"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
We're not content with the status quo.
Our intent is to leave people and businesses better than they were before: higher performing; more resourceful and resilient; more fulfilled and fit for purpose. We partner with organisations, business leaders, teams and individuals who are open-minded and curious: for them, and us, the status quo is never an option. Our clients want to step up a gear and are ready for transformation. We invest the time to go deep and really understand our clients’ business needs and cultures; we encourage and inspire businesses to ask the questions and have the conversations that matter; we help our clients embed new practices; we facilitate connections and act as a bridge to fresh external perspectives. As a result, our clients clear their view and overcome the barriers to change, helping them create high performing organisations full of people who love their work and who know how to flourish, even under pressure.
Read our latest leadership profile, featuring Andy Rhodes, Deputy Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary. Rhodes is not your typical policeman. He is as fascinated by people development within the force as he is committed to values-based behaviours and effective guardianship out on the streets. Having got wellbeing firmly onto the police agenda, Rhodes now wants to develop a culture that’s more able to deal with conflict in a purposeful way, where people can have meaningful conversations without blame. To find out about his interest in psychology and the charity he has founded to raise resilience in schools, read his full profile. Also see our full list of Leadership Profiles.
The EU Referendum: Brexit - what next?
The UK has voted to leave the European Union. Whether you’re shocked or pleased, this result is likely have an impact on every major business in the UK and many further afield. Alliance client, Pinsent Masons, conducted research just weeks ahead of the vote that showed most businesses were not prepared for the impact of a ‘leave’ vote. So what are the first steps you should take, now that Brexit is a reality? Check out the Pinsent Masons website for their view on what you might need to do now.
... And it ended with three little words
In her previous post, Linda Feerick described how we start our Alliance meetings, highlighting why we think the beginning of a meeting is critical. Well, we also think the ending is important too: read Linda’s latest post to discover how we bring our meetings to an energising close. Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve telling your colleagues you love them! It does involve reflecting hard on what you have appreciated about them and their contributions and on what you’re taking away from the discussions. As well as a positive start, effective meetings have a definite and uplifting ending: read Linda’s new post and then try it for yourself.
It Started With A Kiss ...
What does Desert Island Discs have to do with coaching, kissing and effective meetings? Read Linda Feerick’s blog post on our recent Alliance team meeting and find out! (Be warned: one of those items may be an arresting red herring …). Discover how sharing positive beginnings with your colleagues can become a source of competitive advantage and why getting to know your team better is key to raising performance. Learn how to use Positive Beginnings to kick off your meetings more productively as well as more enjoyably and to generate trust, creativity and great decisions. What have you got to lose?
Food for Thought
“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”
Picture credit: our very own Alliance artist-in-residence, Linda Woolston!
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.