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Why you SHOULD date a Procurement Pro!

He: “Hey I just went out on my first date with Jenny on the third floor!”

Me: “Isn’t she the one Procurement? How did that go?? Stereotypically boring, I bet!”

He: “Dude. On the contrary, I have never had a better time in my life.”

Me: “WTF? Really?”

He: “Let me explain…”


She was WISE with money

“How about we order a bottle of champagne, Jenny?”

“Hmm … sure, I have the best champagne from Paris for exactly this occasion!”

Procurement professionals are sagaciously cost conscious. It’s in their DNA. At the first suggestion of “splashing out” with an expensive purchase, Jenny is looking at cost benefit analysis. She has planned months in advance and has sourced the best for less at the Christmas sale. She even bought that expensive French wine when she visited the winery in Napa! Esp for such an occasion…. She will never disappoint!


She was different!

“So … what have you got planned after the meal?”

“Well, Jenny – I thought we’d catch a movie.”

“Hmmm … Lets walk to the movies.”

 [Two minutes later …]

“Ooh look! Ballet… wanna try? If we don’t like it we can leave.”


Here’s the thing about procurement professionals. They thrive on negotiation. You are always right, but you will land up seeing things their way till it becomes your way! Win- Win! She has promised to catch Die Hard-4 next weekend! Apparently, she has discounted tickets for the opening! And I get another date!


She kept her word

“Hi Simon, Thanks for coming with me to the Ballet! Remember our date to the movies on Saturday? I’ll be ready at 7! ”

“Sure! See you then!”


Procurement and supply management experts know their way around a contract. They also have a laser-vision focus on ensuring every benefit listed in the contract is realised. She knows to get maximum benefit from the contract, she must keep an eye on managing it effectively to get the best value. She knows it’s a two-way process – where you give some to get what you signed up for! She will make sure, you get what you deserve and she gets what she wants!


She was full of surprises


“The movie was great Jenny! Would you like to go out again next week?”

“Sure! Why don’t you come over and I will cook you a meal?I”

“Sounds like a plan, Jen! I’ll see you Saturday!”


Procurement professionals are tasked with driving innovation in the supply base. This means that even when her suppliers are delivering in-full and on-time, Jenny is constantly looking for innovative ways to work smart and not hard! To her word, she had the loveliest meal ready, with lobsters and steak. Obviously, while I was busy talking, she was measuring me up, for she had stacked the house with my favourite beer and we had the choicest wine with dinner. She had mindfully rented a comedy action movie which we could both enjoy and when I left, she handed me a bag of things I loved and had mentioned in passing. Nothing misses a Procurement Professional! No emotional banter! We spoke about politics, religion, sport, cooking and finances! Not a dull moment! It was like the most interesting chat with the most beautiful guy!


Are you the lucky guy who is married to a procurement professional? Or are you dating (You lucky bastard!) one?


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Posted by on February 22, 2018 in Armchair Psychobabble with Deebran


A bad habit

When I was walking past a group of elephants in Thirupati, I was intrigued by how these huge creatures were being held by a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

I asked the Mahaut (the caretaker and trainer) why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them when they try to break away. As they grow up, they become conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free!”

I was amazed!!! How incredible that these beasts could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Now, just like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? Isn’t failure part of learning? Why is it that we never try something once we have failed many many years ago??? Shouldn’t we try to move away from the mindset????

Just think….




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Discard the ‘Busy’ card

images (3)Remember when everything was hand written? When letters went via post. Handwritten invoices were received on paper, paid and filed in large box files? Trial Balances and ledgers done by hand with red and black pens? Remember when you had to cook on the stove? Buy vegies and cut them, cook them and eat the same day? No left overs because no fridges? No frozen dinners? You had to walk to get to the station and take a train in to work. You had to go to the bank and queue up to take money out? Go to malls to shop? You probably do… and if you don’t you have read about those days.

It’s not the same any more. It is the day of instant now. If it doesn’t happen in an instant it doesn’t need to be done! Computers calculate budgets and spend with the push of a button. You can drive if not fly to anywhere cutting down travel time. You have fridges that make frozen dinners “fast to cook and good to eat”! You can transfer money to a business or person in a flash. Bills can get paid automatically. Effectively, with all the fan dangling gadgets and gizmos, man has pretty much doubled the number of hours in a day!

But the irony of the world today is that we are all of a sudden just too busy!

Too busy to pick up the phone and say hi! Too busy to respond to an email. Too busy to respond to messages and emails. Too busy to cook a proper meal, to lay the table, to clear the dishes. Too busy to tuck your child in with bed time stories. Too busy to stop and check the beauty of the rain or the rainbow…. Why???? In spite of all those time-saving bits of wizardry (which in my opinion actually chew up far too much of their days, whether they are tackling traffic, navigating through gizmos) we have no time to enjoy the finer details! Are we really working more now, or did we work more back then? How the hell has man managed to double his time, but halve its availability?!

All of a sudden the world at large has no time or value for civilities. Like, when did sending a response to an email or message straight away start being the symbol of low value work?  Or when did answering the phone within two rings start meaning the person has nothing better to do?! When did arriving for a meeting on time become unfashionable and when did being “fashionably late” become acceptable? When did it become ok to not respond to a personal message on the pretext of being busy? When exactly did “Soft Skills” even become a thing?!?! I thought we were all brought up to be polite? When did that change to become a degree holding certification? Why is it that we all make time for the person who is rude enough to not respond?

The truth is that we live in the cult of busy! “I’m Busy” is the humble brag instead of actually being a stress indicator! Flaunting how busy you are makes you seem important, or no less than the next person. It is not how much time people have than how they see it. Time is money has equated time with money. And because time is financially quantified, people worry more about wasting, saving or using them profitably. The more one earns the more valuable ones time. And the more valuable one’s time, the scarcer it gets! So in reality, being busy can make you rich, but being rich makes you feel busier still.

images (4)Everyone everywhere is running, running, running, but to where? For what? From what? I find people thinking (much to my chagrin) that a jam packed schedule speaks volumes about their value as a person so you find them filling their day with mundane tasks to give the appearance of being incredibly busy!  Honestly, I am constantly piqued by the insensitivity of people who hide behind the “busy” card to cover their arrogance, insecurity and plain lack of sensitivity! If you ask me, going on about how busy you are isn’t even a conversation! It just gets the listener bored, or worse, peeved. Quite frankly, it is the people who are legitimately occupied – with their work, or family, or art, or what-have-you—rarely play the “too busy” card, or go out of their way to make time for meaningful connection exactly because they’ve been busy.

People are trading their time for all sorts of things, but has the exchange been worth it? Are we better off being time-rich have-nots than time-poor haves? Man, despite being super connected has never been more lonely! All this “too busy” talk has made each one weary of reaching out to the next! Time is not money…. Time is what we make of it. Life on the other hand has a use by date. You will never be as young as you are today! Enjoy life. Make others feel important. People will not remember you by how valuable your time was but how valuable you made them feel… simple timeless truth

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Posted by on November 12, 2015 in Armchair Psychobabble with Deebran


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