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Anita Wild


Hello everyone, welcome to our new digital eNewsletter.
Hope you find it interesting and enjoy receiving 'GROW' in this new way, with it's dynamic links.


The past few years have been a time when many organisations, and individuals, have taken stock of what they are doing and where they are going, looking at how to create that positive future. Here at ADG our job has been one of supporting and challenging leaders to focus on creating and taking a positive direction.


In this newsletter I would like to share with you some of the work we have been doing and give you some ideas on how you can create the future you deserve.

If you would like to discuss any of the articles featured or any aspect of training or development please call me or Debbi Rennie on 01772 679154.


Your feedback and comments about 'GROW' are all very welcome.

Best regards,
Anita Wild




In This Issue
Our Team

Our ADG Leader of the Year is  Penny Barker

Penny Barker






ADG has worked with Lancashire Probation Trust for many years.  Originally supporting leaders to achieve qualifications, recently preparing and coaching leaders through change using our specially designed 30 day challenge toolkit programme (for more information see our website 

The organisation has changed dramatically - splitting in two, with some people remaining with the NPS, and others becoming part of the recently formed Community Rehabilitation Co. 
The changes don't stop there!  The CRC is now part of Sodexo, which is within the Private rather than Public sector with all the inherrant differences this brings.  How well people cope with change is influenced by how their leaders invest in preparing them for the future, and how they lead the way forward.
No one has done more than Penny Barker - subsequently she has been selected as our ADG Leader of the Year!  


Read more..


A Committed Family Business 




It's easy to see how fireplace wholesaler Percy Doughty achieved its success. As soon as you walk through the door of this family business based in Bolton, you feel a positive, friendly energy about the place.  Andrew Mulligan the MD was keen to move the organisation forward, to ensure it is highly professional and can compete with the best in the world.  At the same time he is committed to retaining all that's good within a family business environment. As a Registered Expert with the Business Growth Service I have been working with PercyDoughty  and we have gained funding and supported them with Business Coaching and training.  Andrew has said how he has found the Orbit Diagram a really useful visual tool to help identify the critical success factors for business growth.  






Anita is BIBA Judge

The Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBA) process is well underway and judging for the BIBA finalists is progressing.  Anita is pleased to be judging Business Woman of the Year as part of this year's BIBA awards. 

She says:  'The standard of entrants has been amazing. I think we all know that there are some real "Superwomen" out there'.  
The rigorous judging process has been developed for the North West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce by Lancaster University and aims to ensure that the eventual winner is a merited individual and fully deserving of the prestigious title of Business Woman of the Year BIBA.



ADG working with Unilever


Unilever website

One of the most important developments in Unilever

at the moment is the drive for World Class

Manufacturing (WCM).

ADG is delivering Unilever's 2 day Train the Trainer qualification programme, accredited through ITOL for on site trainers.  (See programme pdf)
Working with the Leeds Factory, the programme was developed to incorporate World Class Manufacturing principles such as LUTI, a way to teach people to ensure the learning is embedded by:..




Authentic Leadership

Definition:   Authentic leadership is an approach to leadership that emphasises building the leader's legitimacy through honest relationships with followers which value their input and are built on an ethical foundation. Generally, authentic leaders are positive people with truthful self-concepts who promote openness. By building trust and generating enthusiastic support from their subordinates, authentic leaders are able to improve individual and team performance. This approach has been fully embraced by many leaders and leadership coaches who view authentic leadership as an alternative to leaders who emphasize profit and share price over people and ethics.

Recently, when working on a new workshop for Unilever on Authentic Leadership, an interesting dichotomy was raised:  

If you are authentic are you limited to the environment you can work in?  

The answer lies in one of the NLP presuppositions:-

"The person with the most flexibility in behaviour will be the most successful."    

The secret is to be authentic, be the real you, the very best of you, and at the same time, ensure you are flexible to adapt to the needs of others and your environment.  In this way you can achieve in any situation by being the real you and adapting your behaviour to suit your situation.


It's worth asking yourself:  How do I do this?  Does my leadership style reduce my effectiveness, or maximise it.  If you want to know more about authentic leadership and how it can help your leaders, do contact us for details of our Authentic Leadership Course.

view pdf


Each month we will highlight a model or theory that will be useful to know when coaching.
This month we are focusing on
PROCRASTINATION - 'he who hesitates is lost'

An excellent book that covers this is: Life Coaching a Cognitive Behavioural Approach by M Neenam and W Dryden (2014)

Procrastination can have a very debilitating effect, it stops action, and often leads to people getting behind with their work.  It is known that procrastination really saps condience.  Three reasons why people  procrastinate are identified in the book, these are:-

  • Anxiety:
    puts things off as worried about not succeeding
  • Low friction tolerance:
    puts it off to avoid unpleasant situations
  • Rebellion:
    puts it off to get back at others - 'why should I!'
The main problem is that whichever of these is the reason for your procrastination, the actual act of procrastination often causes more problems than taking action.  So, as a coach, support and challenge others to:

make a decision, take back control and act. 

view pdf

To all our students who have recently passed qualifications through ADG

Penny Barker, CLCRC, Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management

Sukhraj Singh Sohoti , Unilever UK,  Level 3 Award in Management

Rich Smith, Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management

Tracy Bolan, Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management

Ross McWilliam,  Level 7 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

Diane cunliffe, CLCRC, Level 5 Award in Coaching and Mentoring

Jane GawthropeLevel 5 Award in Coaching and Mentoring

Melanie GiddinsLevel 5 Award in Coaching and Mentoring

Lyn HallLevel 5 Award in Coaching and Mentoring

Susan DainesLevel 5 Award in Coaching and Mentoring

Louise SmithLevel 5 Award in Coaching and Mentoring

Jeanette Wetherington, Level 5 Award in Coaching and Mentoring

Stephanie Hunter Level 5 Award in Coaching and Mentoring

Our qualifications can be delivered through coaching individuals or as part of in company or open courses.  See below for some dates for open courses starting in September.  More information can be found on our website:   There may be funding available to support your learning - ask us about this. 
Email:; or ring 01772 679154.






5 Aug

Lancs CIPD

Employment Law update

Canberra Club, Bae, Salmesbury

26 Aug


Lancs CIPD

This Way Up - 
P Kerfoot

Leading in Caustic Times

Canberra Club, Bae, Salmesbury
15 Sept
of Coaching 

Neuroscience:  Reflections for Coaches

17 Sept 


Level 5 Coaching Certificate Preston
see website for details 
18 Sept

L7 Certificate in Strategic Management

see website for details 

25 Sept


Level 7 OD Coaching Certificate

see website for details 

30 Sept


30 Day Challenge - Open Course

see website for details 

ADG NEW Pilot: Accomplished Leaders Programme - to develop your future leade=rship talent Manchester / Leeds / Preston



Conference - to be an Inspiring Woman


6 Oct

of Coaching

Cruise Control for Coaches


13 Oct


Coaching Conference

see website for details



For more details and bookings see:




CIPD Lancashire: