Today, I had a great conversation with an attorney I shared an employer with in my early days in the purchasing profession. We recorded a podcast on a topic that the purchasing profession just doesn’t have enough available educational material on. You’ll hear more about that in the weeks ahead.

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Anyway, my colleague recalled a legal training session that he did for the company’s purchasing department years ago. And he clearly recalled a director approaching him afterward and saying “I’ve been in purchasing for 30 years, and I never knew what those terms meant until now.”

My colleague was both pleased – that he could teach a seasoned purchasing director something new – and horrified that, after 30 years, a highly-paid professional didn’t bother to seek to learn about some technical yet common things.

Is there something in contracts, specifications, or other aspects of your job that you’ve encountered often but never bothered to learn? If so, will you be like the purchasing director in this story and wait your whole career until someone explains it to you or will you be proactive and seek clarity on your own?

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2
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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