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

News

Direct Claim status for No Guru ILM Coaching Courses

We are delighted to announce that following a recent virtual visit by ILM we have been awarded Direct Claim Status for our Level 3, 5 and 7 Coaching Programmes.

This means that we can claim certificates for our learners without requiring further verification (more…)

Stay Connected, Keep Learning

With the current Corona Virus crisis I wanted to be able to reach out to my clients and our target audiences, to offer them something which helps them stay connected with others and secondly helps to sharpen the skills during this difficult period.

Many of you will be working from home for an extended period and for many of you this is a new experience.  So it’s really important that we use this time and immerse ourselves in some development time as well as focusing on key projects and those important but non urgent things that often get pushed to one side in the busy organisation. (more…)

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…)

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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.

More than that, I find it a privilege to work with people.  People that trust you enough to share their greatest challenges, dearest hopes, deepest fears and core beliefs about life. I can think of few professions in business that afford you such intimacy. I feel lucky and grateful each and every session I get to spend with my clients.

We provide opportunities for people to learn how to coach/mentor others through our ILM Programmes and I am always struck by the qualities of the people who go on that journey with us. I believe the topic of ‘coaching and mentoring’ attracts people who genuinely want to do good things; to help others and to make a difference. Over the years our learners have told stories of how their coaching/mentoring has made a real difference to the lives of others through:

  • Supporting people starting new businesses and ventures
  • Enabling Leaders to make difficult decisions
  • Helping people address deeply set and unhelpful beliefs about themselves
  • Changing people’s perspectives of situations in life and work
  • Addressing huge challenges and opportunities head on
  • Understanding and dealing with emotions
  • Listening to them (do not underestimate the power of giving someone a good listening to!)
  • Exploring options and possibilities in life and work
  • Creating a vision for themselves or their business
  • Identifying their ‘why?’ and what’s important to them

I really enjoy hearing their success stories and seeing their excitement in creating some form of breakthrough that has made a profound difference to someone. It is wonderful to see, hear and feel… And people need these sort of breakthroughs right now. With the pandemic and the uncertain economic and social outlook, people need your help.

So, what do you have to offer?  Can you be a coach or mentor? How could you make a difference?

Try answering the following questions:

  1. Why do you do what you do and what is your core purpose?
  2. What would be important to you in coaching or mentoring another individual?
  3. What sort of people would be in your ‘Target Audience’ i.e. Who would you really like to work with? Who could you most bring value to?
  4. What life/work/business skills and knowledge do you have and how could this best be shared?

These are key questions and you may need time to process them. But these are the kinds of questions we pose to our trainee coaches and mentors on our ILM Programmes. The course itself helps you to develop the skills and attributes to be an effective coach/mentor. And we show you best practice so that you too achieve the sort of breakthroughs described above.

I’m guessing if you are reading this that you have an interest in coaching or mentoring and perhaps asking the question, ‘Is it something I can do?’.  We have programmes starting in January 2021 and I would be delighted to talk to any aspiring coaches or mentors who want to take that next step but are perhaps a little unsure if they are ready.

The old army recruitment poster boldly stated, ‘Your country needs you’. I know there are many, many people in your network, workplace or business community right now; who are stuck, in need of inspiration, lacking motivation, facing dilemmas and unsure which way to turn. You could very well be the person who can make a profound change to all of that. If you are up for it, your business community needs you right now.

Are you the future professional coach or mentor?

John Drysdale

Tel: 07810 550746

john.drysdale@noguru.net

MD No Guru ltd

Our 2021 Programme starts Online on January 8th 2020. Get in touch to find out how you can join the class of 2021.

 

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…)