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CERTIFICATION

Which

One

Are You?

by Bob Ashby, C.P.M., CPCM
University of Nevada,
Las Vegas (retired)

I

n February, we were mesmerized
by the talents showcased by the
Olympic Athletes from around the
world. I was in awe as I witnessed
the skills and artistry displayed by
the ice dancers, speed skaters,
snowboarders, luge riders, skiers,
men and women's hockey teams,
bobsledders and, yes, even the curlers.
I envied the abilities these athletes
demonstrated. I realized they had
worked hard for four long years, just for
this one chance to prove they were the
best of the best-but I wondered how
in the world they had become so good
at their chosen trades.
As fascinating as all the venues
were, there was no one particular
sport that grabbed my attention more

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than any other. Instead, there were
two things that stood out. The first
was the sportsmanship, comraderies
and positive interactions among the
contestants. While they all wanted
that elusive gold medal, they all also
wanted their peers to excel. The unity
of the Olympic family was a thing
of beauty. Often, I noted leaders in
these competitions watching a main
competitor speeding down a slope,
halfpipe or run-and seeing that
person wipeout. Never once did I
see those leaders, now assured of a
gold medal, exult in the fact that their
stiffest competition had been taken
out of the race. Instead I saw them
cringe and look genuinely sorry for the
fallen competitor. Yes, they fiercely
wanted to win and, yes, they fiercely
wanted to beat the best so they could
say they honestly deserved the gold
medal, but they never cheered when
that opponent fell. Why? Because they
appreciated the training, work ethic
and devotion to which all those athletes
had devoted themselves for four long
years-just to have one opportunity to
vie for an award that would proclaim
them as the top dog of their sport.
What stood out equally as well
was the way these elite athletes
reacted when faced with high winds,

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brrr-type cold, equipment failures, or
a perceived unfair advantage given
to another. Unlike us who, in our daily
lives, hear and may use a myriad of
excuses for why we missed out on a
promotion or other opportunity, why
we failed to get the grade we thought
we deserved, why we didn't receive
proper recognition for our efforts, why
we didn't make the team, etc., never
once did I observe an athlete spout the
"what-ifs" or "if-onlys." They accepted
their plight with dignity and stated their
resolve to correct the problem in time
for the next Olympic Games, four long
years down the road. What great
role models!
Following the Olympics telecast
one night, while ruminating on these
observations, I happened on a
completely different program. But it,
too, reminded me of what I had just
witnessed. It was a program about
Adam and Eve. We all know the story
of how God told them not to eat from
the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil, how Eve did it anyway, then got
Adam to do it, and how God caught
them. Remember how, when caught,
Adam told God it was all his fault, that
Eve should not be blamed, and that all
punishment should be administered
solely on him? Oh wait, wait-that's not
how the story went, is it? No, Adam
told God it wasn't his fault, that it was
Eve who should get the blame. In fact,
Adam told God that he was innocent
and that it was the fault of "that woman
that you gave me." That's right, Adam
put the blame right back on God. He
denied all responsibility. And, darn,
isn't that what we all do?



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018

Professional Development Notes
NAEP President Nichol Luoma
Research and Development RFP: Procurement Assists with Innovation
Training, Testing, and Incentives
Annual Meeting Wrap-Up
Certification: Which One Are You?
Evolution or Revolution? Campus Cards: Time for a New Business Model
Book Review: Building a Fund of Sustainability Knowledge, One Book at a Time—Part Nine
Best and Final: Procurement: How the Torch Gets Passed
Index to Advertisers
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - intro
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - cover1
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - cover2
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 3
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 4
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 5
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Professional Development Notes
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 7
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - NAEP President Nichol Luoma
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 9
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Research and Development RFP: Procurement Assists with Innovation
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 11
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 12
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 13
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 14
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 15
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Training, Testing, and Incentives
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 17
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Annual Meeting Wrap-Up
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 19
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Certification: Which One Are You?
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 21
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Evolution or Revolution? Campus Cards: Time for a New Business Model
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 23
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 24
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Book Review: Building a Fund of Sustainability Knowledge, One Book at a Time—Part Nine
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 26
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 27
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Best and Final: Procurement: How the Torch Gets Passed
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - 29
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - cover3
Educational Procurement Journal - Summer 2018 - cover4
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