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My Leadership Journey

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Sandra Jessop

on 6 February 2014

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Transcript of My Leadership Journey

Sandy Jessop: Journey into Management and Leadership
Where do you want to be?
Types of Employees
Stable - "Steady Eddy"
One to Watch
Want a key to the office? Stand out!
Take on Special Projects
Show Energy
Get Trained
Have meaningful conversations about the business
Be passionate
Know your job
Be Fearless
Challenges we face today
Continued cost out in an recovering market
SIOP changes
Driving productivity in Supply Chain
Becoming a world class organization and what that means:
About me and my journey
How to become a manager/leader
Qualities of a good manager/leader
Challenges leaders face in today's procurement organizations
If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long
journey, most of us would never start out at all. ~ Dan Rather
It's about the journey and the process.
I do things because I love doing them, or trying them.
~Liz Phair
First Job
First Management
Cessna Aircraft Company
Tough Career Decisions
Cessna Aircraft Company
Associate Engineer
Entire Class Hired
Very Green
Learned how to ask questions
Getting into Management
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
~Maya Angelou
Business Manager
Market Segment Leader - Business Jet Market
Program Management
Voice of the Customer Director
Product Support Director -----------------Hmmm
Sales and Marketing
Customer and Supplier Management

Why Me?
6 years January 2014

Customer Service - Manager, Customer Care

Director, Indirect Center of Excellence

Director, Tactical Procurement
Born in LaFayette, GA
Youngest of 6 (2 boys, 4 girls)
Father: Nuclear Engineer
From 11, moved around a lot
Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University
Prescott, AZ & Daytona Beach, FL
B.S Aerospace Engineering
Minor in Mathematics
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent who survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." ~Charles Darwin
Wichita State University
MBA / Emphasis in Marketing
Certificate in Management
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." ~Albert Einstein
Quickly moved into a leadership position
25 employees
Multi-Million Dollar programs
Enterprise Audit Program
1 of 25 selected
Very high price
What are you willing to do to get into management?
Met a guy on a plane....
2 daughters
75% travel
(4 free* trips to Hawaii)

Loss of Perspective
- What is important?

Getting to the top:
If you get to the top alone... what was the point of getting there at all if you have noone to share it with?

Linkedin is your friend
Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same
time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. ~Sydney Harris
Looking back, I'm not sure I would have hired me...
Breadth of Experience
Increasing span of responsibility
Energy Level
Strong Leadership Skills
People Skills
A Different Perspective
Which one are you?
Would you promote you?
Are other people seeing the skills you think are promotable?
No one comes into work and says:
"I want to do a crappy job today!"
My Leadership Philosophy:
99.99% of all problems are due to process failures, not people.
Work the Process, Solve the problem.
Know Others
"Lean In"
Calibrate your energy
Get to know peers, managers you support, leaders within the organization and out
Don't want to do these things?
What is needed?
Can a risk be taken?
Stable Vs. Development
Breadth Vs. Depth
Energizer Vs.
Energy Giver
Vs. Energy Sucker
vs. Manager
vs. Unknown
Part of "the team"
vs. Not
vs. Seasoned
vs. Idea generator
Decisions on Management
Assess yourself:
Where do you fit?
What makes a Good Leader?
Challenge the status quo
Translates into Action
Allow people to shine
Set reasonable and achievable stretch goals
Check and Adjust
Develops and promotes up & out
Creates opportunities through sharing people
Removes Roadblocks
Is objective but supportive
Anything else?
"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself:
'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the
answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."
~Steve Jobs
Start a Family
You Don't have to be Terry Tate....
Why don't more managers do these things?
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