Procurement’s winter sport status. Figure skating or curling?

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
20 February 2014

20 February 2014 | Paul Snell

Paul SnellWith the Winter Olympics currently taking place in Russia, SM was sent the following tweet last week.

However, I’m not wholly convinced. True both sourcing and figure skating need agility and flexibility - and the team version requires excellent timing and synchronisation - but I’m not sure the comparison is entirely appropriate.

The Winter Olympians currently negotiating the rinks and slopes of Sochi often make it look so effortless, perhaps we need a sport that reflects the hard work and determination a career in procurement often demands.

Possibly a few of the other sporting codes could apply to your team or style of doing things?

• Four-man bobsleigh. A huge amount of team effort to start, followed by one person doing most of the work while the rest of the team sit down and take a backseat.

• Snowboard cross. Often appears as complete chaos to those not taking part, while those involved frequently take wild risks which don’t always pay off.

• Super G skiing. Once a course has been set and momentum starts to build, competitors find themselves hurtling at top speed while desperately trying to make minor adjustments that ultimately prove futile.

• Short-track speed skating. A mad dash to make it to the front, often followed by accusations and blame hurled by all parties when they have slipped up.

• Curling. One person decides on a particular strategy, as all other team members sweep up furiously to make it happen.

Let us know which Winter Olympic sport  you believe has most in common with procurement.


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