Despite the image above, I'm not talking about gardening clients but procurement clients.
In the late 90s we were struggling to get the managers at the bank that I worked for interested in supplier management. My love of gardening provided a means of getting them a little more interested - in that questions about when they last pruned back their suppliers, or allowed one time in the greenhouse, or what tools were they using to develop their suppliers piqued their interest.
Since then I've shared many a post looking at the analogies between gardening and procurement such as
- Anyone can buy - the difference between the tools in the buying, purchasing and procurement potting sheds
Since it's early origins the metaphor got bigger and I wasn't just using gardens as a metaphor for supplier management but nature became a metaphor for our lives and Landscaping Your Life was born.
For over 20 years I've had a foot in two camps - purchasing and wider personal development. Whilst often delivering both to clients I've kept my social media separate. That double life has confused clients, and me, which has led to the decision to move my blogging to my personal development blog - Landscaping Your Life.
Landscaping Your Life - making life more beautiful