Jonathan Wolf-Phillips

Leadership specialist

Background

After working in a number of marketing roles, and building upon a long-standing interest in leadership, I set up New Leadership Ltd in 1999, enabling me to offer clients training and facilitation services. I have worked with clients in private, public and civil society settings, in the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. I am currently working with clients in the UK, North America, Rwanda and New Zealand. All of my work is professionally supervised, and my distinctive approach is informed by the latest relevant research findings in brain science and mind science. In my work, I define the function of leadership as ‘clarifying direction, aligning resources, and organising implementation’. In my experience, clients have found that their ability to lead themselves (‘self leadership') enhances their ability to lead others.

Self leadership

Time management

My 1-to-1 time management training is based on a hybrid ‘personal effectiveness system’, which integrates digital (device/cloud) and analogue (paper/physical) elements. Clients find this training enables them to enhance the way they organise their time and their attention, often leading to decreased stress and increased resilience.

Planning

My 1-to-1 planning facilitation is based on an integrated set of methods. Clients find this facilitation enables them to explore and clarify what is most important to them over the long-term and medium-term (personal and work), so that they can organise their time and their attention day-to-day with this in mind.

Workspace

My 1-to-1 workspace training enables clients to improve the way they organise their close working environment, leading to decreased distraction and increased concentration.

Dialogue

My facilitated 1-to-1 conversations enable clients to be introduced to the latest relevant research findings in brain science and mind science, in the context of their particular situation and interests.

Leadership of others

Planning

My 1-to-1 or group planning facilitation is based on an integrated set of methods, covering the long-term (biography, impulse, core task, core values, vision, development intentions, operational structures), the medium-term (operational programmes with key performance indicators and development projects with development milestones), and the short-term (operational tasks and development tasks with reminder dates and due dates). Clients find the approach particularly suitable for settings where there is a need for high levels of individual autonomy and the ability to work effectively with others.

Meetings

My 1-to-1 or group meetings training is based on an integrated set of agenda design tools and facilitation methods. Clients find the work useful when they need to enhance the effectiveness of their face-to-face or online meetings – either meetings that they are a participant in, or meetings that they are running.

Decisions

My 1-to-1 or group decisions training is based on an approach to decision-making that clients find useful when they need to make decisions on their own (perhaps after consulting with others), or when they need to facilitate others to make a decision (particularly if the decision involves or needs to preserve a variety of different viewpoints and different levels of support). The approach can also be used to facilitate online decision-making – either synchronously (people take part in the decision-making process online at the same time), or asynchronously (people take part in the decision-making process online at different times).

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