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December 28, 2017

Relationship Building: How to Be More Than a Necessary Evil

Supply chain is often written off as an unnecessary evil when it comes to the inner workings of a company. Parts/services/assets flow through a predetermined process and at the end, an invoice and/or purchase order is cut for the specific product and/or deliverable that has been manufactured. Everyone needs a supply chain but nobody likes…


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December 25, 2017

Avoid Recruitment Red Flags

Sorting out procurement candidates can be challenging.once you start the outreach, you’ll be buried in the resumes of hopefuls and left with the daunting task of finding the best one for the job. The job is demanding, your company works in a unique field and your managers are especially particular about whom you let into…


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December 24, 2017

Talent Management – The Millennial Challenge

In my first blog, we discussed talent management and some of the strategies used by companies to address the same. Within this realm, the Millennials pose a unique and interesting dilemma for many organizations. As their numbers grow in the workplace, the ability to attract, motivate and retain this generation has assumed even greater significance….


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December 23, 2017

Before the Interview: Every Battle Is Won Before It Is Fought

Before the Interview: Every Battle Is Won Before It Is Ever Fought According to MRINetwork, 75% of the hiring decision is based on the chemistry between the hiring authority and the job-seeker. The decision to hire someone can be made in a matter of minutes, with the remaining time spent supporting this decision. That being said, this…


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December 22, 2017

Finding Your Dream Job – Made Simpler

Although the current job market looks to be much better than it did in the immediate post-recession years, finding a great job today is still no walk in the park. Many companies were forced to downsize during the Great Recession of 2007-2009, and while jobs are slowly beginning to come back, the number of qualified job-seekers…


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December 21, 2017

Globalization: Problem, Solution or Both

The first in a two-part series covering the current dynamics of globalization and some alternative strategies for companies to consider in their quest to become global conglomerates.   The rise of globalization and advanced technology has led to an ever increasingly interconnected world. Today more than ever, we are seeing a direct correlation between globalization…


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December 20, 2017

MRO – Controlling the Uncontrollable : Navigating

The materials related to Maintenance Repair and Operating Services/Overhaul (MRO) present unique challenges to procurement professionals. It is a spend category that companies all too often fail to gain proper control over. A category that is comprised of 1,000’s of unique SKUs across numerous subcategories where recurring spend tends not to repeat on the item level. The…


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December 17, 2017

New IT technologies to become airline companies best assets for cost reduction and efficiency a lesson from industry leaders

With oil prices forecasted to keep dropping, airline companies are seizing this opportunity to further increase investments in new technologies. While modernizing a fleet with new generation planes or fuel efficient engines can be difficult for companies with limited investment capabilities, cheaper options exist and can result in both optimizing operational efficiency and satisfying customer…


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December 16, 2017

Meeting to discuss another Meeting – and other forms of nonsensical resistance

Remember the book Alice in Wonderland? Do you also remember when Alice is at the Mad Hatter’s tea party and it seems like every time Alice is about to drink her tea the Mad Hatter and the Hare say it is time to move to another chair? Poor Alice never got the opportunity to drink…


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