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As leaders in government procurement and contracting, you have enough challenges to keep you very busy, making it nearly impossible to keep up with the latest leadership advice, best practices and case studies.  To make things easier, I have compiled my favorite stories of the past two weeks.  Enjoy!

How to Give an Employee Feedback About Their Appearance

Giving advice on what to wear may not be an easy topic at the workplace but one I’m certain we’ve all run across as managers and leaders. This article in Harvard Business Review provides some sound advice!  My advice…be genuine and straightforward and come at it from a perspective of trying to help the person.  Read here

Report on How to Properly Evaluate Bids – by the UK’s National Audit Office

Peter Smith, Managing Director of Public Spend Forum Europe, provides highlights from a recent report by the UK’s audit office on how to properly evaluate bids.  Some very useful advice here all of us can benefit from.  Read here

Your Company’s Culture is Who You Hire, Fire, & Promote

Dr. Cameron Sepah, a Venture Capital advisor and Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco, breaks down some do’s and don’ts for building a strong organizational culture, something that is critical to the success of any organization.  Read here

Defense Acquisition Reform Bill Wants To Create A Marketplace Like Amazon

In case you hadn’t heard, the Defense Acquisition Reform bill tries to encourage DoD to buy commercial off the shelf products through e-commerce marketplaces. Think something like Amazon, where the marketplace aggregates products from multiple vendors.  Read here

Case Studies On E-Procurement Implementation In The Public Sector

Considering implementing an e-procurement or contracting system?  If so, you may want to take a look at these case studies assembled by the Government of Australia.  This information was used to shape future direction for E-procurement in the Australian Government.  Read here

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