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    technological insanity

    Procurement’s Technological Insanity 

    “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” –Albert Einstein. Over on Sourcing Innovation, the Sourcing Doctor has an excellent series of posts on driving adoption of Procurement technology. As someone who spent most of the last 15 years in the field of Procurement technology: in a Procurement organization, as a user first and, then, as a project manager driving implementation projects, working for a provider and helping customers in their projects, The topic covered by the Sourcing Doctor is a topic that is close to my heart. Also, I have been working, at the end of last year, on a white paper…

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    social media

    Professional Development and Networking using Social Media

    - by Joseph Paris

    If you are reading this, you probably engage in professional networking on social media.  And if you are like me, you have been engaging for a very long time. The motivation is probably similar to mine.  You want to learn and understand what’s going on in your profession, your industry, your community – and probably the world at large – so you can remain aware and up to date on the latest information and knowhow. And you want to meet people who can support you in your endeavors and aspirations and, hopefully, you want to help others in a similar…

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    disruption

    Transformation vs Disruption

    - by Joseph Paris

    Transformation… I am hearing more and more talk about how companies are seeking to transform themselves, or that they are launching a transformation initiative.  And as expected, there is the corresponding increase in transformation conferences, symposia, articles and books. But what is “transformation”? One definition for transformation is; “a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.” “… thorough and dramatic…”  Seems rather subjective. In essence, transformation occurs when something that was turns into something completely different.  In nature, we can see examples of transformation when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly or when a volcano creates…

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    within ourselves culture change

    The Fault Lies Not in the Stars, but Within Ourselves

    - by Joseph Paris

    I hear all too often from professionals in Continuous Improvement how “Senior Leadership does not give me the support I need”.  Some go further by making the claim that “Senior Leadership just doesn’t understand”.  And some go further still and make the suggesting there is a conscious, if not curious, effort by senior leaders to sabotage the Continuous Improvement programs. In the most extreme circumstances, some (mostly consultants) go as far as to position themselves, their profession, and their efforts as some sort of higher cause, almost as a religion, and look down upon the non-believers with a level of…

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    Crafting a convenient truth: The crisis of leadership

    - by CERM Risk Insights

    The number, size and scope of things distracting management’s attention from the task of running the business continues to expand at an increasing pace.  Denial of the threats from smoldering issues drives leaders to underestimate the potential for reputational and financial damage that can be caused by bad information gone viral.  If you want senior management to pay attention, give them something that challenges their focus – and understand that their focus is not on how many computers you have or RTO, RPO statistics. It is on business survivability – will we be in business tomorrow given the issues that…

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    excellence

    Process Excellence at Life and Play

    - by Operational Excellence Society

    I have been inspired by Benjamin Franklin, who said: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”. I believe I have discovered some tricks to make life more efficient, which I would like to share with you. This article is for anyone who wants to excel at what they do, at work and play. What comes to mind when you hear the words “Project Management” or “Lean Six Sigma”. Well, first thought might be, “That sounds too techie”, “Oh I know Six Sigma. Isn’t that the one with all belts like in karate – yellow belt, green belt,…

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