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Advanced Procurement Is Tough. Are You?

When the NLPA launched the SPSM-BOK Mastery Model in 2014, one of the important principles we wanted to convey is that some procurement competencies are more advanced than others and that there should be a path to mastering those competencies in an optimal order. So, we recommend starting one’s procurement education path with the online course “Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals.”  It covers…

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Doing Great Things in Procurement, Business, Life…

I haven’t been sleeping well lately. And, when I don’t sleep well, I lie in bed and think. I think of words.  Phrases.  Affirmations.  Inspirational quotes.  Verbiage I can use when I am asked to give unvarnished career advice to business people who are struggling. So, allow me to share some of what has been coming to me in these…

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The Role of Standards in Achievement

In discussions of achievement, a standard is the degree of proficiency that you consider to be “good enough.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! When set ideally, standards can motivate high achievement.  When set sub-optimally, standards can sustain mediocrity. One example of a sub-optimally set standard that sticks in my mind is a local band that…

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The True Achiever Challenge

In this world, there are two types of people:  true achievers and everyone else. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The problem is that a lot of the people in the “everyone else” category mistake themselves for true achievers.  When you think you are great and you’re not, that misconception is actually a barrier to greatness.…

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“I’m Here To Learn”

“I’m here to learn.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! That’s a phrase that I’ve used to guide many aspects of my life.  And I credit it for helping me achieve high levels of success. When something I’m working on doesn’t go as well as I had hoped, I say – either to myself or sometimes…

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