Imagine you are climbing a mountain. Now, imagine you’re climbing that mountain without a guide or a map or any other supplies. If you’re still imagining yourself climbing that mountain, you’re probably terrified because no one should attempt this, just as no one should attempt to navigate the global supply chain on their own. In fact, to scale a mountain, you would need a guide to prepare you and lead you on this expedition. Likewise, when taking on the global supply chain to accomplish business goals, you would contact a supply chain management company that assumes the role of guide through the global supply chain.
However, just as you wouldn’t hire any mountain guide, you wouldn’t use any SCM company. So, how do you choose? What characteristics do you look for?
First of all, when climbing a mountain, or navigating the global supply chain, you’ll want a natural born leader on your team. Someone who you trust to make the difficult decisions, but also is not afraid to take risks. It’s important that your leader has the vision, the drive and the knowledge to help you reach your goals.
You’ll also need someone with excellent strategic planning skills. Someone who knows the mountain, or the supply chain, inside out. Goal oriented with superior organizational skills, this person has studied, explored and found the most efficient way to climb the mountain.
An effective guide possesses optimal communication skills. The ability to clearly communicate instructions cannot be undervalued. A successful guide will not just be concise and well-spoken, but also a good listener. The key to clear communication is great dialogue.
You don’t want to just climb the mountain, either. You want to climb it faster and go further than anyone else. Hence, it’s important that your guide knows the necessary technical skills to not just survive, but thrive. This person is an expert on survival skills in the wilderness. In a SCM company, this person is well-versed in logistics, sourcing analysis and web-enabled research.
Supplies are equally as important as a guide when climbing a mountain. So, success relies upon someone who knows the purpose and source of all necessary supplies. A supply manager makes the trek much easier for all involved.
Finally, an effective guide has exceptional relationship management skills. This person has the ability to make the process of climbing a mountain as painless as it possibly can be. If a guide cannot manage a positive relationship with you, you would not trust him or her to lead you up a mountain.
Of course, no one person can embody all of these traits, which is why Dolven has invested in a talented team of individuals who specialize in each of these areas. So, when navigating the global supply chain seems as daunting as climbing Mt. Everest, Dolven can guide you to reach your goals.