Supply Chain Leadership Transition for CSCO

Develop a well-engineered plan for a successful CSCO transition

CSCOs in Transition: Accelerating Your Time to Impact

Transitioning into a new leadership role can be one of the most stressful, yet rewarding, career milestones. Having a new leader in the business is also a disruptive event for an organization and its people. 

New chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) will benefit from a thoughtful, well-engineered transition plan. Such a transition provides a window of opportunity for raising the profile of supply chain as a strategic business partner and advancing its role in improving business innovation and outcomes. 

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    We already had the target. It was about the pace of getting there. We didn’t know exactly how we were going to get there. Whereas we looked at a five-year plan, we were able to get there at least one year quicker with Gartner.

    CSCO, Manufacturing

    Leadership derailment leads to increased cost and decreased trust

    Chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) taking on new roles expect to succeed. They have climbed the rungs to leadership positions and been vetted, tested and proven over their careers. Yet even high-achieving supply chain leaders can find that their previously successful strategies and tactics cannot be perfectly retrofitted to their new roles. If new CSCOs are unprepared or unable to adapt to their new environment, they may be faced with a “derailment.” 

    57% of leaders are rated by their line managers as highly likely to derail, which translated into a 27% actual derailment.
    Bar graph displaying the contextual drivers for leadership derailment by percentage with 10.6% being unprofitable business units.

    CSCOs in transition should prepare, connect, assess and act

    Transitioning into a new leadership role can be one of the most stressful, yet rewarding, career milestones for an individual. Having a new leader in the business is also a disruptive event for an organization and its people. Getting transitions right is critical. A well-engineered transition process accelerates success and creates more value for the organization.

    Bar graph displaying the contextual drivers for leadership derailment by percentage with 10.6% being unprofitable business units.

    Insights you can use

    Gartner’s future of work insights, advice, data and tools help supply chains move beyond the hype of predictions and provide CSCOs with the framework to have a successful transition.

    How can new chief supply chain officers navigate a new role and deliver? Successful CSCOs follow four steps to embrace the role and build standing in their organizations.

    Chief supply chain officers should follow three steps, including challenging the status quo, to drive change management initiatives in supply chain.

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