The Best CPO In The World – How Would We Know?

What does it feel like to be the best in the world at your chosen job? We mean objectivity the best, not just you happen to think that in your own head. I don’t know, is the obvious answer. Try as I might, I can’t think of anything where I could remotely claim that position.

But that thought struck me as I listened to the world heavyweight boxing fight on Saturday night. I won’t pay £20 to watch on pay-per-view, and I’m not even sure I approve of boxing, but it was by all accounts an amazing fight. Vladimir Klitschko at 41 is still amazing and if we had to vote for a supreme ruler of the world, he would be high on my list of candidates. But Anthony Joshua came through a real onslaught and won in the 11th round. That’s 33 minutes of a 17 stone athlete, the best in the world for 10 years or more, basically trying to kill you, while you try to kill him. Brutal, but at the end, Joshua knows he is the best.

Anyway, what  would it be like to be the best CPO or Procurement Director in the world? Or the best Professional Services category management? Or buyer of gearboxes? And not just how it would feel, but how would you (or anyone else) know?

In business, we rarely have that certainty we get in sport, which is one of the factors that makes billions of people follow sport and get so involved with supporting their favourite team , individual (or horse …) The clarity of winning or losing is not something we get in our day to day lives, yet is something that is satisfying, exciting and engrossing.

But the question as it relates to our jobs is an interesting one. What would being the best CPO in the world look like and feel like? What would be the observations that an outsider might make that would justify such a claim?  Maybe that is something to think about today if you are benefiting from a public holidays, as much of Europe does. No answers from us at the moment anyway, but this will be something we want to consider over coming weeks.

And if today is a holiday for you, have a good day!

Voices (2)

  1. Ankit Aggarwal:

    Thought Provoking Post

  2. The Lady Doth Protest:

    You only know you are the best retrospectively.

    This means that while you’re in the job – it’s very lonely at the top. You have to stick your neck out to make the right decisions, and you only know in hindsight whether they were the right ones. It takes courage and resilience, insight and foresight, the ability to ask for help from experts when needed, and the ability to communicate your vision with conviction. You have to be aligned with your organisation’s goals and not just chase savings but deliver value. You have to lead your teams.

    One wrong move and you could be sacked very publicly. It’s a stressful place to be but very rewarding if you pull it off.

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