useful resources

These are books, websites and newsletters I value; that is they enrich my life and enable me to be a better consultant, advisor, coach, writer and trainer. Topics range well beyond being overtly procurement or tendering. Yes, that’s right, I often turn poacher to help suppliers win more, and more profitable, business by writing better tenders and managing contracts more effectively.

However, it is essential to have an effective filter, that is to separate the wheat from the chaff, if you’re to read, digest and absorb that from which you’ll derive most value. I start with recommendations from individuals I trust, via their newsletters or blogs.Also listen carefully, read widely and share with friends and colleagues. For example, I heard Caroline Criado Perez on radio 4 talking about ‘Invisible Women’ her fascinating book on “exposing data bias in a world designed for men”. While her emphasis was data bias specific to women, data bias can pervade problem solving and decision making.

My reason for doing this is to help, enable, support and encourage better procurement. I’m not after perfection, far from it. I want that which improves you and those who rely on your expertise, so you "satisfy the needs of those you intend should benefit, by buying and spending no more than necessary”.