April 9, 2013
As you all have gathered from my last column, I am a reality television addict. It doesn’t stop with Big Brother –
I am also a fan of talent shows such as X Factor and The Voice. I enjoy the way they work through those with questionable ‘talent’, through to the average performers and finally to the stars. For these shows, finding the talent is simple with people travelling from far and wide to get their chance.
Unfortunately for us in business, finding star quality is not that simple. We don’t have an endless queue of talent knocking at our door and the talent we want may not be looking for a new opportunity. (more…)
February 12, 2013
Despite years as a Big Brother(BB)-free zone, this year I found myself captivated by the programme. There is a strange appeal in watching people and judging them. I guess many of you think there is little worse than watching BB, even fewer would consider being a contestant, yet how many of you allow yourself to be scrutinised by your online public? If you have signed up to Facebook, for example, you are probably being watched. (more…)
December 11, 2012
In my last column I wrote about the ‘panic saving season’ – the last quarter of the year when some people realise they only have three months left to achieve their objectives and the need to plan early and monitor that plan. So as I sit here planning my team’s performance reviews and thinking about areas to develop in 2013, I wonder how many of you have started thinking about what you need and want to achieve next year? (more…)
October 9, 2012
Get Rid Of Yeast Infection In 7 Daysalt=”" width=”100″ height=”100″ />So October is now upon us, the nights are drawing in and in a few weeks’ time we will be turning the clocks back in the UK. It can only mean one thing – the start of the panic saving season. Oh yes, that time of year when everyone realises that they only have one quarter left to achieve their objectives.
It seems strange that although we have a full year to plan and achieve our goals, we still end up scurrying around at the last minute. Why does this happen? (more…)
August 7, 2012
When reading my last column on the importance of policy and procedure, I realised that I forgot to mention ‘consequence’. We live in a worldgoverned by rules and regulations. If you commit a crime you know to expect the consequences. So why are people allowed to break rules in many businesses without any personal impact? (more…)
June 6, 2012
We all strive for success, to bring real value to the business, support the successful achievement of business goals and become best in class.
But how can we realise this without the right building blocks? You wouldn’t build a house without foundations for fear of collapse, so why would you build up a procurement strategy without a robust set of policies and procedures?
April 10, 2012
Why is it that in business we feel obliged to change everything into an acronym? Is it to save time? Is it simply being lazy? Or is it to make ourselves feel special by creating a language that no one else can understand?
It took me five years to grasp the wonderful world of acronyms at my previous company, only to move jobs last year and have to start all over again. (more…)
February 14, 2012
It is around this time that many
people are thinking about fresh starts and new horizons – certainly there are a fair-few job moves in this issue. But if you want to maximise your chances of getting that dream role, what do you need to do? (more…)
February 14, 2012
I am guessing that most of you (me included) have forgotten your big plans for 2012. Just over a month ago I declared to the world that by now I would be well on the way to being so fit that even Madonna would be green with envy, but like most good intentions life gets in the way.
When it comes to our career, we should not leave it to chance. (more…)
January 3, 2012
I don’t know about you, but whenever a new and exciting opportunity comes my way, I am awash with anxiety. I feel excited and nervous – then the fear factor strikes.
In 2011, I made the leap from the comfort of an industry I had spent my whole procurement career in to new and unchartered (by me) grounds. (more…)