found myself contemplating our two days together over the whole weekend, which
has been almost as invigorating as the two days themselves. I know it will be
a life-changing experience for me. I found you an amazing person to listen to,
observe and learn from.
In the early 90s, Caroline founded IDOLOGY, a movement dedicated to helping individuals and organisations be original versions of themselves, not pale imitations of each other. A deeply unfashionable philosophy at that time, in two decades its gone from being fanciful, to a lapel grabber, to received wisdom.
Caroline has dedicated herself to being a student and teacher of human potential and its application, working with leading politicians and global economists, captains of industry and internationally renowned artists. She and her small team of IDologists have swept through organisations proving that when spirits rise, profits do too turns out the idea of engaged authenticity is not just hip, its the only place in your life you have no competition.
Speaker, teacher and author of Never Not a Lovely Moon, Caroline delivers keynotes and masterclasses at dozens of Fortune 500 companies, bringing a wholly original approach to the careless but well meaning invocation to just be yourself. In a world thats ever more competitive and precarious, her message on finding your voice has brought a whole new meaning to ROI a Return on Individuality.
Decide which I you mean when you say I.
Head of Learning
I think what
you guys are doing is extraordinary
what I like about the course as a
whole is how it isnt 'a course' not in the conventional 'youre
going to be taught something' sense. Its unlike any course Ive
It has changed my life!
relevant. I will say that the course was by far the best I have ever attended
at Northern. I thought you were absolutely excellent, too. You take great pride
in your work and obviously genuinely care. It was a pleasure to spend a couple
of days in your company.
The best coach
Ive ever worked with!
In 2005, she became involved
in the pioneering Elite Coach Programme for UK Sport, an initiative designed
to develop the most talented and successful coaches working in all sporting
disciplines into gold medal-winning coaches, and to help them become the next
generation of leaders. Shes developed projects with the gold medal-winning
British Equestrian and Cycling Teams, and worked alongside world class coaches
such as Yogi Breisner (Head Coach of the British Equestrian Team), and Chris
Boardman and Tim Foster from British Rowing.
Since joining IDOLOGY in 1996 Lucy has developed dynamic relationships with CEOs and senior business leaders in corporations all over the world, designed and delivered high-potential talent programmes for American Express, BP and Sainsburys, and is simultaneously consulting many of our clients on corporate culture, resulting in accolades not only for us but for them.
An absolutely terrific day, Anna. You took us to a new level of understanding, motivation, clarity, presentation and communication. Thank you.
a degree in Experimental Psychology and spending a number of years being one
of Goldman Sachs best assets, you might have spotted Anna being a tour guide
in Germany, wielding a very competitive hockey stick or doing some cattle mustering
in Australia, exactly the kind of portfolio career that beats a path to our
The most important criteria for being an IDOLOGIST is that youre good at being yourself, and Anna has spent the last eight years breathing her own brand of life into not just our IDOLOGY culture but that of our clients. Shell read you like a newspaper, with curiosity rather than judgement, then offer an opinion based on her dual vantage points of commercial understanding and human insight. Annas a development consultant to corporations like Northern Trust and MTV, and an intrepid coach to the many whove been inspired by her. Like all of us, Anna is unrepeatable, but life is contagious, and shes a carrier.
Katie was fab!
Its not often I attend a training class and am blown away by it and
think, I couldnt do that any better. This was one of those
rare times and I enjoyed myself immensely. Thank you. Training
Advisor, Turner Broadcasting
thought Katie was incredibly perceptive and able to spot out individual strengths
and weaknesses immediately, providing very personal and accurate feedback.
Account Director, GCI
of physical theatre and one of the most original creative minds weve
come across, Katie is not only an IDOLOGIST, but also a choreographer and
yoga teacher. She has worked in film and theatre with some of the best performers
of both stage and screen, and created work for, amongst others, the Royal
Shakespeare Company and her own physical theatre company, XS Dance. Oh and
then theres her British Institute of Film Award for her 15 second
yup, blink and youll miss it movie.
Katie is the funniest of the funny people at IDOLOGY, a pathological optimist, and an intuitive who can articulate clearly what most of us have been trying to put a finger on for years.
The best learning
experience I have had in my entire career to date. The big difference is that
I actually learned something about myself rather than techniques or facts
Thank you so much
for helping us pull this off. You were unbelievable, what an incredibly talented
woman you are. You made us look so good, your level of expertise and flexibility
was refreshing and inspiring.
Wholehearted, dynamic and emotionally contagious, Nikkis energy arrives in a room three minutes before she does. Over the five years she has been with IDOLOGY, she has worked with a diverse range of clients from investment bankers to media and PR companies, from graduate students to CEOs.
Nikkis individual perspective is informed by a background in the theatre, both as a performer and running her own company. Parallel to the work she does at IDOLOGY, Nikki has a career facilitating theatre workshops with young people (the toughest audience shes met yet!).
Nikki has a particular talent for helping people find their voice. Her expertise and motivational style could coax a performance out of a lampshade.
JON DRYDEN TAYLOR
Thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating session. I have attended many things like this before. However, this one was by far the best. I really learnt a lot about myself and how I can improve, and am now started on my journey to unconscious competence! Thank you! Account Manager, Geronimo
Thank you for a fantastic course it felt personal and safe, but challenging and useful at the same time. Production Manager, Warner Bros
Jon is a working actor, writer and director and not a lot of people can say that. He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1995 with an honours degree in Modern and Medieval Languages and currently has work in development with both the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hes also a writer on the BAFTA award winning That Mitchell and Webb Look.
Being a multi-talented-hyphenate makes him our most versatile coach. When you look up 'Maven' in the dictionary it just has a picture of Jon. Hes never forgotten a thing except his keys, which makes him everyones ideal 'phone a friend', but you should also know that his expertise has helped our clients win contracts so big the money wasnt even talked about.
I genuinely am
a very harsh critic but I think that everyone, even chief executives, can
benefit from this course
.It totally exceeded my expectations! Corinna
was an outstanding example of a communicator with edge, and provided constructive
feedback throughout. Thank you.
you so much for the wonderful session. Your experience and insight were extremely
Many thanks for
your patience and coaching. I really enjoyed the programme. I do think this
has really helped me
Ive already started to try and put some of the
things I learned into practice. Im finding that Im much more aware
of whats going on and feel more in control when I am present in conversations.
It was a pleasure
to have worked with you. Thank you for the experience and expertise shared.
I truly treasured that and hope that one day we cross paths again and repeat
With seventeen years experience in the world of consultancy, facilitating and coaching leadership and change management, Hilarys not as old as she should be. Before becoming a consultant, she worked in learning and development for British Airways for 10 years — but didnt need a plane to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, her latest offsite between assignments.
So shes our highest achiever, but if Hilary owned a word it would be 'wise'. She will never reach for a stock answer. In fact, shes more likely to reach for an unusual question, since her favourite thing is to help people truly think, rather than just rearrange information.
We havent met a client shes not right for or a problem she cant help solve. In fact, were pretty sure she could land it in the Hudson if need be.
Hal was fantastic
as a presenter, teacher and coach. Far beyond presenting skills, these are
I cannot tell you
the impact you had on me. You told us you love words, and I hung on every last
one of yours. You were so kind, yet so relentless, in helping us to discover
what it was that held us back from being the best we could be. Thank you!
Thanks, Hal, for
breathing so much life and humanity into our hard-working souls. I truly believe
Credit Suisse will be a better place after today.
A native Southerner, Hal has lived and thrived in New York for over 20 years. Columbia University and its diversity drew him to the wonders of the Big Apple. With an MFA in creative writing, he has written and produced many short plays and also writes substantially about golf and golf course design for an array of publications (by late summer he sports a three handicap). His love for language and character brings a literary edge to his workshops, and his intuition and understanding of people bring a depth and commitment to personal transformation. Hals clients include several of the top ten Wall Street investment banks, ESPN and Weight Watchers, where he was named leader of the year. He works mainly with senior executives who need to take their presentation skills to the next level and beyond.
IDOLOGIST-in-waiting is not a position we fill lightly. Being good at being yourself is the pre-eminent qualification, and we take great pains to choose people with the right spirit, teach them everything we know, then encourage them to make their own mistakes.
Cookie earned a Drama degree at Hull, followed by a Masters from Central School of Speech and Drama, which led to leading roles in Shakespeare in the Park, playing Juliet in an extensive Japanese tour (who knew?) and performing in the world’s longest running comedy show, the News Revue.
She was invited to join Endemol as Development Creative, where she was instrumental in developing some of the UK’s most successful TV shows before she undertook our IDOLOGY apprenticeship.
Her portfolio career also includes an indefatigable volunteer schedule, working with the homeless community and teaching kids in community theatre (slacker!) and there is nothing trending anywhere that Cookie doesn’t know about.
She has acted, directed, produced, designed, written, pitched, intuited, inspired her way into becoming a fully fledged IDOLOGIST and the most creative Life’s A Pitch coach we have (what’s more she cannot tell a lie, so don’t ask her if your bum looks big in that unless you really want to know).