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The Value of Knowing Yourself

By Jennifer Proctor | September/October 2013 | 23 | 5

In 2009, APICS team members each completed the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment, which uses Gallup survey techniques to identify people’s strengths. Instead of focusing on individual weaknesses, it is about nurturing natural abilities.I have signature themes. No, not theme songs—but I have those, too—themes. In 2009, my APICS team members and I each completed the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment, which uses Gallup survey techniques to identify people’s strengths. The accompanying book is a revelation that topped the charts for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and USA Today. Instead of focusing on individual weaknesses, it is about nurturing natural abilities.

My signature themes are individualization, which signifies that I am intrigued by the unique qualities of each person; empathy, meaning I sense others’ emotions; arranger, which denotes that I thrive when I am managing a complex situation; communication, big surprise here—I like to write; and developer, someone who sees the potential in others.

Now that you know a lot more about me, isn’t it time to find out something about yourself? Tom Rath is the author of StrengthsFinder 2.0, Strengths Based Leadership, How Full Is Your Bucket? and more. In an interview with managing editor Elizabeth Rennie, which begins on page 30, he talks about cultivating your true talents and coming together effectively as a team. APICS will welcome Rath as its APICS 2013 general session speaker Monday, September 30. And for more about Rennie’s take on StrengthsFinder and her interview with Rath, visit blogs.apics.org/thinksupplychain.

Embracing chaos
Also in this issue, staff editor Christopher Jablonski talks with Jeremy Gutsche, the founder of trendhunter.com and author of Exploiting Chaos. Gutsche believes successful companies have an “obsession” with their customers, leading them to create more value. Interestingly, he also says companies have the ability to innovate during times of chaos.

Those ideas might not be music to the ears of many supply chain and operations management professionals; however, Jablonski’s interview is sure to give you a different perspective. Gutsche will be the APICS 2013 general session speaker Sunday, September 29.

It’s an exciting time at APICS as we ramp up for the APICS annual conference September 29–October 1, in Orlando, Florida. With the theme “The Supply Chain Experience: Leveraging the Power of the Customer,” the event promises important insights for every attendee. And this issue of APICS magazine offers a notable preview of what’s in store, whether you are planning to attend or just looking for information to inspire and inform your day-to-day work. Enjoy!

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