Your management will be asking you to ratchet down your supply expenses even further this year due to the high cost of energy which affects almost everything your hospital buys. And still another reason is the slowing economy that could have an effect on your hospital’s revenues.
These challenging times call for action…not rumination. As leadership guru John C. Maxell tells us “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails” to catch a favorable wind. This is the attitude you need to keep your supply chain ship righted in these turbulent times.
Here are some questions I would like you to ponder to keep your boat afloat in this perfect storm. Are you adjusting the way you do business to weather this squall? Are you looking beyond price to uncover new savings for your healthcare organization? Are you re-specifying everything you buy to trim your sails?
The reason I’m asking you these three questions is that price savings alone won’t keep you from running aground. Only by attacking your utilization misalignments and value mismatches can you right your ship, and get wind in your sails. If you continue to pursue price savings alone you won’t have enough fuel to ignite your savings fire.
I see more and more supply chain professionals becoming believers in this new way of doing business, since they now realize that price isn’t king any longer. Isn’t it time you take massive action to alter your course and right your supply chain ship before the winds become too strong to change course?