FOREWORD
Dear Reader,

2020 was a year of resilience for Procurement. We pivoted to create fully remote working in a matter of weeks – or even days – to ensure the safety of our people while serving the rapidly evolving needs of the business. We adjusted our pipelines and priorities to meet new demands. Procurement saw the impact of true collaboration with our stakeholders and suppliers, and we re-evaluated our digital transformation needs. In the end, we emerged stronger and nimbler.

 As you begin 2021, consider what you and your team need to fully seize the new opportunities this year brings. Your business stakeholders are relying on you – procurement is perfectly positioned to build a stronger and more resilient ecosystem for the entire organization. Last year, maybe you ripped apart the “red tape” to lead business critical initiatives. Now, you can embrace flexibility and agility for the work ahead

To help you get started, this issue of “The Lever” is filled with helpful content to enable Procurement for success in 2021 and beyond.

From everyone at WNS Denali, we wish you a happy and healthy new year!

All Best,
Alpar
 
SPOTLIGHT
Tail Spend Management Story by Merck Group

Watch this interactive conversation with Thomas Cicale (Merck Group) and Sameer Sharma (WNS Denali) as they share Merck Group’s tail spend story, including the 3 C’s that ensure the success of your strategic tail spend management efforts. Watch the AOP session now.
 
STORYTELLING IN PROCUREMENT
You can make a difference with the stories you tell and the words you use in #Procurement. Storytelling is a great technique to help your stakeholders, team members, and even suppliers to connect to your ideas.

Yet, storytelling is an art that takes practice and diligence. That’s why we’ve developed this handbook with a storytelling coach who has helped companies from around the world tell better stories. Print a copy, use the worksheet, and show up to your future meetings with a story or two in your back pocket.

 
ONGOING APPLIED LEARNING
Learn. Forget. Repeat. Stop the Cycle of Forgettable Training by Implementing a Coaching Program for Ongoing Applied Learning

Every day, we hear that Procurement professionals are asked to do MORE. Organizations require more spend under management, more savings, and more insights. But in order to achieve MORE, you need a broader and deeper set of competencies.

Watch this webinar as we examine the TOP MUST-HAVES to ensure that your integrated training program meets your individual or team objectives.

 
DESIGN THINKING
We are often stuck in the old way of doing our work. And if you want to realize the full potential of your organization in 2021, you must operate differently.

Design Thinking can help you reframe how you approach problems, conversations, and relationships at your organization. This approach involves considering how you can support our “end users” with an empathetic perspective to solve real problems for the business.

Download our newly released handbook that shares the Design Thinking framework from a Procurement point-of-view. In addition, this handbook comes with a series of templates you can use to get started with Design Thinking at your organization.

 
PRO-TIP SERIES
Looking for some quick inspirations? Browse our latest, trending 'Pro-Tip' videos. Watch our playlist.
 
PROCUREMENT PRIORITIES 2021
Procurement Pulse Check: Top Priorities for 2021 by ProcureCon and WNS Denali!

Only 9% of CPOs are satisfied with the level of stakeholder alignment in their organizations. What are they doing to improve?

If you love industry research as much as we do, sign up today to be one of the first people to receive the results from our 'Procurement Priorities in 2021' industry benchmark survey and get the answers.

 
UPCOMING EVENT
[Webinar] The priority is right: Tackling tail spend, talent, and more

We know 2020 was a virtual overload—in fact, Zoom had over 300 million meeting participants per day, according to The Verge. But this event is different from webinars of the past. Join our interactive game show and conversation on Tuesday, January 26th at 1 pm ET/10 am PT with procurement leaders from Snowflake, Atlassian, Applied Materials, and Fairmarkit. We'll discuss the Procurement Pulse Check Survey results and tackle tail spend and other 2021 challenges.

 
TOP LEVERS FOR YOU
 
GOOD TOGETHER
Making a difference together!

We are happy to share that WNS Denali collaborated with WNS Cares Foundation (WCF) to support #FeedingSouthFlorida in serving families who are food insecure during these uncertain times. We donated $3,000 USD to this cause. A special note of thanks to everyone who attended our session “Take Control Of Your Own Procurement Destiny With The Right Data Approach” at Americas Procurement Congress last year to make this donation possible.
 
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