Blog & Insight

November 3, 2020
Finding motivation in unprecedented times

A post from the archives written in April 2020, only a few weeks into the first lockdown, and ahead of a virtual webinar for Future Purchasing, a procurement consultancy I'm an associate for, that was recorded. As I launch my new website I realise it's as relevant today as it was then and so decided […]

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November 2, 2020
Building Resilience

I certainly had to dig deep on my resilience when attempting to swim from South to North Queensferry here in Scotland a few years ago. It didn't end as I would have liked but I certainly tested my reserves of resilience. As I took off my neoprene gloves after the recue boat dropped me off […]

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November 2, 2020
The difference that makes the difference

Coaching sessions have a range of objectives focusing on where you are, where you want to be, and/or how to get from one to the other. To support these objectives one of the goals of a coach is to ask powerful questions to help you to understand the difference that makes the difference around your […]

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October 24, 2020
9 steps to ensuring your goals are well formed

There's plenty written that suggests that goals should be SMART - ie specific, measurable, achievable, realistic & time bound. The problems with SMART goals is they aren't necessarily smart! The acronym misses out some of the very components that are essential to achieving our goals. That is, it's very common to set a goal that […]

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October 23, 2020
Are you looking for answers or solutions - because your response may make the difference?

I want to explore the impact changing just one word can make with you. Yes one word. One word that has the potential to move us from stuck to unstuck, or from failing to succeeding, or out of control to knowing precisely what to do. The word may change dependant on the circumstances, and will […]

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October 21, 2020
5 (or 28) day mindset challenge

Is your mindset supporting or hindering you from making progress? That was the question I asked on my last 5 day mindset challenge. Whilst developed as a procurement mindset challenge the daily tasks are still as relevant to non procurement teams, and so I share them here in case they may provide insight to what […]

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October 16, 2020
When did you last stand in their shoes?

There's a hand full of techniques that I come back to time and time again, and this is one of those. I remember a colleague, who was very cynical about the process when I first introduced it to workshops, later on going on to say "Alison's going to share a brilliant tool with you for […]

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October 8, 2020
Are you on the same page?

Explorations of the metaphors contained in your language can often uncover currently hidden perspectives or solutions. Today's exploration arose when a colleague recently said they weren't on the same page as someone they were working with, and didn't know how to improve the situation. Logically the idiom means finding common agreement about a situation or […]

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October 5, 2020
7 tools to manage the unexpected

For most of the year you'd usually expect to see a bee in the borders buzzing between the plants. In July however the bees are not where you'd expect them to be and are under foot as they feed on the flower clover in the grass. Which is why 10th July is don't step on […]

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October 2, 2020
Disrupting habitual thinking

In a disrupting habitual thinking session for the Scottish institute for business leaders session we explored the mindset that support you achieving your goals and those that block that progress. I positioned it in terms of: Zigs that inhibit growth Zags that accelerate growth The suggested zigs for discussion included: The suggested zags included: The […]

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