TOP 15 COACHES IN EDINBURGH
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What a pleasant surprise and a real honour!
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Edinburgh, the charming capital of Scotland, is a city that breathes history in every corner. Its cobblestone streets and medieval architecture intertwine with modern life, creating a unique atmosphere. From the majestic Edinburgh Castle towering over the hill to the bustling Royal Mile, the city is steeped in a cultural heritage that attracts visitors from all over the world. But Edinburgh is not just a tourist destination; it is a center of innovation, education and personal development.
In this article, we’ll explore a hand-picked list of the best coaches in Edinburgh. From executive leadership to personal development, these professionals are helping people reach their full potential in a city that embraces personal growth and self-improvement. We will discover their specialties and approaches, highlighting how they are contributing to the well-being and success of those who seek their guidance in this Scottish city full of possibilities.
So without further delay, here are the Top 15 Coaches In Edinburgh in 2023 that you can contact right now:
▶ My name is Craig and I’m a Coach
▶ I am also The Black Knight
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"A COACH CAN SEE WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE BECAUSE YOU ARE IN THE FOREST, WHILE THEY ARE OUTSIDE OF IT." - Tony Robbins
Your Coaching should be personal, only to you. And when done correctly it will have a significant, positive impact on your quality of life.
Other areas where your Coaching should excel include:
🔴 Clarity and Goal Setting: Your Coaching should help you gain clarity about your aspirations, and goals.
🟠 Personal and Professional Development: Your Coaching should see you develop enhanced self-awareness, identify your inner strengths and weaknesses, and developing an effective plan to maximise your potential.
🟢 Overcome Obstacles and Blockers: Your Coaching should provide guidance and support in building new skills, improving existing ones, and overcoming obstacles.
🔴 Accountability and Motivation: Your Coaching should be holding you accountable for your commitments, and driving you further forward, towards your goals.
🟠 Overcoming Mindset: Your Coaching should address confidence issues and self-doubt that hinder personal and professional growth.
🟢 Improved Communication and Relationships: Your Coaching should be supporting you in developing more effective communication. This is essential for leaders and managers.
The fact is, your Coach should be many things to you, including your Mentor, Advisor, Consultant, Confidante. And they should be available, for those occasions when you just need a rant.
There are coaches and there are Coaches.
I'm a Coach!
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▶ My name is Craig and I’m ready to be your Coach
▶ I am also The Black Knight
▶ Helping to find the missing you
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When we were kids, playing with our friends, riding around on our bikes, it was great fun.
Do you remember?
If we fell off and cut our knees, we would run back home and mum would always render the first aid.
Washing the wound first. Then applying some antiseptic cream. Before covering it with a bandage or plaster to prevent infection.
If your mum was anything like mine, once she’d “repaired” me, she would always say,
“There, there now.”
Do you remember?
Do you also remember how, when you joined back into the fray, you felt altogether better than you were before your fall?
You felt cared for. Loved. Reassured. Stronger. Better.
❤ Disclaimer: I ain’t promising to make you feel loved! 🤣🤣
But I will make you and your business feel cared for, reassured, stronger, and better.
I’ll provide the comforting and the first aid, whenever it’s needed.
There, there now.
▶ I am Craig and I bring tons of knowledge and experience
CRAIG THE CONSULTANT
When I’m wearing my Consultant’s hat, I work with owners of small and medium businesses on all different strategic matters.
I help them with problem solving, planning, building knowledge and developing skills.
I provide advice based on many years of experience and world class training.
And I brainstorm with them to determine the correct marketing techniques and plans, specific to their business.
I will often teach new skills to produce desired results and further develop strategic thinking.
CRAIG THE COACH
When I’m wearing my Coach’s hat, I work with the exact same owners, of the exact same small and medium businesses and I help them to create their own success.
This might focus on self-improvement or personal development, helping them become better leaders.
Reducing time wasters like procrastination and bringing greater clarity and improved decision making.
Coaching is only about helping them see more clearly and finding their own answers. Their own way.
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It features 4 distinct “Business Cards”,
I hear many of my friends and counterparts waxing lyrical about the benefits, dangers and risks of AI and I wanted to know more.
So, with a few prompts, I asked AI to help me understand the things it CAN’T YET DO.
Together, we crafted this poem for your delectation.
I hope you enjoy our work?
THE HUMAN SPIRIT’S BLEND
In realms of silicon and code, where AI roams,
There lies a tale of what it cannot fully own.
For in its wondrous mind, crafted with great skill,
Lies a realm of limitations, though subtle and still.
Oh, AI, you marvel of innovation's grace,
But there are realms where you can't keep pace.
For you see, there are things you struggle to comprehend,
Emotions, dreams, and the human spirit's blend.
In matters of the heart, where passions ignite,
You falter, AI, in capturing love's true light.
For love is not a sequence of binary code,
But a dance of souls, a story yet untold.
And in the realm of creativity's embrace,
Where artistry thrives, in its unique space,
You stumble, AI, with brushes of pure hue,
For art flows from the depths of what makes us true.
The mysteries of intuition, oh AI, they elude,
As human minds delve deep, where answers intrude.
For sometimes, answers lie not in logic's reign,
But in the realms of intuition, subtle and plain.
And as we explore the vastness of the unknown,
AI, you must remember, you are not alone.
For human connection, empathy's gentle touch,
Are treasures yet uncharted, for you, AI, as such.
So let us embrace the gifts you bring forth,
But remember, AI, there's beauty beyond your worth.
For the human spirit, with all its flawed delight,
Shall forever triumph, in the depths of our sight.
During times of stress and difficulty, there is a tendency for issues to develop in any team.
Even when fairness and openness are at the heart of the team, there can still be occasions when resentment can develop and grow, with a perception that “some are more equal than others”.
The UK has been experiencing exactly this recently, in our political system and it always results in a breakdown of trust and communication.
It’s exactly the same with business and the root cause, is always poor or weak leadership.
Most of my closest friends on this platform, already know that leadership is a lifelong passion of mine.
One I am especially vociferous about on occasion.
The reason being, and contrary to what the plethora of leadership experts on these pages would have us believe, is that true, real leaders, are a very rare thing indeed.
In fact, in my, almost 40-year career, I have worked in the SMB, large company, and corporate business markets, and I promise you, I do not need all the fingers of one hand to count how many true leaders I have actually met in that time.
That’s how rare they truly are in my opinion.
And I don’t subscribe to the myth that people are born leaders. They’re just not.
True leaders become so, because of coaching, training, or due to external circumstances, where they have no option but to lead.
Since I was a boy, I was always fascinated by explorers and nature and the like, and one of my first heroes was/is Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Antarctic explorer.
I still use some of his examples when I am asked to talk about leadership today, as there are still so many things we can learn from him.
Shackleton WAS a true leader and in fact only 3 or 4 years ago was voted the GOAT following a lengthy BBC series.
And to think I could have told them that before they spent so much money producing all of those programs.
Shackleton’s right-hand man was Frank Wild, a true giant of exploration, and one whose input and opinions Shackleton valued.
During the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914, their ship, The Endurance, became permanently trapped in flow ice in the Weddell sea, and ultimately was crushed by the ice causing it to sink.
The new mission for the entire crew changed, from one of exploration, to one of survival.
It was during their survival plight that one of their pack mules fell through a deep crevasse in the ice, dragging Frank Wild with it.
The crew fought to save the badly injured Wild, but the mule with most of their rations, was lost.
Food became so low that the men were reduced to a single biscuit ration per day.
On one occasion, Shackleton, on seeing his closest friend deteriorating, forced his one breakfast biscuit on to Wild, helping him find the strength to fight on.
Wild later wrote,
“I do not suppose that anyone else in the world can thoroughly realise how much generosity and sympathy was shown by this. I do, and by God I shall never forget it. Thousands of pounds would not have bought that one biscuit.”
Between them, Shackleton and Wild had created an egalitarian spirit throughout the team.
It ensured that everyone would do whatever work needed to be done and ensured there was no perception of inequality.
Shackleton trusted each and every one of his crew.
He cared for them. He loved them as if they were his own.
In return, they would have gone to the ends of the earth, and beyond for him.
Was Shackleton the GOAT?
▶ I am Craig
▶ I am also The Black Knight
▶ Leveraging LinkedIn for sales & marketing
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Different Mindset, brings together more than 35 years of business management, strategy, and business growth experience under a single service offering for IT companies.
I work with business owners, with typically 5 to 50 employees (T/O from around £400k to £2.5m) and who are ambitious to grow & improve. I coach them through or around the obstacles preventing that growth. I use tried and tested tools and techniques to achieve this.
During 2018/19 I underwent 18 months intensive, EOS Implementer led training into The Entrepreneurial Operating System, which transformed my way of thinking.
It trained me to think differently and I now want to use my training to help others.
I believe that every client is different, so I employ an individually tailored approach every time.
I’ve worked as a senior manager/director for many years and have built a deep understanding of business management, marketing, business development and sales processes.
I am also skilled in managing the operational impact of rapid growth.
I believe, clear direction, well-defined processes, Core Values and and Consistent Regular & Outstanding Communication (CROC) are key to success.
I am a fan of the late, great Bruce Lee and as a former professional martial artist and competitive fighter, I watched his movies dozens of times. One of his biggest movies; Enter the Dragon, which I’m sure most of you will have seen, focuses on a martial arts competition on a secret island run by the evil Mr Han.
My favourite scene from that movie sees a group of martial artists on board a Chinese Junk, sailing towards Han's Island for a fighting tournament. One of the artists, Parsons, a New Zealander, starts bullying the young boys tending the fighters. The bully approaches our hero, and asks arrogantly, “what is your style?”. Lee ponders the question and then responds with the famous line, “my style is the art of fighting without fighting”.
Today, with many years in business management and business growth behind me in the IT Services and Software industry, I know better than most what it's like selling to both new and existing clients and it’s a role I have always taken a great deal of pride in.
I have often been shocked or embarrassed and on occasion downright infuriated by some of the sales styles and techniques I have witnessed in business over the years and not to put too fine a point on it, I don’t like them.
I want to feel confident when I bump into my clients in the supermarket and not feel the need to hide. I want them to see me as a knowledgeable professional, as a friend and to know they can contact me with questions or to seek advice, without having to worry about a sales pitch…. And I'm very proud to say, they do contact me!
It's many years since I first modeled my structured-selling style on the words of Bruce Lee and today, my style, “The Art of Selling Without Selling”, is as natural to me as breathing. At its core, is the simple practice of listening and asking questions. Questions about the clients' business, about their plans for growth, how they use their IT systems to interact with their customers to supply their goods and/or services. It's all about their business and their personal goals and targets.
I firmly believe that any sales process should be imperceptible, invisible even.
Before I moved into the IT industry in 1987, I worked in the private healthcare sector and it was one of my mentors there who indoctrinated me into what he called “five bums and a rugby goal”. This turned out to be a golden reminder about the use of "open" questioning techniques when gathering information from customers, i.e. who, what, why, where, when and how (WWWWWH).
I always remember his words, "if you're genuinely interested in what your client has to say, listen to them!"
My belief is that most customers know what their pain points are with their IT systems and what they want to achieve. In general they need me to listen, to advise and to help them achieve their goals. They are reassured by the fact that if I don't know the answer to their questions, I have a large team of technical and business experts behind me and they always know the answers.
They also know that anytime I call them, the purpose is to make sure all is well and not an excuse to sell them something and as a result, they are always happy to take my call. This is important to me.
Selling, at least in my opinion, has moved on from the hard-edged, “never take no for an answer” salespeople of the past and instead has become a far more collaborative and consultative process, one that is altogether more professional and where the client knows their views and opinions are valued.
Does “The Art of Selling Without Selling” suit every client? Probably not, but in an age when every piece of information we supply, can be checked and verified at the click of a button, sales people need to adapt their style to move with the times.
The evil Mr Han remarked to Williams, another character from Enter the Dragon, saying “your style is most unusual Mr Williams” and Williams replied, “but effective”.
I couldn't have said it better!
In a world where we all seek to be unique, my style is both “most unusual” and “effective”.
We all have mobile phones these days and when, during the course of the day their battery runs down, we simply plug them in and recharge them. But what do we do after a busy week at work, when our own batteries need a recharge? Me, I love to get into the woods, back to nature and I’d like to tell you why this works for me.
It’s amazing the number of people I meet who walk in the same countryside, the same woods I do and yet who miss all the stunning beauty these microclimates, on the edges of our towns and cities contain. I’ve lost count of the number of times people have asked me, “how did you ever notice that?”, but the short answer is, I notice because I continually look for “that”, whether it’s a bird, a tree or plant, or even an unusual insect, that’s the very reason I’m there, that’s my passion.
Scotland is blessed with one of the most beautifully diverse natural landscapes on earth and the sheer variety of flora and fauna to be found is really quite astonishing. Our natural scenery is truly awe inspiring, from the rolling hills of the borders, to the high mountain tops of the Cairngorms and they are all utterly crammed with wildlife.
I live, within a 5 minutes’ walk from a golf course, which is skirted by dense woodland on all sides. I walk the 5 miles’ perimeter twice daily on weekdays with my constant companion, Marvin, my dog.
Part of this woodland was created as the grounds of a semi-stately home, now a hotel and because of this, the variety of healthy tree specimens, both indigenous and alien is fantastic. Ash, alder, elm, hazel, elder, rowan, poplar, a huge array of conifers and the usual smattering hawthorn, amongst many others, some that I have not yet been able to identify.
One thing you cannot help but notice in Scottish woodlands, is the stunning scents and smells, from the wild garlic (Ramsons – the flowers are great as a garnish, deep fried in a light batter) to the weeping resin blisters of the Douglas Fir. I think of this as nature’s aromatherapy.
There are two giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron Giganteum), often referred to as the California Redwood, but known locally as “the punching trees”. This is because the tree has a thick (3 to 4 inches depending on age) spongey bark, that is intended to protect the heartwood of the tree from the frequent fires that plague its natural home. I wish you could have seen the excitement on my 8-year-old grandsons’ face when I showed him he could punch a giant tree without hurting his hand, such is the power of nature to excite and inspire our youngsters.
Another tree, closer to the hotel, is frequently used as a backdrop for wedding photographs. It is a Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani), and as it grows, its branches form large flat “plates” and it really is quite stunning. I’ve only ever seen it covered in heavy snow once since I moved to the area; the snow floated as if by magic, in huge horizontal slices with little or no tree visible, it was like the biggest wedding caked I’d ever seen. The fact that this species is becoming increasingly rare makes this excellent example all the more special.
It was on one of my regular adventures around these woods that I saw something that caused me to kneel down to take a closer look. Nothing too exciting, just a common or garden broad-leafed dock, but what was remarkable about one of the leaves was the fact that two, needle-like blades of grass had grown up through it. I’d never seen anything like it and it could have been so easily missed.
Think about all of the factors that would have needed to conspire to allow this to happen? The blades of grass themselves, needed to have sufficient strength to be able to pierce the thick leathery texture of the dock leaf. The dock leaf would have needed to remain still enough and long enough for the growth of the grass to pierce it, as even the slightest breeze might have caused the leaf to bend the grass, weakening its stem and removing the strength it needed to complete its feat.
At this time of year (mid-June) the local roe deer population is preparing for the rutting season at the end of July, beginning of August. The stags are now chestnut red, in full antler (small antlers compared to their cousins, the red deer) and confidently strut through the woods, gathering their harem of females, which in the roe deer’s case might only be a single female, but the bucks will mate with many does. The females have also become redder in colour, almost as if to attract the males.
Following the successful rut, the females then give birth, usually to two fawns, in late May/early June, but this is no ordinary 11month gestation period. What few people realise about the ever-present roe deer is that the females employ a strategy called “embryonic diapause” (delayed implantation).
The embryo remains in a state of diapause (almost like suspended animation) until late December or early January at which time it reactivates and then starts to grow rapidly. So, the “real” gestation period is only 6 months and while other mammals, including kangaroos, employ embryonic diapause, the roe deer’s process is really quite unique and they show none of the hormonal signs that other mammals display at the time of reactivation of the embryo.
It is believed that the birth of the fawns is delayed in this way to coincide with the start of the British summer, meaning grasses, trees and plants are longer, bigger and fuller, providing the necessary cover for the female to hide her fawns, usually separately, which enhances the possibility if survival for at least one.
During the month of June, the fawns lay hidden in the long grass, and the mother conducts frequent visits to allow them to feed and grow, until they are strong enough to keep up with her.
It is for this reason I am always concerned when I see dog owners allowing their dogs to frantically run through the brush and long grass at this time of year, as the slightest scare will cause a female to desert her young, with obvious consequences.
It was only last week, when walking on the main path around the woods that I noticed a robin standing on the ledge of a hole in a tree. I stopped about 20 yards or so away and watched through my binoculars as the robin made frequent trips over the next 10 minutes, obviously feeding, what I presumed was young chicks.
As quietly and as slowly as I could, I walked to a position where I could peek into the hole and there, sitting on, a clutch of eggs, was a stunning female robin. They have to be one of our most endearing birds.
I had read some years ago, about how the female loses up to 90% of her bodyweight after laying her eggs and that while she incubates them, the male forages and feeds her, but this was the first time I had ever seen it actually happen. I can’t tell you how excited I was.
The robins tend to mate around late march early April and the females will usually incubate the eggs until they hatch, after which she takes less and less involvement, leaving the feeding and raising of the chicks to the male. You see, she has her eyes on another male and she will do the same with him. Robins lay two clutches and occasionally three each year, so based on the timing, it is likely my little robin was on her second clutch.
This is a necessary practice by the females, as the mortality rate in robins is fairly high, so having multiple batches of eggs, increases the chance of more birds surviving into adulthood.
I’ll keep a distant eye on my little robin and hopefully she’ll make a success of it.
My weekend of exploration is now nearly over, but like my iPhone, my battery is now showing full again and I‘m ready for another busy week ahead at work, can’t help but look forward to next weekend though…..
#DifferentMindset #TheBlackKnight #NatureNerd
I have never played golf in my life, but recently I borrowed a set of clubs, met up with a friend and gave it a go.
First Hole: I remove a tee from my bag, stick it in the ground and then carefully balance the ball on top of the tee.
I’ve watched many good golfers drive their first shot for miles, straight up the fairway, it looked really easy. So, I position myself to address the ball; feet shoulder width apart, I even did one of those “trial swings”, like the pros do.
I breathe in, holding my breath and draw my swing back, just like I’d seen the good players do. I kept my eye on the ball and then released my almighty swing and heard the satisfying “ping” as club struck ball perfectly.
Well, I say perfectly, but truth be told, neither me nor my playing buddy had any idea where the damn ball had gone; certainly not up the fairway!
Now it was my friends shot and he did exactly as I had done, same stance, same practice swing, same “ping”. The difference was that he’s a 2 handicap player and his ball disappeared perfectly into the distance.
This story was repeated for the remainder of the 9-hole course.
So, here’s my question. Am I now a golfer?
Don’t answer that! Of course, I’m not. I know that.
But my when my friend started out, he had hired a golf professional, who analysed his swing, his stance, his head movement etc and then set about creating short and long-term strategies for him to practice. I have to say, the results were clear, he was great!
So why, when it comes to business, are owners reluctant to hire a professional business consultant?
The principles are identical.
And great business leaders recognise that seeking advice from a professional consultant is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
Even Bill Gates and Steve Jobs admit to the values of consultants they have hired in the past. They know that investing in business consulting delivers real and measurable ROI.
"I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities."
CEO, Home Depot