Essentials of High Performance Programme

Learning from advances in neuroscience, mindset and performing under pressure our understanding of the brain, decision making, motivation and human behaviour has improved dramatically. Aviation, elite sport and healthcare have all embraced these advances.

Flexible, personalised and highly relevant, each day of the programme will leave participants inspired and motivated to make a difference to their lives, their careers and the lives and careers of the people they manage and work with.

EHP² Overview

The Essentials of High Performance Programme is my unique six-day flagship programme that explores, explains and improves individual, team and organisational performance.

A leadership and performance programme with a difference. One that explores the social and emotional competencies needed by today’s workforce. This programme will help your people think for themselves, improve their judgement, make better decisions and smarter choices. They will learn how to respond and perform under pressure. Participants will learn how to develop a learning philosophy and how to optimise their impact as they discover how to engage, inspire and motivate others.

Train your High Potential talent and High Performing talent to perform at their best

Why Choose EHP²?

As we emerge from the crisis of 2020, more so now than ever, it is time to update and upgrade your skills and performance. 

  • Is your organisation full of highly talented people?
  • Are they getting the results that such talented people should be getting?
  • Any of your team mentally checked-out?

The impact of line management and the behaviours of middle managers on discretionary effort is huge. The programme explores individual and team performance, preparing attendees for the highest level of leadership. It will help individuals develop creativity, adaptability, problem-solving and innovation.

The programme will instil a high-performance mindset and a high-performance philosophy. The results are engaged professionals able to inspire and motivate people around them.

During the programme we will be joined by special guests from the worlds of aviation, elite sport, media, medicine, politics and performing arts.

Who Should Attend ?

Designed for busy (no assignments, no homework) and ambitious professionals who want to challenge themselves intellectually.

For managers, team leaders and section heads looking to transition into leadership roles and for those recently, or about to be, promoted into leadership positions.


Managing your own performance - manage your energy not your time

Are you looking after yourself ? Your employees? Your teammates ?  Looking after ourselves is a necessity not a luxury. This opening day of the programme will help people improve their confidence, resilience and wellbeing. We will explore how our emotions impact our work, out teammates and our performance. 

The relationship between mental health and the workplace is a complex one. Good mental health is good business. Sometimes work itself, either the work environment or poor middle management behaviours and leadership practices can contribute to or cause illness. When people come to me for executive coaching and they realise that they are in a psychologically safe, confidential space, they emotionally vomit all over me.

Leaders who understand the human side of work can improve employee engagement, recognise employee purpose and realise discretionary effort, enabling people to thrive at work and perform to their potential. The ability to reboot and recharge is a real skill. A skill that can learned and practiced. Don’t let you or your employee’s health take a back seat. 

What we will cover
  • Leadership and psychological first aid
  • Professional dissonance and burnout
  • Stress, fatigue and human performance
  • Mental toughness and mindset
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Navigating tough times at work – lessons from the crisis
  • Applied positive psychology
  • Happiness traps and how to avoid them
  • Helping the overloaded and overwhelmed employee
  • When your best is not enough
  • Resilience or stubbornness, what's the difference?
  • Looking after yourself - the resilience prescription

Behavioural economics – steering into the skid, closing the intention/action gap

Behavioural economics will provide you with a fascinating understanding of how people think, how decisions are made and how to use insights from behavioural and implementation science to understand and influence customer and colleague decision-making. To ignore our updated understanding of how humans make decisions is a recipe for resistance and failure for most change management initiatives - whether they are personal, professional or organisational. 

A highly engaging, intellectually stimulating and thought provoking workshop using a blend of experience, discussion and case studies. Attendees will also be introduced to the latest evidence around shared decision-making and motivational interviewing as techniques to improve success in coaching and understanding successful long term behavioural change.

We will discuss and review, through a behavioural economics lens, the failed projects, the wasted resources and the resistance to change. We'll take a look at some of the successes too!

Participants will leave Day 2 of the programme with crucial insights into understanding employee, customer and consumer behaviour and how to close the gap between intentions and actions.

What we will cover
  • Cognitive biases
  • Destructive habits
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Behavioural change in the workplace
  • Choice architecture and making smarter decisions
  • Placebo, people and professionals
  • Motivation and employee engagement
  • Psychology of change
  • Emotions and decision making
  • Dealing with uncertainty
  • Trolleyology – risk and benefit
  • The Last Mile and human behaviour

Human performance is variable - human factors for business

Day 3 of the EHP² programme is a captivating workshop exploring how business can  learn from the aviation, nuclear, healthcare and elite sport industries to improve performance. All recognised as high performance, highly reliable industries. Whilst it’s easy to think that your teams are fully engaged, understanding what’s going on beneath the surface can be the difference between success and failure.

Over the last 10 years, the NHS has been the latest industry to embrace human factors as it strives to deliver world-class healthcare. An increased understanding of the impact of human factors on individual and team performance can improve employee engagement, motivation and learning, reducing errors, and improving the bottom line.

This unique and highly engaging, interactive workshop uses a blend of experience, discussion and case studies from the worlds of aviation, elite sport and healthcare to understand human factors and team dynamics in performing under pressure.

The transferable messages for business are clear and obvious. 


What we will cover
  • Ego and authority gradients
  • Courage and speaking truth to power
  • Decision making & cognitive load
  • Error management and blame
  • The limits of expertise
  • When things go wrong
  • Systems and humans
  • Communication during a crisis
  • The limits of human performance
  • Human factors and performing under pressure
  • Situational awareness
  • Coping with fatigue

It’s not the smartest team that wins, it’s the safest - high performing culture

Day 4 of the programme will look at the latest research and understanding in individual and team performance. Many teams may be less engaged than they appear. High performing teams are rare. Without trust, problem solving slows, innovation is stifled and personal growth stagnates. Encouraging your teams to work harder isn’t usually the answer.

One of my favourite workshops to facilitate, we will explore the bonds and interactions between team members that are essential to personal and team performance. Understanding the subtle chemistry that keeps these bonds intact can be the catalyst for high performing teams.

We will continue to analyse case studies from some of the best ‘teams’ of all time from the worlds of sport, business, healthcare and performing arts.
In sport, when teamwork falls down, we lose a match, a game or a tournament. In aviation and healthcare the result can be a lot, lot worse.

During the day we will be joined by coaches and performance analysts from the world of elite sport. 

What we will cover
  • Teamship & leading professionals
  • Understanding your culture and supporting the toxic handler
  • Psychological safety
  • Diversity & cognitive diversity and the benefits of difference
  • Dialogue & powerful conversations
  • Individual and team tension, dealing with mavericks
  • Developing characteristics of a high performing team
  • Conflict & chemistry
  • Leading dispersed teams
  • Self managing teams
  • Derailment and darkside dynamics
  • Leaders as the carriers of culture

Communicating with impact – engage people’s hearts and minds

Over the years, I’ve worked with hundreds of senior leaders and clients to improve their executive presence, presentation style and storytelling skills. What makes some people more influential and engaging than others? You don't need to be slick or polished, and you don't have to be tall or good looking, but you do have to engage, inspire and motivate. If your strategy is to knock your audience and staff into submission with facts, fear and authority, then think again.

Without these key communication skills your expert knowledge and ideas can be diluted and have limited impact. There is an opportunity for you to be different. Learn to how to engage people’s hearts and minds. 

This workshop always proves to be a real hit, with the learning and insights staying with you for the rest of your career – whether you’re pitching, presenting, networking or selling. You will learn how to become a fearless speaker and communicate with confidence, influence and authority. With deliberate practice you can become a communicator, leader and executive that inspires, motivates and takes people with you.

Day 5 of the programme will help you develop your executive presence and increase your impact, winning over audiences large and small, including investors, selection panels and interviewers, as you emotionally connect with your audience to show why your ideas matter. 

What we will cover
  • Influencing and persuasion
  • Understand how people consume information
  • Presenting with impact
  • Storytelling as a leadership tool
  • The five styles of decision makers
  • Personal branding
  • Speaking with gravitas
  • Build your confidence
  • Emotional leakage and micro expressions
  • Pecha Kucha and other presenting techniques
  • Understanding the stage
  • How to become an authentic speaker

If you want to grow your company, then grow your people - coaching for performance

The final face-to-face day of the EHP² programme draws the elements from the previous sessions together. We will review the social, psychodynamic and human side of organisational life with the insights from the group discussions during the program.

Great careers don’t just happen, they take planning and skill. We will explore the secret doors to performance, identifying your blind spots and recognising potential career limiting habits.

Coaching is the real cognitive enhancer.  A unique and powerful resource that can increase employee and team performance in a dramatic way. It is one of the most helpful ways to develop self awareness and performance capabilities. Once clients understand the transformational nature of genuine executive coaching it shifts their perspective, improving performance, confidence and wellbeing. They learn to ask better questions, have stronger more meaningful conversations and really listen to what people are saying. They take people with them and accelerate their careers.

What we will cover
  • Understanding your career potential
  • Are you solving the right problems?
  • Effective leadership v successful leadership
  • Blind spots and career limiting habits
  • Growth and fixed mindset
  • The skills you take for granted
  • Move from boss to coach
  • Dangers of micromanagement
  • The transition from manager to leader
  • Coaching models, tools and techniques
  • Information Mastery
  • Recruit your coach and mentor

EHP² Programme

“amazing day on high performance leadership”