Thursday, 29 May 2014

Life Project - Bring it to the Next Level!

Authored by Majda Belghar

Most procurement professionals are familiar with practices like spend analysis, supplier appraisals, and effective negotiation, and perhaps most of us have even become experts in listing down all the procurement best practices we know within the click of a finger, continuously challenging ourselves day to day to add to this list with the array of new terms we come across. But let’s be honest - how many of these terms do we really understand and out of those how many do we implement to its full potential?

Monday, 26 May 2014

The Art of Reporting

Authored by Ben Turner

The start of a new procurement project is an exciting, hectic, emotional and educational experience. A team is thrown together from all parts of the business and management provides them with motivational speeches and gruelling targets. The mood is: hit the ground running now if you're going to deliver what the stakeholder needs, when they need it.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

100 Days of Efficiency

Authored by Soraya Sackey

The recent social media craze '100 days of happiness' challenged participants to capture an image every day for 100 days of something that made them smile - posing the question, ‘Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?' The aim of the challenge was to encourage people to train themselves to focus on the little things that lift their spirits every single day.

So what if we used the same concept but applied it to our everyday working lives... Instead of 100 days of Happiness, we challenged ourselves to 100 days of efficiency within the work place.

Monday, 19 May 2014

The Psychological Contract

Authored by Abdul Aziz Mujeb

We all wonder whether at times the only thing that binds an employee to its organization is the legal contract signed between the two parties, but in reality there is more to the partnership than we think - often forgotten is the Psychological Contract that is indirectly in place. Without any prior discussion, there is a psychological agreement referring to the relationship between both parties, highlighting certain inputs required from both ends to achieve the respective outcome – regardless of what may or may not be written in the legal contract.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Attitude Opens Doors

Authored by Mickey North Rizza

George Palmatier said, “The biggest challenge is not getting people to change the way they do their jobs, but in getting people to change the way they think about doing their jobs.” In the post, The Journey of Excellence Starts with Change, Sosha and Peter illustrated that the way they each approached their jobs was directly related to the outcome. Attitude was a huge factor in their respective approaches to the business challenges. Sosha approached her job with facts and used those facts to guide her direction. Peter let the business drive his needs and his daily routine. While each is perfectly normal, only one was successful in driving business results and outcomes – Sosha.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Communication – The Core of Our Existence

Authored by Mickey North Rizza

Sometimes life teaches us lessons that we won’t soon forget. I received one of those in the last 24 hours. I was so busy getting ready for my work trip, I forgot to grab my phone. Yes, you read it right, I forgot to grab my phone. Life as an optimist allows me to find alternatives – in this case I am just dealing with it for three days, as the alternative (purchase a pre-paid phone) is expensive and doesn’t make sense.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Are You Worst-In-Class? - Benchmarking the Procurement Function

We're back again with the next installment of the Real World Sourcing Series in partnership with CIPS MENA, where industry expert Peter Smith will be discussing best practices in benchmarking the current state of the Procurement function. The briefing will describe some of the key steps to take and will briefly touch on a number of different maturity models that could be used. Other areas that will be covered include:

Monday, 5 May 2014

Risk Management in the Supply Chain: Part 3 - You know the issues, but how do you retain the value?

Authored by Paras Sood

For the final part of this series, I want to focus on how technology can facilitate both the people and process elements of procurement and supply risk management.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Risk Management in the Supply Chain: Part 2 - Taking people through the process

Authored by Paras Sood

As discussed in part 1, the ‘people’ element of risk underpins the behavioural approaches to risk management in organizations; but the ‘tolerance’ and ‘prudence’ over risks within the supply chain ultimately determines the process for managing these risks in practice.