Director's Corner


Consider It Done

During a recent meeting, a colleague referred to me as being “resourceful.” A few days later, I asked him what compelled him to use that particular adjective.

He replied that whenever called upon, he knew he could always count on me. “You know how to get stuff done when it needs to happen.”

Smiling, I started thinking: what does it mean to be resourceful, and can we develop these skills to enhance our work experiences? To get started, I compiled the following list of suggestions on ways I believe we can all be more resourceful.

1. Be proactive.
2. See things through to the end.
3. Be aware of the vast amounts of possibilities and opportunities around you.
4. Be a possibility thinker instead of a critic.
5. Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. If you’re always ready, you don’t need to get ready.
6. Always look for the common good in situations, environments, and people.
7. Ask for what you need.
8. Develop grit and never quit.
9. Know your strengths, and always be improving yourself.
10. Develop a “whatever it takes” mentality.

Perhaps you might like to add a few of your own suggestions to this list. Please feel free to send our way, and we will post in a future newsletter.

Speaking of resources, may I remind you that Procurement Services is here to answer any questions you may have about working with suppliers, bids, contracts, professional services, eSHOP, procurement policies, etc. We want your next purchase on behalf of the University to be successful. Please let us know how we can help.

As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.

Best regards,