The Purch-lympics start tomorrow. It looks like this will be a lot of fun, with purchasing essays having been submitted from around the world.

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Because this blog will be tied up with the Purch-lympics for most of the next two weeks, I wanted to add one non-Purch-lympics entry prior to then.

The most valuable thing that I think a purchasing and supply management professional can do for his or her career is to learn everything s/he can about purchasing and supply management. The second most valuable thing is to learn about senior management and, specifically, how senior management thinks.

I just read an excellent whitepaper called “Avoid Corporate Death: Nine Essential Elements Will Keep The Reaper From Your Company’s Door” by fellow Pittsburgh supply chain blogger, Robert Rudzki. This whitepaper is really written for CEO’s, but I believe that it can give non-C-level employees an insight into what makes their company’s leadership tick.

An interesting section of the whitepaper talks about the value of getting an external assessment on how your company stacks up with regard to those “nine essential elements.” One of the groups that Rudzki suggests consulting with is your suppliers.

I definitely agree with him on this one. Suppliers are uniquely positioned to evaluate your company. They work closely with you and get to evaluate how you operate. Many of them study your company and try to figure out your strength financially. And they see what your competitors are doing and doing better than you.

As I stated in my recent vlog on the history of purchasing, the supply base is a tremendous source for ideas, improvements, and innovations. Hopefully, Rudzki’s whitepaper will get CEO’s thinking about suppliers in a new way and will value Purchasing’s ability to bring suppliers to the table for more collaboration and greater profit.

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
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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