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April 5, 2021
There are three versions of any story

Which of these images is a true reflection of reality? This isn’t as strange a question as you might think when you consider we’re looking at the world every day, making a choice about our reality, and then acting as if we’re right. These images were taken to demonstrate a few of the different perspectives […]

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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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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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September 16, 2020
How to motivate others

In recent posts from the archives I've looked at understanding your own values, how values can get too big for their boots, why values don't inherently drive right behaviour and why I think business values don't really exist. Which will certainly help you to understand what motivates you, how you can use values to motivate […]

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September 9, 2020
It's like talking to a brick wall

You have to be careful what you say in front me - especially if you're describing a situation you're wanting more insight on, or wondering what to do next about. I have a belief, that the words we use to describe challenges we're facing also contain the solution. You might be thinking you're stuck when […]

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