This post is more about providing you with a summary of the blogs I've written about the unique tools I use in group facilitation and personal coaching - in procurement contexts and more broadly in other business settings. Whether directly with clients or via the other consultancies.
These blogs also share the benefits delivered of using these unique tools - which can be summarised as helping groups or individuals to achieve one or more of the following:
- Identify where they are
- Identify where they want to get to (for example strategy development might be a session in it's own right)
- Understand what's stopping them getting there
- Release what's holding them back
- Take appropriate action towards their goal
More here on a pinterest board I developed on the benefits of coaching.
As I said in my "But I don't do soft fluffy stuff" post many of the reasons we're not achieving what we say we want can be found in the soft fluffy stuff. So just as it's no use looking for the car keys in the bathroom if you know you left them in your coat - it's the same with resolving what's holding you back - the answer often lies in the soft fluffy stuff and there's a number of ways of getting at that - some more comfortable than others - some certainly less intrusive than others. It sort of depends if you want to get to the root cause or not, or if you're happy just putting a plaster/band aid on it.
- A more general blog on NLP - most coaching/facilitation sessions start with some form of introduction around the subjects raised in this post to help people understand why they need to change and therefore be more open to using these tools.
- Values - impact of personal values on our success or otherwise
- Business values - do they exist - I suggest not
- How our values get in the way
- What gets them out of bed in a morning - stakeholders values
- Standing in their shoes - such an insightful process - try it and see
- Well formed outcome - better than SMART goals I'd suggest - or a great addition anyway
- Identity - and the impact it can have on how we feel
- Rapport - reminder of what it involves
- Making mountains out of molehills - my most popular post
- No pain, no gain - another popular post
- Oh no it's Sunday - don't wish your life away
- In need of a facelift - how use of that term about the UN shed light on the solution
- Deadlines - are they killing you?
- Be careful of the paths you tread - another meaning behind the CIPS president's words
- Up a creek without a paddle - how the words give you a clue to the solution
- In a rut - and how to get out of it
- Is your head buried in the sand - musing if it were buried in the sand - with a great picture!
- Find your inner Picard - yes of Star Trek fame
- I don't want to burn any bridges - great example of how the language used was keeping this client stuck
- What's the organisations operating metaphor - is work like war/a race or a garden?
- Is an integrated commercial landscape even possible - interesting musing on how the language might point to the solution for government procurement
- Hate or Love - a bit of a rant aimed at the British Heart Foundation about their use of the word Hate
- What do you call your stakeholders/customers - could just be why the relationship is as it is
- What's winning in your world the good, the bad or the indifferent - language is sooooo powerful
- Language to improve rapport - a great reminder
- Language that improves understanding - ditto
Landscaping Your Life (LYL)
- LYL Pinterest Board - a number of examples of how nature can be used to explore challenges you might have
- YouTube Channel - a LYL playlist with a number of video blogs on the subject
- An insightful walk in nature - insights from just going for a walk
- Incomplete patterns - expanding your thinking to include the whole picture
- Connecting with your audience - using the LYL process
- Business strategy development - a board of management's strategy away day
- Speaking with confidence - using the process
- Are your relationships crumbling - a series of blogs using nature to improve your communication with others
- Impatience does not serve us well - insight from nature on timing
- Are you getting enough perspective
- How's the weather with you - wondering if the national weather has an impact on how we do business - musing really
- Don't keep doing the same things - a personal favourite
- The solution is right infront of you - :-) it was
- Pinterest board
- Sowing the seeds of cost reduction in your business
- Also see YouTube channel for LYL above
I only started using this tool in November 2014 and have been blown away by it's effectiveness in a business setting. I'd thought it was purely for personal coaching, and yet am finding it a great addition to the other business tools used.
- Facilitating change for the Scottish Institute for Business Leaders
- Collage applied to improving relationships at work
- Overview of the collage process
Frameworks for Change Coaching Process (FCP)
- FCP - applied to improving relationships at work
- Youtube - a playlist with a couple of video blogs on the subject
- Staying on track - insight from use of the FCP
- Coaching insight on being heard - how to be
- Keeping on track in a down turn - a session with the Scottish PSA
Of all the tools I use this is the only one that is only applicable in a personal setting. It's a game and takes 2.5 hrs per person to play and is hugely insightful. I'm not sure these blogs do it justice but I had to try
So far this week I've shared summaries of blogs written on soft skills, procurement and the rant's I have on our disconnection from what it is to be human!
Congratulations if you got to the end of that list - such a great reference for me and anyone wanting to know how I do that I do, and the benefits that I deliver as a result.
Do call me if you think any of these tools might be of interest +44 (0)7770 538159 Alison@thepurchasingcoach.co.uk
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