As ever the blogs seem to concentrate on the enablers for effective working rather than the procurement tools and techniques covered in the workshop. And yes there's a degree of similarity in the index between Category Management and the Supplier Management workshops - not because the procurement tools were similar - but because soft skills, change management, communication, influencing and creativity are common enablers, and are all skills requiring development and use in all aspects of procurement activity.
The Enablers (in no particular order - and I'm not expecting anyone to want to read every blog - just any that either pique your interest as you read the title - or for those who have attended the workshops - topics you wanted to explore further)
- Frameworks for change coaching process - ie the insight and setback cards - although you could buy these to use yourself or these
- Collage - see here for a Pinterest board of collages you could use to apply this process in the office
- Using Nature as a metaphor for situations in our lives - my landscaping your life blog
- Using our language - can't see the wood for the trees, or going around in circles (updated with insight from recent workshop)
- Walking Meetings
- Metaphor - and why it's soooooooooo effective
- Creative Whack Pack
- Doing something different everyday for 28 days
Future blogs that I would like to write following discussions during the workshop(s) include:
- Problem reversal - a great technique for problem solving.
- What's in a word - would relationship management be a better term than supplier relationship management? See picture for what we think the 3 different interpretations of 'supplier management' might be dependant on whether we're procurement, a supplier or an internal stakeholder.
- The language of stick and carrot - because we need to be consciously aware of which of these we're using.
- The link between mind, body and emotions.
- More on organisational and personal metaphors and the words we use for each (exploit, attach, fight, war, threat and enemy are words that work well for those operating a war like metaphor, but won't work with someone who operates a nature like metaphor for their life).
- Use of pipe cleaners to solve problems!?!
For other more procurementy or businessy blogs I've written please see this index.
I also mentioned a few of my rants during the session, and an index of all my rants can be found by following this link (The common theme seems to be the lack of humanity with which we often treat each other!)
The Purchasing Coach
Inspiring change inside and out (more here on why that's important)