Maureen Sharib has been a “Socratic sourcer” her entire sourcing career; from the moment she first picked up the faxed list of Silicon Valley high-tech companies that was her target list to “phone source” in 1996 to today she has instinctively followed this method of investigative sourcing using (mostly) the telephone.  She is a proponent of sourcing as a synonym for success and envisions the craft moving away from a dangerously drudgery-paced life-form existence to an exciting investigative/competitive place within organizations where practitioners co-exist within a framework of market research, human resources, and C-level future planning. She owns the phone sourcing and competitive intelligence firm, Inc. You can contact her at Maureen at or call her at (513) 646-7306.  If she’s not on the phone she’ll pick up!

But That’s Not My Job

“But that’s not my job.” There are 6.2 million long-term unemployed in the United States. Many get up each and every morning and go to their computers … Read more

Rogue Sourcing

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. — Galileo Galilei The hand came up about halfway down the … Read more

Sourcing for Customers

On Tuesday, September 28 at the Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Shally Steckerl gave an interesting presentation at SourceCon, one that covered competitive … Read more

Sun Tzu on Sourcing

Is there nothing new under the sun? Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese general. His Art of War is the oldest military treatise in the world. He thought spies … Read more

Water Witching

Family lore holds that my maternal grandfather was a “water witch.” A water witch is a person who can find water using a forked stick or rod to find water … Read more

Let’s Be More Human

I saw a tweet this morning: Coffee is the second largest item of international commerce in the world. The largest is petrol. It got me to thinking (as many … Read more

Naked Babies

Silence is golden; speech is silver. ~ American Proverb My brother-in-law visited the past week from New York City. He comes, usually, every August to stay … Read more

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