Imagine a supplier trying to sell you a product or service. And that supplier certainly engages in the type of activity involving the use of that product or service.

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Would you feel uncomfortable if that supplier didn’t use the very product or service that it is trying to sell (i.e., “eat its own cooking”)?

I understand that Ariba uses its own software in its procurement department. Makes sense, right?

And you gotta believe that a company like Boise Cascade would use its own paper in its offices.

But what about a certification organization? If its leaders don’t possess the certification, should you trust in it?

Do you believe that it is unthinkable for a certification organization to be led by those without the very certification they promote? Well, you may be shocked.

Two days ago, one of the certification organizations in the purchasing and supply management field announced its board of directors. Of the 15 directors, a measly three possessed that organization’s current certification. And the chairman isn’t even one of those three!

Yet, with regard to its current certification, one of this organization’s promotional pieces reads: “The designation is a sign that I’m serious enough to find the time away from my family, my job to study for this and take this. So I think, as a leader, you have to lead by example.”

Well, I don’t know what you read into this, but it seems to me that the example clearly says that the organization’s own leaders aren’t serious enough about the certification and that it’s not worth the bother.

Is it unreasonable to expect the board of a certification organization to be 100% certified? Well, just look at the board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and you have a benchmark that says that a board should be fully certified.

You wouldn’t buy a product or service from a supplier that didn’t use that product or service itself, would you? So why pursue certification from an organization whose leadership doesn’t value the very certification that it promotes?

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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