As you probably know, the phrase “his/her head is buried in the sand” means that someone is clueless to the environment around them. Though the ostrich is blamed for being the clueless animal who inspired this phrase, from what I’ve read online, it appears that ostriches burying their heads in the sand is a myth.

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I think that the real culprit is Human Resources departments responsible for writing procurement job descriptions.


Well, there have been so many changes in the procurement certification space since 2003. New certifications have been launched, older certifications are no longer available. Yet some procurement job advertisements still state a preference for candidates with certifications that are no longer attainable.

That’s a bit of a problem for those organizations. How can they compete in today’s tough business environment if they are recruiting procurement professionals who had qualifications that were adequate in the 1990’s?

To help those in the profession keep up with the changes of the past several years, I was recently tapped by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine to write their current issue’s cover story, “Certification Update: The Costs and Benefits of Getting Certified.”

Now, I may be biased. But I think that this article thoroughly covers most of the crazy changes in the procurement profession since 2003. So, I recommend checking out the article just to make sure you are up-to-speed on the latest and greatest in the procurement certification space.
Though the ostriches would love the acquittal, you wouldn’t want procurement professionals to be cited as the source of inspiration for the phrase “his/her head is buried in the sand,” would you?

Man with his head buried in the sand illustrates that many people who think that procurement hasn't changed aren't paying attention

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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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