Contract Management Magazine — 1 June 2019

THE EVOLUTION OF THE VESTED BUSINESS MODEL: FROM RESEARCH TO A METHODOLOGY TO A MOVEMENT Article by Kate Vitasek published 1 June 2019 in Contract Management Magazine. Here is the link: https://www.ncmahq.org/news/magazine-details/the-evolution-of-the-vested-business-model-from-research-to-a-methodology-to-a-movement

Avoiding the Death Spiral

Many procurement organizations don’t realize they are in a virtual death spiral when it comes to cost-cutting. The concept of a death spiral in business has been associated with insurance and investing, but it… Click To Tweet Procurement organizations that constantly demand lower and lower costs (often having a metric known as Purchase Price Variance) often […]

Don’t be a Stick or a Paper Tiger

KPJR Films has a fabulous documentary called  “Paper Tigers.”  It’s about how a high school decided to approach troubled youths – who are acting out because of trauma and toxic stress levels – with love and respect rather than punishment. The documentary is supported by research from clinical physician Dr. Vincent Felitti and CDC epidemiologist Robert Anda; they […]

Forbes — 26 March 2019 — Southwest Airlines cultural fit

Cultural Fit Key For Southwest Airlines Employees And Suppliers Post by Kate Vitasek published in Forbes on 26 March 2019 Southwest Airlines is renowned for its unique people-centric culture and customer experience, with the key words including fun, casual and hip. So, when the airline wanted to imbue its online career site with those same aspects […]

Thought Leadership Leverage — 20 March 2019 Podcast

Leveraging Thought Leadership With Peter Winick – Episode 99 – Kate Vitasek Podcast featuring Kate Vitasek. Kate shares how to make a win-win licensing model and why the standard agreement might not be what you need. Along with Peter they share interesting ways to scale your content, how to make sure your spend time on […]

Forbes — 5 March 2019 — RelianceCM

Succeeding With Compatibility, Transparency And Trust In High Tech Article by Kate Vitasek published In Forbes on 5 March 2019 High tech contract manufacturing is a booming business that reaches more than $1 billion in revenues per year. Is it possible for small businesses to compete and thrive against the big Chinese companies?… Here’s the […]

SupplyChainBrain — November 2018

Tariffs Present an Opportunity for Supply Chain Collaboration Supply Chain Brain Think Tank article by Kate Vitasek published on 28 November 2018 Here’s one way to think about trade fights between governments: Tariffs are really tit-for-tat exercises in non-collaboration that make world trade more complicated and expensive — especially for the consumer caught in the middle… […]

All I Want for Christmas and the New Year…

As I ponder the holiday season and the start of a New Year, I wonder – from a Vested perspective of course – what would happen if Christmas stockings and New Year resolutions contained: Collaboration instead of coal Win-win instead of whine-whine Trust instead of truculence Integrity instead of infamy Value instead of venom Decency […]

Procurement Leaders — October 2018

The art of getting to ‘we’ in negotiations Thought Leaders article by Kate Vitasek published 10 October 2018 in Procurement Leaders Resource Library. There are many books on the art of negotiations and getting to ‘yes’. But few of those address what happens after the parties sign the contract. Have you ever found yourself in […]

Outsource Magazine — March 2018 — 2-in-a-Box

Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) is all the rage and for a good reason. Far too many “strategic” contracts have been developed (especially outsourcing contracts) that do not include sound SRM practices.