

It was my first exposure to the truth that it's humans first, process second. It's easy to commit to a goal, but are you also preparing the team to succeed? For instance, do they have the training needed to accomplish the goal?

To communicate with employees on all shifts, I'd work on the operations floor at 2 or 3 a.m. I moved my desk out of the office and onto the shop floor. It made for some long days, but once the camaraderie was built, it didn't feel long. It felt like one team across all the shifts.

It was a unique moment of adversity, but an opportunity like this keeps you level-headed and helps free you from bias. The lessons stuck with me and allowed me to succeed and mentor.

Qadeer Parekh, Director, Global Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement, Talent and Development Logistics, Dover Corporation

This article originally appeared in Inbound Logistics.