Archive for April, 2017

Take This Job And…Shove Me A Letter of Recommendation?

Though not related to the NLPA or even procurement, I recently witnessed a crazy employment situation.  It involved a company that provides services in consumers’ homes. On a certain Friday, an employee of the company didn’t show up on time for one of the consumers.  The consumer unsuccessfully tried to reach the employee directly.  Then, after more time had passed, the…

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The “Easter Egg Hunt” of Procurement

I enjoyed celebrating Easter this past Sunday. Even though my kids are now 13 and 15, we still have a tradition of doing an Easter egg hunt on Easter morning.  It’s fun, like having wee little kids again, if even for just a few minutes. Strangely enough, thinking about this year’s Easter egg hunt got me thinking about procurement.  Specifically,…

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Good…Or Cheap?

Here at the Next Level Purchasing Association, we consider ourselves pretty good at explaining the most advanced topics in procurement today. But we also recognize the importance of not ignoring the fundamentals.  Often times, people take an over-complicated view of procurement and that gets in the way of making the simple tweaks that can add up to real performance improvement.…

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The Evolution of the Cloud and Its Impact on Supply Chain

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post   Cloud computing continues to rise in popularity as cloud-based technologies play a critical role in businesses by creating new competitive advantages. To start off, what exactly is cloud computing? The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology describes cloud computing as “A model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand…

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Why Do Your Subordinates Do What You Ask?

Leadership is one of my favorite topics.  I love to study the psychology of what makes someone in a leadership position a true leader. So, if you’re a procurement leader, I’d like you to ponder a question about your leadership.  Think about your subordinates completing tasks that you assign. Why do they do what you ask? There are answers along…

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