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From the President: Turning Ideas into Actions

Posted By NAEP Admin, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Rosey Murton - NAEP President 2017-2018
Chief Procurement Officer
Wake Forest University

Happy summer to all our readers. As you may recall, so far this column has focused on generating and recognizing great ideas, one of the themes from our 2017 Annual Meeting. However, once we recognize great ideas, how do we implement them?

I have always been a proponent of collaborative implementation. To attain the most effective implementation, ideas must become shared and ownership allotted to all stakeholders. By working together to implement the ideas, experience has demonstrated that it is more likely to become a sustainable endeavor. Even those who may be initially resistant to change must be a part of the change management process. Yes, as part of our procurement roles on campus, we must constantly be change agents to drive efficiencies and effectiveness for our campus customers. Great ideas don’t end with just a thought or a declaration. They require hard work and diligence to implement. So, as you implement great new ideas on your campuses, don’t be afraid to reach out to stakeholders and have an implementation plan that incorporates change management and communication as essential components. That way, we can drive our great ideas to meet great expectations and achieve great rewards!

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