Buyer Reality

2303, 2021

Buyer Reality: Be a Peg That Fits

By |March 23rd, 2021|

A common misconception of many suppliers is that partnership means meeting for coffee every month or maybe weekly calls. Or maybe it’s a travel mug and a pen. Maybe we even become friends! Here is the reality: Travel mugs are great, but as a contingent workforce professional, I can’t give my hiring managers travel mugs […]

1711, 2020

Do Your Homework

By |November 17th, 2020|

As a procurement category specialist for contingent labor, I often convince and educate program stakeholders to accomplish various goals, and the training I received early in my career prepared me well to do that.

Over my years with various contingent labor programs, I have been responsible for, or influenced, the program’s supply base. But prior to […]

2209, 2020

A Look in the Mirror

By |September 22nd, 2020|

With this time away from the physical office, I’ve thought a lot about the world of work and how it has changed completely overnight. It’s as if we were suddenly thrust into a world that we had only previously seen on television and all we know for certain these days is that the world as […]

2107, 2020

A New Model

By |July 21st, 2020|

I propose a new staffing model: The connected talent cloud, which I call Tier 0.5. In this model, which brings together the traditional agency search and direct sourcing, staffing agencies play a vital, bridging role by working with clients and technology partners. Why am I suggesting this?

The big picture. Companies hire workers to generate revenue. […]

2303, 2020

Crossing the Divide

By |March 23rd, 2020|

I began my career as a contingent workforce professional on the supply side. I remember how much each placement would mean to me personally, because it meant that I was helping another person find a job and another team get closer to achieving their goals or a project outcome. I still recall the details of […]

1902, 2020

Buyer Reality: A Transformation Agent

By |February 19th, 2020|

With the threat of disruption looming, we are seeing enterprise organizations intentionally shift away from business as usual to “transformation.” And executives everywhere are realizing that not only are people the heartbeat of every organization, but having the right people in the right roles is key to creating meaningful change. I’ve had the privilege of […]

909, 2019

Making the Cut

By |September 9th, 2019|

In this extremely competitive environment, companies like mine are looking to make efficiency improvements, optimisations and cost improvements for our contingent workforce programmes. And a crucial piece of the puzzle is having the right supplier base to achieve our goals and support our business.

Over the last two years, I have managed a global rollout of […]

2307, 2019

Buyer Reality: Walk in Their Footsteps

By |July 23rd, 2019|

For a moment, forget that you’ve been in the staffing industry for years and that, as a managed service provider to contingent workforce programs, you can speak the language fluently, using terminology like “IC vetting,” “staff augmentation” and “statement of work.” Forget that you understand thoroughly how to calculate bill rates and markups. Imagine instead […]

2503, 2019

Stand Out

By |March 25th, 2019|

Our managed services provider recently completed its 2018 scorecard process and subsequently removed several suppliers from our list for nonperformance. Oddly, those suppliers weren’t surprised — and I couldn’t help but wonder, if they weren’t interested in our business, why didn’t they ask to be removed? Or, if they wanted to stay on, why didn’t […]

102, 2019

Buyer Reality: Realigning With Partners

By |February 1st, 2019|

“If you don’t grow, you die.”

I have heard these words many times over my 18-year career at Southwest Airlines. They have been a mantra of sorts for Herb Keller, our founder and CEO Emeritus. He would say them often when reminding us that we must change and evolve as an airline in order to beat […]