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Mitigating the Cost of Expensive Sentences: An Interview with Author Jack Quarles (Art of Procurement Podcast)

Posted on the Art of Procurement on February 15, 2018

Today I am joined on BMP Radio by Jack Quarles. Jack is the author of Expensive Sentences, a fascinating new book that shines a spotlight on the casual remarks made day in and day out at companies that are costing them money.

“The old phrase is that ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’, that’s attributed to Peter Drucker. We repeat that a lot, and of course, a lot of us understand what that means, because if something is going against the culture, it’s not going to succeed because your culture is so important. My only issue with that phrase is that, breakfast ends at 8:00 and culture is hungry all day. And culture will eat your tactics, and your tools, and your software, and your consultants and everything.” – Jack Quarles

In the podcast, you’ll learn:

  • Jack explains how to identify and respond to expensive sentences – and how to make it an internal movement that changes things for the better.
  • There is a great deal of frustration internally with traditional procurement and sourcing processes – by executives, stakeholders, and procurement alike. How can procurement get to the root of the issue and improve the situation?
  • A passive aggressive approach to resource efficiency (intentional or otherwise) can be as dangerous as a flat out refusal to work with procurement.

Click here to listen to the podcast

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