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.


The above vlog is from a walking meeting as part of a workshop in Warsaw. 

Workshops, coaching and facilitated sessions are available to help individuals, procurement or organisations to step out of their comfort zones and into where the magic happens, and can cover topics such as: 
  • Soft skills
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Buyer/supplier relationships 
  • Influencing  
  • Stakeholder engagement 
  • And more conventional category management and supplier management
A conventional format for workshops can be arranged even if unconventional tools are used to support specific agenda items. For example the vlog above was from a walking meeting as part of category management and supplier management workshops in Warsaw.

However workshops can take place in more unconventional settings such as:
  • Museums
  • On a boat
  • In parks and gardens (with access to a meeting room for summary, and when weather dictates we head indoors)
  • On trains and at train stations 
  • On the shop floor (whatever that looks like for your organisation)
  • At a supplier's premises
  • And so on
Location, agenda, format, and types of conventional and unconventional tools used will be aligned with organisational requirements, and developed to suit the time available, location, agreed objectives and individuals involved (whether procurement, stakeholders or suppliers). 

Please do ask for further details about any of the above, or any other topics related to supporting individuals to step out of their comfort zones. If you're unsure about the return on investment you may want to read my post The 7 Barriers to Optimal Performance.

Alison Smith
The Purchasing Coach
+44 (0)7770 538159