My next stop was Lincolnshire, Illinois, distanced far from San Jose geographically and on the weather spectrum. As Zebra’s global headquarters, 3OP (as it’s fondly called based on its address: 3 Overlook Point) is home to a high number of the company’s employees. There are fewer engineers but more Zebras with duties in IT, marketing, PR, finance, business communication, social media, program management, creative services, sub-project teams, cybersecurity, legal, HR and more. All these different functions collectively interact with one another to accomplish a shared mission, and I can only imagine how such collaboration validates goals and quotas for all participating parties. I found personal interest in many departments, but I’d like to shed light on two:
1. Public relations resonate with many professional athletes who have had opportunities stemming from high school to speak with journalists, bloggers or the local news stations. We are privileged with a platform that can shape our reputation in our workplace and the media. Many have learned over the years to hone in on important subjects and project who they really are through purposeful banter with journalists and bloggers. With time, a natural skill set was formed on the gridiron. It’s arguably a similar high-performance duty for Zebra spokespeople.
2. Additionally, a derivative within the IT department that sparked an interest for me focuses on business relationship management, or BRM for short. How does a corporation’s IT department work efficiently with the rest of the integral areas of the business? What does information look like when it’s curated rather than one-to-one? These are some of the questions the BRM strives to answer. Decision making and planning efforts are driven optimally by the BRM team’s actions and the entities involved in BRM can use their learnings to project productivity into their workforces. Paving the way towards a goal and solving problems are right up my alley!
Editor’s Note: Hear more about Eric’s personal mantra for setting and achieving goals in this 30-second video: