Demystifying Outsourcing emphasizes the importance of building partnerships with consultants and vendors to achieve results. Training managers who utilize this resource will build their confidence and strengthen their outsourcing capabilities as they navigate complex outsourced projects.As a comprehensive toolkit, the book takes the reader step by step through an outsourced initiative. Numerous stories bring the challenges of outsourcing to light. Practical tips and tools, and worksheets on the accompanying CD can be tailored easily to any project. Topics include:Current trends and guiding principles in outsourcingA strategic sourcing decision model to help managers make wise choices about what to outsource and what to retainIdentifying and selecting outsourcing partnersThe RFP process and contract negotiationsPositioning consultants and vendors in the organizationDesign, delivery and program evaluation of outsourced initiativesSpecial situations such as dealing with conflict, inheriting a consultant and working with multiple consultants and vendorsDebbie Friedman is Operating Vice President at Federated Department Stores, where she heads up the Federated Leadership Institute, a training function whose mission is to strengthen the leadership capabilities of the top 1,800 executives.