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From the President: Great Ideas - Collaboration & Support

Posted By NAEP Admin, Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

So, you have a great idea. But what do you do if you cannot get the attention or support to implement the idea? Although procurement may not always be at the forefront of institutional priorities, we should always make sure we are presenting new and innovative ideas that provide value to our Institutions.

One proven way to move up in the campus initiative priority list is to partner with campus stakeholders where there are mutual benefits. Departments such as Information Technology or Legal Services can be effective advocates in support of procurement. For example, if you can split the costs of a position with a department (Contract Administrator, IT Category Manager, etc.) in the next budget cycle, will this help the idea to move forward? By engaging multiple stakeholders, it also gives a chance to gauge the viability and acceptance of any potential changes that will result from the implementation process.

 If you still can’t make any progress, try making a business plan that incorporates the idea over time and with specific results. Case studies from other universities can also help to make the case for implementation.

Ultimately, if you can’t get the support you need to implement those great ideas, it might be time to explore professional opportunities that are a better fit to implement great ideas. Leaders have great expectations and the need for innovation is a requirement at many institutions, so don’t be afraid to embrace change if you want to achieve great results.

NAEP is a great networking tool to not only discuss ideas but also for career networking and professional development. Check out all the opportunities on www.naepnet.org.

 However you decide to approach implementing those good ideas—always keep trying!

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