Forbes — 14 February 2018

How often do we come to the negotiating table or the procurement process with the idea of treating each other as equals during a negotiation?

Outsourcing Practices to Avoid

Traditional negotiation tactics all too often include hiding authentic intentions and using scare tactics to help tilt the playing field to their advantage. While aggressive tactics may get a short-term win, they often backfire, especially when used in longer term strategic supplier relationships and outsourcing contracts. These five scary practices should be avoided: Penny Wise […]

Beware the Watermelon Scorecard

The Watermelon Scorecard is a term coined by University of Tennessee researchers to explain how a supplier may be meeting a buyer’s required specifications, but is not really collaborating to drive innovative value over the long term for the buyer. In essence, the scorecard is green on the outside but red on the inside! The trend over the last […]

Siliconindia — January 2018

Five Steps to Collaborative IT Outsourcing Relationships Article by Kate Vitasek published 31 December 2017 in Siliconindia magazine. Here is the link: https://www.siliconindiamagazine.com/magazine/college-of-the-year-special-december-2017/#page=44

Vision and Passion

It seems a given that starting just about anything new – a new job, a project, a mental outlook – requires vision and passion. But like the practice of listing New Year’s resolutions, vision and passion are easier said than done. How often have you seen someone with vision, but very little passion, or vice […]

Constructrr Podcast — December 2017

Maximize Innovation Through the Vested Way Constructrr podcast with Kate Vitasek by Brittanie Campbell-Turner on 12 December 2017. Here is the link: http://www.constructrr.com/ep53/

What Henry Ford Understood About Wages

In 1914 Henry Ford had a great idea – the mass production of automobiles for the masses. But he also knew that he needed highly productive workers – and a lot of them – to make that idea happen. So, he came up with another great idea, in fact something extraordinary and unheard of: pay […]

Forbes — December 2017 — Brexit

Brexit To Hit Unprepared Supply Chains Hard Column by Kate Vitasek published 4 December 2017 UK-EU supply chains are at the breaking point as the fallout from Brexit begins to take hold… Here’s the link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/katevitasek/2017/12/04/brexit-to-hit-unprepared-supply-chains-hard/#28d0548a6283

IAOP — November Webinar

Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy IAOP’s Charlotte Chapter Webinar with Kate Vitasek Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/y97dk4vj

Forbes — 26 November — McDonald’s animal welfare

McDonald’s Secret Sauce For Improving Animal Welfare Article by Kate Vitasek published by Forbes on 26 November 2017. Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/y7gb9mjj