May 14, 2013
Outsourcing works when you embrace and understand the concept of a partnership approach with your chosen provider. Your partner must be seen as an integral extension of any retained function and treated in the same way as any other colleague. Only by understanding that success is a shared responsibility between you and the provider, not the sole responsibility of either party, will you be able to create a powerful platform for transformation. Outsourcing works when it is underpinned with a clear mandate and executive sponsorship from the business to effect change. Of course, if it was easy we would all be doing it. (more…)
December 13, 2012
As I prepare to put up my Christmas tree, I am reminded of speaking at this time of year at a purchasing conference and comparing an effective procurement function to my tree. I’m sure it’s still as relevant today as it was then. (more…)
November 23, 2012
It seems the stereotypical yelling and order-barking drill sergeants in the army are no more. A study released yesterday showed the armed forces have the best leaders in the UK when it comes to managing change.
The research, carried out by Orion Partners, a management consultancy, reveals strong leadership in the armed forces has helped 49 per cent of staff understand why change is good for them, compared to a UK average of just 35 per cent. It suggests that this profession’s leadership is most ‘brain friendly’ when it comes to managing change. In other words, they understand why their employees react the way they do and use this knowledge to manage their teams more effectively. They ask their employees lots of questions about how they’re feeling, which minimises feelings of threat and promotes feelings of reward and helps drive better performances. (more…)
March 1, 2012
If you have been waiting to find out what employees think of their managers yesterday was your lucky day, with the publication of two surveys into the topic.
Our sister magazine People Management reports on research carried out by the Chartered Management Institute and Henley Business School that found 43 per cent of employees consider their line manager to be “ineffective”. (more…)
November 1, 2011
At the recent CIPS conference, Ellis Watson, a veteran CEO with an impressive CV, called for procurement practitioners to display passion in everything they do. “Step up and take your message out to the business,” was his plea. I’ve been thinking about this and reached the conclusion that passion is not enough. (more…)