I’ve worked with Steve now for nearly a year. I have worked through difficult times and got through some tough ‘stuff’ including some major Imposter Syndrome. Steve has always asked the right questions that made me realise that I do have the answers I’m after, (most of the time!). I would thoroughly recommend to Steve to anyone that needs some positive inspiration and I will definitely be working with him again as coaching is not just for Christmas!
I’ve been a client of Steve’s for the last six months, with our sessions being immensely helpful to me, both in terms of unpacking and reframing historical challenges and experiences (which I didn’t know I needed to unpack, but absolutely did), but also exploring how I think about myself in my current role, and helping clarify my future career choices and options.
Steve’s relaxed approach, challenge of my thought processes and emotions, as well as laser like focus on getting to the heart of the matter, has helped me immensely and I’m now equipped with healthier thought processes and effective coping mechanisms.
I’ve worked with many coaches in the past, and Steve will be my ‘go-to’ in future. I’ll definitely work with him again and can’t recommend him highly enough.
I was sceptical about coaching in general but with Steve, how wrong I was! Steve’s no-nonsense, straight to the point approach was refreshing. He understood me, my present and future goals really swiftly. He brought me much needed perspective, reframing and grounding, and even though it’s been a while since our sessions, I’m still reaping rewards. Thanks to Steve, I no longer feel ‘trapped’ in an industry sector. My only regret – not reaching out to Steve sooner!
I connected with Steve after following his thought provoking posts on LinkedIn. As a new CEO having a space to reflect and be challenged has been enormously helpful. The relationship felt comfortable from the off and it was easy to develop rapport and trust. Steve makes you feel like he has a genuine interest in you/ your work and despite completing our sessions I’ll stay in touch and follow more of his provocative posts. If you need someone who knows their way around the charity sector and its frustrating quirks Steve is your man.
I have always enjoyed reading Steve’s posts on LinkedIn – very much no nonsense, make a lot of sense, and very relatable. And a good sense of humour!
I booked a one-off session with Steve to get an idea of what it would be like to work with a coach, not expecting (if I’m honest) to get much out of one session. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I got so much out of it in ways that I really wasn’t expecting.
Right away Steve was able to get a good picture of where I was at professionally, and when he fed back what he was hearing it was a real eye opener for me, allowing me to take away some important points for reflection. I would recommend even just one session with Steve, as it was something that (even many weeks later) I am still reflecting on, and using to help me make decisions about my professional next steps.
Steve kicked off our first-ever event, and it’s safe to say it was an overwhelming success! His talk on “How to Navigate the Minefield of Charity Leadership” was not only engaging but also provided great insights, offering valuable takeaways to our attendees.
Despite the event being virtual, Steve’s presence and energy made it just as engaging as an in-person event, and he had us all laughing at his jokes!
The communication process throughout was seamless, a refreshing change from the challenges often faced when organising and liaising with speakers, and he promptly posted a write-up of his talk on our website.
The feedback we received from his talk was amazing, and I can’t think of a better speaker to have launched our events. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Steve and recommend him to my colleagues every chance I get!
We recently worked with Steve to explore our ethical framework for fundraising and investment. It’s a potentially challenging topic so I felt a little trepidation but Steve immediately put me at ease.
After introducing the work to the Board he followed up with individual calls with each Trustee to explore their personal perspectives before facilitating a half day workshop to tease out any issues and develop a shared approach.
Steve’s style, use of humour and real world examples encouraged everyone to contribute, question and collaborate. He skilfully managed the workshop to help us reach a conclusion that everyone was comfortable with and both staff and Trustees enjoyed it.
Steve’s report was a focussed summary of what we’d agreed and we are now using it to build our policies and processes. He was a dream to work with and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Steve.
I got a huge amount from working with Steve and I’d recommend him to anyone, particularly if you are struggling to find the time to step back. Doing so really gave me the opportunity to get much better perspective both professionally and personally. Steve is really personable and easy to get along with, so it’s really worthwhile whether you’re looking at working with him over a short or longer period. He uses tools which you can put into practice in your every day work, so you can really feel the difference very quickly.
Steve facilitated a charity development day for our small NHS charity. It was a first for us and we were all amazed at how much we achieved in just half a day! It was invaluable to have an outside perspective to draw out conversations and perspectives from the group. Steve worked brilliantly with all the attendees who represented a broad range of roles from within the charity and from the NHS Trust. Our aim by the end of the session was to have worked our way to an agreed Vision for the Charity, which we did! I would highly recommend Steve, we found the day very valuable, energising and have used our feedback report as a jumping off point for further development.
Steve is great! There are lot of coaches out there of varying quality, but Steve has walked the walk and can clearly and compassionately talk the talk. He was consummately professional – well organised, focussed and absolutely knew his stuff. I got such a lot out of every session – highly recommended!
I approached Steve via linkedin, initially because I liked his humorous posts! Working in a Charity often feels constantly challenging and demanding, and I appreciate the levity that Steve brings to our sessions. So, if you need to find the humour even amidst the darkest situations, then you are in the right place. But Steve is so much more than this and is an excellent coach. He has challenged me, opened my eyes to how I work, understanding what I’m about, and subsequently, I, and my organisation as a result, have really benefited from my time with Steve.
Steve has been a brilliant source of support for me over the last year and a bit. After seeing some of his Linkedin posts, I was interested to find out more about the coaching he does and felt it was going to be important in my development as CEO in a small charity. From the start, that proved to be the case, and I have saw real personal growth in my development. Steve has a brilliant way of helping you find the answers, and providing you the base to develop them further. If you are considering developing in your role, I would highly recommend getting in touch with Steve.
Working with Steve is transformational!
Becoming CEO of a VCSE Sector infrastructure organisation at the beginning of the pandemic led to some complex issues and challenges. Coaching with Steve gave me the space for me to reflect, problem-solve and become confident in my abilities to lead the organisation. The sessions were productive, thought-provoking and inspiring.
Being an experienced VCSE Sector leader and ambassador, Steve intuitively knows the challenges faced by charity CEOs and helps them to reflect and see the significant impact they make.
Steve coaches with care, kindness and not a small amount of humour and role models positive behaviours. He unlocks the potential in those he coaches leading to immediate results but also long-term change for individuals and, in turn, organisations.
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Steve. Always a learning experience and our sessions leave a lasting impact for me both professionally and personally.
Steve combines real insightfulness and warmth with the rare ability to show you where (and help you plan how) you need to develop.
This highly thoughtful and skilled approach and his real depth of understanding of the role of the charity CEO (and great use of humour!) means coaching with him is the right balance of action orientated, reflective and supportive.
I worked with Steve in my first year as a new CEO and found his support, insight and challenge an absolute lifeline in navigating the complexities of small charity leadership, in particular leading for change. Cannot recommend him highly enough!
Steve has used his skills and experience to develop senior leaders to improve their impact in our charity. His pragmatic and iterative approach encourages quick progress and a balanced and measured response to every type of challenge.
Steve’s outlook on leadership is refreshing and based on realistic outcomes with authenticity high on the agenda. I would recommend every senior leader or CEO in the Third Sector to have a session with Steve!
Steve facilitated our board away day at North Kent Mind. He delivered a dynamic, entertaining and thought-provoking day. Steve gave his time before, during and after the day. I felt it was of excellent value and our board came away with concrete actions and plans. His facilitation is first class and Steve is a very likeable, approachable consultant, who makes people at all levels feel at ease.
Coaching with Steve has helped to restore my confidence following a challenging few months in a previous role and develop my leadership skills and style as I transition into being a first-time charity Chief Executive.
Steve has provided the perfect balance of insightful and honest critical reflection and supportive encouragement. Our coaching sessions have enabled me to feel more self-assured in leading ‘my way’, and also encourage my colleagues to recognise and develop their own leaderships skills.
Steve’s input has enabled me to learn more about myself as a person, and as a leader, at a crucial time in my career, to grow from his wisdom and guidance and feel better prepared for the challenges that I’m likely to face in my role as a charity CEO.
Steve delivered two sessions for us at our NHS Charities Together national conference; one on Terrific Terminology and one on Marvellous Methodology. Feedback from attendees was particularly positive on the Terrific Terminology session.
Steve really engaged the room, pitching the session at the right level, and managing to get a lot of information across in a short space of time – with a good level of humour and a confident, relaxed style.
The planning and development process wasn’t without its challenges, but Steve turned up and delivered, creating a good foundation for further conversations on impact! I am looking forward to working together on a webinar later in the year.
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!
I’ll be forever grateful to Steve for his support and wisdom during a challenging time. His comforting but honest style was helpful in allowing me to see and take control of things and shift my mindset.
Steve is a very skilled coach, carefully but purposefully navigating you through each session and is great at helping you reflect.
Throughout my sessions with him, I felt supported and listened to; (it’s a great skill to be able to ‘actively listen’ to people and Steve is adept at it) and he helped me to regain my confidence through reminding me of the things I do well.
I also bagged an exciting new job as a result of my renewed confidence and without Steve’s coaching, I know I might not have the self-assurance to take the leap of faith and push myself out of my comfort zone.
One of the nicest things Steve said to me during my coaching was that I was very authentic, something which is also very true of Steve and his approach and values is reflective of that.
I’d happily (and have already) recommend Steve to anyone!
Steve’s coaching has definitely helped me regain my confidence. Not only that, the sessions managed to help me to understand why I had lost my confidence in the first place.
Steve’s coaching has enabled me to understand more about myself as a leader and helped me to develop my skills, encouraging me to have faith in myself and my abilities.
He has the ability to carefully steer each session with the perfect balance of reflection and compassion, ensuring you feel comfortable and listened to.
He is a really genuine guy and I am grateful he has been part of this journey with me, providing me with the tools to become the leader I want to be.
I would most certainly recommend Steve as a coach and look forward to catching up with him for a final reflection in due course.
I reached out to Steve last year for coaching support, having caught my eye with his always-honest, often-brutal observations of leadership in the charity sector. I’d recently finished my PG Cert and as part of the reflective practice element, had graduated with a ‘to do’ list for self-improvement, including the recognition that I had early signs of professional burn-out and felt a bit stuck in a rut, wondering ‘what’s next?’. I was getting itchy feet to do more, not less.
As it turned out, over the weeks that followed, we ended up ignoring this ’to do’ list. Instead, we worked together to find the areas of work and home that gave me energy and help me to thrive, alongside having to do ‘business as usual’.
Steve helped me to see (literally in my diary) there are only so many hours in the day, and that it is my right and within my gift to put some boundaries back in for things I enjoy. Together, we uncovered the importance of creativity, being an advocate for causes I love, high levels of trust, responsibility and freedom, and time spent outdoors.
I’m still learning, adjusting and certainly have blips and bumps in terms of priorities, but I very much value having this new list to return to, focused on my strengths and preferences, and not my weaknesses.
It’s been great working with Steve and dedicating a supportive time to consider my leadership style, my impact and my development.
In the time I have worked with Steve as a coach my confidence has grown and I have been able to explore different elements of my leadership style, particularly as I consider my changing role into increasingly senior positions.
Our sessions are enjoyable and I never come away feeling Steve has told me the answer to any challenge I discuss, but rather he has helped me to find a resolution myself – and often it is purely giving me the confidence to go with the action I already know to be the right one.
I would definitely recommend Steve’s coaching and support for any aspiring leader.
I have really enjoyed working with Steve in my role as Chair of a Trustee Board of a medium sized charity. He has really helped improve my confidence and increase my skills – he is unflinchingly honest and direct and also very witty at appropriate moments.
His observations on leadership and chairing an effective board have been both helpful and incisive and I feel confident moving forward that we can function more dynamically and focus on strategy and future development rather than worrying about the broken door!
He’s very engaging and personable and really gets the sector which is so important. I will miss working with him and I always enjoyed our sessions. I would really recommend him.
Steve nailed our team away day today. He listened to the brief, developed a great session plan which was engaging and fun and he managed the energy and pace brilliantly. It’s Steve’s experience in the charity sector (he’s been there and got the t-shirt) coupled with his fun and engaging style that made him a perfect fit for us. If you’ve over away days that feel like PowerPoint overload or where you’re expected to build a life raft out of two pencils and a paper clip, then I’d highly recommend a conversation with Steve, you won’t be disappointed.
I have been working with Steve over the last 6 months and would definitely recommend him to coach you. Steve’s open and honest approach, along with his fantastic sense of humour really added to our sessions.
His ability to grasp the complexities of the situation that you are working within and the trials that we often face are immense and have really supported me through some demanding and challenging times to get to a place where I truly understand my own strengths and weakness and can adapt to the situations I encounter.
I now am clear about my own expectations; I learned a lot about myself and admittedly it was not always easy.
There were some difficult conversations/ challenges to overcome, yet Steve handled those sessions face-on but with kindness, compassion and sensitivity.
Steve’s training at our away day for The Cowshed Charity was an incredible experience.
His humour, unique ideas, friendliness, and ability to make us think outside the box left a lasting impact on our team.
Steve created an enjoyable and inclusive environment that empowered us to embrace our strengths and explore new possibilities.
We are immensely grateful for his exceptional guidance and highly recommend him for transformative training experiences.
I was referred to Steve for a 2-hour session to help with my next career move following a charity restructuring.
I would highly recommend his coaching services. Steve provided practical and emotional support and advice that has really helped me determine potential career path.
His approach is laid back, funny and friendly – it’s like a chat with a friend who happens to be a brilliant charity sector coach.
Steve ran a really engaging Governance Workshop for our Trustees at Home-Start in Suffolk. We left the day refreshed, re-invigorated and with a plan of action – just what we needed.
Sometimes a Board of Trustees needs to step away from the usual routine to think and work together. This was a perfect blend of personal thinking time, team activities, teamwork and ultimately establishing a way forward. I heartily recommend Steve.
Steve sat on a panel at a Getting on Board discussion on “Boards behaving badly”. He was funny, hard-hitting, perceptive and entertaining! He has a lovely way of always being the person to cut through the noise and point out how the people involved with charities can do better.
Steve ran a great session on internal values and behaviour at our recent staff residential. He was highly professional and very personable from our first point of contact. He listened to what I thought we needed as an organisation, gave suggestions and guidance and shaped the session to achieve our desired outcomes. The session was relaxed, well-planned and extremely productive. Steve managed the room really well, keeping all 55 team members engaged (and smiling) during the 3-hour session. Feedback from staff has been very positive. I would definitely recommend Steve to other charities.