Dr Sally Vanson – January 2014

The Performance Solution is an international niche consulting practice  who are all about improving performance at work.

In order to do this they use some of the best psychometrics in the business, offer accredited coach training, supervise and mentor coaches, mediate and resolve conflicts in companies worldwide as well as providing straight-talking HR and organisational development support. They enable individuals and organisations to achieve their dreams.

Until the end of 2013, Dr Sally Vanson was Chair of the New Highway charity providing services for sufferers of substance abuse. Sadly, due to changes of government policy on commissioning services, New Highway had to wind down. The Trustees wanted to donate the charity’s cash reserves back into the local community to relieve suffering from poverty and substance misuse and Sally was able to nominate People against Poverty to receive a donation of £20,000 to start up self-managed community based projects. This money has now been received and is being ring fenced for poverty relief projects in the Bath and Wiltshire area in 2014.

We asked Sally:

What motivates you? Anything related to personal growth, learning and inspirational concepts that can make the world a better place. I filter for challenge and difference rather than more of the same, so if something isn’t working I change it big time! I appreciate this doesn’t work for everyone and yet I endeavor to help my clients try it. The words of Marianne Williamson sum it up for me – Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”.

Who do you admire in the world of business and why? Peter Harrison – Chairman of Furniture Village. I worked for Peter when I was very young and his belief in me inspired me to do a great job that I was probably too young and inexperienced for at that time. Knowing I had his support enabled me to smash all my targets during a harsh recession. He has that enviable charisma and quality of being able to motivate his people as soon as he walks into the room – a really inspirational leader. The other person worth a mention is Lynne Franks for her SEED circles where she assists women from all walks of life come together to live and work by the feminine principles of sustainable co-operation and mutual empowerment.

What is your business Philosophy? Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration! So many people these days get stuck in an egotistical way of being at the expense of personal balance and of relationships including their families. I see myself as a global citizen and for me it’s all about working together to create a world to which people want to belong. The world can be as big or small as feels right for each individual as long as there is balance and harmony underpinned by ethical practice. Listening to feedback is vital – how can we learn and improve if we shut down the most valuable gift others can give us?

What would be your advice to anyone wondering if their business could benefit from joining Business against Poverty? Start with yourself and your own commitment. Walk your talk and share practicing the power of abundance. Abundance is a feeling (or a state of being) and can be felt for many things….you can feel an abundance of love, an abundance of fulfilling relationships, an abundance of business, an abundance of energy, great health, choices, ideas, friendship, joy, Plain and simple. Whatever you put in you will get back in unexpected ways. Business against Poverty is not about you and growing your business, it’s about giving to others and on that journey, meeting like-minded individuals with whom you can collaborate to achieve new and unexpected things. If you feel great you will motivate those around you. You may find new suppliers, you could find new customers, you will certainly find support, fun and friendship. You can promote team relationships by organising find raisers, improve your brand profile by putting in teams for quiz nights, taking a table at the annual ball, or advertising your commitment on your website as part of your CSR policies. The only limit to benefits gained is your own imagination!


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