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041 Shelley Stewart - Leadership Is To Be In The Game

By Aviv Shahar

Shelley Stewart is the Vice President of Sourcing and Logistics and the Chief Procurement Officer at the DuPont Company, delivering a portfolio of products and solutions in more than 90 countries. Before joining DuPont, Shelley was Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence and Chief Procurement Officer at Tyco International. In this episode, Shelley speaks about the inspirations and role models that shaped his journey and his leadership insights. He frames the importance of learning outside of his comfort zone and how his network of peers, colleagues, and friends opened critical opportunities for him. Shelley offers that you should never let your aspirations control you. Instead, it is for you to manage your aspirations, while focusing on servant leadership, and on becoming the best you can be in whatever you do. 02:23 - Aviv’s first meeting with Shelley 03:32 - What is Shelley working on now 05:12 - How did Shelley approach the challenge of the Dow-DuPont merger 07:04 - Some of the big lessons Shelley has implemented to work effectively through conflict 10:00 – Why reframing the conversation is so important 13:35 - What inspired Shelley when he was growing up and his childhood neighborhood as a village 16:01 - Shelley’s journey to getting his first job 19:48 - Biggest lessons Shelley learned through his 19-year career working for United Technologies 21:13 - Working with the Israeli air force 22:43 - Learning outside of his comfort zone 23:53 - Transitioning from United Technologies to Tyco 26:41 - Working with a vast network of people leads to opportunities 28:29 - Giving back to the community 29:23 - What shaped Shelley’s leadership philosophy and the shift from doing to leading 35:15 - Looking for intellectual curiosity in others 37:58 - Shelley’s father mentored people and how that influence Shelley 39:41 - Coaching advice Shelley gives to people early in their career 41:58 - What provides Shelley with the greatest sense of pride 43:08 - Parting wisdom Shelley would like to share FULL SHOW NOTES:

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