Steve worked with us recently as a facilitator on our Learn, Test, Change series for local trustees.
I find Steve so thoughtful and curious, just as you’d hope a great facilitator to be – he really wants to get the best from working together.
Steve’s knowledge of our work and the wider sector helped greatly and he brought a sense of perspective and humour to some difficult circumstances. I look forward to when we can work together again.
We really enjoyed our Values Workshop with Steve, he’s a brilliant facilitator and trainer.
Not only was it fun with amazing colourful sticky notes, pens and string but it felt as if everyone’s views and, most importantly, values were listened to and validated. That’s no mean feat with such a large group and range of people!
This is what I was really keen to achieve when briefing Steve and I really felt like he spent the time listening to me. The other great thing is that he adapted his plan on the day to meet the additional needs within the group, so we really appreciated that.
I highly recommend Steve and look forward to working with him again soon.
If any of my contacts within the charity sector are thinking about coaching for themselves or for their teams, then I can not recommend Steve Allman highly enough.
His knowledge of our sector and the challenges its leaders face is second to none but his style, approach, skills, insight and personality create a really powerful environment that challenges and supports in absolute equal measure.
I really value the time I get to spend with him and I know that I’m a better leader and person for it.
I worked with Steve in his capacity as a facilitator for Home-Start UK. The work took place over 3 months and had a focus on trustee, governance and succession planning.
Steve supported the structure of the work-plan and supported participants in the main group and breakout groups. He made suggestions and proposed ideas to aid conversations and discussions and was at all times flexible when participants had issues they need to explore in-depth.
Steve has an in-depth understanding of the charity sector and of Home-Start. At all times Steve was personable, accessible, flexible and professional and I would recommend him for similar work.
Steve and I did some coaching sessions soon after I took on a new role as a charity Chief Executive.
I am so glad we connected! What I appreciated about my sessions with Steve was his ability to ask sharp questions to get to the heart of an issue.
He also has a sense of ‘been there, seen it, done it’ with regard to the charity CEO role, which was a tremendous support for someone in my position.
I felt comfortable being fully open and honest with Steve and (although it’s a cliche), he did create that ‘safe space’ for the coaching work to happen.
Steve also has a wicked sense of humour (in a good way), that both puts you at ease, but also challenges you.
Arriving at the end of 2022, and stepping into 2023, I have some clarity on my goals for the short & middle term.
I look forward to keeping up with Steve’s LinkedIn posts, which are also equally insightful and good humoured.
I reached out to Steve for coaching during the lockdown as I had previously come across several of his brilliant LinkedIn posts (If you haven’t come across them already, I urge you to do so, they’re guaranteed to raise a smile!).
Our introductory conversation generated plenty of self-reflection before we even got into the coaching discussions and being able to benefit from Steve’s vast knowledge and experience was invaluable.
Steve’s ‘real’ understanding of the sector with all its opportunities and challenges was evident, and it was a great relief not having to explain some things in detail as Steve clearly understood and ‘got it’ having been there himself. It helped that the sessions also came delivered with an amazing sense of humour!
I learned a lot about myself and admittedly it was not always easy. There were some difficult conversations to be had and reflections to face up to, yet Steve handled those sessions with compassion and sensitivity whilst being challenging and not afraid to ask those tricky questions.
Coaching with Steve was a great investment and an absolute joy. I would totally recommend working with Steve if you get the opportunity.
Steve gave a presentation on Working Together at a recent Stronger Kent Communities event. He was engaging, funny and very informative – he gave loads of good ideas for people to take away. I’d definitely recommend him.
Steve has a superb knowledge of all aspects of the charity sector all the way through from volunteering to Chairing the Board of Trustees.
He is generous with sharing his knowledge and expertise and does so in such a way that you really remember what he says – and the humour that accompanies it.
Steve has just led a strategy development session for us and in a short space of time enabled us to see so many aspects and make decisions that no amount of work over the previous 8 months had achieved.
Thanks, Steve, you are thoroughly recommended!
Steve’s refreshing, clear, no-nonsense support sets him apart. He understood me right from the start and really ‘got’ what mattered to me – which is very reassuring when you’re going in circles in your mind!
Steve and our sessions were focused, friendly, and well-organised. Compared with other coaches, my experience was:
*There’s good continuity and progression between sessions
*He really cares about you and your success
*He doesn’t play games – if he sees something obvious that you’re not seeing, he’ll say
*His observations and suggestions always moved things on productively.
Highly recommended – come to his LinkedIn for the content, and stay for the coaching!