All posts in Procurement Parables

Pokémon Go Lessons for Procurement – Seriously!

You simply can’t escape it – Pokémon Go is a giant phenomenon! First, let me be upfront with you.  I have not played the game and I really don’t know much about Pokémon other than Pikachu.  That being said I, like most of you, have been surrounded by those playing it just about everywhere I go. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe…

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Procurement Parable – A Procurement Certification or MBA?

Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Everyone that knows Gary had noticed that his mood had changed. Always known to be chipper and talkative, Gary was seemingly distracted in recent weeks. After watching Gary be aloof for so long, Chas had to intervene. Chas, like Gary, is senior buyer in Fictitious Company, Inc., a mid-sized engineering…

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Procurement Parable – You Already Know That? Yeah, Right!

Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! At the end of another hectic day in the life of a procurement manager, Bob was about to shut down his computer and head home. As he usually does before logging off, he checked to see if any new email had arrived. Sure enough, there was a new message waiting…

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Procurement Parable – Execute, Da**it, Execute!

Because my previous procurement parables about Ryan (the recently graduated buyer who sabotaged his own pending promotion) and Luke (the Chief Procurement Officer who figured out why his procurement department had such a bad turnover problem) were among the most widely read blog posts I’ve created, I’ll share another procurement parable with you today. Don’t miss updates on Procurement &…

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Procurement Parable – Hiring Buyers With Potential

Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Because my last procurement parable (see if you missed it) was so well-received, I thought I’d share another with you. Enjoy…   Luke was the chief procurement officer for a large manufacturing company. He joined the company in 2007 after 15 successful years at another manufacturer where he started…

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The Procurement Promotion That You Lost (But Didn’t Even Know That You Were Considered For)

I’m in a parable-writing mood today. I hope that you don’t mind. The following is total fiction, but with a real-world message. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Ryan joined ABC Company as a buyer two years ago. Having just graduated with an MBA and no work experience, he was quite satisfied with the $80,000 per…

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