AHRMM18 kicked off today. The theme of the conference this year is talent. I couldn't be more proud of AHRMM for prioritizing this topic.
PEOPLE are a supply chain function's most essential resource. Talented people cultivate relationships, develop strategies and advance the supply chain agenda. People design processes, implement systems and extend insights to drive operational excellence. The desired results (i.e. savings, innovation, quality improvement, service improvement, etc) are are predictable outcomes we get when we approach things in this order. It's all too temping to take on the big savings goal without a corresponding investment in talent management. This would be a risky step towards mortgaging your future.
Today, I hosted an extraordinary panel of iconic leaders including Laurel Junk (Kaiser), Brent Johnson (former Intermountain Healthcare and Intalere) and Lara Latham (Stryker). The concentration of wisdom offered to attendees by this panel was truly humbling and was an honor to moderate this session. During the session, we shared the results from our industry's first survey about the competencies and attributes of the Supply Chain Leader of the Future. You can also download it here.
Late last week, I participating in a podcast interview with Nate Mickish, on behalf of The Bellwether League. It was so rewarding to get to know Nate through this process and I admire his superpower of leading with curiosity as he asked powerful questions. Impressive. We had a great time recording the podcast and talking about some of the topics just reminded me of why I do what I do. I'm more committed than ever to elevating the healthcare supply chain. Here is a link to the podcast if you are interested in listening in:
This week continued to be full of tremendous insights on healthcare talent. Each session at AHRMM is filled with leaders demonstrating a real commitment to attracting, developing and engaging the best talent for our healthcare supply chain. It's arguably the best time to be in the healthcare supply chain profession.
Imagine being in the automotive industry in the industrial revolution or in the telecom industry in the late 90's. This is our time to shine as our industry powers through an irreversible inflection point. Talent is finally the front burner topic. We need a new generation of leaders to compliment the experienced incumbent leaders and collectively guide us into our future. Our patients are depending on us.