Training to meet your challenges

Thank you for visiting our page. We are your specialist for training, learning and development. Whether it’s a formal qualification from ILM, a team building event or you want to train or develop staff in new found skills, we think you have found the right partner.

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It’s possible you’ve come to us to address some current challenges or opportunities in your organisation.  To do that you may be thinking of the skills, attitudes and behaviours your people will need to deliver on those.  So you may be looking for someone to help with training or developing them.

With additional pressure to do more … with less, it’s more important than ever that you have a workforce that leads, manages and performs to excellent standards.

Organisations like yours want to train and develop your people to:

  • Stand out as great leaders and managers
  • Create teams that deliver on objectives
  • Enhance “engagement” in the workplace
  • Deliver better service or sell more products and services
  • Motivate, retain and coach your key staff

So, you’ll need someone who doesn’t just deliver generic training but can quickly absorb themselves in your organisation, your strategic aims and the challenges you face.

And we think you will appreciate someone who listens to what you want; not gives you what they think you need.

How we can help you

You’ll want to work with people who have a track record of delivery and working in partnership with organisations just like yours. No Guru are the external training partner for a number of organisations and over the last 10 years have worked with:
  • British Gas & British Gas Business
  • Warburton’s
  • Leeds NHS
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • University of Leeds
  • Huddersfield University
  • Bibby Offshore
  • Riverside Housing
  • Wulvern Housing
And many more; from large Public Sector and Blue Chip companies to a diverse range of SME’s we’re proud to be the partner of choice for training and development. We've had the privilege to develop leadership and teamwork across a variety If this sounds promising, why not have a look at some case studies in working with us and what we do. Equally, please feel free to call us to talk about any potential requirements you have.  We’ll be glad to help.


Can I Coach the Team?

20 Questions to enhance Teams

‘Can you do something with my team?’

‘What seems to be the problem?’

‘Well morale is really terrible, nobody seems to care about working here and we have lots of conflict’

‘So can I ask, what have you done to them?’

A not untypical conversation whenever I get asked to facilitate a Team Day, sometimes called an ‘away day’ or ‘teambuilding’ event.  Whilst I may be a bit harsh on the leader in this scenario, I do think that this kind of ‘state’ within the team is not a natural one. Something must have happened (or not happened), to create it. (more…)

Do you have time to think?

One of my ILM coaching delegates recently recalled a coaching session they had with a client. ‘I didn’t seem to do much, in fact I felt a bit of a fraud’, they said.

When I asked them to expand on this, they explained that (more…)

Am I a Coach or a Mentor?

We’ve been training coaching and mentoring for quite a few years now and this question always pops up, ‘What’s the difference between coaching and mentoring?’  In fact it’s one of the questions you need to answer if you want to (more…)


John's Blog

Why be a coach or mentor?

… your business community needs you

I am a little biased but I love both coaching and mentoring.  I used to enjoy being the ‘trainer’ which satisfied the performer in me but as I get older there is something that I find deeply satisfying in being a coach or mentor (we will touch on the difference between the two in a later blog).

More than that, I find it a privilege to work with people.  (more…)

Speaking Truth to Power

For those afraid of speaking …

(But) TED is a tough, pressured, hugely stressful gig, even for experienced public speakers, and I’m not that. Standing in the wings waiting to go on, I told the stage manager that my heart was racing uncontrollably and in an act of great kindness, she grasped both my hands and made me take breath after breath. And what you don’t see in the video – deftly edited out – is the awful, heart-stopping moment when I forgot a line, followed by another act of collective kindness, a spontaneous empathic cheer as I composed myself and found my cue. “That’s when the audience came onside,” an attendee told me. “You were human. That’s when you won them over.”  Guardian April 2019


This from Carole Cadwalladr, a journalist at the Guardian who has in this last year investigated the role of tech corporations and their platforms in influencing the workings of our democracy.  What makes her TED talk so compelling is because here she is facing those very same technology giants on their turf.  And speaking truth to power.


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…)