This Week in Procurement

This Week in Procurement: Sprinting Outside Your Comfort Zone

When was the last time that you pursued a challenge that was outside of your comfort zone?

Arguably, success or failure in these rapidly changing times will be defined by adaptability and a willingness to jump into projects or situations that may feel uncomfortable – all in the name of progress.  (personally, getting outside my comfort zone was a major reason why I started Art of Procurement a couple of years ago).  It is for that reason that I tagged this article, based on a conversation with ultra-athlete Samantha Gash, as my “must read”.

Samantha, a former corporate lawyer, shares her tips on building the mindset to succeed where others may have failed.

Check out the article, and many, many more (we have a bumper edition!) in this week’s This Week in Procurement

Sprinting Outside Your Comfort Zone | Procurious


Procurement Transformation – With and Without the Burning Platform | Peter Smith, Spend Matters

How To Train Your CEO To Get What The Business Needs | Enrico Rizzon, ATKearney

Is supplier consolidation the best policy? | Will Green, Supply Management

What the Coupa/Amazon Business Tie-Up Means for Procurement | Tim Burt, Procurement Leaders

Strategic Sourcing: How Will You Award Your Business? | Gary Mansell, Coupa

Revised: Facing The Reality About Supply Market Intelligence | Jeanette Jones, Cottrill Research



Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) Consolidation | Robert Solomon, Software Platform Consulting, Inc.

Businesses Are Not Doing Enough On Modern Slavery Reporting | Jacki Buist, Haymarket Media Group

Q4 SolutionMap℠: 32 Procurement Technology Solution Providers, Ranked | Spend Matters


Podcast: 156: Heads up! Overcoming Communications Hurdles w/ Julienne Ryan


New Leadership Competencies for Corporate Sustainability | David Grayson, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility

Artificial Intelligence – Hype, Hope and Fear | Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC News

Blockchain Project Ecosystem | Josh Nussbaum, Medium


Have a great weekend!

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.