Happy Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgiving I’m thinking about the Vested movement and thanking all those who have brought us here in only seven-plus years, which have flown by breathtakingly fast! It all started with one slim book based on solid research and a great idea—now we are up to six books and counting. Movements are not necessarily easy to […]

Orthoworld — 8 November 2017

5 Steps to a Highly Collaborative Supplier Agreement Article by Kate Vitasek published 8 November 2017 on Orthoworld’s online news site. If your recent experiences with contract negotiations are something like visiting the dentist for a root canal, there is a much better—and pain-free!—way to go about wrangling that strategic agreement… Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/ybqwnvpj

Art of Procurement — 13 November 2017

160: The Success of Sourcing Business Models at GuideWell w/ Tim Cronin Philip Ideson‘s guest on his 13 November 2017 podcast  was Tim Cronin, the CPO of GuideWell, a not-for-profit mutual holding company in the healthcare industry. Ideson says: “Tim and I connected live at the SIG Fall Summit in Carlsbad, California, where we had an […]

Kayrell Connections Podcast — November 2017

Ep. 63: Vested Business Model for Highly Collaborative Relationships in FM The Facility Management Innovator podcast with Kate Vitasek on 14 November 2017. Here’s the link: http://kayrellconnections.com/episode63    

Avoid Idea Killer Bingo

No doubt you know about the game of Bingo – it’s great fun to shout Bingo! when you complete a line and win the prize. The Idea Sandbox has devised an instructive take on the Bingo theme called Idea Killer Bingo. It features a Bingo card with many of the killer phrases that squelch innovative ideas and even discussion of […]

Forbes — 31 October 2017

Five Scary Outsourcing Practices “If negotiators have a favorite holiday — it’s bound to be Halloween. Traditional negotiation tactics all too often include hiding authentic intentions behind a mask and using scare tactics to help tilt the playing field to their advantage.“ Column by Kate Vitasek published 31 October 2017 in Forbes online Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/ycne9v9d

Occupier Edge — October 2017

Vested Outsourcing: IT’S TIME TO TRANSFORM OUTSOURCING Article by Kate Vitasek in Cushman & Wakefield’s Occupier Edge, 5th edition 2017, pages 52-53, published 25 September. Here’s the link: https://cushwake.cld.bz/Occupier-Edge-Ed-5-US 

Moving the Cheese Smartly

Last week I was in The Netherlands speaking at arvato’s Supply Chain Masterclass. Of course, I couldn’t resist the urge to go to one of Holland’s wonderful cheese shops. But deciding on what to buy often seems overwhelming after you have tasted a dozen samples! My recent visit made me think about the book Who […]

Sharing Knowledge is Power Multiplied

Most everyone would agree with the adage that knowledge is power, but what about sharing that knowledge? Some might argue that in the context of a contract negotiation, for example, knowledge provides a competitive advantage—so why share it? I would argue just the opposite. In a strategic relationship, holding your cards close to the vest […]

Culture, Yes! Based on Lived Values? Yes Again!

Most companies stress the importance of their culture as a key to their success. Are these mere feel good words, or really real? I thought about this as I read about Bobby Herrera, CEO of Populus Group, in a “leader profile” blog post by Patrick Lencioni, founder of The Table Group. Lencioni examined the factors that make the Populus […]