Among the first to transfer to Toyota’s temporary location in Plano, Texas, prior to the headquarters relocation, Marlon Brown, a Toyota Logistics Services (TLS) Senior Manager, found himself in an unfamiliar place.
Marlon was surrounded by new faces whose job responsibilities, backgrounds and ways of working were equally unfamiliar. He knew that as a “Plano Pioneer,” it would take innovation and collaboration to get settled in.
Together with his colleagues, they helped cultivate a One Toyota mindset by forging new connections among the newly transplanted and engaging in inclusive activities, encouraging others to do the same.
Marlon and fellow TLS team members gave informative presentations to team members during morning coffees to inspire collaboration across boundaries. They explained TLS’ role and each of its transportation modal segments — marine, rail and truck. Inspired by the wave of connections, another team member from his group who is a pastor, Ron Thomas, even started a bible study on campus.
“It was our way of bringing people together, making them understand how everything and everyone at Toyota is connected and what a great company Toyota is,” Marlon shared.
Marlon is also passionate about strengthening the African American team member community and offers strategic insight and guidance as a consultant to the African American Collaborative business partnering group. He participates in inclusive quarterly networking luncheons for African American men “to make connections and make people feel comfortable” within the new work environment.
Marlon knows leaders drive culture, and he understands how vital leadership advocacy and support are at Toyota. As a mentor to three team members, Marlon helps them navigate their career paths.
“Everyone on campus is new and trying to find their blueprint for success,” he says. “We want to help them get there.”