Browsing: Anne Kohler

The word “conflict” has such negative connotations but the most effective teams actually elicit conflict to generate new ideas.  Since most of our work as Sourcing / Category Management professionals is done in teams, embracing constructive conflict is a MUST as you are making the journey from Strategic…

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Last week, we ran a three-day Consulting Skills workshop for a new global client.  The CPO who hired us saw the value of requiring her team to function like an internal consulting practice – since one of our roles as Procurement professionals is to be an internal consultant.…

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If you consider your Procurement organization to be World-Class then you are no doubt implementing, or at a minimum, researching new technology like RPA (Robotic Process Automation) or AI (Artificial Intelligence) or “not so new” technology like Procure-to-Pay or Source-To-Settle applications such as Coupa, Sage, etc.  These solutions…

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What does “Working in Teams” have to do with Strategic Sourcing OR Category Management? I would suggest that it is THE most powerful way of building a collaborative environment and getting work done.  As you move from Strategic Sourcing to Category Management this becomes even more important. You…

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Over a year ago we, at The Mpower Group, tapped into this major conversation around the difference between Strategic Sourcing and Category Management.  So many of our client organizations are trying to make that journey and finding it to be quite challenging.  Let’s ALL acknowledge the fact that…

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