Coaching for the accomplished and aspiring
For people of calibre, leadership transition coaching develops executive presence when you urgently need it: preparing for leadership assessments, developing influence during change, or planning to engage stakeholders, develop networks or build partnerships. It may include eloquence training, for power and gravitas, or learning about cross-cultural fundamentals where things aren’t working.
Public speaking, job promotion and recruitment all rely on shining just right at that spotlight moment. It might be to self-promote, build rapport, or interview to purpose. There are strategies for return to work, surviving Brexit, and demonstrating competence or tactically exposing your mental calibre when pressured. Coaching will teach you how to communicate complexity without so much leg-work, to perform just when you need to. And with impact. You will manage your performance anxiety. We can even craft, polish and rehearse your pitch or proposal, or your speech – ensuring it has effective rhetorical devices.
Inspiration, empowerment and Freedom
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Dedicated to Development
Tony Corballis is hungry to understand people and support their progress, with 25 years of coaching, training and learner assessment under his belt. His expertise is in the communication aspects of executive presence and leadership transition, in self-promotion, employability during change like Brexit and developing interview strategy, and also in voice and speech development, speech writing and presentation skills.
Veteran Track Record
Tony Corballis has over 22,000 hours coaching, training and teaching, with 7,000+ of them in coaching a range of professionals, managers, senior executives, directors and board members, c-suite, non-executive directors in governance, allowing him intimate insights into high-level corporate business life. Read about approach and methods.
His own former organisational experience spans departmental restructure consultancy, departmental line management, operational strategy implementation, financial accountability at programme management level, and bringing about culture change in a public sector institution embittered by industrial dispute. Also, Tony explored organisational communication in great depth as post-graduate study and worked in media relations for an NGO. All these perspectives help to inform the coaching approach.
Tony’s academic credentials include a degree in Commerce and postgrad in Communication Management, along with two teaching qualifications, a current application underway to qualify as Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, plus decades of extensive professional development in management training, communication skills, pedagogy and learning methodologies, assessment systems, and the principles and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Read more about approaches and methods.
In his professional practice, he is known for being pragmatic and outcome-focused. For 25 years he has also contributed part-time to academic courses in finance, management, IT, business studies, and economics, in further and higher education, alongside other areas of specialised academic development.
Tony Corballis was awarded a Duke of Edinburgh award for authoring the text-book, English for Management, in 2009.
Receiving and Delivering CPD
In the workplace, he has received 500+ hours private- and public-sector CPD in various management and communication skills development, in teaching-learning methodologies and issues, and in assessment systems. In higher education, he currently heads departmental CPD and runs a teacher training programme. Read more about approaches and methods.
Bold and Deep Rigour
Tertiary education has instilled a strong belief in the principals of rigour and robust analytic and critical thinking. With several decades in education, educational publishing, e-learning, course design and educational management, his is the calibre of expertise found on committees that design such programmes as coaching accreditation. Read more.
No Fluff, no Fads
So he is not prone to fads, unlike many coaches. His track record gives him the authenticity, depth and means to distinguish which bits of new trends are genuine, which are just old bits re-packaged in new clothing, and which are just plain nonsense. You can trust your coach. Read more.
Arduous learning is often not an option for the time-starved. We need help on-the-go. Honest coaching gives you responsive and objective support, even workplace-based if necessary. We work in-company or privately in central London venues, one-to-one or training in small groups. We deliver flexibly to your demands. Some say revenue is the bottom line. Others say human resources are the real bricks and mortar of any enterprise. But in fact, communication is the lifeblood of any organisation. Communication is what matters. Studies have shown that eloquence is strongly correlated with success.
Eloquence and power
Research reveals that leaders and executives score higher on lexical tests than their subordinates. Studies into supervisory personnel in 39 companies by Johnson O’Connor found a link between lexical ability and status on the corporate hierarchy. He showed that presidents and VPs averaged 87%, managers 62%, foremen 41%, and floor bosses 32% in such tests. Similar research has shown the same correlation between lexis and salary.
Your success depends on your expression. The greatest achievers typically have a readiness to stand and speak, using richer lexis. Not just able or good, they are simply better. And the truth is that others judge you by the way you communicate. Whether right or not, it’s a plain fact: when you open your mouth you indirectly reflect your education, intelligence and even power in society. Richer and crystal-clear language leaves a great impression.
Empowerment and performance
Companies know this. An enlightened firm is one whose success is tightly aligned with its executives’ success, often measurable in their very KPIs. So communicative competence is a valuable resource, for any organisation. Communication is organisational lifeblood. It can be developed.
Tony Corballis has designed and delivered bespoke training for organisations like Risk Advisory Group, Arax Properties, the Mongolian Foreign Office, Balfour Beatty Capital, the NHS and KL Communications, and a great many one-off seminars for other organisations. Read more. Read about coaching methods, quality and ethics.
The Growth Mindset
The Growth Mindset
We tend to choose one of two pathways when facing a challenge – those from a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. Given his Higher Education work and teacher training, Tony Corballis draws on many experts for his coaching, such as Carol Dweck, who in her book Mindset explores these two.
Positive thinking? Just envisage-manifest-voila! No, this isn’t holistic and it may do the reverse. What we fear is exactly what we must do, guru Tim Ferriss says, along with author Susan Jeffers. Coaches Susan David and Tony Corballis agree. Attack your beliefs before gently facing your demons.
Surviving the C-Suite
Surviving the C-Suite
Recently Tony Corballis coached an MD for a rigorous leadership assessment with the amazing organizational psychologist, Renee Bellamy Booth, who co-wrote with Keith Wyche a guide to senior executive life. For those aiming at the top, here’s their fascinating and insightful advice.
Combine the Senses
Combine the Senses
For interviews, people think hard about their hair, handshakes and ‘due diligence’ by scripting sample answers. And on the day? A blank mind. The higher the stakes, the worse the freeze. Why? The answer likes in what cognitive psychologist Michael Corballis describes as combining the senses.
Break from the Flock
Break from the Flock
Don’t be a sheep. Break from the flock. Audiences are selfish, interviewers are bored. They don’t want platitudes or to drown in context. Your ‘gripping’ narrative: they’ve heard a million times. So differentiate with personal branding. Vivid narratives to tease with just selective glimpses.
Normal? No such thing!
Normal? No such thing.
What’s a normal brain? Normal behaviour? Do we over-pathologize? Yale psychology experts show that ‘normal’ wouldn’t work for evolution, and mental health practice should be more subtle and contextual. This is exactly what coaches and educators have known for decades. It’s our ‘social contract’.
We don’t just de-friend trolls online. Our echo-chambers of the like-minded also occur in real life. So conversations should not be just about niceties and social cohesion. Active listening democratises. When adversaries honestly try to understand each other, the world changes a little for the better.
Trustbuilding begins with Trustworthy
Trustbuilding from Trusthworthy
Interview stories about trust-building? I assess indicators for evidencing such competencies in role-play, scalable according to your seniority. It’s time to cross-map them against what the gurus’ say – a Harvard Business School professor and a philosopher. Our aggregate? Take a look.