Archive for 2008

The SPSM Certification & Cost Savings

One of the attendees at my presentation at Iasta’s reSource conference last week was Sourcing Innovation’s blogmaster Michael Lamoureux (a.k.a., the doctor). the doctor must have taken copious notes because he did a fine job of summarizing my presentation in his blog post entitled “Purchasing Certification as a Savings Strategy,” which he posted today. Don’t miss updates on Procurement &…

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Managing Supplier Relationships

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Skillfully Managing Supplier Relationships.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This article, like several that I’ve done over the past two years, was based on an accompanying podcast from the Purchasing & Supply Management Podcast SeriesSM. So let me ask you about that… Personally, I enjoy doing the…

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Leadership & Micro-Management

A week or so ago, I posted a short blog about leadership. In it, I encouraged aspiring leaders to become more comfortable with delegating. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In some situations, however, a leader does need to roll up his or her sleeves to ensure that s/he gets the deliverable s/he wants. Most leaders…

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Returning From Iasta reSource 2008

Well, I’m sitting in the Indianapolis airport waiting for my flight back to Pittsburgh and hoping that I’ll get home in time to see at least the 3rd period of Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Confererence final (go Pens!). Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Though my presence at Iasta’s reSource conference was limited to…

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Iasta Recognized Again

I just received a press release yesterday noting that Iasta was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Hot 100 list. You may recall that I recently did an interview with the CEO of Iasta for this blog just a few weeks ago. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This is impressive. Not just the honor, but the fact…

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Online Classroom Will Be Down On May 8

We will be upgrading and testing our database on May 8, 2008 between 8:00AM and 5:00PM Eastern US time. The online classroom will be down during this time. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! NOTE: An incorrect starting time for the outage was posted earlier. The official start time for the outage is at 8:00AM Eastern…

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Green Marketing Is A Pet Peeve Of Mine

I am a big supporter of environmental responsibility in business. I love the fact that, today, more businesses are environmentally conscious than ever. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Having said that, I believe that businesses should be environmentally responsible because it is the right thing to do, NOT to be able to use their thinly-veiled…

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The SPSM Certification Gets Results…Here’s More Proof!

As we approach the four year anniversary of the SPSM® Certification, we have been getting call after call and email after email raving about the results that our students are getting in the real world. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! If you’ve been to our site, you know that we like to feature our students…

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Negotiation Tactics

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Good Negotiation Tactics That Can Backfire.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The one thing I hoped that you’d get from this article is that almost every negotiation tactic has appropriate situations for its use and inappropriate situations for its use. Good negotiators aren’t just those people who…

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The SPSM Certification Continues To Spread Globally

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I like to dedicate one of the first posts of the month (almost) every month to sharing the names of the countries that have had their first SPSM’s certified. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This is getting more difficult every month because, with employers…

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