“The Supply Chain leaders of the future are the ones that are truly end-to-end.”
Stuart spoke to Paul Toms after taking “a tremendous number of positives” away from the COVID-19 period. He reveals the four key learnings that he’s experienced during the pandemic, as well as the biggest challenges that he’s faced both personally and professionally.
After 30 years in the Supply Chain discipline, Stuart has “been through it all”, but maintains a continual thirst to learn. One area that he’s seeing real value is the pairing of younger talents in the digitisation field with the older generation’s business wisdom. Through coming together, he believes that they will drive the next level of efficiency.
In fact, Stuart has seen a shift towards organisations recognising Supply Chain as the true differentiator that can provide the winning edge; CFOs are now understanding the power of Supply Chain, he believes.
Despite his passion for the discipline, Stuart wasn’t always destined to work in Supply Chain. As a child, his aspiration was to become a fighter pilot with the Royal Air Force in the UK. When he “fell into” Supply Chain, the field was still known as Distribution. As the discipline grew in the 90s and early 00s, Stuart felt privileged to facilitate global trade.
After living on most continents and boasting a track record of successfully growing businesses during his career, Stuart explores the key focus areas that have contributed to his accomplishments. He’s taken his approach from many experiences: his education, playing rugby, the military and a mentor, Dr. John Gattorna.
Stuart and Paul move onto the efficiency and effectiveness that Business Intelligence (BI) and Data are providing to organisations. The need for speed, agility and resilience was accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, but BI & Data has allowed teams to focus on areas where value is provided to the business.
Stuart explains how he manages both day-to-day operations and the transformation agenda. The key to success is the ability to learn from the transformation, but also what can be learnt daily, he says.
Looking at recruiting diverse teams, Stuart and Paul explore why managers must lead by example. Stuart feels that organisations can be too conservative sometimes and rely on experience and existing competencies, but fail to pay attention to a candidate’s ability to learn and adapt, and their passion to get the job done with excellence.
Stuart offers advice to young talent looking to get into the Supply Chain discipline and reveals the books he’s reading for his mental welfare. We also find out about Stuart’s hidden talents – find out how he breaks out of work mode at the end of the episode.
If you’re looking for a particular part of the episode, you can use the timestamps below:
01:05: The last thing that made Stuart smile02:29: The positives taken from the pandemic05:01: Personal and professional challenges of the pandemic08:00: A continual thirst to learn11:40: How Stuart fell into Supply Chain14:15: The key to Stuart’s success19:59: Where Stuart’s approach comes from22:41: How BI & Data will affect Supply Chain27:16: How to avoid working a 15-hour day31:23: Creating diverse, multi-cultural teams34:31: Advice for young talent38:27: Recommended reading for personal and professional development40:55: The benefits of loyalty44:36: Stuart’s hidden talents47:25: How to reach out to Stuart
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