But You Can’t Say That, or Why Do I Write What I Write?

January 15, 2016


Cant Say That

Someone recently asked me why I write what I write? My initial response was to say something reminiscent of the sentiments expressed by George Leigh Mallory regarding why he climbed Mount Everest . . . because it is there. In short, I write because I love to write. However – and this is just my viewpoint, […]

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A Quick Thought: Has the Top 30 Under 30 Gone MIA?

January 13, 2016



I was, like many in our industry, delighted when ThomasNet and ISM teamed up to launch the Annual Top 30 Under 30 program. I even did a radio segment on it shortly after the campaign was launched in early 2014. By focusing on a group of 30 “rising”supply chain stars who, as the name suggests, […]

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Musings For A New Year: Do vendors have to make it in the U.S. to be successful?

January 12, 2016


Business man's hand reaching for the brass ring

Editor’s Note: The following are musings from a mind with too much caffeine, a computer, and observational inclinations. As such, beyond what is plainly written, there is an underlying message. Do you know what it is? If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere . . . – Lyrics from the song New York, New […]

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Is Ford’s AutoXchange the “Real Deal?” (8 Years Later)

December 8, 2015


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Originally posted on Procurement Insights:
In an excerpt from my March 18, 2008 post titled Optimization Modeling and the Modern Supply Chain I made the following statement: “The key starting point is to recognize that the term supply chain is a misnomer in that it implies a sequential order of events (in the spirit of your…

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For the majority of procurement professionals, does technology really matter?

November 25, 2015



Or to put it in a less eloquent and more direct fashion . . . just shut up and deliver, and in the process enable me to do a better job without my having to hear and think about you.

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Would 50% of all procurement professionals really choose a different career?

November 23, 2015


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At a conference at which I was speaking, I posed the question how many of you in the audience chose procurement as a profession? Specifically, did you consciously say I want to be in purchasing or, did you just sort of fall into it? Not surprisingly, the vast majority indicated that they just sort of […]

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Company culture and the Glassdoor effect by Jon Hansen

November 11, 2015


glassdoor Logo

In yesterday’s post, I had made reference to a Forbes article by Josh Bersin  titled Culture: Why It’s The Hottest Topic In Business Today, in which he made the statement that “We have arrived in a world of “haves” and “have-nots” when it comes to attracting and engaging top talent.” Bersin then went on to say that “Fortune’ Best Companies happen […]

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