Leadership & Personal Mastery

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.

A process-based approach to influencing stakeholders and clients

In his previous blog ‘Meeting the challenge of Influencing Stakeholders’, David Atkinson mapped out the role of the ‘Trusted Advisor’ and the ‘client’.  In this second blog in his series on influencing skills, David introduces the ‘Stakeholder Engagement Cycle’, a process that can be used by professional advisors with their

What are the skills required for tomorrow’s procurement?

This familiar question was tackled by Mark Hollison, director of procurement at Napp Pharmaceuticals, at Procurecon Pharma 2012 recently. He quoted a survey on skills shortcomings among procurement people, with 64 per cent of practitioners failing to demonstrate the requisite skill level when it comes to ‘executive influence’. In contrast,

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