Episode 50: Being Intentional - Think, Plan, and Take Action with Helen Mackenzie

By Kelly Barner | February 2, 2022

Procurement plays a unique role as ‘bridge’ in a company between establishing or abiding by financial controls and bringing creative solutions. Rather than being two separate ways of bringing spend under management – the logical and the creative – process discipline can actually form a solid foundation that procurement can layer creative work and ideas on top of.

In this episode of The Sourcing Hero podcast, Host Kelly Barner welcomes Helen Mackenzie. Helen has been a friend for a long time, but in 2021 she officially became a member of the Art of Procurement team!

With a background in procurement strategy and public procurement policy development, she brings a unique perspective – and a high degree of enthusiasm – to the field of procurement.


In this conversation, Helen explains what it means to be intentional about work, and how that differs from other approaches:

  • How is being intentional different than following a plan, getting work done, or being opportunistic?
  • What are the types of challenges and obstacles that arise when taking an intentional approach?
  • What do successful outcomes look like, including examples from real-life procurement projects Helen led with an intentional approach.


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