Developments in 2019

For over 20 years I've had a foot in two camps - purchasing and 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.

I do hope that you'll join me there as we continue to explore landscaping our success together.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Purchasing Coach: Advent Window 5: Blackout Poetry

25 unconventional coaching and facilitation tools to surprise and delight

Window 5: Blackout Poetry (using Frosty the Snowman)

Level of unconventionalness out of 10 = 8 (you've been warned)

NB: Conventional thinking and tools are likely to just give us more of what we've already got - which is OK if that's the outcome we're wanting. Otherwise a more unconventional means of accessing potential solutions might be helpful.
    • Identify a situation you'd like more clarity on.
    • Put it to the back of your mind.
    • Print out or copy one page from a newspaper, magazine or a page of a book. 
    • Blackout a majority of the words, leaving certain words that make 'sense' /'feel right' as a poem/prose.
    • Reflect on the poem, and consider what insight it has to offer on the original situation.
    • Identify any actions arising from this reflection - when will you take the first step?  
    • NB: I went through 6 versions as I was too heavy handed with the black pen so copies allow for that. I also suspect starting with so few words limited my creativity - a whole page of print is much more helpful.
    Festive/Holiday season example: 

    The original page

    My blacked out version

    The Man
    A soul with two eyes
    Some magic placed on his head
    And here, in the moment
    Saying "again".

    Which reminded me of the saying by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

    “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” 

    A great reminder for me anyway that I need to be in the moment more, and connect with that inner Magic! 

    As it's a very personal activity, I'd suggest you'd need to try it for yourself to understand the efficacy of the process. It's not something I get out of my toolkit very often.


    Benefits: It's just a means of giving your left more logical side of your brain one thing to focus on, whilst allowing the more creative right brain to find a solution / insight that has been eluding you.

    Uses: Coaching, Problem Solving, Creativity & Innovation

    Participants: In 1:1 coaching or on your own as it's a very personal experience - I suspect if you tried to do it as a group/team it would remain at a very logic level (not that I've tried).

    Alison Smith
    Unlocking procurement potential - using conventional and unconventional tools
    Procurement and Business Speaker, Coach, Trainer, & Facilitator +44 (0)7770 538159

    Earlier in the year I applied some of the unconventional tools shared in this advent series to common procurement challenges - more here.

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