Episode 63: Hitting a Moving Target with Steve Trussell

By Kelly Barner | May 4, 2022

Procurement transformation requires vision, strategy, and skilled execution, but none of those come into play until the situation has been accurately diagnosed. Every organization is different, and the long term vision for each procurement team has to reflect the unique culture and priorities in place. 

In this episode of The Sourcing Hero podcast, Host Kelly Barner welcomes Steve Trussell. Steve is career sourcing and procurement professional with experience in a wide range of industries and focus areas.

After starting his career in manufacturing, he went on to work in retail, automotive, aerospace, and heavy equipment sourcing. Today he is applying his knowledge to the challenges of other procurement teams, helping them understand and address their challenges. 


In this conversation, Steve shares a wealth of seasoned advice about leading transformation, communication, and building the right culture and mindset around problem solving:

  • What to look for when trying to diagnose a new company culture or challenge to be solved
  • How to separate the symptoms of a procurement problem from the cause of that problem (the ‘true’ problem)
  • Creating an environment where the team will work collaboratively with other functions to find solutions
  • How to help people keep their eye on the horizon even while facing urgent, short term issues


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