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American Journey

“I am sure we shall all go back to our serious tasks with a clearer brain and more deeply grateful for life and this beautiful world in which we live.” John Burroughs, American Journey (p. 71)   ...

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Book Review: A Practical Guide to e-Auctions for Procurement

“Technology is the easy part. It is always the people who apply the tools who make a difference.”  - Jacob Gorm Larsen, A Practical Guide to E-Auctions for Procurement, p. 7   When Jacob Gor...

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Book Review: Common Sense Purchasing – New Edition

“The traditional procurement environment dies hard. My advice is to change everything. Job title, roles, nomenclature, even work area change helps. If you are dedicated to cross functional teams a tru...

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Book Review: Profit from Procurement: Add 30% to Your Bottom Line by Breaking Down Silos

“Bad best practice is a terrible thing, because it blocks real best practice from being put in place. And it’s a remarkably common phenomenon. Many times, companies truly believe they have done all th...

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Book Review: Managing Indirect Spend: Enhancing Profitability through Strategic Sourcing (2nd Ed.)

“They all believe they are sourcing strategically; therefore, management does not see the need to provide the proper people, technology, time, and training to effectively manage spend and look for cos...

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Book Review: Profit from the Source: Transforming Your Business by Putting Suppliers at the Core

“When the CPO and procurement team participate in every critical stage of a product’s evolution – from concept development and the award of supplier contracts to the start of production and through th...

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Start for Success

For me, reading a book about entrepreneurship is an odd experience. I did start and run my own business, and now I am a Partner at Art of Procurement… but none of it was on purpose. I typically operat...

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Your Leadership Legacy

“The best leaders are the ones who have the sense to surround themselves with outstanding people and have the self-restraint not to meddle in how they do their jobs.” -     &n...

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Scaling Supply Chains with Maria

“If you are going to talk business, you need to talk numbers. Avoiding this, it is like coming here to the U.S., as I did over two decades ago and not learning English.”  - Scaling Supply Chains ...

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