In this episode of the Inventory Nation Podcast, I’m honored to be joined by Tatum Sheehy, the Project Manager and Inventory Manager at The Pet Clinic! Tatum is finishing up her Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Management.
Tatum Sheehy is the Inventory Manager and Project Manager for The Pet Clinic in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business Management from the University of Nebraska and will graduate in Fall 2020 with a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Creighton University. Her educational framework coupled with 10 years of Customer Service experience has equipped Tatum with a unique background in interpersonal communications, refined leadership, project management, strategic planning, and business development. Tatum developed and implemented a just-in-time inventory and stocking level program that decreased inventory by 20% and increased overall inventory turns in one year’s time! She is passionate about taking a collaborative approach to inventory management and enjoys introducing collaborative techniques to colleagues.
TATUM’S ADVICE FOR OTHER INVENTORY MANAGERS
During our conversation, Tatum shares her advice with other inventory managers: “act like a duck, let the water roll over you, take things in stride, and try things. If they don’t work, that’s okay, try another way. Don’t take things personally. That is a hard lesson to learn to not always take things personally because there are a lot of things that are out of your control. No matter how hard you try, things just happen. Sometimes people will be frustrated with you, sometimes people will be rude to you, and that’s okay, you have to just say, alright, let’s find another way. Remembering that everyone is human and sometimes things happen and that’s okay, too. It’s hard to not internalize things and think that you are doing a horrible job and think you should completely reinvent the wheel and change your process, but you don’t necessarily have too. Sometimes things just happen and you have to roll with it and think “how can I make this better? What can I improve on?”. Go from there rather than feeling like you are doing a terrible job — it’s important to remember that your processes are still good, believe in yourself and the choices you’ve made.”
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Nicole is the owner and founder of Veterinary Care Logistics and the Veterinary Inventory Strategy Network. VCL was born out of the demand by several industry leaders to utilize her inventory system as a model throughout the country.
She currently lives with her four dogs, two rabbits, and a cat named Hei Hei in the beautiful state of Montana. When she's not being an inventory nerd, you can find her in the garden, enjoying the mountains of Montana, or swimming in the ocean.