Alicia McKay

Based in Wellington, New Zealand. Writes on strategy, change, leadership, consulting, public sector and local government.

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Learn from your mistakes: make the most of failure

Everybody makes mistakes, but only some people know how to use them to get better. If you've made a mistake this week, that's great. It means you're...

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Time management for consultants - (and everyone else!)

The life of a self-employed professional (SEP) is a busy one. When running a one or two-person business, there's no shortage of tasks but few people...

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How to use value-based pricing in your consulting business

The most challenging part of developing your consulting offer is deciding what to charge.

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How consultants create a clear service offer

How do you sell a consulting service? What services do you sell? How do you know what to sell?

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3 good reasons to go consulting

People are leaving traditional employment in droves. Here are three reasons to go consulting - and how to get it right.

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What to do before you quit your job to start a business

What should you do before leaving your job to start your own consulting business? What boxes do you need to tick, and how much money do you need in...

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Share your work in progress

I have a house guest - our former au pair, visiting from Germany. She's launching her yoga video channel and last week; she confided how disheartened...

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Reasons, seasons and changing jobs

You're probably familiar with the opening line of a poem by Brian A. Chalker:

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Why people are opting out of corporate bullshit

I only lasted 4 years as an employee. I loved the work I was doing (strategic planning and policy in local government) and I wanted to keep doing it,...

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How I developed Consultants of Choice (+ graphs)

The Consultants of Choice Foundation Programme development journey - in a series of graphs and pictures. After banging my head into a metaphorical...

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Pick your path: stress, guilt, fear

What problems are you battling with right now? If it's one of these three things, I have some useful stuff that might help.

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How to do scary things

Being a person is pretty scary, to be honest. If you're a mildly anxious human like me, you might face a frequent war with your brain as it churns...

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How to shape a fulfilling career

If you crave meaningful work, it might not happen by accident. Here's how to shape a fulfilling career by asking five questions. You spend a lot of...

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Pick your path: boundaries, decisions, focus

What problems are you battling with this week? If it's one of these three things, I have some useful stuff that might help.

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How to make hard decisions more easily

Have you got a hard choice to make? Whether it's at work, or at home, having tricky choices ahead weighs on you, even when you aren't actively...

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Make peace with problems

Let me paint you a picture of a workshop I facilitated recently. Fourteen senior leaders crowd around the boardroom table of an artful...

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Happy people don't judge you

Do you find yourself worrying about what people think about you?

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How to craft your value proposition

GET YOUR FREE WORKBOOK When you have a clear value proposition you show up with confidence and intention. You attract better clients, do better work,...

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Why now is the right time to start your own business

You already know the benefits of self-employment: freedom to shape your work and lifestyle, earning potential, and more fulfilling and impactful...

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Understanding idea technology

Idea technology, a term by Barry Schwartz, is an excellent framework for thinking about the ideas that drive our thinking and decisions.

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8 critical self-employment skills - that all consultants need to have

Not everyone is cut out for self-employment. Many people are best served in the safety and security of a traditional job.

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The risks of self-employment: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Self-employment is an alluring prospect. It’s a chance to live your life on your terms, to achieve more fulfilment and meaning from your career, and...

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7 ways to feel better about your job

Work is a pain in the proverbial. It's also where most of us will spend most of our waking hours. The average person spends over 13 years of their...

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10 questions to boost your professional credibility

There's a reason every job interview asks the dreaded question: "So, do you have any questions for us?" Gulp. I've got butterflies just thinking...