She says “When senior managers get it ‘right’ it filters all the way down. Every staff member then has the opportunity to bring the best of themselves to the workplace and to enjoy their hours at work, whilst collaborating to create a productive, profitable environment resulting in a healthy economy for all.”
As a 17 year old student Alison started her first small business, tutoring maths and science, and completed her first freelance project management assignment. Successful careers in Optometry, ICT and Transformation followed, whilst she ran a number of small businesses in parallel.
Alison has a successful track record of management. As a strategic business unit manager at Capital Software she increased the unit’s revenue threefold and at SARS she and her team successfully delivered on multiple key components of the nationwide Siyakha transformation project.
In 2005 Alison realised that her success as a leader-manager could be used to bring about a change in the quality of leader-management throughout South Africa. And CanBeeDone was born.
Alison hates to see time, effort and resources being wasted. In most companies employees are giving only a portion of themselves to their work. When they give more they feel much happier, and more satisfied, and the company benefits greatly. The key to unlocking this capacity is the managers.
Alison makes the art of effective leader-management simple, practical and easy to implement. She enables leader-managers to build on their strengths, adding key tools and skills, and increasing their insight, to bring about real changes in their behaviour, and that of their direct reports and teams: changes that increase productivity, quality and profitability. As she says, “You are already paying the salary bill, now make it work for both the employees and the company.”
Alison has presented widely on the key components of the Leader – Management Framework and been interviewed on radio and TV. Her highly interactive and experiential workshops are very popular at conferences such as Agile Africa.
She has been a long time volunteer for Headway-Gauteng, an organisation that supports people with brain injuries, and in 2015 she co-founded Open Community Encounters, an initiative to improve tolerance, communication and healing among South Africans.
When not occupied with her business Alison, who is married with two children, can be found sailing on the Vaal Dam or relaxing in the Bush.