Feb 11, 2019
Are you ready to make a move if an opportunity comes your way?
Carter, Vice President of Purchasing and Supplier Management,
being prepared is the key to advancing in your career. Ann
provides insights about why soliciting feedback is so important and
offers actionable advice on best practices for collaborating with
purchasing and how to solve complex challenges. This
interview provides so many insights you will want to listen to the
8 Best Practices to Implement in Your
Career and Business
- Use emotional intelligence - ask for
feedback.If you feel there are obstacles in your way, it
is important to ask for feedback and learn from it. Listen to
the feedback, coarse correct where you can be successful and
remember to stay authentic to who you are. Ann recommends to
“go for it, don’t look back and don’t let ethnicity be a
- Be honest when you find you are stuck.It is
important to remember you are the first person who can implement a
change. Talk to other groups across your organization, share
your interests and be sure to let your boss know what you want to
- Considering a pivot - your skills are
transferrable.Ann made several career moves and she shares
how leadership, analytical skills are all applicable in different
- Include face-to-face contact for global teams.
Ann shares at the heart people
are the same no matter where they are located. In addition to using
video technology, there is no replacement for in-person
- Collaborating with purchasing should include these 3
- Get purchasing involved as early as possible in a project.
Remember that purchasing are stewards in selecting 3rdparty vendors
and there to help.
- Make sure there is a clear definition of what it is you want.
What is the product and service you need. Ambiguity makes the
selection process difficult.
- Understand supplier selection is a process. It starts with
selection and interview suppliers that have the right services and
then choose the right partner.
- Purchasing is an integral partner of an organization
especially when natural disasters strike. Ann tells a
great story about how her company formed a SWAT team to fly
supplies to Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria.
- Be prepared for opportunities to come your
way. Plan where you want to go and be ready for the
chance to make a move. If you take too much time to decide
the role may go to someone else.
- Leadership means having faith and being eager to
learn. As long as you are learning, the experience will
at the Edge”by Dennis Perkins, Margaret Holtman and Jillian
Murphy. There are 10 leadership principles and the one she
likes the best:
“Never give up-there is always another
way.” Ann Carter.
If you would like help with leading teams or any of the content
covered in this interview, reach out to me, I love to
hear from you!
Thanks as always to Christy Haussler and Team Podcastfor editing this