What We Do2019-11-13T11:39:12+00:00

What We Can Do For You

ThinkingBetter & Delivering Results

We are transformation partners that provide coaching to individuals, teams and businesses to be the best they can be.

4 WAYS YOU CAN BE THINKINGBETTER

CUSTOMISED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES & COACHING

We have a range of solutions for you and your team, our set, proven programmes are tailor-made to suit your business. So whether it is leadership, team engagement, planning or problem solving – we have a solution for you.

WHOLE COMPANY DIGITAL PROGRAMMES

NEW to 2019, we are proud to announce the development of digital solutions – a series of world class online, video-led training programmes that enable quick and easy whole company roll-out.

COACHING AND CONSULTANCY

After initial contact with us we like to get to know your ‘current state’, be that your teams, project, business or personal goals.

Our approach, whatever we do, follows the same effective process : we ‘understand’ what is happening today, we work with you to help ‘simplify’ the issues and challenges, and then we work with you to help you develop new strategies and habits that will ‘inspire’ you and your teams into action and deliver great results.

That process is normally looked after by one of our team of ‘coaches’ or ‘consultants’. All of our team are very experienced in their respective fields but all share a common passion for making our ‘thinking’ the very foundation of anything we help you do – that way whatever your ‘it’ is we help you unlock your potential, capitalise on your strengths, and help you realise you potential …and enjoy the journey getting there.

What you won’t find with our approach is a mechanism of making you ‘reliant’ on us – in fact our philosophy is the exact opposite – we want you to become your strength, and over time you become your own ‘coach’. Sure we will always be there if you need us – and we love to hear how great things are going – but the ‘inspire’ part of our process is key here. You won’t need us to ‘motivate’ you … success for us is that we have helped you discover your own inner ‘inspiration’.

After our initial contact and early meetings and visits, we will prepare for you an honest assessment of where we think you are, what things you can do, what we recommend you could get outside help to do, and where that help is something we consider ourselves to be the very best at – we will make some recommendations as to how we can help. Then it’s up to you – you have a good understanding of where you are, we will have focused on and simplified the future path, and we will make recommendations, based on our own industrial experience to help you become ‘inspired’.

We’d love to help you along the way.

KEYNOTE SPEECHES, WORKSHOPS AND MASTERCLASSES

Looking for an engaging keynote speaker or someone to deliver an interesting and thought provoking masterclass to your team? Look no further than Ian Travers, discover more about his experience and watch him in action here.

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