Jonathan Wolf-Phillips

Personal effectiveness specialist


I have had an active interest in personal effectiveness for almost 40 years.

After working in various roles in industry, I set up New Leadership Ltd in 1999, to enable me to focus on developing a coaching and training practice specialising in personal effectiveness. I have worked in private, public and civil society settings, in the UK, Europe, the USA, and Rwanda.

Based in the UK, I currently work internationally, with clients that are usually senior leaders or business owners.

I describe my approach as ‘brain-friendly’ because the multidisciplinary theoretical framework that underpins all of my work includes the latest relevant research findings in brain science and mind science – in particular the relationship between and the development over the life course of: metacognition (the ability to think about our feeling and feel about our thinking), and attachment (how we relate to others).

Personal organisation

Time and workflow

My 1-to-1 time and workflow management coaching is based on a hybrid ‘personal effectiveness system’, which integrates digital (device/cloud) and analogue (paper/physical) elements, where the choice of digital or analogue is based on what is most neurologically efficient. Clients find my time and workflow management coaching enables them to enhance the way they organise their time and their attention, often leading to decreased stress and increased resilience.


My 1-to-1 planning coaching is based on an integrated set of ‘brain-friendly’ planning methods, covering the short-term (operational tasks, development tasks), the medium-term (operational programmes, development projects), and the long-term (intentions, ethos, accountability). Clients find my planning coaching enables them to explore and clarify what is important to them over the long-term and medium-term, so that they can organise their time and their attention day-to-day with this in mind.


My 1-to-1 workspace coaching enables clients to improve the way they organise their close working environment. Clients often find that a more ‘brain-friendly’ workspace leads to decreased distraction and increased concentration.

Working with others


My meetings training is based on an integrated set of ‘brain-friendly’ agenda design tools and facilitation methods. Clients find the training 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.


My decisions training is based on a ‘brain-friendly’ approach to decision-making. Clients find the training 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 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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