Our Clients Say

Formal Programmes

LEAD Programme 2009-2012: Leadership Skills for SME Sector:

As LEAD Programme Director I had responsibility for over-seeing the evaluation of the bids to deliver the LEAD programme in the Northwest of England from February 2009 to its close in March 2012. I was also responsible for monitoring and assessing the performance of all providers in their execution of the defined delivery framework and achievement of desired outcomes. In this respect, No Guru proved to be in the upper quartile of provider performance and were fully engaged in the programme and supportive of the wider provider network, adding their own insight to the development of leadership skills and to sharing their lessons learned for the benefit of all cohorts.

Ian Rigby, LEAD Programme Director

As part of our strategy of growth and realising the talent of our people, a core offering of our Academy was the development of ‘Future Managers’ for people we think have the ability to take the business forward in a Management role.  No Guru created the programme in 2011, which resulted in a 90% pass rate, a recognised ILM qualification, and some newly promoted managers. No Guru have understood our business, been flexible, and gone the extra mile to keep our people focused on achieving their goal. 

Neil Leonard, Director of HR Bibby Offshore

Workshops, Seminars, Short Courses

This was probably the best workshop I have ever attended. It was billed as an activity to explore group problem solving and it tested our powers of logic, verbal communication and team-working to the limits but was fun and relaxing too. Only a couple of people in my group knew each other well but we were all surprised at how quickly we learned to work together, establish common terminology necessary for the task and come up with a strategy to solve the problem. I don’t want to go into details about the task itself in case we manage to get John back to run the workshop for more staff members (it would really spoil it if you knew too much about it in advance). Suffice to say I never thought I’d learn so much by being blindfolded for 30 minutes! 

Complaints Handling Co ordinator
Edinburgh College

This course (Meaningful Appraisals) should be mandatory for all managers conducting appraisals 10/10.

Senior commercial manager
Bibby Offshore

 

 

 

Team Away Days

Just a small note from me to say a hundred thanks for your input and energy on our two CVD SCN away days. I think members engaged well and used this time productively to explore issues in the team and to develop strategies for moving forward. Both meetings were expertly facilitated and the team obviously benefited from having your input and creativity.

SCN Lead
NHS England (London Region)

Thanks again for a great away-day, we are still talking about it in the office and the learning we took away. 

Business Development Manager
Faraday Institute for Retail Excellence
Leeds Beckett University

Event was fabulous.  I have a mix within the team I manage and every single person has given positive feedback in relation to the day and the activities.  The surroundings of Peckforton obviously contributed to their high spirits, but we definitely returned to the office feeling better about one another so I cant really put a price on that.
Cheers for all your communications and arrangements John and thanks for a good team building experience.

Manager
Riverside Home Ownership

“Happy sheets”

“I would definitely recommend this course to someone who is not used to conduction appraisals”

Appraisal Course

“Overall an enjoyable day which has given me much to take away & think about. Some skills learned today can be transferred to day to day instructions, not just negotiations”

Negotiation & Influence Skills

“There was no real set agenda and being a very diverse group. John was able to quickly find a common theme for everyone to engage with.”

Problem Solving

“Best session I have been to for a while – would be great for team/project building”

“This session was excellent. Thought provoking, perfect content, action outcome!! Great pace, fabulous humour, engagement. Thank you”

Storytelling in the workplace

Fantastic session one of the best I have been to in ages well researched and well presented

Creative Solutions

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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…)