Archie McEachern, Global Enterprise Leader & former VP at Nike
When I was a kid, I learned about fire safety. One of the visual frameworks adults presented to me was the “fire triangle”: the idea that for fire to exist, you had to have three ingredients: heat, oxygen, and fuel. Take one of these three things away, and you had NO fire. Well, just like fire needs certain conditions to thrive, business outcomes require specific ingredients too. Finding the right blend can be especially tricky when teammates are separated by time, geography, background, and language. So that’s why it’s been important for today’s guest to keep the following question in his mind:
How can deep connection and trust lead to a culture of innovation?
A conversation with Archie McEachern, on this episode of Lead With a Question.
Archie grew up in Kittery, Maine. a small, coastal town an hour north of Boston. He attended Ithaca College in Upstate, NY, and played collegiate basketball. He spent 28+ years at Nike, starting in a warehouse in Greenland, NH. He's had leadership experiences across multiple functions including sales, product creation, general management and merchandising. From 2009 to 2020 he spent the majority of my executive career in merchandising where he had the chance to lead teams in North America, Japan (Tokyo) and China (Shanghai). During that time, he lived with the family for 5 years in Asia (2012-2015 Tokyo), 2018-2020 (Shanghai).
Archie's current work includes a start-up company, 360 Hoops, which makes a 3-sided basket attached to one adjustable pool…patented design. He also works in an advisory capacity with a few smaller companies and/or individuals. He volunteered as a high school coach in Maine recently, which was one of the more rewarding experiences he's had. Best season the team had in 25 years (not due to him, in his opinion!) Finally, he's the lucky husband to his wife Bridget, and they have 2 great kids ages 20 and 17.