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May 31, 2021
From not knowing to knowing (what to to)

I certainly didn’t know what I didn’t knowEven if I did know I didn’t know what to doI knew I was stuckWithout optionsAt a dead-end – or headed for it at least That’s the problem with not knowingI got caught up in a never-ending cycle of stucknessAn absence of optionsEvery direction I looked simply reinforced […]

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March 5, 2021
How do I get a seat at the table?

I'm a firm believer that the words you use to describe a problem often have the solution hidden within them too. For example, if you're describing a situation as not being able to see the wood for the trees, what solution would you have in a real wood with real trees (and yes I've taken […]

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December 13, 2020
Are your assumptions correct?

I remember very clearly a series of conversations with clients and colleagues where I had been told that the strategy they were suggesting we use was what the client/ stakeholder/ team member needed - ie it was tailored to suit the other person's preferences. The interesting thing, to me anyway, was that often different people […]

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November 5, 2020
Don't keep doing the same thing and expecting different results

Warning: Please turn the sound down a little before pressing go. Do get in touch if you'd like support to ensure your team doesn't keep doing the same things.

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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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September 25, 2020
Why do you ignore experts?

Post from the 2017 archives: Someone asked on LinkedIn "why are managers reluctant to ditch their bullet heavy dull slides." ie why do they ignore best practice? Why do people think they can do something better by themselves, and not need the support of those with expertise. As a PowerPoint surgeon and presentation coach the […]

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