“What would you say you do here?”
Oh brother… Being a supply chain pro is a big mystery to everyone. It’s amazing that a supply chain pro can make well into six-figures in base salary and be an unknown. Other high-paying professional jobs: doctor, lawyer, engineer, architect, even “I’m in IT” is understood. “Supply chain” causes gloss-over in just about every person you speak to about work. Let’s fix that. No, really, why does it have to be so unfamiliar? Think about it this way: How often do you deal with a doctor? Few times a year? What about a lawyer? Hopefully, never. Engineer, architect, any of these dealt with on a regular basis? No? Hmm.. what about their work? Do you come across medical reports on your way to the office? Are you finding yourself in courtrooms often? Oh I know, you see blueprints all day, every day. No? So, why are we so familiar with these pros and we never encounter them or their work?
People got sick, so we needed doctors. OK, makes sense. People got into business and we needed lawyers. Got it. It goes on and on; society developed, and as such, it demanded professions to meet specific needs. Well, here we are in the 21st century and people have been needing stuff for a long, long time. All your stuff, it’s everywhere. A supply chain pro made it possible. Ev-er-y-thing. Supply chain needs the spotlight, not in vain, but to attract more people into the field that will make organizations better. Better at providing all your stuff, and better at using resources. Also, better at serving the needs of society. Better yet, better at dealing with catastrophes because guess what: that bottled water and food supply doesn’t make it to the disaster relief zone without a supply chain team to make it happen. There’s a story behind all of your stuff, so let’s find it. Let’s hold it up and talk about how to make it better.