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At The Mpower Group, we do a lot of training for Procurement / Sourcing / Category Management / Supply Chain groups.  One of the opening exercises we like to do is to ask the participants three questions: When you were a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? When you entered [...]

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Author: Anne Kohler
Posted: August 18, 2022, 11:47 am

It’s been a buzzword that’s been bandied about for a while and of course it’s a major focus of every Category Management model out there.  We’ve been talking about it for a looooong time ourselves so we’re as guilty as everyone else.  That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve more attention and in fact it [...]

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Author: Dalip Raheja
Posted: August 11, 2022, 12:41 pm

Ebola, COVID 19, variant, variant, variant, Monkey Pox, the war on Ukraine, record high gas prices, potential recession – enough said.  Every day we have a new source of uncertainty and even crisis hitting us.  We, as humans, are wired to fear the unknown and it can often be overwhelming and debilitating.  Look at what [...]

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Author: Anne Kohler
Posted: August 4, 2022, 11:28 am

We were working with an international manufacturing client and still do occasionally, and we were asked to help them transition into Category Management (“CM”) which they had recently heard about.  This was a client that had recently made the move to Strategic Sourcing from 3 bids and a buy and probably should have taken some [...]

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Author: Dalip Raheja
Posted: July 28, 2022, 11:25 am

My last blog discussed the importance of being a good listener. This is a key skill for any professional but is particularly critical for consultants. If you are reading this and think “well then this is not for me” then think again. Any role you are playing within a Procurement or Supply Chain organization automatically [...]

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Author: Anne Kohler
Posted: July 21, 2022, 11:23 am