"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.
Our latest leadership profile is of Kenny Wilson, CEO of Cath Kidston, the fast-growing ‘home of modern vintage’. Wilson has been running the company for five years and has just overseen its buyout by private equity group, Barings Asia. With a dual focus on performance and enjoyment, Wilson is an impressive leader who knows how to take his people with him. Read his full profile to follow his path from fast-rising star at big corporate Levi Strauss, to top man at Cath Kidston. Self-awareness, determination, commercial insight, ambition, quiet charisma – Wilson has it all. 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.
Read the latest post on our blog page
September 22nd was the Autumn Equinox this year, when we officially moved into autumn. With the end of the summer and the start of shorter days, you may be eager to find ways to resource yourself well during the winter ahead. Finding ways to shift yourself into a state of ‘flow’, or being ‘in the zone’, can be a highly effective way to regenerate. In our new blog post, Flow into Autumn, you can read about Alliance coach Ann Orton’s own experience of flow on an amazing sculpture course and pick up some tips on how to get into the zone and top up your batteries.
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
“And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter. And sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
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.