Blockchain is so much more then cryptocurrency, and despite the scepticism, it is here to stay. I’ve had a blog on blockchain on my mind for a while. As far as business buzzwords and hype, it has to be right up there with the best of them. Everyone is talking about it, or asking about … Continue reading Still Trying To Understand Blockchain? Here’s The One Thing You Really Need To Know
Procurement has traditionally lagged behind when it comes to technology, but does artificial intelligence offer an opportunity for things to change? Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to make business better, at least that is what the solutions providers would have us believe. Businesses will be more agile, more efficient and, importantly, more profitable. Yet it … Continue reading After A Slow Start, AI Is Starting To Make Its Mark
Recent research suggests we might be selling more introverted professionals short. Unassuming, cautious, reserved – these probably aren’t the first words that come to mind when you think of an effective Chief Procurement Officer. More likely, your ideal CPO exudes confidence and commands attention. They’re a charismatic extrovert who feels most energized and productive when … Continue reading Why Do Introverts Make Great CPOs?
Everyone – without exception – lives with fear. But only a few know that fear and anxiety can be turned to your advantage. Influence guru Julie Masters discusses the keys to dealing with fear with former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb. Whether we’re in critical negotiations with suppliers, asking for a raise at work or presenting … Continue reading How To “Flip” Fear As A Driver To Greater Influence
The ‘gig economy’ is just a hipster way of describing people who contract their labour rather than being full time employees. But is it changing the workplace? We are constantly told that the ‘gig economy’ is about to destroy the workplace as we know it. We apparently have entered a brave new future where workers … Continue reading Is The Gig Economy Changing The Way We View Work?
Procurement has an opportunity, indeed an imperative, to transform from an enabler of cost reduction to a creator of sustainable competitive advantage. Traditionally procurement has been the efficient workhorse for organisations, driving cost savings percentage point by percentage point, contract by contract. Yet despite the tremendous impact that strong spend management can have in value … Continue reading Shifting The Dial In Procurement
A lot has been going on in New Zealand Government procurement, compounding one after the other. Where to start? When you’re in the thick of something it’s harder to take the moment to carve out enough perspective to say something meaningful. A lot has been going on in New Zealand Government procurement, compounding one after … Continue reading New Zealand Government Procurement – A Temperature Check