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Procurement Revisited.

I'm a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's podcast, revisionist history (special thanks to @alexgoffey for the recommendation. In this podcast Malcolm takes a journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood of things that have happened in the past. Inspired by this back in 2020 I had a number of conversations with procurement and technology leaders about topics in procurement that may not be front of mind for people but maybe could be. This is not to say they are all overlooked but sometimes don’t always fall at the top of the agenda or maybe they have been trailed and need reinvigorating.

In these discussions I sat down with Phil Ideson and talked about Risk management, with James Marland to discuss how procurement can use storytelling to increase its influence, with Frank Omare to discuss sustainability and with Lorraine Longato and discussed innovation and technology. Each video is about 20 minutes long so I hope that they provide a good insight, delivered in a short form content.

Today I'm delighted to share my discussion with James Marland with you all.

James is SAP Chief storyteller, and in this video we discussed why storytelling is so important for procurement leaders. We also discuss What is a good story, and how can leaders construct these stories and how to use them.

Over the next eight weeks, ill be posting these video conversations here (one every 2 weeks or so) and hope that they maybe trigger some thoughts, and to paraphrase Malcolm "Because sometimes things deserve a second chance."

If you would like to discuss a misunderstood, underused, or undervalued topic I would love to have a discussion with you please reach out!


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