Fighting the fear factor

3 January 2012
I don’t know about you, but whenever a new and exciting opportunity comes my way, I am awash with anxiety. I feel excited and nervous – then the fear factor strikes. In 2011, I made the leap from the comfort of an industry I had spent my whole procurement career in to new and unchartered (by me) grounds. When I was offered the opportunity to move into a new role, in both a new company and a new industry, I felt excited and exhilarated... then as the move got closer, the fear factor struck. Would I understand the business? Will I be successful? How will I fit in? But my fear was unfounded, as it often is. As procurement professionals, we come armed with a strong, diverse and transferable skillset. We work in one of the few business functions that develop well-rounded individuals with robust business acumen. Our toolkit means we can transfer into different industries successfully. Our strong behavioural competencies mean not only do we provide technical solutions, but we also provide effective leadership through exceptional communication, strong influencing skills and stakeholder engagement and relationship management. So if, like me, you are faced with the fear factor, step back and take a look at what you can offer the business as a procurement professional. You really have very little to fear. ☛ Nicola Bromby is head of policy and procedure / contract specialist at BAA, she is also a Supply Management First Person columnist for 2012.
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