Because outstanding leadership doesn’t just happen
We offer world-class executive leadership coaching in London and the UK to C-suite executives, senior leaders and entrepreneurs who are ready to take their leadership to the next level. Delivered face-to-face or virtually.
As a leader or C-Suite executive, you face with relentless challenges that stretch you to your limits and require you to bring your very best. Leaders are expected to be ‘always on’, delivering outstanding strategic and operational results whilst being able to switch tasks and deliver on multiple complex projects at once.
Often, a leader has few trusted people they can turn to, but a lot of people who want something from them. In short, leadership can be incredibly lonely.
Coaching takes leaders out of the busyness of their day-to-day roles and offers invaluable time and space to pause, reflect and think deeply and strategically about their behaviour, motives and impact.
Our coaches work with every leader and team at a psychologically deep level to create sustainable, meaningful change for the better.
Who we work with
We work with executives like you in London and across the UK, both face to face and online, to tackle a range of complex, demanding issues, including:
Your vision, values and ability to create meaningful, sustainable results.
How to lead effectively in an increasingly volatile, uncertain and complex world.
How to get the very best out of your people.
The competing demands on your time, attention and skillset.
The skills needed to be an innovative, strategic, adaptable, resilient and genuinely inspiring leader.
TYPICALLY, ORGANISATIONS APPROACH US FOR
LEADERSHIP COACHING FOR FOUR REASONS:
Leaders who are valuable but at risk of derailing
Many operationally brilliant leaders we work with need specialised support to lessen the impact of their dark side tendencies or build key leadership skills such as feedback, how to nurture high potentials, or leading through a climate of fear and control. We understand the psychology underpinning a lot of poor leadership behaviours and tackle the root, not just the outward symptoms.
Those who are high potentials
Coaching offers high-potential individuals space and support to develop the skills required to make the transition from being a great contributor to being an effective leader of others.
Newly hired or promoted leaders
Coaching can help new leaders navigate the initial learning curve and the psychologically
daunting task of working at the next level.
To support leaders who are managing change
Change is inevitable, but it’s also incredibly stressful.
Intense stress – whether because of a restructure, the pressures of balancing work and home or a global pandemic – takes its toll on our psychological, physical and emotional wellbeing and resilience. Coaching gives you space to decompress and process so you can bring your very best.
8 WAYS WE ARE DIFFERENT
Organisations often want to send a ‘troubling’
Individual for coaching, without considering that the culture of the organisational system might be troubled itself.
We won’t agree to coaching an individual executive
or leader if we feel that it’s being requested as a substitute for a systemic intervention – but we may offer both coaching and consultancy side by side.
WE LOOK BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL SYSTEM
You cannot simply buy our coaching; it’s a two-way
commitment, and we won’t agree to coaching one of your leaders if we feel the root of the issue lies elsewhere
or if the leader isn’t ready to be coached.
WE RUN AN INITIAL
DIAGNOSTIC PHASE BEFORE
ANY COACHING HAPPENS
Coaching will challenge and stretch you. Because of that, sometimes it isn’t the right intervention at the right time. We apply what the scientific research shows, which is that readiness to change is a critical component of successful coaching, and assess for this in every initial Chemistry Session.
WE ASSESS FOR READINESS TO CHANGE
Coaching is ultimately about change and transformation. That can mean internal shifts in how people perceive the challenges they’re facing – and it can also mean decisions are made that change the course of people’s lives.
If you send one of your leaders to us for coaching, you need to be prepared for both outcomes. Our business leadership development and leadership performance coaching programmes are tried, tested and deliver proven results, some of which might be unexpected. We believe that if a decision is right for the individual, it’s ultimately right for the business too.
WE MAKE IT CLEAR FROM THE OFFSET THAT THE OUTCOME OF THE COACHING MAY BE THAT PEOPLE LEAVE
In a world of same-day delivery, it’s tempting to look for easy answers and ways to change as effortlessly as possible. We believe in the power good coaching has to create massive results, but we will never tell you this can be achieved overnight. That’s why our minimum length of commitment is 6 months (although in most cases, we recommend a 12 month commitment).
Real change comes from within: from reflecting, processing, taking personal responsibility and deeply understanding the root cause of why you operate in the way you do.
WE RESIST THE 'QUICK-FIX' CULTURE AND THE LURE OF EASY ANSWERS
Coaching is an unregulated industry. Anyone can do a
two-day certificate and call themselves a coach, but that doesn’t mean they have the skills or expertise to lead coachees into and through challenging psychological and emotional territory that real change demands. Too often this results in surface-level interventions that do not tackle the psychology that drives human behaviour.
Our coaches are either trained psychologists or psychotherapists and have been through rigorous training that enables them to hold the space with
professionalism and skill.
WE WORK AT A DEEP PSYCHOLOGICAL LEVEL - AND OUR COACHES HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO DO SO
In coaching, you’ll explore the feelings, fears, drivers and unconscious assumptions that shape who you are as a leader – but your coach will also be able to offer you practical, applicable insight and support to help you achieve high-performance on a day-to-day basis.
WE BRING BUSINESS EXPERTISE ALONGSIDE PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL UNDERSTANDING
We know we are not neutral. To coach is a highly
privileged position that comes with its own form of power and influence. Because our coaches are clinically trained, they’ve been through the rigorous process of
self-reflection required to make sense of their own hidden drivers, motivations and potential to exploit their role. Confidentiality forms the backbone of every coach-coachee relationship, and we undertake regular supervision in order to provide a rigorous,
WE RESPECT YOU AND WE RESPECT OUR ROLE