The Boston Red Sox have just won the World Series for the 3rd time in 10 years (2004, 2007 and now 2013). There was an 86 year drought until 2004. The team’s theme this year was “The Road to Redemption”. For those that don’t follow baseball, last year they were the worst and this year they are first. That is quite a recovery!
They had bought talent (new coach), recruited new talent, and improved existing talent. Now that the season is over, they are talking about shifting some things around some more. They are constantly looking to improve and striving for the next season.
When I saw this article about How to Knock it out of the Park, it seemed appropriate considering the Championship that has arrived in Boston. Using a sports analogy, what are you doing to create and stabilize a winning procurement team? Have you put metrics and measures in place to understand how you are doing compared to last year? From a resource perspective, are there natural leaders in your organization that demonstrate that behavior? David Ortiz huddled the team in one of the games when they were falling behind. He was a strong sole contributor as well as a leader of others on the team.
Do you practice and improve your statistics? Do you share information across silos that are evident in most organizations? Is everyone pulling towards the same goal? What informal leaders do you have in your group?
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