Change Management

Procurement 2018: Getting off to a great start

You lead a procurement function. You worked your butt off in 2017 to hit your savings target, and improved supplier performance through your SRM efforts. Those SRM efforts stretched to improving your key supplier’s business operations, and you secured the lion’s share of the benefits that accrued from that support.

Procurement: the real challenges to effective working with internal stakeholders

Four Pillars’ work in the procurement sphere often involves working with cross-functional teams in developing category and supplier management strategies. We would go as far to say that effective procurement is most-definitely a cross-functional endeavour, particularly so when strategic categories of supply and key supplier relationships are being considered. Generic

Whatever happened to Performance Management?

Somehow or other, the HR function has “stolen” Performance Management! The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), for example, writes on its website, “Fully realised, performance management is a holistic process bringing together many of the elements that make up the successful practice of people management including, in particular,

Focusing your Business Transformation through dynamic Strategy Mapping

A Chief Executive said to me recently, “I want two things – a really well defined business strategy with detailed plans of action and my people signed up and fully engaged in its implementation.  I’ve never been satisfied with the business planning process – it’s just something that we seem

Eating the elephant – process analysis in organisation change

Guest blogger, David Kemp, recently Vice President-Supply Chain at the Engine Control and Electrical Systems division of Goodrich Corporation, continues his theme on organisational change. When I wrote here in January about how to design a successful organisation, I set out to recommend three basic steps. The approach avoided the


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