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Alison Chebuhar

Alison is the Manager of Member Recruiting for Prime Advantage, a Chicago based Group Purchasing Organization for mid-market manufacturers. When she's not at the office making magic happen, she enjoys traveling, hugging her new nephew, and cheering on the Blackhawks.
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What You Can Learn From the World's Best Supply Chains

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Jul 14, 2016 2:22:00 PM
If you want to be the best, then you have to emulate the best. And when it comes to role models for managing your supply chain, where better to turn than to the companies that are running circles around the competition. Each year, the analyst firm Gartner unveils its list of Top 25 Supply Chains in the World, and the latest edition of pioneering ideas and tactics is nothing short of spectacular. Maybe your company doesn't have the resources to build the exact same model as some of these behemoths, but it might be able to do something similar, or use these innovations to spark another idea, or even improve a process for smaller incremental gains that can really add up.

Here are some of the highlights from IndustryWeek:

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Topics: Supply Chain

Make "Who You Know" More Meaningful

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Mar 17, 2016 2:33:24 PM

It's not what you know, it's who you know. Right? Well, the more honest axiom would be, "It's not what you know, it's who you know and how well you spend time caring for and cultivating those relationships." Not as catchy, but hits considerably closer to the truth. Your success correlates much more to the number of quality connections you've created than your ability to scroll through a contact list of bigwigs.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

The Secret to Motivating Others

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Feb 4, 2016 6:30:00 AM

There are many schools of thought on how to motivate another person. Some think that it simply can’t be done. That each individual is in complete control of the fire inside and only he or she can truly push on to conquer a challenge. On the contrary, others believe that the right jambalaya of words, pitch and passion can get someone to run through a wall for them. The truth most likely resides – as it so often does – somewhere in the middle.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Connect to Your Team for Leadership Success

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Jan 21, 2016 9:30:00 AM

I think we have all heard someone say, "I don't go to work to make friends." It's good to have boundaries between your personal life and work life. Establishing these confines is often cited as a great key to success. If you are a leader and you focus on your strength, savvy and skills, but forget to connect with the people you are leading, you may be headed for failure. There have been many strong and efficient leaders who with one slip, fell fast because no one would lend a hand when the going got tough.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Not Another Meeting

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Nov 3, 2015 11:39:41 AM

Have you ever walked out of a meeting feeling like you may have already had that same meeting in the past? Many companies have weekly status meetings, which are great to keep everyone moving forward toward a goal. However, too often these meetings aren't used for this purpose. When you bring people together to meet on something, you are taking them away from other items. Keep this in mind when you have people sitting around a table, and run your meeting in a way that gets people back to being productive. An infographic put together by Inc. Magazine summarizes the costs of meetings quite well.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Procurement Holds the Missing Piece to Your New Product

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Aug 27, 2015 6:30:00 AM

The best procurement professionals are jacks and jacquelines of all trades. They can analyze, negotiate and manage relationships as well as anyone on your employee roster. They possess the innate ability to ask the right questions, and propose the "what if" scenarios that are often overlooked.

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Topics: Procurement

Is it Time to Split-Up with Your Supplier?

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Jun 30, 2015 7:58:00 AM

Breaking up is hard to do. We tend to remember the good memories when faced with pulling the plug rather than the bad. We're often hampered by fear of change and find ourselves deeply invested in our partner. We've committed so much time, energy, so much history; we know all of their ins and outs. The notion of starting over seems so daunting and alone. But there comes the inevitable moment where we realize the costs are sunk and the Band-Aid must be torn off. We're talking, of course, about the decision to switch to a different manufacturing supplier.

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Topics: Supply Chain

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