May 2018 Print

President's Message

Finally, its spring and it actually feels like spring! The last couple newsletters I have been starting out with how spring is almost here, well folks it finally came. If there’s one thing that this year has proven it’s that spring is never guaranteed to happen when you live in Wisconsin.
Well I’m excited to say we still have 1 event left for the year. We like to finish the year strong with an in-depth seminar. In June, we are hosting a 2-day seminar on Advanced Purchasing Techniques. We are bringing in a national speaker, William Agee, who has an extensive background and more importantly a relentless drive to make the procurement profession a more advanced field. His past accomplishments include developing a purchasing simulation program to understand market fluctuations and potential results, along with developing over 100 educational programs for organizations focused on SCM, contracting, and purchasing. He is the 2005 ISM Award Winner of the Howard W. Cosgrove Award for outstanding contribution to the profession. We are extremely excited for members to gain knowledge from one of the best in the industry. Registration will fill up fast so be sure to register on our website right away. The seminar is taking place June 4-5 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. We look forward to your participation.
Glenn Kreidler
President of the Board of Directors - ISM Northeast Wisconsin

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Future Meetings and Events

Advanced Purchasing Techniques – 2-Day Seminar
Monday, June 4th & Tuesday, June 5th – 8 am – 4:30 pm
Liberty Hall – Kimberly

This 2-day in-depth seminar will cover every aspect of purchasing. Take a deep dive into these 10 key topics.

  1. Understanding the Global Marketplace 
  2. Laying the Foundations for a Quality Program 
  3. Cost Estimation and Profiles 
  4. Forecasting for Success 
  5. Supplier Selection and Development 
  6. Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) 
  7. Foundations and Power of Negotiations 
  8. Contracting for Services 
  9. International Issues in Supply Acquisitions 
  10. Construction Acquisitions and Services

The seminar will be taught by William D. Agee, Jr. who is President of William D. Agee & Associates and instructs ISM National seminars throughout the United States. Agee has an extensive supply chain background as well as teaching and consulting for companies on Supply Chain programs.
Registration is limited so register today to reserve your spot!

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Congrats to Our Newly Elected Board Members!

ISM NE Wisconsin elections took place Tuesday night at our final Professional Development meeting. We are happy to announce that Eric Goetsch from Ameriquip was elected Vice-President and moving into the President role next year. We also elected Shawn Gross from J.J. Keller & Associates as our Director of Membership and Tyler Sass from Associated Bank as the Treasurer. They are starting to get up to speed in their new positions. We also were happy to have a few newcomers to the Board of Directors this winter including Rhonda Schulze from Schneider National as Secretary and Lauren Molloy from Ameriquip as our Director of Facilities/Registrar. We have returning members as well including myself, Glenn Kreidler from Ameriquip as President, Ken Vissers from Neenah, Inc. as Director of Education, Cindy Goller from PCMC as the Director of CPSM Certification, and Amanda Marsicek from Ariens Company as Director of Marketing. We thank those who were one the Board of Directors this year for their time, passion, and leadership including, Francine Potts from Schneider National, Sally Huntington (Retired), Teresa Olson from Hoffmaster Group, Ed Sobieski from Associated Bank, and Orson Fournillier from The Master Lock Company. If you see anyone past or present from the Board of Directors please thank them for their leadership!

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3 Leadership Books to Read in 2018

With summer rolling around, who doesn’t want to relax with a good book? Here are 3 Leadership books that should be at the top of your must-read list this summer.

  1. “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” by Daniel H. Pink –  Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork.
    Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married?
  2. “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility” by Patty McCord - When it comes to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. McCord helped create the unique and high-performing culture at Netflix, where she was chief talent officer. McCord advocates practicing radical honesty in the workplace, saying good-bye to employees who don't fit the company's emerging needs, and motivating with challenging work, not promises, perks, and bonus plans. McCord argues that the old standbys of corporate HR-annual performance reviews, retention plans, employee empowerment and engagement programs-often end up being a colossal waste of time and resources. Her road-tested advice, offered with humor and irreverence, provides readers a different path for creating a culture of high performance and profitability.  
  3. “Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More” by Morton Hansen - Why do some people perform better at work than others? This deceptively simple question continues to confound professionals in all sectors of the workforce. Now, after a unique, five-year study of more than 5,000 managers and employees, Morten Hansen reveals the answers in his “Seven Work Smarter Practices” that can be applied by anyone looking to maximize their time and performance. He uses the story of some of his Executives in his book that are highly entertaining including the story of a sushi chef in Tokyo who received three Michelin stars and the first explorer to reach the South Pole in 1911.

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What's in Store for Next Year?

Reminder – Membership registration will be going out in June. Take advantage of our early pay discount if you register by July!

Courses for next year include:

Ariens plant tour

Audits for Purchasing and Contracting

Competitive Intelligence

Basic of Financial Analysis for the SCM

Best Practices for Purchasing Non-Traditional Services

Creating Leverage, the Power of Negotiation

And so much more!

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