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esourcingwikilogoThis week's eSourcing Wiki-Wednesday topic is Seven Savors of a Sourcing Sensei: Experience. An excerpt of the article is below, but you can also read the full article on the eSourcing Wiki. Have something to add? The eSourcing Wiki is an open content community and you are invited to register and contribute to this resource, which benefits our whole professional community.

If you are interested in more, read today's post on 'The Point': Some Sourcing Experience Required

Experience

A great sourcing leader is experienced in sourcing. A leader has spent time in the trenches doing the job that her team is doing. She's capable of guiding them, helping them when they run into trouble, and leading them to better performance. Not only can she talk-the-talk, but when push comes to shove, she can get down in the weeds and walk-the-walk.

She knows that leadership theories and "how-to" books need to be treated with a healthy skepticism because, just as there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to good sourcing, there's definitely no "one-size-fits-all" approach to good sourcing leadership.

Most importantly, she knows how to do the job she's there to do. I think the great Scott Adams said it best in his post Bill Gates for President that originally ran November 30, 2006.

I've always felt that you should pick a president the same way you'd pick an attorney to help you out of a dangerous legal problem. Do you want the attorney who dresses nicely and belongs to your church? Or do you want the attorney who can rip out your opponent's heart and put it on the hibachi before he dies? Maybe it's just me, but I want an attorney who is part demon. And I want a president who isn't afraid to make rational decisions.

In other words, the sourcing leader can walk the walk, get down and dirty in the details when the need arises, and do what's needed to succeed.

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