Live at the Institute for Supply Management Conference in St. Louis 4

9 May 2008

It has been interesting to hear from delegates which speeches and workshops they have enjoyed the most over the last four days.

And for me the surprise has been that delegates I have spoken to have enjoyed the talks from non-buyers more than the lectures from those in and around the profession.

Over the past four days we have heard from a retired general, a successful business author, two economists and an Olympic gold medallist. None talked about purchasing, yet all talked about issues that are important to the profession - leadership, the future of business, current economic conditions, and being successful.

As General Halley said on the first day of the conference, “You might get [advice] from an unexpected source. You need to always have your antenna out.”

Advice delegates have clearly taken to heart.

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