Type of Project: Talent Management through forma ILM L7 Programme

Riverside are one of the largest providers of social housing in the UK and they approached No Guru in late 2011 to see if we would partner with them to deliver an ILM Level 7 Diploma Programme to senior managers identified through an assessment centre as “talent”.

The Diploma is a hugely ambitious undertaking for candidates alike and we identified units of learning relevant to the organisation so that it would:

  • Equip managers with tools and skills to progress in the organisation
  • Help to retain talent within the organisation
  • Support them in addressing challenges presented in the sector; welfare reform, mergers and acquisitions etc
  • Allow them to take on specific projects and secondments to address come of the challenges

In delivering the programme we tried to find new ways to weave together classroom sessions with experiential and other elements such as:

  • Princes Trust Volunteering
  • Leadership Cafes with senior leaders
  • Cohort Projects eg Charity Fundraising And CSR elements
  • Off site visits eg Jaguar Land Rover to explore lean process and methodologies
  • The programme was delivered in partnership with Riverside from January 2012 completing in early 2015.

Riverside Housing


The programme became “RISE” and has ben instrumental in pushing forward the strategy for talent within Riverside.  


  • 9 out of 10 members of cohort achieving ILM L7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership & Executive Management
  • Evidence of cohort members being seconded to business critical projects

We held the graduation ceremony in the surroundings of the Liverpool Athenaeum and graduates were presented their Diploma by Carol Matthews who expressly thanked No Guru for their work with Riverside.

"We approached No Guru to help us as part of our RISE talent management programme, to equip senior managers to address challenges such as welfare reform and ensuring the viability of the organisation. Our experience of No Guru is that they put the needs of the client and the learners first and are very flexible. I have worked closely with them to develop the ILM Level 7 Strategic Leadership & Executive Management qualification for RISE. Through thorough pre-project planning they have made this process very easy and the work delivered has been to a high standard. I would recommend No Guru as a provider to any organisation."

Richard Bell
Learning and Development Partner Riverside Housing


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

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…)