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Let there be peace on earth...


…and let it begin with me.

I don’t know if you’ve seen (or remember) the Christmas commercial Microsoft made a few years ago. I get chills every single time I watch it. I’ll put the YouTube version below (click through to watch it on YouTube) – it is well worth 2 minutes of your time and MUST be watched with audio to get the full effect. Make sure you continue watching until the very end or you’ll miss the best part.


At the risk of sounding naïve, I think the feeling captured in this commercial is what the procurement community aspires to. If Microsoft and Apple can make peace this time of year – at least on tv – then so can the rest of us. 

Most of the time this is easy. There is plenty of work to do and enough different requirements that everyone can carve out their own space in the market. For those of us that are independent, we know what we are good at and what we are not good at. More specifically, we know what we like to do and what we don’t like to do. After all, why take on the added work and risk of being independent if you can’t decide how you’re going to make a living? That creates great opportunities for connecting people that need certain skills or services with the people best positioned to provide them. I’ve benefitted from this as many times as I’ve tried to act on it myself.

Sometimes, however, it is hard. A lot of us compete directly with each other. We’ve worked together, then apart, then together again. I know I feel a twinge of ‘something’ when someone else gets a writing contract that I was in the running for. But it gives me the drive to continue performing at the highest level possible and serves as a reminder that you can’t win them all – because you can’t.

We are also all human. Everyone can think of people in their network that they would love to have a beer or a cup of coffee with and others that they might dodge in the supermarket. That’s reality. At the end of the day, as long as we treat each other with respect and professionalism, we’ve done what is expected of us. If we can take that a step further and demonstrate active goodwill towards each other, then we become the very best version of ourselves.

Happy holidays – and happy new year to you all. May you both extend and receive professional goodwill in the coming year and become the very best version of yourself.

Until 2020… let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with you - and me.

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