Speaker Bio

John Blakey

John is committed to helping organisations and CEOs achieve their goals by relying upon the power of trust rather than trusting in power.

In 2016, he published ‘The Trusted Executive’ which was shortlisted as the Chartered Management Institute book of the year and led to John being named as a top 100 thought leader in trust by Trust Across America. John’s prize-winning research on trust at Aston Business School has been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, The Huffington Post and on the BBC’s ‘Daily Politics’ programme.

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John’s keynote speaker sessions and workshops draw upon his experience as a former FTSE100 international managing director, highly successful entrepreneur and executive coach to over 120 CEOs/MDs from 22 different countries. His previous book, ‘Challenging Coaching’, co-authored with Ian Day, was inspired by his executive coaching work with Team GB and England sports coaches in rowing, diving, shooting and cricket. Five years after its publication, ‘Challenging Coaching’ remains one of the best-selling leadership books in the UK.

He has presented at conferences such as the International Coach Federation Global Conference (2012), the NHS Coaching Summit (2012 keynote), the Aston MBA Speaker Series (2013 and 2014), the World Business and Executive Coaching Conference (2014), the HP Americas Sales Leadership Summit (2014) and the Marriott Hotels bigTALK series (2014).

Qualifications:

  • BSc
  • MSc (Information Systems)
  • MBA
  • PCC credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation
  • Currently researching for a doctorate in business administration (DBA) with Aston Business School

Accredited speaker – Q4 2015-16

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The Trusted Executive

Participants will leave armed with a clear action plan to build on their trust-building strengths and overcome weaknesses at both an individual and organisational level. Attendees will leave the workshop inspired and equipped to immediately apply and practice new leadership habits.

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The Trusted Executive: Nine leadership habits that inspire results, relationships and reputation

“Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” – Stephen R. Covey

Overview:

Many of us are tired of reading in the media about one business scandal after another. Trust in business leaders is at a low ebb; undermining performance, damaging relationships and destroying reputations. A new breed of executive will regain our trust by stepping up to a broader, braver role in the world and mastering essential trust-building habits.

This workshop will help attendees anticipate the trust-building challenge through focusing upon the three pillars and nine habits of trustworthy leadership. Based on his prize-winning doctoral research and acclaimed book, ‘The Trusted Executive’, John will give participants the road map they need to create strategy for building trust in themselves and their companies.

Participants will review the broader purpose of their business, learn the trust formula (trustworthiness = ability x integrity x benevolence) and understand why this formula inspires results, relationships and reputations in a digital, globalised world where nothing can be hidden. They will then move on assess their own trust habits using the unique ‘trust quotient’ TQ questionnaire. This questionnaire assesses leaders against the following nine habits:

Ability

  • Deliver
  • Coach
  • Be Consistent

Integrity

  • Be Honest
  • Be Open
  • Be Humble

Benevolence

  • Evangelise
  • Be Brave
  • Be Kind

Finally, participants will leave armed with a clear action plan to build on their trust-building strengths and overcome weaknesses at both an individual and organisational level. Attendees will leave the workshop inspired and equipped to immediately apply and practice new leadership habits.

By the end of the session attendees will:

  • Have new, practical skills to enable them to build trust immediately upon return to the workplace.
  • Be confident to share the trust formula with others and explain how this is critical to the sustainable performance of individuals and organisations in a 21st century business context.
  • Develop a personal action plan based on their learning in the session.
  • Receive a copy of the acclaimed book ‘The Trusted Executive: Nine leadership habits that inspire results, relationships and reputation’ and have access to a library of web-based resources and tools.

Approach:

The workshop will be dynamic and interactive with a variety of tools used to accelerate the learning eg. video clips, group exercises, personal anecdotes and proven psychological models. Case studies will be drawn from the facilitator’s own business career, together with his executive coaching work with CEOs and elite sports coaches in cricket, rowing, diving and target shooting. Attendees will be challenged to stretch out of their comfort zones, whilst being supported by the experienced facilitation skills of one of the leading executive coaches in the UK.

Challenging Coaching

John will challenge attendees to stretch out of their comfort zones, whilst being supported by the experienced facilitation skills of one of the leading executive coaches in the UK.

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Challenging Coaching: Going beyond traditional coaching to face the FACTS

Overview:

Executive coaching is an integral part of leadership development with over 80% of organisations using coaching. Coaching is rated more highly than business school programmes, is better value for money and is likely to result in sustained behavioural change. So how do business leaders apply coaching skills as a management style in a way that creates sustainable change and drives business performance?

The answer can be found in ‘Challenging Coaching’; a coaching style that balances support for the individual with the challenge to deliver bottom-line results. Optimum performance happens when there is an effective balance between challenge and support, but the leadership coaching profession can often be over-supportive, lacking the ‘edge’ that makes the difference.

Senior leaders like, and need, a higher level of challenge. Challenging coaching provides this balance in a way that is consistent with the Vistage values (‘carefrontation’).

Outline:

  • To build on the core skills of leadership coaching.
  • To dive deeply into the Challenging Coaching approach and learn experientially from one of its originators.
  • To explore the FACTS coaching model which focuses on Feedback, Accountability, Courageous Goals, Tension and Systems Thinking.
  • To work in more detail with one or more aspects of the FACTS model that are particularly relevant to the attendees’ needs.
  • To take away learning, tools and techniques that can be used on an on-going basis to improve team and individual performance.

Outcomes:

  • Have practical skills to enable them to use a challenging coaching approach immediately upon return to the workplace.
  • Be confident to support and challenge people to achieve more and to have challenging conversations that get to the heart of the matter and enhance performance.
  • Develop a personal action plan based on their learning in the session.
  • Receive a copy of the acclaimed book ‘Challenging Coaching: Going beyond traditional coaching to face the FACTS’ and have access to a library of web-based resources and tools.

Approach:

The session will be dynamic and interactive with a variety of tools used to accelerate the learning eg. video clips, group exercises, personal anecdotes and proven psychological models. Case studies will be drawn from the facilitator’s own business career, together with his executive coaching work with CEOs and elite sports coaches in cricket, rowing, diving and target shooting. Attendees will be challenged to stretch out of their comfort zones, whilst being supported by the experienced facilitation skills of one of the leading executive coaches in the UK. Are you ready to face the FACTS?

The Trusted Executive

Participants will leave armed with a clear action plan to build on their trust-building strengths and overcome weaknesses at both an individual and organisational level. Attendees will leave the workshop inspired and equipped to immediately apply and practice new leadership habits.

Read more

The Trusted Executive: Nine leadership habits that inspire results, relationships and reputation

“Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” – Stephen R. Covey

Overview:

Many of us are tired of reading in the media about one business scandal after another. Trust in business leaders is at a low ebb; undermining performance, damaging relationships and destroying reputations. A new breed of executive will regain our trust by stepping up to a broader, braver role in the world and mastering essential trust-building habits.

This workshop will help attendees anticipate the trust-building challenge through focusing upon the three pillars and nine habits of trustworthy leadership. Based on his prize-winning doctoral research and acclaimed book, ‘The Trusted Executive’, John will give participants the road map they need to create strategy for building trust in themselves and their companies.

Participants will review the broader purpose of their business, learn the trust formula (trustworthiness = ability x integrity x benevolence) and understand why this formula inspires results, relationships and reputations in a digital, globalised world where nothing can be hidden. They will then move on assess their own trust habits using the unique ‘trust quotient’ TQ questionnaire. This questionnaire assesses leaders against the following nine habits:

Ability

  • Deliver
  • Coach
  • Be Consistent

Integrity

  • Be Honest
  • Be Open
  • Be Humble

Benevolence

  • Evangelise
  • Be Brave
  • Be Kind

Finally, participants will leave armed with a clear action plan to build on their trust-building strengths and overcome weaknesses at both an individual and organisational level. Attendees will leave the workshop inspired and equipped to immediately apply and practice new leadership habits.

By the end of the session attendees will:

  • Have new, practical skills to enable them to build trust immediately upon return to the workplace.
  • Be confident to share the trust formula with others and explain how this is critical to the sustainable performance of individuals and organisations in a 21st century business context.
  • Develop a personal action plan based on their learning in the session.
  • Receive a copy of the acclaimed book ‘The Trusted Executive: Nine leadership habits that inspire results, relationships and reputation’ and have access to a library of web-based resources and tools.

Approach:

The workshop will be dynamic and interactive with a variety of tools used to accelerate the learning eg. video clips, group exercises, personal anecdotes and proven psychological models. Case studies will be drawn from the facilitator’s own business career, together with his executive coaching work with CEOs and elite sports coaches in cricket, rowing, diving and target shooting. Attendees will be challenged to stretch out of their comfort zones, whilst being supported by the experienced facilitation skills of one of the leading executive coaches in the UK.

Challenging Coaching

John will challenge attendees to stretch out of their comfort zones, whilst being supported by the experienced facilitation skills of one of the leading executive coaches in the UK.

Read more

Challenging Coaching: Going beyond traditional coaching to face the FACTS

Overview:

Executive coaching is an integral part of leadership development with over 80% of organisations using coaching. Coaching is rated more highly than business school programmes, is better value for money and is likely to result in sustained behavioural change. So how do business leaders apply coaching skills as a management style in a way that creates sustainable change and drives business performance?

The answer can be found in ‘Challenging Coaching’; a coaching style that balances support for the individual with the challenge to deliver bottom-line results. Optimum performance happens when there is an effective balance between challenge and support, but the leadership coaching profession can often be over-supportive, lacking the ‘edge’ that makes the difference.

Senior leaders like, and need, a higher level of challenge. Challenging coaching provides this balance in a way that is consistent with the Vistage values (‘carefrontation’).

Outline:

  • To build on the core skills of leadership coaching.
  • To dive deeply into the Challenging Coaching approach and learn experientially from one of its originators.
  • To explore the FACTS coaching model which focuses on Feedback, Accountability, Courageous Goals, Tension and Systems Thinking.
  • To work in more detail with one or more aspects of the FACTS model that are particularly relevant to the attendees’ needs.
  • To take away learning, tools and techniques that can be used on an on-going basis to improve team and individual performance.

Outcomes:

  • Have practical skills to enable them to use a challenging coaching approach immediately upon return to the workplace.
  • Be confident to support and challenge people to achieve more and to have challenging conversations that get to the heart of the matter and enhance performance.
  • Develop a personal action plan based on their learning in the session.
  • Receive a copy of the acclaimed book ‘Challenging Coaching: Going beyond traditional coaching to face the FACTS’ and have access to a library of web-based resources and tools.

Approach:

The session will be dynamic and interactive with a variety of tools used to accelerate the learning eg. video clips, group exercises, personal anecdotes and proven psychological models. Case studies will be drawn from the facilitator’s own business career, together with his executive coaching work with CEOs and elite sports coaches in cricket, rowing, diving and target shooting. Attendees will be challenged to stretch out of their comfort zones, whilst being supported by the experienced facilitation skills of one of the leading executive coaches in the UK. Are you ready to face the FACTS?

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