This Week in Procurement

This Week in Procurement: How to Become Insanely Well-Connected

Written by Philip Ideson

Today’s “must read” is an article that is not actually directly related to procurement, but is on a topic that is so important to growing our careers – our ability to network.

On leaving the comfort of a stable job and jumping into procurement entrepreneurship, I read the articles, and nodded to the advice I was given about how powerful building out my network would be. However, it wasn’t until the rubber hit the road that I really realized HOW critical this is, and it is the one thing more than any other that I have really invested time in over the past 18 months.

In this article, venture capitalist Chris Fralic shares his seven rules for making memorable connections.

A venture capitalist explains how to become insanely well-connected | Chris Fralic, First Round


Contract negotiations – how to avoid the email trap and win | Tiffany Kemp, Devant Limited

The Future of Work, Yesterday: Reflections from the Beeline/IQN Customer Conference | Andrew Karpie, Spend Matters

Brewing up supplier innovations | David Rae, SEIC Procurement Leaders

One Skill To Rule Them All | Procurious

How to ‘right-size’ a company’s procurement value | Conrad Smith, Adobe

So You Want to Go Into Procurement Consulting: 3 Areas to Consider | Rebecca Karp, Sourcing Synergies

Taking Responsibility – Leading in Indirect Procurement | Pauline King, Rapid Results Procurement


The Story Behind the Numbers: the April 2017 ISM-New York Report on Business | Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point


Podcast: Self-Service Sourcing: An Opportunity or Threat for Procurement? w/ Shaz Khan


The next generation of jobs won’t be made up of professions | Alina Dizik, BBC

About the author

Philip Ideson

Philip Ideson is passionate about the role that procurement professionals and leaders can plan in creating competitive advantage for their organizations in ways that go beyond the traditional value proposition.

Philip founded Art of Procurement as a way for the procurement community to learn from each other, increasing the impact they have on their organizations. In 2017, he co-founded Palambridge, a virtual platform of procurement experts, technology, and intelligence. Palambridge provides a broad range of flexible procurement solutions, available on-demand.

Prior to Art of Procurement and Palambridge, Philip enjoyed a career that spanned the procurement value chain, working across three continents for organizations such as Accenture, Procurian, Ally Financial, Pfizer and Ford Motor Company.