Episode 28: The Difference Between Hearing and Listening with Greg Tennyson

By Kelly Barner | August 25, 2021

Depending on the exact source you consult, somewhere north of 40% of professionals are planning to change jobs this year. Some are re-examining their personal and professional goals, others are responding to hybrid/virtual workforce shifts, and still, others are trying to maximize the joy derived from their “QTR,” or Quality Time Remaining.

In this episode of The Sourcing Hero podcast, Host Kelly Barner is joined by Greg Tennyson, the brand new SVP of Strategy and Procurement at Fairmarkit.

He has over thirty years’ worth of experience working as an innovative CPO for multiple high-profile corporations. He is a founding member of the Bay Area Procurement Council and has sat on a number of advisory boards for emerging high-tech companies as well professional organizations.


In this conversation, Greg shares his perspective on:

  • Why investments in soft skills are more important in virtual and hybrid models than in a traditional face-to-face workplace
  • The critical role that technology must play in creating connectivity and enabling collaboration between team members that do not occupy the same physical office space
  • Why active listening is the first and most important task most professionals take on, and how to overcome the distractions created by heavy workloads and fragmented attention


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