Why We Nearly Bought New Mugs

When we started working together as Spring Leadership, back in 2013, our guiding principle was ‘Work Hard and Be Nice to People’ – it’s how we treat everyone we come into contact with, and it’s led to some fantastic collaborations and clients.

But being ‘nice’ doesn’t mean we don’t do the right thing. Delivering difficult or challenging messages comes with the territory. That elephant in the room? We won’t be afraid to introduce you. But when we do, we’ll always choose the right moment and we’ll make sure you have plenty of tools in your arsenal 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 nearly printed mugs with Work Hard and Be Nice to People on, but that seemed a bit much.

The Grit in the Oyster

Later we considered what Spring Leadership offers that others don’t, and we realised we have a special tension between us (resulting in many a robust discussion!) which we called the Grit in the Oyster. It means we’re never quite satisfied – we wrestle with issues to find the pearls.

For example, we didn’t want to design and deliver any old leadership programme; we wanted it to be accredited and deliver significant ROI to our client. But then we spotted that some workshops were enthusiastically consumed only to transfer a limited amount of benefit directly into the workplace. We realised that people need to test out new behaviours in a work situation for change to actually happen, so we developed an in-house, online modular approach. Now we make the learning ‘live’ and part of the day-to-day. And the results speak for themselves.

That Grit means we keep developing how we work with you, reaching out to people who can help us help you even better, 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 watched him go from being softly spoken and under confident to 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 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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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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