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The Excitement of Possibility – revisted

Written by: Caroline Newns

Since I first published this blog, my client goes from strength to strength.

Its leaders (at all levels of the organisation) not only have an emerging strategy – they know WHY they have it. They are secure in their belief and they are strengthening market share with and through like-minded colleagues and customers.

Enjoy reading ‘The Excitement of Possibility’ once more and get in touch if you need help going forward.

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Time to Get ‘Creative’

Written by: Caroline Newns

A new client asked me recently ‘what do you do when you’re not working?’ I talked a little about my passions to which he replied – ‘oh you’re one of those arty, creative types?’ 

Leaving the ‘arty’ bit aside, I explained that my consultancy enables me to work with ‘creatives’ on a regular basis. They reside in my current client companies: C-suite Leaders (across all functions), Engineers, Technology experts, and Production Managers to name a few. 

They may not play a musical instrument, guide a paint brush or pen a novel for a living, but they are creative. 

Engaged in issues such as strategy, profitability, risk-management, implementation, change and stakeholder engagement they sustain and grow their companies, identifying and nurturing talent day after day. 

Their responsibilities require them to think out of the box; to look at their industry (and the world in general) in different ways; to be future focused and opportunistic; to see connections in abstract and seemingly random events and conversations. 

Creativity requires a certain mindset. ‘Creatives’ embrace diversity; they challenge ‘received wisdom’ and they re-frame problems, living with temporary discord to ride through a challenge. 

Industrial and Technological advancements were built on creativity. Yet it takes a certain type of organisational culture to enable creativity to thrive. A culture which permissions the pushing of boundaries; reaches out to the impossible and allows for mistakes and u-turns without penalties. 

If you would like to explore these issues and find out how to get your company’s creative juices flowing, give me a call. With the right guidance and encouragement the results can be truly beneficial. As Maya Angelou remarked,

‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have’.

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Reflection on a Cold Winter’s Night…

Written by: Caroline Newns

Despite burgeoning spring blossoms, I’m turning the clock back to winter months to republish my January blog on ‘homelessness’ and how a personal experience resonated with the support I provide to business clients.

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Testimonials

David Coughtrie - Chairman

Commercial Education Trust.

Caroline facilitated our Strategy Day with enthusiasm, commitment and insight.

She listened to my requirements; engaged with Board members in advance and guided us through the process.

Caroline is an expert facilitator. She is a strategic thinker who adopts a professional, no nonsense approach with warmth and good humour.

Under her direction, the day was engaging and results-orientated. She ensured that every voice around the table was heard.

I have absolutely no hesitation recommending Caroline to act as a Facilitator for Board-level Strategy events.

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