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.
It is now my pleasure to introduce the concept of Performance Intelligence: the missing link to make sense of the fact that some people with high levels of Emotional Intelligence, struggled when faced with the financial crisis of 2008.
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.