About Me

I make no excuses in saying
I love what I do!

Over the last 20+ years I have coached a wide variety of senior CEO’s, leaders and teams across many sectors of the business world, as well as teams and elite performers within the professional sports world.

My clients in the sports world have included the Great Britain rowing and diving teams, the England cricket team and professional football teams including Middlesbrough, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. It was my time in the sports world that gave me the chance to begin to understand the insecurities of the Elite Performer.

My clients tell me that my expertise lies in providing them with focused, objective and challenging insights and support that helps them unlock the behaviours required to reach their full potential. They also tell me that they know right from the start that I am hugely passionate about enabling them to succeed. This often gives them the encouragement and confidence to push themselves that little bit further and start achieving what they have only ever dared dream about.

I completed a masters degree in the Science of Sports Coaching, back in 1994 at the University of Sheffield, and it was my head of department who suggested I set up my first business. I duly did and have worked for myself ever since.

I still have a passion for learning and want to learn from as many different sources as possible to ensure I am best placed to help my clients. This has led me to complete courses in disciplines such as psychosynthesis and The Gottman Marriage Lab (read Blink! by Malcolm Gladwell – Gottman was the guy who can sit with a married couple for 15 minutes and predict to a 95% accuracy whether or not they will be married in 7 years time!). The power of taking these learnings into the board rooms around the world is huge.

Back in 2008 I wrote my first book (The Handbook for Exceptional People) which was published by Macmillan and it climbed to the No 1 spot on iTunes.

Working with Jez has been an enriching experience
Jez added significant value to our business
I would highly recommend Jez to any CEO to develop their skills
I highly recommend Jez if you are willing to address the core issues that are preventing you from excelling both personally & professionally

Performance Intelligence

Having a clear picture of what is really going on for any individual, team or organisation is key for delivering High Performance. I have developed a rapid technique to identify the real gap between perception and reality, a very reflective well-lit mirror for people to see this gap, and the tools to be able to shorten the distance between the two. This is key when working with teams, and individuals on a 1:1 basis,  as they explore the realities of the dynamics that exist in their given worlds.  It is also invaluable when assessing potential new recruits joining a team or organisation, as well as the overall effectiveness of  any given team. What you will get here is a clear picture of what is really going on, an understanding as to perhaps why this exists, as well as a roadmap to make any desired changes.

Behaviour Change

In many situations High Performers are allowed to get away with sometimes questionable behaviours.  The cost of this remaining un-noticed or ignored can often outweigh the perceived benefit such individuals bring.  Helping these High Performers and organisations in dealing with these behaviours, to help the ‘leopard to change their spots’, is huge. Yes it is hard work, yet it is achievable and sustainable. I have developed a process that enables people to face into the reasons that sit behind their behaviours and move to exploring different desired patterns of behaviour. The old behaviours can always be accessed but the real skill comes through people choosing the new behaviours instead.

Grounded Confidence

There is a big difference between those who have it and those who just pretend to.   More importantly everyone can see it the moment they walk in the room. Enabling leaders to walk with a real Grounded Confidence, with the gravitas to support it, creates a solid platform from which to engender High Performance in others as well as developing a new level of trust. The Grounded Confidence course enables leaders to explore where they are currently at, as well as the barriers that get in the way.  They are then able to work within a small group to develop new ways of doing things that continually pushes the envelope. By the end of the course you have a group of leaders who are aware of the things that get in the way of their own performance as well as equipping them with the tools and techniques to lead and influence others to be High Performing.

Elephant In The Room

In many teams or organisations there is often a topic, issue, problem (or person!) that everyone knows exists but is never talked about in open forum for fear of all sorts of consequences. Having the ability to get this subject on the table and discussing it without fear can be the key to unblocking the path to High Performance. I have developed a tool to enable these discussions to take place without the negative emotions getting in the way and messing things up.

 


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