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March 10, 2021
How to keep on track in a pandemic

What do you need to do to keep on track in this pandemic? With much uncertainty about life and business post lockdown what do you need to do to keep centred? What do you need to do to ensure that at the end of lockdown your business is thriving, and you're still passionate about what […]

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February 18, 2021
Paths and Destinations

Here's a poem I wrote to help you to explore your relationship between the paths and destinations in your life. Helping you identify the blocks to making progress and find clarity and understand what to do next. Some paths are simply a means of getting from where we are to a destination where we want […]

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February 17, 2021
What's new for LYL speaking and training?

Described as unconventional, thought provoking and inspirational Alison Smith first started using metaphor as a means of solving problems in the mid 90s. At the time whilst working for a bank she managed to inspire business leaders to be interested in supplier management, a topic they were unenthusiastic about at best. She did this by […]

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January 22, 2021
What is normal?

A poem that arose from my frustration of the judgement expressed in social media about how others should, must or ought to be reacting to the lockdown and unprecedented times that emerged then and continue to provide challenging times for us all. My normal isn’t your normal - yours isn’t mine.It isn’t today, never was, […]

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December 3, 2020
Soft skills toolkit

Dear Human Being, The solutions to many of the challenges you face are just like the iceberg in the above postcard - underneath the surface. They're hidden in your subconscious, not yet known but wanting and waiting to be seen and understood. To help enable you to bring the very solutions you're searching for into […]

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November 26, 2020
7 keys to having a flourishing team

My webinar for People Centred Excellence used how to have a flourishing garden as a metaphor for how to have a flourishing team. At the time we'd not been in lockdown that long and so the first key was a reminder that just because people have been resilient in the past doesn't mean they will […]

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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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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 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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