The ability to inspire ordinary people to achieve extra-ordinary results is a crucial skill. Teams demand and deserve highly trustworthy leaders who connect powerfully. Discover how Jonathan Perks has successfully advised and coached other leaders.
Jonathan is very good at holding the mirror up to you when you may be making assumptions. Jonathan is clearly seasoned in dealing with high level corporate and commercial challenges and can provide great questions and set the principled tone to assess them well. What Jonathan brings in addition to this is a remarkable ability to check the human side of the equation; his emotional intelligence is very high, his personal sense of integrity and values towards what motivates people is very clear and he brings this into the sessions in a very impactful way.
The impact that Jonathan has made to me personally, but also to my team and the business has been rather like a stealth intelligence programme. He has come in, asked the right questions, observed and then helped me and others align better and with humour and skill. For those who have less EQ they might not see what has happened, but they will certainly feel the difference in the powerful outcomes.
Philippa Snare, Chief Marketing Officer, Microsoft (UK)
I have had the privilege to be coached by Jonathan on two separate but equally crucial points in my career. On both occasions, he has provided inspiration, guidance and an essential perception challenge. As a result, I have matured in both my personal and professional life. He has brought about a self- belief in my inherent capabilities which has served me well in the work and personal challenges that I have faced over the years.
The opportunity to have honest discussions without judgement and censure is to be highly valued. He has provided grounding where necessary but he has also opened my eyes to make, what I thought was impossible for me to achieve, not only possible but eminently achievable.
Carol Williams, Associate General Counsel - Mars, Inc
Jonathan coached me a during a significant Rio Tinto transformation which was emotionally draining including major restructuring in services and support. His experience and background, gained both as an Army Officer and in large Corporations, gives him a unique approach to leadership development. He is action driven, whilst also making you think using neurosciences and top of the art soft skills.
François Volpi, Global Head Talent,Leadership & People Development, Rio Tinto
As a qualified coach myself, I had high expectations of my interactions with Jonathan, which he quickly and substantially surpassed. I envisaged working with Jonathan to help improve my skills and behaviours at work. This we have done, but more than this, with Jonathan’s expert guidance I am grasping and tackling the bigger questions of purpose, legacy and contribution in a way that still remains practical and grounded, and is having a far-reaching positive impact in all aspects of my life inside and outside of work.
Paul Cutler, HRD, Save The Children
The interaction gained from the coaching experience for me personally has provided me with the opportunity to inwardly reflect on my management behaviours, the impact this has on those around me and how I can more effectively transition to a new level of management within a company that has gone through a significant period of change.
Responding best to constructive feedback, the interaction has provided me with a greater perspective allowing me to grow both personally and professionally as a direct result of open and honest discussions underpinned by a ‘less is more’ theme designed specifically to ‘keep things simple’ in order to meet and exceed my objectives.
The chance to have regular, intimate and detailed discussions with a senior executive, with such extensive experience, has provided a strongfoundation for more forward-thinking and strategic development of my inherent skillset. A thoroughly enjoyable process that has provided benefit to myself and our company.
Adam Koch, Global Retail Director, Travelex
Jonathan helped us recognise and understand what we lacked as a team that would help improve efficiencies.
Getting to know each other truly helped build affiliation and trust, moving us forwards to our team being considered as our No 1 team – there has been a step change.
His techniques opened our eyes as to how we could genuinely help each other with problems and situations in a totally confidential and mutually respectful environment – We now start to leverage each other’s strengths.
As a Leader Jonathan has helped me recognise the importance of my role; not only as a catalyst in bringing and building a strong sense of team spirit, but also in taking my team on a necessary journey that I am already seeing the rewards of – my Leadership style needs to continuously evolve within the dynamics of the environment in which we operate.
Jas Scott De Martinville, Director, Product Technology Centre, Nestlé
Jonathan’s mature listening unlocks profound, thought-provoking conversations whilst his ability to ask the right questions always triggers valuable development. You always feel amazed by how quickly the session has gone!
Mariao Mazzochi, COO Lloyds Banking Group
Jonathan’s coaching is inspirational, because it is rooted in his own personal experiences. I have found the blend of science and hard-knocks experience immensely valuable in helping me to frame new ways of thinking about leadership.
Simon Kershaw, Executive Director, Airbus & Air Tanker Ltd
Working with Jonathan Perks has provided some of the most intelligent insight on leadership that I have ever experienced. The use of science (neurosciences) and best practice leads to a measured and sustained change. The level of insight through diagnostics and one to one feedback enables real coaching on real leadership challenges. I have thoroughly enjoyed my learning experience with Jonathan. Inspirational leadership is about hearts and minds.
Neil Sachdev, Executive Board Director, Sainsbury’s
“Jonathan has the special ability to help you to know yourself, to be yourself and to give you confidence to successfully pursue your goals.”
Baroness Margaret Eaton, House of Lords
“Jonathan helped me get the most out of my senior leadership team by working with me to develop my listening and meeting management skills which has translated well to my current advisory business. He is a valuable coach and mentor and one I can wholeheartedly recommend!”
Deanna Oppenheimer, Former CEO Barclays UK Retail Bank and now CEO CameoWorks ; NED, Tesco plc and NCR; Senior Advisor, Brooks Sports and Finsphere
“Jonathan has a great ability to rapidly understand your business and leadership issues. He helps you to think about yourself as a leader and how you can influence and positively improve business outcomes by the way you change yourself.”
Neil Palmer, CEO Christie's International Real Estate
“Jonathan has helped me tremendously by identifying through his methods of analysis and years of coaching experience where my core strengths and potential blind spots are. By focusing on these and utilising his guidance it has helped me improve as a leader professionally as well as personally.”
Curt Hess, CEO Europe for Barclays Retail & Business Bank
“Over 2 engagements and 2 years, Jonathan has provided challenge, support and inspiration, beyond the terms of the contract as well as valuable insight into C suite leadership. Jonathan’s sincerity, personal integrity and discretion make him a valued counsel.”
Simon Jukes, CEO HSBC Greece (2010)
“Successful leaders inspire their teams to success. Jonathan is an exceptional personal and team coach who uses his wealth of knowledge and experience to really focus your mind on the actions, behaviours and relationships that can make a positive difference in both your personal life and your organisation.”
Craig Bonnar, Asda, Operations Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland
“Being a CEO can be lonely and tough. Working with Jonathan Perks has given me confidence, support and courage to take tough decisions by enabling me to explore thinking in a safe and objective setting. His fantastically sharp mind, broad experience and outstanding coaching skills have enabled me to positively change my thinking, my use of language and enhanced my emotional intelligence to become a better leader.”
Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive, Higher Education Academy
“Jonathan is the embodiment of ‘humble excellence’ and ‘living your life with purpose’ the very values he teaches… to say that he had a profound effect on me personally and professionally is an understatement.”
Barnaby Davis, Managing Director, UK Branch Network, Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking
“Jonathan has a highly sympathetic, intuitive and thoughtful approach in assisting one in identifying potential strengths and weaknesses as a leader. His experience is invaluable in laying some simple ground rules for functioning at the head of a large organisation which serve as a foundation for development of one’s own style.”
Professor Sir Michael R Stratton FMedSci FRS, Director Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
“Jonathan is a great role model of an excellent Coach – one who is acutely self-aware, inspiring, courageous, a laser-sharp listener, and life-long learner. He cares deeply for his clients, and will stick beside them like glue, while equally putting the ownership on them to be responsible for their own actions.”
Katherine Tulpa, CEO, Association for Coaching
“It’s great to observe yourself and the dynamics within your team from the eyes of your alter ego. Jonathan is so good at reading and interpreting people and giving those tips and techniques that create the extra power which is easy to grab and put into motion. You feel like you are capable of doubling-up your team’s emotional energy and passion.”
Jamie Echegoyen, CEO, Barclays Spain
“If you want to take a long hard look at your blind spots and self-limiting constructs, Jonathan is your mirror. If you want to learn how to transform your strengths and life experience into new possibilities, Jonathan is your Philosopher’s Stone. However you work with Jonathan, and I heartily recommend any leader to do so, he will be a positive catalyst for change in your work and life.”
Andrew Thompson, CEO, Plotr
“My time with Jonathan has really helped me personally and professionally to recognise how to perform to my absolute best as a leader. He has also enabled me to share his wisdom and experience with my teams, with a domino effect cascading through the business with noticeable results.”
Fiona Lambert, Brand Director George @ Asda