In discussions with one of my mentors and past supervisors in many years past, we often lamented on how the new generation wasn’t prepared for the multiple crises facing us in the supply chain as they haven’t been through the tough times that we have been through. They were frozen and needed help. Often, we discussed we had seen everything and there was nothing new that we would face. Fast forward to today as we emerge from the pandemic and unprecedented times, my leadership lessonsstart with a curious-growth mindset. How best can we all prepare for the new era and influence to shape it? I find myself having many more questions than answers, but with a confidence in the great team around me to stress test new ideas and concepts that will deliver a better future.
I believe the world is a much better place than 20 years ago and the gap closing between the developing and developed worlds; however, with growth and change there is much more disruption. While our world is big and complex, human progress is still about life at ground zero, up close and in detail. As I’ve traveled the globe, I find local areas dramatically differ from overall country statistics and averages.
The purpose of Logistics exists remains the same…. get goods to the final destination and provide information that builds confidence in our companies and supply chains by completely answering the internal or external customers’ questions in a manner that builds confidence. The lens and hierarchy of executing this through 1. People 2. Service 3. Cost & Productivity have taken on many new challenges with growth and disruption.
People used to mean safety, training, performance, and engagement. While all these are core, it’s simply not enough in today’s landscape. We focus on culture by relating everyone’s job to a higher purpose and mission. At Mattel, we foster a child’s learning and development by getting toys in the hands of children across the globe. We also care deeply about operating with the highest commitments from a DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) perspective. Every role in Mattel Logistics plays an important part in our success to accomplishing the higher purpose and I’m proud to work for a company that makes a difference to our customers, employees, and shareholders through achieving equal pay by gender globally, 2021 Human Rights Best Places to work for LGBTQ equality, and 2021 Forbes Best Employers to Work at.
Logistics labor shortages across many markets will accelerate technology deployment and it’s exciting to see the amount of investment in our industry. How will these technologies impact logistics work and social order? How willtechnology, companies, and geopolitics interact to shape our new economy?75% of the world’s population have cell phones and this has made the world a much different place, especially how we interact in the workplace.