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AOP Saturday Linkfest: In Search of Influence

By May 28, 2016February 23rd, 2020No Comments

Happy Saturday!

This week I was spoiled for choice in selecting articles to include in the Saturday Linkfest.  So without further ado, here are five different articles that I wanted to share:

  • Perhaps the single most critical skill of a procurement professional today is the ability to influence others.  But what are the keys to being influential.  Is it an art? Gordon Donovan, Procurement and Supply Chain Manager at Metro Trains Melbourne, explores in: In Search of Influence, the Traits of Influential People.
  • In Procurement Professionals: The Guardians of Enterprise, CIPS CEO David Noble shares how he believes that the management of our supply chains will become subject to more regulation in the future, with the UK’s Bribery Act and Modern Slavery Act just the start.  David suggests that procurement in the future will be made up of architects, guardians, enablers and analysts. Which one are you?
  • I often talk about third party risk on the Art of Procurement, but where do you start?  If you are thinking that you need to integrate risk management into your procurement process, Matthew York of CPO Rising has a great primer in: How to Counter the “Unknown Unknowns” in Supply Risk Management.
  • Do Procurement Departments Destroy Value? Allison Ford-Langstaff of Future Purchasing offers a first hand cautionary tale of what impact the actions we take often have on the health of our supplier relationships.  
  • Finally today I wanted to share this piece that is close to my heart.  I have been very lucky to have great mentors that have helped me develop and grow, both personally and professionally.  My opinion is that, it doesn’t matter how much experience we have, there are always people who we can help take to the next level.  In Making a Difference through Mentoring, Bill Michels of Aripart Consulting shares 5 tips from his personal experience in how you can make a difference in the lives of others.

Happy reading, and have a great weekend!


PS – if you come across an article that you think we should read, please email it to contact@artofprocurement.com.

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