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The ABC Strategies of Procurement Transformation

A procurement process transformation can be extremely challenging, particularly when resources are scarce. During my 27-year career as a Chief Procurement Officer and later as a Procurement Transformation Consultant, I have developed three steps I have dubbed my “ABC Strategies” for transforming a procurement process successfully. By employing this approach, I am able to achieve...
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Steps to Purposeful and Transparent Supplier Communication

Procurement officials should develop good supplier relations in order to maximize the benefits to the organization. This is sometimes challenging due to agency practices associated with restrictions on external parties’ communications. The restrictions generally stem from cases where abuse and undue influence have plagued the procurement environment with bad press and public distrust. The result...
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Five Truths About Leadership

There’s plenty of talk about leadership these days. Whenever you tune into a subject, you seem to attract more of it. Similar to when you purchase a yellow car, you start seeing more yellow cars on the road. The same has happened with leadership. As I started talking more openly about the importance of leadership,...
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Effective Communication: The 3 Things We Should Know and Practice

It’s been said that communication is the single most important skill to the success of individuals in all aspects of life.  I often listen to the advice that great communicators have to offer, such as Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robins, John Maxwell, Les Brown, and others. I also listen to experts dissect the different communication styles...
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Ohio Schools Council Way Ahead of the Service, Value Curve

The Ohio Schools Council is not your typical cooperative program. What sets them apart from other K12-focused councils of government and national public sector group purchasing organizations? OSC understands that delivering the greatest member value cannot stop at their menu of contracted suppliers. Giving members the ability to easily identify, compare and choose the products...
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The Five Qualities of a Highly Impactful Team

It takes a team…! Whenever you see a successful leader, there is certainly a capable team beside that leader. As Dr. John C. Maxwell stated:  “One is too small of a number to achieve greatness”. A leader can accomplish some goals but to reach significance a leader needs a team.  Phil Jackson, the head coach...
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Is a Cooperative “Program” Really Necessary?

The secret is out. The beans have been spilled. The emperor has no clothes. At least, that’s what a recent blog post from Mariel Reed, CEO of CoProcure, and the 2019 launch of the contract exchange site PPEx by cooperative industry veterans, Steve Hamill and Dave Trudnowski suggests to me. Like the boy who states...
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Grasping the Grail of Cooperative Program Differentiation

Twenty years ago, when national cooperatives[1] were just starting to form and piggybacking contracts and participating addenda were being added to the procurement professional’s toolbox, there was a compelling value proposition that promised these cooperatives’ customers (“members”) great savings of time, effort and the greatest reductions in overall cost. Whether real or perceived, savings across...
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Adjust, Learn, Grow: Procurement and the Pandemic

Many of us entered the public procurement profession by accident. Perhaps the variety was enough to keep you interested or you may have stayed because you were too busy to think about anything else.  Either way, it must have brought enough satisfaction that maybe five years into it you saw possibilities for growth or to...
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The Three Elements of Transformation You Can’t Afford to Miss

True transformation is not an event, it is a journey. It may be triggered by an event or a life-changing experience that may cause a disruption to our comfortable auto pilot routine. Such a circumstance may move us to reflect on the road traveled thus far and consider whether we are moving in the direction...
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