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October 2006

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Hello fellow Supply Chain Management professionals

I just wanted to take a minute of your time and invite you to join me at the Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference in Spokane.  Iím proud to be on the agenda with two former Presidents of NAPM, now the Institute for Supply Management (ISM),  a current VP of ISM and also a former Executive of NAPM.

In addition to all of the other great events and programs being offered, I will be conducting workshops on several topics that I know concern many Supply Chain Professionals.

The first is a workshop directly aimed at our task of negotiating agreements on behalf of our companies. Iíll be reviewing ways to get started with the negotiating process along with some tips on reaching a mutually beneficial agreement.

In the second workshop Iíll be teaming with former ISM President Elaine Whittington, C.P.M. to talk about keeping your computer safe. Weíll be explaining some of the terminology as well as recommending tools and actions that each computer user should be taking to protect their critical data. 

If you havenít already done so, please look at the conference brochure and make plans to participate. Invite your coworkers and professional network to join us so they can benefit from the educational activities and see why we all value membership in the ISM organization.

Mike Taylor, C.P.M.,

P.S. While we are there, ask me about the new ISM certification program. I plan to bridge to the new certification and Iíd welcome the chance to encourage/assist you in doing so as well.


Personal Development

A Healthy Dose of Skepticism
September 2006

Finding information on the internet is infinitely easier now than it ever used to be. But with improved access to good information, also comes the overload of questionable advertising. As a buyer, I learned a long time ago to be skeptical about sources and resources. When a seller makes me an offer, I wonder about it. When a seller, whom I donít recognize, asks me to recommend him to other buyers, I wonder even more.  Read more...

Window Shopping -

There is so much information on the web today that it's hard to know where to look and how to find the important fact for your job or career. I suggest spending some time doing a little window shopping. Take a few minutes over lunch and browse through some web sites. Choose a subject or keyword and just follow the trail - see what you can find that's interesting. In addition to becoming familiar with the web, you'll also be practicing important web-search skills.

In our dinner program this month, that's exactly what we did. Connected to the wireless internet connection at the hotel, then spent an hour learning internet search engine tricks and sources of information about potential suppliers. During dinner we spent our time exploring the ISM web site and all of valuable resources it offers to members. As promised during the program, I've posted links to several directories of internet information - first bullet on this page. Spend a few minutes browsing the links and or consider holding a similar program for your affiliate.

ISM News

Source of Educational Materials.

That many ISM articles, newsletters and email notices can be used by affiliates in their affiliate newsletters or educational offerings.  When in doubt askÖ  but most can be used as long as the ISM sources is credited.  NOTE: Articles and ideas from can also be used for the same purpose as long as you credit me. Here's one I found particularly interesting!

From the just in eTime newsletter....

The new Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) exam specifications have been posted on the ISM Web site. The CPSM exam specification highlights included the following:

To view the ISM New Qualification Program Exam Specification document in its entirety click here.

Software Tips

Outlook Message Archives

Many of us have a nasty habit of saving lots of email messages in personal archive folders. After all, itís only a few electrons, right? Wrong! After a whole year of saving, a few hundred email messages can take up a lot of space.

Outlook is unforgiving. At some point the archive folder will get so big that Outlook will refuse to open it Ė and it may be permanently corrupted Ė and it may be that you can never open it again.

Rather than take the risk, I proactively manage my archive folders. (incidentally, Outlook also calls them Outlook Data files and/or Personal Folders (PST) files).   Read more....


Outlook Temporary File

I just learned this trick. The revelation came to me in my favorite email newsletter ( ) . It's an issue that has impacted quite a few people in our office and until now I couldn't help them.  The solution is kind of technical - but if you have this problem;  show this solution to your local geek, who will then easily figure it out.

Problem:  I open an attachment to an Outlook message. Maybe it's a word file that I'm commenting on. Make a few changes then click save and close the file. When I delete the Outlook message, I can't find a copy of the attachment with my changes. The only thing I can remember is that Outlook saved to some folder called  OLK... something. 

Issue: The OLK folder is a temporary folder created by Outlook that is hidden - I mean very, very hidden. Messages and attachments are stored there temporarily. Until now, I knew of no way to find or view items in this folder. But if you act fast, they can be found and recovered - before Outlook cleans out the temporary folder.

Use the Windows XP disk cleanup tool. In the list of files to delete, highlight the Temporary files item and select the View Files button.  Now in the File Explorer window, select the FOLDERS button.  You should now be able to navigate to the OLK... folder and recover your file. Amazing and Awesome!


This from the Microsoft web site. Some good ideas.

There is a better way to stop the clutter: manage your files more effectively. Managing files on your computer is a lot like managing paper files. They can be organized using folders and then stored in specific locations for when you need them. And just like paper files and folders, if you don't have a way to organize them, things can get lost.

7 Tips to Manage Your Files Better

O.K. so you guessed I'm not as organized as I pretend to be. But I'm working on it.  Starting this last week I've been fixing links -long broken and compiling tips and articles into one place. Here for example is the beginnings of a compilation o f PC tips.  I promise, I'll try to stop letting friends talk me into new projects and do some serious clean up and updating here this year.  If there is an article or information on the web site that you would like me to focus on first, just send the request.

Provide Feedback and suggestions for future newsletters at any time. I'll try and use what I can.

I really do appreciate those of you who take the time to write and comment on this newsletter!  



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