WHO WE ARE
Stephen’s book, “The Art of Listening in Coaching and Mentoring” was published in June 2019. As a coach, he has long been fascinated by the power of listening; by how it was always necessary and often sufficient, to make the breakthroughs that his clients want. He went looking for a robust, rigorous exploration of listening and found that none existed… and he decided to fill the gap.
Stephen now speaks at events and runs workshops on listening for both leaders and coaches. He believes that all good leaders listen well but that skill is often undervalued. He found through his research that great coaches often have little technique, other than the ability to listen deeply and fully. His goal is to help individuals, teams and organisations become more effective and successful through developing their listening. He helps them hone their skills, be fully attentive and deeply curious about others, and tackle the habits and systems that get in the way of good listening.
Stephen is a husband and father, and his family help him notice when his listening wavers. He performs jazz guitar and improvised comedy and plays tennis with great enthusiasm but less technique.
One of the first things you notice about Sarah is her presence, energy and the quality of her attention. Her listening starts with the physical and moves into stillness – what does she sense? What does she see? What’s in the room? Her ability to use her whole self to listen and challenge what is below the surface brings depth and solidity to what and how individuals and groups learn.
She traces her commitment to attention and awareness back to her research and experience in conflict and how communities manage change, or don’t.
Sarah grounds her work in her practice of Transactional Analysis, fascination with how different cultures work, and ongoing geeky interest in the law and international relations. Sarah manages the unlikely feat of working from this foundation with lightness, energy and a sense of fun so that her clients are able to learn and embrace their challenges.
Sarah loves learning to accept being bad at surfing and golf. People in her life say she’s also a great parent and a great friend.
David brings deep focus and creativity to his listening. The search for meaning and truth is integral to his work as an actor, director and coach. He knows that listening is the only way to uncover them. Using this rare mix of theatre and business experience, David creates techniques which boost the quality and insightfulness of his clients’ listening. This means they have a deeper awareness of what is really going on when they are in a dialogue with another person.
He is highly skilled at breaking good listening down into simple, repeatable steps that people can integrate into how they lead and collaborate. This means that they walk away having experienced great listening and know precisely how to keep improving.
For 15 years, David has been working at board level with multi-national clients throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. He has a degree from the University of St Andrews and a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Acting from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. When not working with clients, David divides his time between being a homemaker and directing plays.
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“Being heard is so close to being loved that for
the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.”
If you would like to talk about developing your listening as a leader or about how we might work with your team or group, get in touch