Understanding your needs

We appreciate the pressures you and your organisations are under to deliver results while making the best use of resources. That’s why we are keen to sit down with prospective customers to really look below the surface to find out what is really needed. So often “training” can be prescribed as an answer to business issues yet training in itself may not always be the answer.

You need someone who can challenge organisational thinking, to ask the BIG questions and support you in providing proposals for programmes that can really make a difference.

We really want to impress your stakeholders not just deliver some training courses. It’s about helping you with the big issues: performance, talent, leadership, team effectiveness, and staff engagement. All of them having an impact on the bottom line and the strategy of your organisation.

Our consultants are hugely experienced not just in delivery but in the whole L&D cycle of development.

Passion, Integrity, Excellence

Our values are Passion, Integrity and Excellence: we have a Passion for the big issues around people and team effectiveness, we only work on projects we feel we can add value to and continually strive for high standards and excellent feedback.

Please take a look at our success stories reflecting the broad range of services that we have delivered results for our clients

Success Story: Engage Web
Team away day alignment to strategy

Success Story: Wulvern Housing
Consultancy project development of behavioural framework

Success Story: Glendale Services
Design and delivery of management training programmes

Success Story: Riverside Housing
Leadership development and ILM Level 7 programme

Organisations come back to us again and again for repeat work because we work with them.  It’s not (just) about content... for us its about relationships but don’t just take our word for it:

Our clients say
If we sound like the sort of partner who can help you please feel free to call us now on 08448731226

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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…)

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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.

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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…)