Nuggets of wisdom to expand your perspectives…
…on leadership; organisational effectiveness; procurement & supply chain management; change management; personal effectiveness; career growth and success; and Africa.
My work is frequently featured in print and online media, white papers, round-table conferences, expert panels and other similar events. For example, I was on the advisory board for The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum; an advisory panellist for Supply Management; a member of Logistics Europe Supply Chain Vision Group; and a featured adviser on the inaugural Procurious Career Boot Camp.
You can view some of my related work and media features below.
I’ve frequently expounded the importance of the softer elements of organisational success – the intangible factors like culture; leadership; attitudes; and behaviours which typically differentiate top-notch Procurement functions from the mediocre. But this in no way...read more
I often have to elaborate to executives and managers in client businesses that their people are the most critical factor for organisational success. I sometimes get the point across by explaining that if you take the strategies, processes, systems and so on out of any...read more
When we talk about “Procurement performance” it’s easy to forget that functional performance is dependent on the performance of each person in Procurement. After all, the Procurement organisation is a team of individuals. Unless individual effort is directed at...read more
Contemplating what true Procurement success means is a valuable exercise. It may force some of us to recalibrate our conventional notions of what ‘performance’ accomplishment entails. The ‘key performance indicators’ (KPIs) we commonly adopt are exactly what the...read more
“Procurement’s true positioning in the enterprise is largely determined by the perceptions of stakeholders, not necessarily the enterprise’s structure,” says Sigi Osagie in Procurement Mojo®, his book on strengthening the function and raising its profile. “The more...read more
Media coverage of my talk at the Trade Extensions User Conference, where I spoke about ‘change management in Procurement.’ Read the Spend Matters UK/Europe coverage here.read more
Like it or not, perception can sometimes be more important than reality. That’s why successful consumer brands invest significant resources in creating positive perceptions of their brands. Purchasing folks can learn a lot from this to raise the profile of...read more
I smiled to myself as I admired the rhythmic flow of her gait, and how she carried herself with the elegance that is so characteristic of many French women. As she ambled along the Promenade des Anglais she exuded that indescribable vibe that comes from being...read more
Effective leaders know that you can’t achieve true organisational success unless the workforce are engaged with the agenda. Employee engagement is intrinsic to a culture that augments organisational success. A key element of this is exposing people’s capabilities and...read more
One of the many challenges professionals struggle with is mastering how to grow their careers successfully — people like Thomas D., who sent me this query: “I’ve got many years’ experience working in Procurement roles in different companies, and I consider myself to...read more