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Ep10 - Navigating Global Supply Chains: A Tech Enabled Transformation Journey w/ Dr. Michael Needham

Dive into Dr. Michael Needham's journey through global supply chain mastery, his creation Stratadice, and tech's transformative role in his career in our latest podcast.

“You always have to be harvesting new knowledge and learning because there's always someone else coming up behind you, and the business world is so dynamic; if you don't keep learning, you get very stale and out of touch very quickly.”

"Even when things are really, really bad, where is the little from of positive energy and belief that you can hang on to, to help you get over the worst of it?"

In this captivating episode of the podcast, we delve into the dynamic world of supply chain management and innovative problem-solving with Dr. Michael Needham, an expert whose career spans continents, cultures, and cutting-edge technological transformations. From his roots in Ireland to the bustling metropolis of New York City, Michael shares his journey through the realms of academia and industry, shedding light on the pivotal moments and insights that have shaped his approach to navigating global supply chains and fostering innovation.

Some of the topics covered in this episode:

  • The transformative power of technology in supply chain management

  • Michael's international career and lessons learned from living in six countries

  • Insights into Michael's academic journey, including his PhD in organizational transformation

  • The inception and purpose of Stratadice, a game designed to foster creative solutions

  • The significance of building and maintaining professional relationships and networks

  • Strategies for navigating and implementing change within organizations

  • The role of integrity in negotiations and maintaining sustainable business practices

  • Personal reflections on work-life balance, resilience, and the pursuit of meaningful goals

  • An in-depth discussion on the potential and challenges of artificial intelligence in enhancing user experiences

  • The importance of self-awareness and actionable steps in overcoming personal and professional barriers.

Join us as Dr. Needham shares his wisdom, experiences, and the innovative approaches that have propelled him to the forefront of his field, offering valuable lessons for anyone looking to make an impact in the world of business and beyond.

To cap it all, we were treated to a live demonstration of Michael's invention, Stratadice, showcasing its utility in generating creative solutions to personal and professional challenges—a truly enlightening experience that underscores the power of innovative thinking in driving transformational change.

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Dr. Michael Needham


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