China – Liverpool Partnership Leadership Development

No Guru are proud to present a brand new programme to create partnerships between our city of Liverpool and China, by offering leadership training to Chinese businesses and organisations.

We are a leading provider of Leadership and Management training based in Liverpool, England and have over 20 years of working to develop people in large corporations, government agencies, small or medium sized businesses and start up businesses.

All our programmes are designed to meet the needs of the organisation or sector and we work with you to make sure that Leadership and Management Skills can be applied to deliver business results.

We can provide everything from 1 day courses to longer programmes and some of these can easily be linked to existing qualification frameworks to provide certification of learning.

No Guru have “lifetime approval” from the Institute of Leadership & Management (part of the City and Guild Group London).

We are also providers and partners to Leeds Beckett University and Carnegie Great Outdoors and we can offer programmes based on “experiential learning” and using the outdoors and nature to develop leadership skills.

The Leadership Programme for Chinese Business Leaders

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. Lao Tzu

This is a 5-day programme that develops leaders to equip them for the challenges faced by organisations and businesses.

  • Leadership Theory for Today
  • Leading & Motivating Your People
  • Self Leadership
  • Problem Solving, Creative Thinking & Innovation
  • Decision Making for Leaders


This is a 5 day event in the heart of Liverpool, a programme that will inspire you and give you confidence to lead in today’s business environment.

The programme is a mixture of theory, discussions, experiential activities and diagnostics to give you new insights into the role of the leader and how to become the most effective of leaders.

You will have time to experience many of the sights and sounds that make Liverpool one of the best cities in the UK to visit.  We will also host specific events to meet your fellow delegates and our cities business leaders in informal surroundings.

Delegates will all receive a copy of our Thomas International Personal Profile to highlight their Leadership Skills in the business and organisational context.



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

Coaching: Deep Impact

This week I had the chance to attend a seminar at the Leeds Coaching Network featuring renowned coach, writer and speaker Julie Starr.  You may be familiar with some of Julie’s work including; ‘The Coaching Manual’, ‘The Mentoring Manual’ and ‘Brilliant Coaching’ and the session was everything you expected it to be. (more…)

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…)