What Type of Year Do You Want 2011 to Be?

As you look back on 2010, are you able to say that you and your teams achieved all of your strategic objectives? Or, was the year consumed by tactical urgencies and firefighting, leaving little or no time for the new strategic opportunities you wanted to pursue?

By ·

As you look back on 2010, are you able to say that you and your teams achieved all of your strategic objectives? Or, was the year consumed by tactical urgencies and firefighting, leaving little or no time for the new strategic opportunities you wanted to pursue?

If your company is similar to most companies, it’s likely that you spent most of the year battling operational and tactical emergencies, and did not have the opportunity - or adequate resources - to advance the strategic agenda. If that describes your situation, ask yourself this question: why is 2011 going to be any different than 2010?

Specifically, what have you done to change the dynamics for the supply management function in your company? Have you, for example, really enhanced your department’s credibility with your internal stakeholders such that they are enthusiastic supporters of your department and your budget requests? Have you arranged for an independent and candid assessment of your “current state” compared to best practices——and obtained an independent view of the financial opportunity that is possible? Have you designed a credible blueprint or roadmap for change, and an associated business case, for presentation to your senior management? Have you done it all “in the language of the CFO?”

If you do all that, in the manner that I have periodically described for readers and conference audiences, chances are that you will successfully elevate the visibility and importance of supply management in your company, and obtain additional executive support and budget for 2011.

If you don’t take the initiative, chances are that 2011 will be no different than 2010.

And, to answer your obvious question: Taking the preferred path does not require a lot of time or money. Based on our experience, a full assessment and roadmap – including a detailed business case ready for your executive audience – can be accomplished in less than 10 weeks. And, it will set the stage for a much more strategic, rewarding, and fun, future – with you in the driver’s seat.


About the Author

Robert A Rudzki
Robert A. Rudzki is a former Fortune 500 Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, who is now President of Greybeard Advisors LLC, a leading provider of advisory services for procurement transformation, strategic sourcing, and supply chain management. Bob is also the author of several leading business books including the supply management best-seller "Straight to the Bottom Line®", its highly-endorsed sequel "Next Level Supply Management Excellence," and the leadership book "Beat the Odds: Avoid Corporate Death & Build a Resilient Enterprise." You can reach him through his firm's website: www.GreybeardAdvisors.com

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
eBook: Why Multi-Tier Supplier Collaboration is More Important Now
Explore the benefits of supplier collaboration including sharing demand forecasts, faster reactions to demand or capacity changes and well-coordinated product launches.
Download Today!
From the September 2017 Logistics Management Magazine Issue
While Amazon’s recent bid to purchase Whole Foods made mainstream headlines, the e-commerce giant will still need to adhere to time-tested realities. Any way you slice it, the integrated U.S. cold chain requires optimized service from existing ports, 3PLs, cold storage warehousing, transportation providers and high-value vendors.
Improving 3PL Management: Glanbia Adds Muscle to Logistics
Why Retail Supply Chain Transformations Fail - and how to get it right
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
EDITORS' PICKS
26th Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation Trends: Transportation at Digital Speed
While a majority of companies strongly agree that transportation is a strategically important...
34th Annual Quest for Quality Awards: Winners Revealed
Which carriers, third-party logistics providers, and North American ports have crossed the service...

2017 Salary Survey: Fresh Voices Express Optimism
Our “33rd Annual Salary Survey” reflects more diversity entering the logistics management...
LM Exclusive: Major Modes Join E-commerce Mix
While last mile carriers receive much of the attention, the traditional modal heavyweights are in...