Episode 43: Taking an Open-Minded Approach to Crossing the Gap with Alison Smith

By Kelly Barner | December 8, 2021

We all face times of difficult and important decision-making, in our personal lives and in our professional capacity. In many cases, the approach and the thought process we use when evaluating the available options is as important as the choice we eventually make.

In this episode of The Sourcing Hero podcast, Host Kelly Barner welcomes Alison Smith. You may know her as the Purchasing Coach or the founder of Landscaping Your Life, but if you are connected to her on LinkedIn you know that she has boundless energy and passion for everything she does.

Alison has worked in and with procurement for almost four decades, using her unique approach to help teams achieve without checking their humanity at the door.


In this conversation, Alison shares her advice for approaching the many crossroads we find ourself at – in work and in life:

  • Whether it is harder to form a vision of the goal or desired end state or pick the best way to reach it
  • The role of teams and community in getting past difficult decisions, and why sometimes we may be better off on our own
  • How our movement through life, and the momentum we build up along the way, is an important force that we have to allow to influence our choices


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