Alison Hood

Alison Hood

Facilitator/Coach, Canterbury

Alison Hood is passionate about the happiness and effectiveness of people in the workplace and is skilled and talented at raising individual and team awareness to facilitate authentic conversations. She is particularly good at challenging and supporting ‘dysfunctional’ teams, and specialises in leadership and team development through blended learning, including coaching.

With a 20-year career in the L&D and OD space, Alison is very experienced at supporting CEOs and senior teams to invest in and grow their talent. She is equally experienced with working with first-line managers and supervisors. She has a track record of working with international organisations both in the private and public sector. Before moving to New Zealand 12 years ago, she held senior L&D and OD roles with Virgin Media, WH Smith, and Group 4 in the UK. Alison gained specific expertise in helping people through change in mergers and restructures, and designed and developed leading-edge leadership programmes for senior executives through to first line management audiences.

Clients consistently report that Alison is naturally adept at building trust quickly and therefore enabling people to get to the ‘heart of the matter’. She has considerable experience in diagnosing challenges within business, and designing workshops that are engaging and experiential with a focus on personal commitment to change.

Alison is a member of HRINZ and CECC and belongs to the I/O community.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Bachelor of Arts Hons (Psychology and Linguistics)
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • BPS Level A Psychometric testing
  • Cattells 16PF Personality Indicator
  • The Human Element®, based on Schutz’s FIRO theory
  • JCA Global, Emotional Intelligence Profile
  • GeneSys range of psychometric assessments
  • Ken Blanchard's Situational Leadership II

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I really enjoyed Alison's coaching style - warm and connected but still challenging and accountability-driven. I have implemented tools and ideas discussed based on my profile tests. I have some techniques I can now utilise quickly and effectively when in workplace situations that might produce a strong emotional response, so that I can self-regulate at speed and communicate effectively.

Karin is a really fantastic coach. I really enjoyed her toolkit and ideas for moving me forward. She was able to challenge my thinking and it was good to get a second opinion on things. Loved the Strengths conversation and to have that lens in place to practically move forward in my leadership journey.

It went really well. I appreciated the empathy given. I really, really enjoyed Kathryn being able to read me so well, it was awesome to have that feedback about myself. I now do not have to go back and have a second discussion in order to rectify what I have agreed to that I didn't actually want to agree to in the first place!

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