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Sales – We need to talk about Procurement

What’s happening to the Sales profession when it comes to its engagement with professional ‘Procurement’ at the customer? I honestly thought Sales professionals would all be used to dealing with Procurement by now, positively reveling in the challenge to articulate the value of their offerings to forensic, value-hungry buyers. Any

Sales: Build a Better Relationship with Procurement

You’re in a sales role? You meet with professional buyers on a fairly routine basis? You think you understand them, and their interests…. really understand them? Well, let’s take a few minutes to think about that. Salespeople rightly take pride in their ability to build new relationships, deepen existing ones,

Selling to the Professional Buyer: The Toughest of Times for Sales?

Sales has never been the easiest of careers to embark on. Calling on prospects with solutions the decision-maker doesn’t see the need for (or one that is simply dealing with other priorities) is a tough but necessary ask. It takes a special blend of personal resilience, character and optimism to make

Part 2: Procurement: the real challenges to effective working with internal stakeholders (and how to overcome them)

In his previous blog on the challenges of securing stakeholder involvement and buy-in for procurement strategies initiatives, Professor Andrew Cox expands on how these could be overcome, citing IIAPS client cases. Tactical Solutions to the Lack of Cross-Functional Involvement & Buy-in Building on our previous analysis of the 12 Major

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

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

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