Category Archives: Procurious News

What Does It Mean To Be An Authentic Leader?

Watch the Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion on Authentic Leadership

In the first of the panel discussions from the Big Ideas Summit, Sigi Osagie, Sarah Trota, Helen Mackenzie and Andrew MacAskill discuss what it means to be an authentic leader in procurement.

Watch a sample below

From the power of public sector procurement and the figure of the leader clearing the path through the procurement jungle, to the brand of the profession and setting the belief, the discussion created some fascinating points.

Procurious members can view the full panel discussion here. Not a member yet? Register for free.

How to get the most out of Procurious Groups

Procurious Groups are where it’s at

How to use Procurious Groups

When we quietly granted Procurious members the power to create their own Groups back in January we didn’t expect the reaction we received…

Suffice to say Groups have proved a popular addition to the site, so it’s only appropriate for us to cover them off in more detail.

Groups are the perfect haven for hanging out with likeminded professionals – each have been created around a core theme, so the key here is to join the ones that take your fancy.

In the blink of an eye one of our earliest (and vocal) supporters, Sergio Giordano – took it upon himself to set up The Italian Procurement Professional Community, before others caught on and followed. Sergio’s little piece of Italy is now almost 100 members strong.

When asked, Sergio had the following words for the Procurious community: “Italian professionals are beginning to understand that to achieve reputation you must first demonstrate your competence by helping colleagues and proving to be an expert in a specific field… However I think that the first interest in joining  the group is the uniqueness of Procurious: we all felt a great need of a specialistic network like yours or, let me say… like ours.” Sergio has brilliantly encapsulated the ethos of what Procurious is about, and we hope [that in time] all members will think of the network as theirs.

It’s easy as pie to join a Group. Just navigate to the ‘Groups’ page by following the link (it’s nestled between the Discussions and Blog items), and choose a Group from the list that takes your fancy. Depending on the membership options set by the Group owner you may have to wait a short while for them to approve your request to join.

Once you’ve pledged allegiance to a Group (or Groups) what’s next?

Think of a Group like a specialised Community Feed (but with useful extras). Dig into the Group page and you’ll see tabs for ‘Activity’, ‘Members’, ‘Documents’ (and if you’re an Admin, ‘Member Requests’).

The default view is that of the Feed – here you’ll be able to see posts by the Group’s other members, be they text or image-based. You can also insert URLs, but you won’t be able to tag other Procurious members in your updates.

The ‘Members’ tab is where you’ll be able to see who else has joined the Group. If they’re not yet part of your personal network you can send them an invitation to connect here.

‘Documents’ is slightly misleading as you can happily add any file with the following file-type:  jpg, jpeg, png, gif, pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, or pptx. There’s also a maximum file size of 20MB so keep your PowerPoint presentations to a reasonable length! All we ask is that you use your common sense and don’t share material of a sensitive or confidential nature. Group Admins have the power to delete any file(s) they deem not in-keeping with the Group’s interests.

If privacy settings allow, Group members are also free to invite other Procurious members to join the Group. Suffice to say only send invites to people in your network you think will be interested, you don’t want to accused of spamming anyone!

Some Groups you might have missed

CIPS
CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) have found an official home on Procurious. Join this Group to keep abreast of official news, content and ideas straight from the Institute. Visit the Group

FAPPE
We were first made aware of the excellent work FAPPE (Faster Adoption of Public E-Procurement in Europe) were doing during Procurement Week in Cardiff earlier this year. We suggest you join to discover more. Visit the Group

Portuguese Procurement Community
Procurement is taking off in Portugal! This is an opportunity to share insights and opportunities with other members within the region. Visit the Group

UK and Europe Public Procurement
Work in the UK or Europe and interested in all things Public Procurement? We have just the Group for you! Visit the Group

Procurement in Asia Pacific
Proving that regional Groups are popular, this Group is for procurement professionals to openly discuss and explore Procurement and supply chain issues in the Asia Pacific region. Visit the Group

Global Sourcing
John Zhang describes this newly created Group as a platform to discuss global sourcing challenges and opportunities mainly in emerging markets. Visit the Group

Irish Procurement Professionals Forum
This Group has sprung up in the last few days and we’re eager to help Ross grow it. So if you do business in Ireland there’s no excuse not to join. Visit the Group

Why create?

Whether you’re thinking of running a Group for a series of events, or maybe you want to fly the Procurement flag for your country – there are many good reasons to carve out your own little slice of Procurious.

To start a Group of your own just click the green ‘Create Group’ button on the Groups homepage.

More details can be found here: Want to start your own Group on Procurious?

Want us to write about your Group?

Drop us a note and tell us in 150 words why your Group deserves the attention.

Sarah Trota: How People Create Alchemy In Organisations

‘The relationship between Human Resources and Procurement is closer than people think…’

Watch our sixth Big Ideas Summit keynote (part 1 of 4)

Watch Sarah’s keynote in FULL here

Sarah Trota, founder of sarahtrotaalchemy and Personnel Today HR Director of the Year 2013, discusses her own model for how to create ‘alchemy’ within organisations. The focus of the idea is on properly engaging with employees, ensuring they are satisfied and as a result, producing better outcomes for the business.

Procurious members can find Sarah’s full keynote here. Not a member yet? Register for free.

Procurious Big Idea #20 – Procurement’s Role in Cyber Security

The Hackett Group’s Melani Flores on this important trend that is impacting procurement.

Melani’s Big Idea revolves around Cyber Security and the need for procurement teams to manage their own data privacy risks. She also recognises that the future of efficient procurement lies in collaboration, but how secure are those flows of information?

See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

Procurious Big Idea #19 – Purity of the Supply Chain

Listen to Danielle Stewart, Chartered Accountant (an interloper by her own admission), tell how her Big Idea was borne out of a shopping trip to London’s Westfield Shopping Centre with her daughters…

More needs to be done to combat this so-called fast fashion culture, measures need to be put in place to ensure the workers that manufactured the goods are well looked after.

See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

Chris Sawchuk: How Procurement Is Elevating Its Role

‘We have to be more flexible, we have to be more agile, to react to these sorts of things…’

Watch our third Big Ideas Summit keynote (part 1 of 3)

Watch Chris’ keynote in FULL here

Looking to the future, Chris Sawchuk, Principle and Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader at The Hackett Group, spoke about organisational agility and the need for organisations to adapt and move quickly in a constantly-changing business environment.

From a procurement standpoint, Chris argued that it means learning from the likes of Uber and being more customer centric and delivering value beyond cost savings, while being more active in promoting itself as a function.

Procurious members can find Chris’ full keynote here. Not a member yet? Register for free.