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febrero 2016

When People Matter… Adoption Eats Implementation

When embarking upon a procurement technology project, it is easy to set our eyes on the more tangible aspects of the project: Go Live. Eight years ago I was reflecting upon my first ten years in the software technology industry and I realized I could recite a long list of successful post-go live celebrations. My […]

diciembre 2015

Chipotle: Lessons Will Bring New Standards

All it takes is one snafu and bingo, your business can be impacted by something way off the radar. I listened intently this am as Steve Ells, CEO of Chipotle, was interviewed by Matt Lauer regarding Chipotles link to human illnesses. The company Ells founded, is proud of and loves, is in the midst of […]

Unlocking the Power of Procurement: Disruption Why, What and Not Self Centered

We posted four quick hit advice articles focused on promoting procurement success and cultivating internal advocates:

1. Unlocking the Power of Procurement: Disrupt the Status Quo & Change Internal Perceptions
2. Unlocking the Power of Procurement: Set Realistic Value-Oriented Goals
3. Unlocking the Power of Procurement: Language Matters- It’s All about Value
4. Unlocking the Power of Procurement: Create […]

Unfair Labor Practices: Nine Steps to Improve Visibility and Compliance of the Supply Base

The United Nation’s International Labor Organization estimates 21 million people globally are trapped in forced labor, generating at least $150 billion of illegal profits in the farming, fishing, mining, construction and sex industries. Government regulations are here to help prevent unfair labor practices. Unfortunately it isn’t an easy issue. Due diligence regulations are skyrocketing across […]

noviembre 2015

Holiday Time is Here – Christmas Tree Shopping is Changing…or is It?

Thanksgiving is now past for 2015. The football games from Thursday thru Sunday are done. The Christmas and holiday shopping season are now upon us. Tired of the TV, radio and other content ads yet? Get ready, it is only just beginning! And it is only November 30th.

Christmas Trees

I heard over the weekend that more […]

Disclosure: The Facts, the Good, and the Bad

Slave labor does happen. Despite active laws in many western countries and pending legislation in the US, according to Britain’s biggest retailer, supermarket giant Tesco, a senior official is quoted as saying, “all businesses around the world have some form of slave labor in their supply chains but companies can find ways to eradicate this […]

Unlocking the Power of Procurement: Create A Repeatable Process

This is the last of four quick hit advice articles focused on promoting procurement success and cultivating internal advocates.

Unlocking the power of procurement and strengthening the procurement team isn’t easy. Most procurement teams are so used to operating as a conventional procurement team – reactive, focused on spend and cost savings – they often fail […]

CHANGE Requires the Right Questions

So much has been written about change…

“If you do not change direction, you may end up anywhere you are heading.” -Lao Tzu

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

“Change is the heartbeat of growth.” -Scottie Somers

“If the plan doesn’t work, […]

Procurement & Technology: The Road Less Travelled

A few weeks ago a former employee from my practitioner days called to catch up. Our discussion was fun and included a few memories of days gone by and how those days have led us both to our current career paths. In the discussion, this employee said to me, ‘you know I still find it […]

Unlocking the Power of Procurement: Language Matters- It’s All about Value

This is the third of four quick hit advice articles focused on promoting procurement success and cultivating internal advocates.

Unlocking the power of procurement and strengthening the procurement team isn’t easy and it requires a plan. Most procurement teams are so used to operating as a conventional procurement team – reactive, focused on spend and cost […]