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Episode Info: Jeff Gallinat is the Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing Operations at Cisco Systems. In this capacity, Jeff is responsible for leading Cisco’s global manufacturing and logistics operations. He also leads the teams responsible for the design of Cisco’s global operational network, the supply chain security, and the business management of Cisco’s operational partners. Jeff has a depth of experience in global manufacturing and supply chain that is unrivalled. Prior to joining Cisco, he held the role of Vice President of Global Manufacturing at the Lenovo Group and spent twenty-three years at IBM tackling roles in manufacturing, procurement, and supply chain. Jeff is a thoughtful leader, who leads with both head and heart. He brings a unique combination of passion in helping people grow and apply a rigorous operational discipline with the focus on learning and continuous improvement. In this episode, Aviv and Jeff expound on the global aspect of Jeff’s role, including the decision to move his family to China for a number of years in order to take on a new challenge. This is one particular aspect of Jeff’s role that he enjoys the most as he finds the diversity of minds and culture fascinating as well as the ability to integrate that diversity across functions, partners and businesses within his industry. Jeff shares his ideas on curiosity, leadership, and confronting fear in the corporate workplace. Jeff speaks to the tremendous amount of value he places on hard work and accountability. Finally, Jeff touches on his process for constructing a successful team. 00:46 – Introducing today’s guest, Jeff Gallinat  02:57 – The accomplishment Jeff is most proud of 04:56 – The moment Jeff realized the importance of accountability 07:20 – Key leadership principles that Jeff employs in his current role at Cisco 09:53 – What informs Jeff’s awareness as a leader 13:20 – The decision to take on a new role in China and how it impacted Jeff and his family 19:18 – Jeff speaks to what inspired him during his formative years, including mentors he has worked with 25:30 – How Jeff is maximizing the growth and learning opportunities as they present themselves 27:48 – Informal leaders that can make or break an organization’s success 30:22 – How Jeff constructs a successful team and brings out the best in each individual 36:51 – Jeff’s philosophy on leadership 43:23 – Lessons Jeff has learned through challenge and struggle in his early career 47:29 – The importance of confronting fear 54:26 – Advice Jeff would give his younger self 58:52 – Two learning Jeff values above all others 1:01:41 – Parting words of wisdom and insights from Jeff 1:02:47 – Now it’s your turn, lead from a place of ownership and love, listen to your intuition, and practice high-quality engagement and listening with the right people FULL SHOW NOTES:
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