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  • "Heir to the throne" illustration © Robert Ball Heir to the throneSkill shortages are a perennial problem for procurement leaders. Rigorous succession planning and building talent and opportunities within the organisation are very much part of the solution.
  • Conductors' hands © Shutterstock Skilful conductorCarlos Mena, Remko van Hoek and Martin Christopher examine the four key factors that define transformational leaders and how they impact competitive advantage.
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Supply Business editor Rebecca Ellinor selects a recent article highlighting key considerations for global procurement and supply chain professionals.

Career articles

  • Round-up - January 2015Low cost sourcing; Sydney Trains leadership; Category management; Chartered Status; Secrets of successful CPOs; IBM 2014 CPO Study; Resource management
  • David Noble - 618x347 Pushing boundariesMore procurement and supply chain directors are rising to the top of their game thanks thinking beyond cost saving, says CIPS CEO David Noble.
  • Rebecca Ellinor Taking calculated chances"CPOs have to take chances - after all, being innovative is to do something new", says Supply Business editor Rebecca Ellinor.
  • Failure to collaborate leads to talent shortageProcurement is among a number of business service areas suffering from serious deficits in talent and skills, a study has suggested.
  • Stress at workA look at the main factors contributing to stress at work.
  • Talking headsThey may excel in walking the talk, but how can CPOs talk the walk? Angeline Albert looks at how procurement teams are using communications experts to help promote their function.
  • 'The time was just right'Rebecca Ellinor speaks to six CPOs who stepped off the corporate ladder and lived to tell the tale.
  • 'My role is unique'With a career spanning everything from advertising to procurement, Brett Colbert is at home in the new role of CPO at MDC Partners, playing a leading role in agency pitches to clients in the advertising sector. He talks to Anna Scott.
  • Clever is no longer enoughWhen it comes to leadership, companies are now putting much greater emphasis on emotional intelligence. But how does this apply to procurement?
  • Benchmarking excellence: the votes are in A major survey of CPOs has thrown up some fascinating results. Ahead of publication in December, we invited 10 CPOs to discuss the initial revelations, covering centralisation, procurement's strategic position and communication.
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January 2015
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