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Supply Chain Talent: A Practical Approach to Hardening Soft Skills

If businesses are to resolve their supply chain talent shortages, the supply chain profession has an obligation and an opportunity to develop its members in ways that go well beyond technical proficiency. Specifically, supply chain leaders must find ways to build soft skills in their current employees—skills such as clear communication and emotional intelligence that will help improve job performance and deepen employee engagement. Here are five soft skills that matter.

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You know the type: hard-working bosses who are bright, but poor leaders and terrible communicators. Their business cards are adorned with all kinds of certifications; they’re logistics experts, procurement supremos, or inventory geniuses. They get stuff done! But they could get so much more done if only they played well in teams.

In short, they have truckloads of hard skills but they’re pitifully short of the soft skills that are so much more necessary in today’s volatile, fast-paced, globalized world.

To some extent, their education and training have not prepared them well enough. While there is no shortage of resources for teaching and developing the technical skills required to become a supply chain professional—university programs, APICS certification, and in-house training programs—there is far less obvious support for organizations that want to enable their supply chain experts to develop skills in areas such as leadership, communication, and teamwork.

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You know the type: hard-working bosses who are bright, but poor leaders and terrible communicators. Their business cards are adorned with all kinds of certifications; they’re logistics experts, procurement supremos, or inventory geniuses. They get stuff done! But they could get so much more done if only they played well in teams.

In short, they have truckloads of hard skills but they’re pitifully short of the soft skills that are so much more necessary in today’s volatile, fast-paced, globalized world.

To some extent, their education and training have not prepared them well enough. While there is no shortage of resources for teaching and developing the technical skills required to become a supply chain professional—university programs, APICS certification, and in-house training programs—there is far less obvious support for organizations that want to enable their supply chain experts to develop skills in areas such as leadership, communication, and teamwork.

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