- Gardener - first appearing in 1789
These thoughts had me recalling a session I facilitated with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) board of management a few years ago. I asked them to use the surrounding gardens and landscape as a metaphor for their long term strategy. One group returned from the graveyard next door with an interesting insight that many gravestones showed the profession of the deceased - Dr, Lawyer etc. They hoped that purchasing professionals would be proud enough to be a member of the purchasing profession and want to do the same.
I just wonder what has to come first. The professional being proud of the value they deliver or their internal stakeholders appreciating the development undertaken, skills required and the tools & techniques used to be a purchasing professional.
Just like amateur purchasers, amateur gardeners can deliver an acceptable, colourful, weed free and sometimes exciting garden - however it's the professionals who clients trust with their garden, win best in show and bring new techniques and varieties to gardens around the world.
As a procurement professional what's stopping you from being proud of the fact you are. As business managers what's stopping you from using the professionals?
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