Soft Skills Toolkit

For thirty years I've worked in Procurement. Whilst my career started traditionally, for the last 17 years the solid procurement foundation has been strengthened as I have developed my soft skills: Influencing, Communication, Facilitation, Training and Coaching, all within the Procurement environment. This activity is undertaken under the brand of The Purchasing Coach

In addition to more conventional tools, one point of difference in my skill set is using unconventional tools to remove the blocks we all face. The unconventional nature of these tools enables us to more easily explore the situations we're facing through the different perspectives they provide. Landscaping Your Life is one such tool and uses landscapes as metaphors for our life, and inspired the content of the Soft Skills Toolkit. 

I recently developed the first of a series of Purchasing Coach Toolkits, using different perspectives to explore key challenges faced by Procurement, is for Soft Skills, and is entitled Dear Procurement, with love from your Soft Skills. As a result of feedback an additional variant has been developed to make it applicable to a wider audience, and is entitled Dear Human Being, with love from your Soft Skills. Yours for personal use for only £4.99.

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Over my career there's been an increasing understanding of the role Soft Skills can play in business and procurement too. What has also increased is the level of confusion about what Soft Skills are, what to even call them, and debate about whether they're innate skills we all have, or whether they're things we really do need to develop.

The Soft Skills Toolkit has been developed as a series of postcards sent to you from your Soft Skills wishing to remind you of the value they can bring to the day to day operations of procurement functions globally. 

The postcards include those from; Language, Communication, Goal Setting, Problem Solving, Change Management, Influencing, Creativity, Rapport, Conflict Resolution and so on. These postcards can be used in a variety of ways personally, or as a group, and some suggestions are outlined at the back of the toolkit.
Further bespoke options available include; client branded toolkits, additional soft skills being added, other procurement or functional skills being added, or to make it applicable to wider number of professions. Postcards, posters and hard copies can also be arranged. To discuss these options further do please call or email.

Training sessions, webinars and coaching can also be arranged using the postcard theme as their base. To discuss further do please get in touch.

Kindest Regards


Alison Smith
Landscaping Your Life
Unlocking personal and organisational potential using unconventional tools

There's also some vlogs on YouTube to support too.

© Alison Smith 2017

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