Elephants

When we started working together as Spring Leadership in 2013, one of our guiding principles evolved quickly –  ‘Work Hard and Be Nice to People’. It’s how we approached  all of our work, and it led to some fantastic collaborations and some great projects with interesting clients as a result. It’s surprising how powerful this mindset turned out to be.

However, being nice didn’t mean we did the ‘nice thing’ all the time. Delivering difficult or challenging messages comes with the territory for us. That elephant in the room? If we’re working on it with you, we won’t be afraid to introduce you. But when we do, we’ll always choose the right moment and make sure you have plenty of tools to overcome that big, grey beast. So, while it may not feel ‘nice’ to come face to face with the elephant, in the long run you’ll be pleased you did it. We find that business and individual development often involves facing up to a lot of elephants.

We nearly printed mugs with an elephant and ‘Work Hard and Be Nice to People’ on them, but that seemed a bit much.

Grit

As we grew, we considered what Spring Leadership offers that others don’t, and we got feedback that we’re able to create a special creative tension in how we work together and in our engagements with clients – which might be called the ‘Grit in the Oyster…’ We can usually find the particular issue or challenge you have, and help you use it (or deal with it) to help your team and business grow. We adapt and change too. We notice things. We find the touchpoints that will help. It means we’re never quite satisfied with the status quo or obvious answer – we wrestle continuously to find the pearls.

For example, on our Team Coaching programmes we know that people need to test out new behaviours in a work situation for change to actually happen, so we developed a modular approach to support and challenge individuals in the work situation as part of the process. This makes the learning and developing ‘live’ and part of day-to-day work.

We didn’t want to design and deliver a standard leadership programme either; we wanted it to be accredited and deliver significant ROI to our client. We spotted that some of our workshops were enthusiastically consumed but only transferred a limited amount of benefit directly into the workplace. So we adapted and changed them every time we delivered, refining and making them better as the programmes went on. The results speak for themselves.

That Grit also means we keep developing how we work with you, reaching out to people who can help us help you more effectively, or experts who might also be able to help your business grow.

We also have supervision from leading experts in the coaching world, to make sure we get significant support and challenge for ourselves, and so we’re well placed to support and challenge you.

 

Who are Spring Leadership?

Corine Hines

Back in 2010, when I was just starting my coaching journey, I spent six months working with a ‘mostly ignored’ Finance Manager (his words, not mine!). In that time, I saw him get a promotion and go from being an under confident manager to becoming a well-regarded Finance Director, happy to step up as a figurehead for the company.

I saw first-hand just how powerful this stuff can be.

Since then I’ve helped individuals make huge leaps forward – personal transformations that set them up for future success. And I’ve supported senior management teams to achieve significant breakthroughs, seeing real, bottom-line-busting results.

Our techniques change businesses for the better. And it’s an absolute privilege to be involved.

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Steve Lobley

I remember always being curious why business leaders and their businesses didn’t grow and develop as effectively as they could – and in line with their ambitions. It was a great puzzle – despite knowing what to do, nine times out of ten they couldn’t make the changes needed or make the right decisions to truly achieve the step changes required.

It led to a reshaping of my career from business adviser and mentor, using my 30 years in the corporate world, to launch myself into the world of coaching.

It also led to the mantra and Chinese Proverb  ‘it’s not the knowing that’s difficult, it’s the doing’, because that IS really what it’s all about after all…

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Steve Lobley

I remember always being curious why business leaders and their businesses didn’t grow and develop as effectively as I knew they could – and in line with their ambitions. It was a great puzzle – despite knowing what to do, nine times out of ten they couldn’t make the changes needed or make the right decisions to truly achieve the step changes required.

It led to a reshaping of my career from business adviser and mentor, using my 30 years in the corporate world to launch myself into the world of coaching.

It also led to the mantra ‘it’s not the knowing that’s difficult, it’s the doing’ because that IS really what it’s all about after all…

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