"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 Bottom Line: Lonely at the top?
You may have heard Evan Davis’ recent R4 programme The Bottom Line: Lonely at the Top?, which profiled executive coaching. If not, it’s well worth a listen! We enjoyed the thoughtful discussions of the client–coach/mentor relationship, the need for commitment, the power of perspective, the importance of having a peer relationship, development coaching rather than remedial ‘fixing', and the value of the coach/mentor’s experience and know-how. As might be expected from a team of executive coaches, we have our own views on these issues – see our blog post for Alliance coach Ann Orton’s take on the matter.
It Started With A Kiss ...
What does Desert Island Discs have to do with coaching, kissing and effective meetings? Read Linda Feerick’s 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?
Pinsent Masons Named Law Firm of the Year at Legal Business Awards
Many congratulations to our client Pinsent Masons, who have just won the coveted title of Law Firm of the Year in the 2016 Legal Business Awards! Richard Foley, the firm’s Senior Partner, previously featured on our Leadership Profiles page, reflected on the achievement, ‘The recognition we're achieving demonstrates the strides we're making in establishing a market leading position in our core sectors. Our international expansion, fresh thinking approach and careful investment in our people and sectors are what our clients really value, and it is listening and working collaboratively with them that enables us to continue moving forward.’
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.