Embrace Uncertainty, Enjoy the Journey

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Embrace Uncertainty, Enjoy the Journey

“Welcome uncertainty with passion as that is the only constant that would keep you inspired in everyday supply chain adventures. It’s ok to fail but not ok to give up, remarks Yogesh Sarin, Director - Supply Chain, South Asia, Dell Technologies, during this exclusive interview… 

What are the leadership inflection points and personal growth that you have had in your career?

Yogesh Sarin

There were pivotal moments in career where significant changes occurred with moments of challenge, decision making on personal/ professional front. There were several inflection points, such as transitioning from individual contributor to team leader, navigating complex projects, exploring unchartered territories with new roles and increased responsibility. Each of these experiences have provided valuable lessons and opportunities for growth, helping to develop and refine approach to guiding in the supply chain domain.

How do you embrace change and continuous learning at the workplace?

Embracing change and continuous learning is crucial to staying adaptable in dynamic environment. Open mindedness & adaptability, proactive attitude to learn, welcoming feedback & focus on gaols are some ways that help.

What are the principles of success you’ve seen across different industries?

Across various industries, certain principles of success tend to remain consistent:

  • Clear Vision and Goals: Successful individuals and organizations often have a clear understanding of what they want to achieve and set specific, achievable goals to work towards.
  • Continuous Learning and Adaptation: The ability to learn from experiences, stay updated with industry trends, and adapt to changes is crucial for long-term success.
  • Effective Communication: Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential for conveying ideas, building relationships, and resolving conflicts.
  • Resilience and Perseverance: Overcoming setbacks, failures, and challenges is a common trait among successful individuals. They demonstrate resilience and perseverance in pursuing their goals.
  • Innovation and Creativity: Successful organizations often innovate and think creatively to differentiate themselves from competitors and solve complex problems.
  • Focus on Customer Satisfaction: Prioritizing customer needs, providing excellent service, and building long-term relationships are key drivers of success in many industries.
  • Strong Work Ethic: Hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence are fundamental to achieving success in any field.
  • Effective Leadership: Strong leadership inspires and motivates teams, fosters a positive work environment, and drives the organization towards its goals.
  • Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: Diversity in perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences fosters innovation and creativity, leading to greater success for organizations.
  • Ethical Practices: Upholding high ethical standards and integrity in all dealings is critical for building trust and maintaining a positive reputation in the industry.

From your perspective, what are some of the toughest challenges that you see in operations and supply chain?

Many of operations and supply chain challenges stem from complexities of global market, technological advances, shorter product life cycles with evolving consumer demands. Cyber security risks, trade regulations, sustainability concerns and talent management add to the woes.

What are some of the principles and skills that no matter what happens will still be useful?

Certain principles are timeless and continue to be valuable regardless of changes in technologies, industry trends and economic conditions. These include critical thinking, communication skills to be clear & concise, creativity, emotional intelligence, resilience, Pareto principle to focus on most impactful option.

What are the biggest learnings you have as a leader? Is there a secret sauce to becoming a successful leader?

While there may be no one size that fit all, some of the effective learnings include upholding integrity & ethics, agility to adapt & be resilient, clear communication towards strategic direction & vision, empowerment & delegation with sense of empathy & emotional intelligence.

What are the barriers to success when it comes to climb the corporate ladder for CSCOs?

Barriers can vary depending on individual circumstances, organizational culture, and industry dynamics. Some common barriers include complexity and volatility in supply chain operations, resistance to change, lack of integration, Tech disruptions, pressure to deliver quick results & availability of skilled talent.

Do you have any advice for young aspiring professionals?

Welcome uncertainty with passion as that is the only constant that would keep you inspired in everyday supply chain adventures. It’s ok to fail but not ok to give up! 

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