"As a coaching group you are completely different to any coaches we have worked with before – whatever you do, it works, you have a significant impact."
Group Head, City Law Firm
When you work with The Alliance, you work collaboratively with a high-performing team of experienced business coaches. We are committed to delivering bespoke, client-focused and values-oriented work that makes a positive impact. By offering active support, challenge and guidance, we enable people to tackle the business issues they face and to achieve sustainable change, and often far-reaching transformations. Using a coaching-based approach, we facilitate both personal growth and organisational development. As a result, our clients are able to access new ideas and solutions, unleash talent and generate progress on entrenched and even previously unspoken issues.
Read our latest leadership profile, featuring Richard Wilson, CEO of BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA). He took on the responsibilities of this role in 2013, when F&C was acquired by BMO and is relishing the challenge of his position. Read his full profile here.
The Alliance celebrates its 10th birthday throughout 2015!
This year we are marking the milestone of ten years as a successful coaching business. It feels like a significant moment, a testament to the foresight, commitment and professionalism of The Alliance’s founding members, most of whom are still very much part of the business. At our 100th meeting (a milestone in itself!), we reflected on some of the things we wanted to celebrate about The Alliance: see here for our Top Ten!
An afternoon with the Dalai Lama!
The Alliance were lucky enough recently to spend a long September afternoon in the company of the Dalai Lama, a distinguished collection of experts and activists on happiness, including Richard Davidson, Daniel Goleman, Suzy Greaves, Matthieu Ricard and Anthony Seldon - and a rapt audience of 2000 other people. In conversation with Lord Richard Layard, co-founder of Action for Happiness, who ran the event, His Holiness roamed engagingly across a host of topics from loving kindness and compassion to secular ethics, to the need to nurture in ourselves a sense of global responsibility. While the subjects were fascinating, even more inspirational was his simple presence and his face, smooth, unlined, wise, joyful and at times, if it's not too irreverent to say so, even cheeky! A special moment was witnessing the Dalai Lama on stage with three school children, all of them seeming relaxed and natural in a simple human interaction, the giving and receiving of a gift, and the image of one of the most spiritual beings on earth enfolding them in a genuine and enormous hug. A day that doesn't happen to most of us very often, and one to be savoured.
Courting success: game, set & match to Johanna Konta & Juan Coto
Leadership and executive coaching have long drawn on the techniques and insights of sports psychology: after all, both sports and business are often about holding your nerve, staying true to yourself and playing to your strengths. Bringing the two disciplines beautifully together is Alliance coach Juan Coto, a trained mental toughness and resilience expert. Juan has been working with rising tennis star Johanna Konta and their collaboration has been paying off: in a remarkable journey through the tournament, Johanna played her way to the fourth round of the US Open, finally being beaten by two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova. Congratulations to Johanna and Juan and good luck for the next tournament! If you'd like to read more, the papers are full of this good news story: to set the ball rolling, you might like to check out the coverage in The Guardian or The Telegraph and listen to Juan's BBC Radio interview.
Food for Thought
“To deal with pressure you need to make sure that the landscape that everyone lives in and on is solid and sound and has got a blood flow through it that nourishes everyone powerfully. If you neglect nourishing who you are, where you come from and what you are about then you just become a team that operates skin deep; we have to be a team that operates bone deep.”
Gilbert Enoka, mental skills coach for The All Blacks rugby team
Charity of the Year
As part of our ethos of wanting to give back and to make a broader contribution to the community, since 2011, we have chosen a charity to support every year, through a combination of fundraising, donations and direct support such as the volunteering of our time. Our chosen charity for this year is The Forgiveness Project – if you would like to make a donation, you can do so here.