The bigger picture

4 August 2008
One element of good leadership is making sure staff understand the big picture and how their role fits into it.

In this issue, Steve Trautman explains how leaders can convey the big picture to their teams and ensure they 'get it.' He recommends making a list of 'testing questions' for employees, including "How do we measure our success?" and "How does the work flow for your job?" Leaders can then judge whether staff are answering with a common voice.

How well do you think procurement managers convey the big picture to their staff?

Do procurement people in general understand how their role fits with the broader aims of their organisation?

Is knowing the big picture really important for buyers - or can they get along perfectly well without it?
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