When I talk to procurement and supply chain executives, the talent question is coming up first and foremost in nearly every discussion I have these days. Last fall, I gave a talk at a Best Practices Exchange roundtable discussion in Chicago that examined the talent issue. But I was not alone that day in tackling the topic. Anne Kohler, co-founder and EVP at The Mpower Group, a Chicago-based consultancy, also gave a great presentation on the subject based on their benchmark findings with a number of organizations as well as their own client advisory experiences. For more insight into how Mpower looks at developing talent, I'd strongly suggest checking out a piece Anne bylined for Supply and Demand Chain Executive. In it, she provides a tactical approach that companies can use to develop and manage talent within their procurement and supply chain operations.