I recently read a blog post from MyPurchasingCenter.com titled, Procurement Missing Out on Empowering Opportunities. The article reviewed a new book that discusses what’s holding so many procurement organizations back from realizing their full potential.
In the book titled, Procurement Mojo: Strengthening the Function and Raising Its Profile, Sigi Osagie describes the kind of “mojo” procurement professionals need to be more effective and successful on the job. To summarize, Osagie describes Procurement Mojo in a series of 5 steps:
- Build an effective procurement organization
- Deploy fit-for-purpose enablers (processes, systems and tools)
- Adopt robust supply base management
- Apply appropriate performance frameworks
- Build your procurement brand
Osagie states, “Leadership is the single most important factor affecting people’s motivation and performance at work. It’s the glue that binds everything else together.” To expand on this statement, I wanted to share 3 ways I believe procurement pros can gain back their procurement mojo and become effective leaders.
1-Attend training and do your research.
What better way to brush up on your procurement skills than to learn from other leaders in your industry? Joining a webinar, following industry blogs, or joining an online community are just a few ways to brush up on your skills…for free!
2-Expand your network and build strong relationships.
Did you see a discussion topic on LinkedIn that interested you? Request to join the group and add to the discussion. Connect with other procurement pros in your industry to learn how they are improving their organizational processes and procurement brand.
3-Inspire your employees.
Share valuable lessons and best practices with your team that you learned from a recent conference or webinar you attended. Chances are, your team members will be inspired by what you learned and expand on the idea, or help drive initiatives to improve internal processes.
Have you recently been reunited with your procurement mojo? Share the steps you took to find it by commenting below or tweeting @iasta.