Why we do what we do

Do you know how People in Organisations want to achieve great results but often, for whatever reason, get stuck and frustrated?

Well, we remember what is was like working for some great managers and in great teams but also remember times when we weren’t managed well and worked in dysfunctional teams.  So we felt we needed to help others benefit from our experience and when people told us we were good at training and explaining things,  then we set about creating a training business that would make working life better and easier.

So that’s what we do.  We work with companies and organisation big and small to:

  • Create leaders that people will want to follow
  • Develop managers that deliver results
  • Build teams that work and play together
  • Help people cope with change and still deliver a great service

There are many things we can do if it involves people and teams but that is the essence, it’s about helping people to be better and have a better working life.

It’s not so much what we do that matters; it matters more to us what our clients and learners do after they have trained with us and what matters most is the results they get.

That is what matters and that is why we do it.



Leading in Learning: the most credible and trustworthy provider for developing people to thrive in a changing world.



To deliver what matters most; the results you get when you learn and develop with us.



Passion: we are fired up most when we see the results you get

Integrity: your business is our business and everything we do is done with our values and your values at the forefront

Excellence: quite simply it is about doing a great job for you




Our Promise

To help you enhance, accelerate and embed practical and creative Learning & Development solutions within your organisation, to deliver business results. We will not commit to anything that:
  • We cannot do to the highest standard
  • We feel will not help your business.

Our products and services

That we provide a range of events depending on what the customer needs. One size does not fit all. We provide everything from bespoke consultancy, to pick and mix (off the shelf) training to short condensed workshops. We also provide training and accreditation in coaching skills and leadership & management. What we want our customers to say: “Wow! More than I expected. They understand me, my company and what we want to achieve. That they listen and provide me with options and routes to make our lives easier, better, more productive. They have broken down training into meaningful language and make it easy to employ. They understand businesses like us”


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…)


John's Blog

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…)