Many thanks for visiting my website.We may have met at a networking event, or made contact via LinkedIn, and you are now looking to find out a bit more about what I do and how I do it.
I specialise in helping business owners get the best from their biggest investment – their people. How? Using a variety of coaching approaches that identify and release performance blocks, as well as energise and motivate people to perform at their best.
This website outlines several of the methods I use, as well as examples illustrating how I have used them. Inevitably, however, a website can only deliver so much.
If you need help with the performance of one of your people, just call me at the number below.
M: 07789 077 571
Cut to the chase … explore three ways to transform how your people perform
This may be you …
By necessity, most of this website is about me and what I can offer to help you, your people and hence your business. However, the most important person is you, the client.
So, what brings you here?
Perhaps you’ve come to appreciate that one (or more) of your employees needs some focus to support and challenge them to develop and contribute more to your business. You may be planning to give them a more senior role or it might simply be that they have a couple of areas that need improving to increase their contribution.
With so many urgent and conflicting demands on your time, you also appreciate that you cannot devote the structured time that this requires. You also see the advantages of engaging someone experienced in a wide variety of business situations who can bring an outside perspective.
You are looking for someone experienced in helping individuals overcome a huge range of performance challenges to give the best chance of achieving success with your employee.
Getting to the source of the issue
Often the source of the challenge is not obvious and requires some probing to uncover. I pride myself on being able to pinpoint the reason behind any difficulties and supporting the client to overcome them.
I often use the example of driving down the motorway and wanting to increase your speed. You could press the accelerator, but this probably results in more stress on the engine and transmission.
… Or you could release the handbrake.
That’s a great way of thinking about my approach to coaching. We are looking for the equivalent of the handbrake. One simple example of this is when someone has difficulties managing their time. If they believe their time is not valuable, no amount of training on the latest time-management techniques will result in any significant long-term improvement. Pinpointing the source of that belief and letting it go, will.
Just as you bring in your accountant to ensure you keep HMRC happy and your architect to design your new extension, bringing in a specialist to develop your people is a sensible investment, not only improving their contribution to your business but also reducing their stress and ensuring they stay with your business in the long-term.
It is worth remembering that the number one reason for leaving an organisation is an employee feeling they are not developing.
As a business owner, you will also appreciate that the most significant impact on the profitability of your business is not, in fact, a trusted employee leaving, although that is bad enough. More significant than that, is an employee who stays in the business but is no longer engaged/motivated to do his job. That impacts his or her performance and all the people around them.
So, if you’re feeling that it’s time to invest in your greatest asset, read on…
WHAT our clients (willingly) say about the work that we do.
“I have used Allan in two capacities. As a coach he has helped me to achieve major changes in my career and greater fulfilment in many aspects of my life. As a consultant his work with a large team of managers resulted in significant changes in their approach to their work and the contribution they made to the organisation. He is highly experienced, knowledgeable and skilful and a person of exceptional integrity.”
“Three sessions with Allan were enough to help me re-focus on those areas of greatest value to me professionally, and in turn personally. The structured process and guidance offered by Allan didn’t necessarily tell me anything I didn’t already know, but it did enable me to see the wood from the trees and plan the way forward in achievable, goal-orientated steps.”
“I have worked with Allan on many occasions and on many projects and expect to do so again soon. If I had to describe Allan’s approach in two words I’d say “critical friend” … in every sense of the word. Allan has proved to be vital during difficult times and has never been afraid to constructively challenge me and my team when necessary. High recommended!”
“Allan worked with our sales team right at the start of putting together our proposition and was excellent at ensuring we described our proposition in terms of benefits for our clients and not from our point of view. As with most start-ups, funding was an issue and I appreciated that we were not tied into many sessions-one session of three hours was enough to get us on the right track”
“We hired Allan to facilitate a team meeting in Bratislava. He worked with our management group and a selection of stakeholders beforehand and got a thorough understanding of the areas we needed to address. Through a mixture of practical light-hearted exercises and discussion about the learning we took from them, he helped us to bring about a permanent change in the way we view ourselves as a team and also significant progress in the effectiveness of our communications.
As well as his professionalism and skills, Allan is a really nice guy to work with. I recommend him wholeheartedly.”
“Working with Allan really allowed me to look at my business from a different angle. He believed in me, when sometimes I doubted myself. Allan has years of experience in business and can point you in the right direction. He will hold you accountable and will provide you with some tough love to get the best out of you and your business. Everything starts with mindset. Allan has not just been my business coach, but has become more like a friend. Thank you Allan for all your support.”