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"Headstrong" supplier management techniques...

Southwest Finds Shipment of Heads on a Plane -- "A Southwest Airlines employee called police after finding 40 to 60 human heads in a package set to be transported to a Fort Worth medical research company, the airline said."

"We've come to the conclusion that there is a black market out there for human body parts for research or for whatever reason," said Pulaski County coroner Garland Camper. "We just want to make sure these specimens here aren't a part of that black market and underground trade." The heads were being transported to the Fort Worth office of Medtronic, a leading medical research and technology company based in Minnesota."

Talk about a heady problem. Medtronic is a huge company -- so they should have extensive supplier management techniques in place -- but then again, JLS Consulting (a very creepy name for a company dealing in body parts, if you ask me) had lost their business license, and provided incorrect documentation and shipping methods. On whose (headless) supplier shoulders do we lay the blame??

What's in a name?

Sections of America's press are stressing that BP is a British company -- "BP's woes may also reflect badly on other British firms doing business in America. Since April some parts of the press have taken to calling the firm British Petroleum to stress Britain's role in the disaster, even though the company rebranded to become BP in 2001."

Looks like a rose isn't a rose isn't a rose when it comes to national corporations.

We apparently live in a nation of 7th graders.

Language guru: Obama speech too 'professorial' for his target audience -- "Tuesday night's speech from the Oval Office of the White House was written to a 9.8 grade level, said Paul J.J. Payack, president of Global Language Monitor. The Austin, Texas-based company analyzes and catalogues trends in word usage and word choice and their impact on culture.

Obama's nearly 10th-grade-level rating was the highest of any of his major speeches and well above the Grade 7.4 of his 2008 "Yes, we can" victory speech, which many consider his best effort, Payack said."

Despite how sad I am about this, there is a lesson here: communication is key in any endeavor, be it sourcing, contracting, negotiation, etc. If you want your message to be clear, be sure to communicate at the correct grade level.

Sorry so short today -- We're having a very important meeting this afternoon that will involve watching the Cubs play the A's at Wrigley. Lisa and I will be drinking the Old Style and raising a ruckus for Jason who has no voice (thanks to a cold) to cheer on our favorite team.

Sheena Moore

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