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"The Point" is written by BMP Editor Kelly Barner as well as a diverse group of guest contributors.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Boston is about to be clobbered with another major snowstorm. This is the second ‘blizzard’ of 2014. And it is still January!! The snow plowing services are thrilled as they can earn more with each additional inch of the while fluffy piles!

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Are you John Q. Procurement?

Are you John Q. Procurement?

Yesterday, Joe Payne of Source One Management Services posted a truly interesting post about the challenges faced by a fictional MRO category lead named John Q. Procurement. You can read the original post here.

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Playing the Telephone Game

Playing the Telephone Game

Many of us have played the telephone game as a child. You all sit in a circle. The first person whispers something into the next one’s ear. By the time it gets around the circle, the last person says what they heard. Almost always, it is completely different from the original statement.

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Learning from UPS

Learning from UPS

On Christmas Eve, we received three deliveries of Christmas presents. One came via US postal service, the second from FedEx and the third from UPS. The gift givers were relieved that the packages arrived in time for the holiday gathering.

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Getting it JUST right

Getting it JUST right

There is a wonderful children’s story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. If it has been a while for you, it is about a young girl who stumbles into the bear’s cottage and tries out the porridge, the chairs and the beds.

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How to make the job easier

How to make the job easier

When we embark on a home improvement project, it is good to have all the appropriate tools and supplies. We inevitably are missing something or several things and that requires multiple trips to go procure them. It slows the process and adds expense. Alternatively, we have gotten too much of something which is a waste of funds and adds to the complexity when we want to dispose of the excess.

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Do it right the first time, every time

Do it right the first time, every time

Automobiles are a necessary evil. Whenever we have to have our car repaired, it can be quite frustrating. There is such a relief if something is fixed on time and right – the first time.

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Why do you stay?

Why do you stay?

 

Why would anyone stay with your team? Do you offer a growth career path? Do you have a mentor program in place? How competitive is your compensation package?

 

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Is the Should Cost Model Obsolete?

Is the Should Cost Model Obsolete?

Q: Does anybody still use the “should-cost” model?

A: Yes, and if they don’t, they should start.

 

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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

In other words, what you have is worth keeping. We have been discussing how to retain your employees, helping them to achieve the organizational goals as well as their career growth.

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What is your most important asset?

What is your most important asset?

What is your most important asset? Every organization will say it is their people, their team, their associates. What do you do if your assets are not as robust as they should be?

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Attracting Talent like a Magnet

Attracting Talent like a Magnet

There are a lot of articles about shortages of resources for a variety of reasons. One of the issues is attracting talent to procurement when other areas are also drawing on the same talent. How can procurement become a profession that others are drawn to like a magnet?

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Recognizing talent: IQ vs EQ

Recognizing talent: IQ vs EQ

When I first started interviewing, I did not know what questions to ask to recognize a person’s true capabilities. I defaulted to technical questions to understand their skill level. As I developed and gained more experience, I recognized the best questions I could ask the candidate had more to do with problem solving, communication skills and decision making.

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Identifying talent

Identifying talent

How do you identify talent? During the interview process, we meet with someone for a few minutes as do several of our colleagues. There is so little time to recognize talent and perhaps we let some good ones go. Other times, we may we hire someone and we should not have.

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Reduce Reuse and Recycle

Reduce Reuse and Recycle

We have been recycling in our house for over 20 years. It is just a habit – plastic, papers, and glass as much as possible. We cut apart the plastic rings that are around six-packs of soft drinks. We are doing what we can to preserve the environment in our own small way.

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Gutenberg and Procurement Leadership

Gutenberg and Procurement Leadership
The printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the 1400’s has been ranked as the most important invention of modern times. This new technology allowed for mass production of print. It allowed for the spread of learning to the general population.
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Comfort over Logic

Comfort over Logic

My husband and I are both always right – even when we disagree. That became evident the first time we folded laundry together. And we folded shirts differently. Comfort won over logic for a while. Then I did realize the majority of the shirts were his so logic won, and we folded them his way.

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Time to change – again?

Time to change – again?

In some areas of the world, the weather changes very frequently. For them the saying applies “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute”.

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No one does it by themselves

No one does it by themselves

If I have seen further, it has been by standing on the shoulders of giants.

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Measure Twice Cut Once

Measure Twice Cut Once

Everyone knows the “Measure Twice and Cut Once” motto. In other words, plan and prepare in a careful, thorough manner and then take action. Well, we had to learn the hard way more than once!

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