It Takes a Village

Posted August 25, 2011 by Marcy Twete in Women's Issues
At the 20 Something Blogger Summit on Saturday, Scott Belsky, Founder & CEO of Behance asked everyone in the room what seemed like a very simple question: Which company has been voted the world’s “Best Supply Chain” four years running?

You can imagine the answers shouted out: FedEx, UPS, Wal-Mart, McDonalds, etc. etc. etc. All of us were shocked at the answer.

That’s right, Apple. Not just once, not just twice, but four years in a row has been voted “best supply chain” in the world. You can take a lot of lessons from this realization. But for me, the biggest one was this: it takes a village to create success. With the news of Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO of Apple yesterday, many are wondering how the company will fare without its long-beloved leader. And without doing any disservice to the genius that is Steve Jobs, I seem to think they’ll do just fine. Why? Because they’ve got the best supply chain in the world run by this guy, Apple’s COO Tim Cook.

You can have the best product, the most innovative ideas, and the clearest sales pitch, but if you can’t get me the product in a timely manner with ease and reliability, you’ve got nothin’. So don’t you worry your pretty little heads about Apple. As much as Steve Jobs’ loss will be felt, I believe wholeheartedly the village surrounding him, people like Tim Cook, will ensure his legacy remains strong in the company and Apple’s innovation (and stellar supply chain management) continues.

(The only way this blog post could be any better would be if there were a photo of a woman on this page. C’mon guys, hire some females!)

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."