Have you ever stuck a Post-It note on your forehead?

Taking the guesswork out of the people business

You must remember the old guessing game.  The one where a group of you wrote the names of random famous people (sometimes objects or place names) on Post-It notes.  Each player then took it in turns to choose one of them from the pile, stick it on their forehead and ask a series of closed questions to establish who or what they were.

This was great fun, the questions themselves usually providing hilarity.  I remember a slightly inebriated team social event where a colleague asked, as her opening Question:

“Am I Fatima Whitbread?” 

That was always going to be a long, long guessing game.

Similar guesswork is often employed when trying to understand who we are or what makes other people tick, either as individuals or as part of a team.

We want to know:

  • Who is this person?
  • What drives or motivates them?
  • Can they be hired or promoted?
  • Why do they do that thing they do?
  • How can I get the best from them?
  • Can they work as part of a team?
  • What makes them think and feel the way they do?

Well thankfully these days we have tools and diagnostics to help you decide that.  We don’t have to guess what’s on or behind the Post-It.

Thomas International have accredited us to administer a range of tools from Personal Profiling (DISC) to 360 Feedback to Emotional Intelligence and many more.  With each of these we are able to help clients make informed decisions about people and not have to rely on guesswork or “gut feel”.

We currently work with an IT Company who needed to recruit the very best support manager to lead their team.  We devised a profile with them for the job/role then conducted assessments on a short list of candidates to reach some key decisions about who to hire.  This is never an exact science and candidates may not always exactly fit the profile you are looking for but in this case the tools allowed the company to probe and have honest conversations about the relative strengths and limitations of candidates before making a decision to hire them or not.

This saved them a lot of time, money and pain.

In many other situations we have helped individuals understand themselves better, achieving better outcomes and developing their leadership qualities.  We’ve also helped teams build better relationships, with team members appreciating their differences rather than creating conflict around them.

So, if you want to address people issues, put away the Post-its and take the guesswork out of the people-game.

Have a look at the range of tools we have here.  We provide a Free Consultation service to help you choose the tools you need.



No Guru are approved by Thomas International to administer their profiling and diagnostic tools.







Posted by John Drysdale
8th July 2016
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New Projects for Summer/Autumn 2018

It has been a really rewarding couple of weeks here at No Guru with new work and wonderful new clients added to our portfolio.

This week we met with the Senior Team at Irwell Valley Homes who have commissioned a project in support of their new brand. (more…)

No Guru now working with University of Huddersfield

Quarter 1 has started off with brilliant news, a newly commissioned programme of delivery for the University of Huddersfield to deliver ‘Strategic Thinking in Higher Education’ as part of an ambitious programme of development for Senior Managers. This leads to a recognised qualification from the Chartered Management Institute.  Head of Staff Development, Daniel Benton explains (more…)

Coaching for Results: Event with Professional Liverpool

We are delighted to be partnering with Professional Liverpool to deliver a FREE seminar on Monday 5th March (3pm to 5pm).

This explores the role of Coaching (and Mentoring) in helping staff deliver business results.  The session will be run by John Drysdale and will be a chance to find out how you can coach more effectively and perhaps consider a role in Coaching and Mentoring through our ILM Programmes.

To reserve your place click here. (more…)


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The Immortal Memory: Robert Burns

Address to The Liverpool Athenaeum  2nd February 2018

I was delighted to be asked by club President Sir David Maddison to deliver The Immortal Memory at The Athenaeum Burns evening which I attended with my wife Fiona. This is a huge honour for any Scot and I hope I did it justice.  Burns provides such a rich tapestry I found it a real challenge to be succint and speak in a way that would connect with the audience – I chose to set Burns against the universal themes we recognise today and in the challenges we face in uncertain times.  I hope you enjoy it.   JD


The Immortal Memory – Robert Burns 1759-1796

The Athenaeum 2nd Feb 2018

President, ladies and gentlemen, fellow proprietors and distinguished guests.  I am honoured to propose the Immortal Memory this evening.

To one Robert Burns who lived between 1759 and 1796.


Image Triage – be careful what you post

How to avoid public ‘shaming’

If you’ve ever read Jon Ronson’s book ‘Shamed’, you will know the devastating effect social media can have on people who have posted something stupid on the internet.

Ronson highlights the case of Justine Sacco (a director of corporate communications) who, before boarding an 11-hour flight from Heathrow to Cape Town, Tweeted to her 170 followers what she thought was a series of lighthearted, acerbic comments about her journey. (more…)

Across the great divide

Reworking of an earlier blog of mine, marking the 50th Anniversaries of the deaths of Martin Luther King (4/4/68) and Robert F Kennedy (6/6/68)

Let’s be kinder to each other 

There is a striking memorial in a park in Indianapolis.  It marks the spot where, in April 1968, Robert Kennedy told a waiting crowd that Martin Luther King had been shot and killed, before speaking from the heart and his own personal experience, that violence is never an answer to our grievances.  His calming words quelled the rioting that other cities endured in the days after Dr King’s death and, arguably, saved some lives that night.


The memorial itself is an arresting work of art.  (more…)