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Alex Poppleton

Principal

For 20 years Alex has worked with organisations to embrace change through their people. Alex brings together a combination of people development expertise and commercial savvy to re-imagine and re-frame future-leaning organisations. She believes that all strategic change solutions must combine human, structural, and cultural change outcomes. She has consulted both internally and externally across industries including financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and government. Alex holds a joint BA Hons from University of Warwick in Economic & International Studies; MSc in Change Agent Skills & Strategies from University of Surrey; post graduate qualifications: Certificate of Company Direction (Institute of Directors, London); Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy (The Gestalt Centre, London) and is currently completing a diploma in Advanced Coaching & Organisational Development Supervision from Ashridge/Hult Business School, UK. She is a qualified executive coach integrating several therapeutic approaches, is qualified in several psychometric instruments, and is a Constellations Facilitator.

Alex is based out of London, United Kingdom.

Why did you decide to work at Kotter?

I love working with change. I wanted to work in an organisation with genuinely decent people and in ways that are committed to enabling people’s potential. Kotter fit the bill.

What challenges do you most enjoy helping your clients solve?

I love working with clients on the most intractable, complex, and difficult challenges – the ones that no one else wants to tackle, or where people have tried and failed before. Sometimes it takes turning something over and inside out to find a creative new approach. Often they are not necessarily ‘solvable’ – sometimes it takes a mental or emotional shift to see it differently, feel differently or work with it differently. Necessity is the mother of invention.

What in your background helps you in this job?

Living and working in different cultures and environments enables me to appreciate that my ‘frame’ for understanding is not the same as everyone else’s – and no one’s is ‘right.’ Being able to understand from a different perspective helps me to re-frame situations and challenges.

What’s got you thinking right now?

BBC Reith Lectures 2016: Kwame Anthony Appiah – Mistaken Identities. 4 Episodes: Creed, Country, Colour, Culture

Frederic Laloux: Reinventing Organizations.
Mikael Krogerous and Roman Tschäppeler: The Change Book

Constellations perspective – Franz Ruppert: Trauma, Fear and Love. Jan Jacob Stam, 2010: Trauma in Organizations

BBC Radio 4 (and Podcast) From Our Own Correspondent

Share something about you that would most surprise people.

I spent half my teenage years under military curfew!