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4D Leadership

4D Leadership – Competitive Advantage Through Vertical Leadership Development

Twenty years ago the accumulation of skills, knowledge and experience (‘horizontal development’) was sufficient for business success. Today, it’s not. 4D Leadership – Competitive Advantage Through Vertical Leadership Development, offers a new approach of ‘vertical development’.

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Dr Alan Watkins to speak at Compassionate Mind International Conference

Event: Dr Alan Watkins to speak at Compassionate Mind International Conference

Dr Alan Watkins has been invited to speak at The Compassionate Mind Foundation’s 5th International Conference on Thursday 20th October 2016

Posted on: 14 Sep 2016 in News & events

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Feature: How to find a job you love

Dr Alan Watkins features in the latest edition of Changeboard magazine in an article asking experts to say, in less than 100 words their advice on ‘How to find a job you love’. Here’s what Dr Alan had to say: “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the …Read more

Posted on: 18 Aug 2016 in Blog & HRD

What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

Blog: What to do when you feel overwhelmed

Dr Alan Watkins features in Success Magazine on ‘What to do when you feel overwhelmed’. “Did you wake up with a sinking feeling this morning? Maybe your to-do list got longer. Maybe you’re frustrated by lack of time. Maybe you’re tired because you didn’t get to bed early. Whatever it is, you’re overwhelmed. When you feel overwhelmed, …Read more

Posted on: 16 Aug 2016 in Personal development


Event: Dr Alan Watkins, to feature on international Conscious Business webinar

Humanity’s Team will be hosting a series of webinars featuring world-renowned visionaries and leaders: Ken Wilber, Elisabet Sahtouris, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Andrew Harvey and Complete Coherence’s CEO, Dr Alan Watkins on Thursday 15th September 2016.

Posted on: 11 Aug 2016 in News & events

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News: Dr Alan Watkins on anger management for BBC Radio Stoke

 Dr Alan Watkins was invited to appear as a guest on BBC Radio Stoke with James Watt, answering listener’s questions about stress and anger management. The interview focused on: How does stress affect us at a biological level? Can stress lead to anger and vice versa? How do we not get stuck in our anger …Read more

Posted on: 10 Aug 2016 in News & events

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News: Crowdocracy hits Los Angeles

The Icelandic Pirate Party, one of Europe’s most popular political groups has hit the headlines across the pond, featuring in an article in the Los Angeles Times. The Pirate Party continues the vogue to return power to the people and it this new vision for democracy that warrants a reference in the article to Complete Coherence’s …Read more

Posted on: 10 Aug 2016 in News & events


News: Complete Coherence at the Olympics

Complete Coherence have been working closely with GB Rowing Team over the last four years and in particular in the run up to the Olympic Games in Rio. Like the rest of the nation we will be excitedly following the journey of the athletes through the games and we will keep you posted of their …Read more

Posted on: 09 Aug 2016 in News & events


Event: Praise at the Boyden World Conference

Dr Alan Watkins presented at the Boyden World Conference in the vibrant city of Copenhagen. His presentation on Being Brilliant Everyday got to the heart of many issues faced by us all in today’s complex and fast-paced world. As one delegate commented – “I was greatly impressed with your presentation and the content. It has …Read more

Posted on: 17 Jun 2016 in News & events

Stop talking about CEO stress, start acting

Stop talking about CEO stress, start acting

Sadly, once again, we read headlines about the stresses facing CEOs – this time the suicide of a former chief executive of a major insurance firm. The pressures on such individuals can sometimes overwhelm. Surely, it’s now time to recognise this phenomenon and do something about it.   Doing something about it means getting over …Read more

Posted on: 15 Jun 2016 in CEO

Getting to the heart of performance

The Heart Rate Variability (HRV) white paper explains how HRV is crucial to effective decision making and therefore your performance. It describes how you can learn to take control of your HRV to become a truly authentic leader and be brilliant every day.  Click the link below to download our HRV white paper. HRV White …Read more

Posted on: 07 Jun 2016 in White papers

Harness the power of your emotions

Dr Alan Watkins has been interviewed by CityAM this morning, following his guest appearance at Changeboard’s Future of Talent Conference in London yesterday. For all of you that couldn’t make it Dr Alan Watkins wrote a piece on how to harness the power of your emotions in CityAM’s March paper.  

Posted on: 02 Mar 2016 in Blog



Dr Alan’s first book Coherence 

Posted on: 29 Oct 2015 in Books

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54 miles towards four great causes

At Complete Coherence we are really focused on giving back to the community and supporting those who have supported us at the lowest of times. Nine months ago Carol’s daughter, Kelly, was severely injured when a horse kicked her in the head at her local stables. Kelly was treated at Southampton General Hospital on the …Read more

Posted on: 28 Aug 2015 in News and events & CSR

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World Class Leadership Model

  The most brilliant leaders in the world realise that there are four main areas that they need to focus on in order to deliver outstanding results. Unfortunately most leaders spend 80-95% of their time focused solely on commercial performance in the top left hand quadrant and do not build a system around themselves that frees themselves …Read more

Posted on: 25 Feb 2015 in Core Story

Map Skill

Posted on: 04 Feb 2015 in News and events


Posted on: 04 Feb 2015 in News and events


Talent Management

How do you decide who to promote? Get it wrong and it can massively slow down a team and organisation. The easy part is looking at their performance to date, knowing what they have done, however, a promotion as to be forward looking. You have to try to assess the potential of a leader to step into the new role. So what do you measure to actually know you can promote them 1 or 2 levels and they will succeed.

Posted on: 26 Jan 2015 in Client clips & Core Story

Cultural Confusion

Posted on: 26 Jan 2015 in Client clips

Vertical Development

What is vertical development? What most organisations think of as development is actually learning. It is the acquisition of skills, knowledge and experience. While, this ’horizontal’ learning is still very important, it is not the same as ‘vertical’ development. Vertical development changes the game. It creates new capability and capacity. Think of a six year …Read more

Posted on: 26 Jan 2015 in Client clips

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Leadership Network Analysis

The buzzword at the moment seems to be networks but no one seems to understand how to get meaningful data from them. We researched the topic and found the most important metrics to look at when analysing your organisation network as well as some other things you ought to know about them. One client called it our software the “Holy grail” because it helps focus investment and get powerful analysis of organisation effectiveness.

Posted on: 26 Jan 2015 in Client clips & Core Story

Alan Watkins

Dr Alan Watkins to present at CIPD Annual Conference

Dr Watkins takes vertical development and coherence to a HR audience later this year at the CIPD Annual Conference in Manchester, on 5th November 2014. His session covers key topics such as: Leveraging your biology to permanently enhance performance  The critical difference between learning and development Practical techniques to strengthen a leader’s decision making Limited spaces are …Read more

Posted on: 01 Sep 2014 in News and events

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Keynote presentation from Dr Alan Watkins at IEBC, Dublin (23 October 2014)

Hear Dr Alan Watkins in person at the IEBC Annual HR Leadership Summit in Dublin, Ireland on 23 October 2014. Dr Watkins’ session entitled ‘Your brilliance every day: the biological basis of leadership’ promises to reveal the the science behind leadership. He will explain how the best leaders in the world think about leadership and …Read more

Posted on: 19 Aug 2014 in News and events


Future of Talent Interview with Dr Alan watkins

Dr Alan Watkins interview after keynoting at Future of Talent Conference hosted by Changeboard (August 2014).     

Posted on: 17 Aug 2014 in News and events


Leadership Energy Profile™

Overview Leaders need energy. At Complete Coherence, years of research and experience have enabled us to develop sophisticated tools to accurately measure and therefore accelerate a leader’s mastery of his or her energy. The Leadership Energy Profile is the first step towards this mastery. It is based around our unique and objective 24-hour assessment of …Read more

Posted on: 07 Aug 2014 in Assessments

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Integrated Assessment System

All of our assessments are housed in our IAS so if you are scheduled to take an assessment or would like to view your results you can find it all here. If you have an assessment with us login in here.

Posted on: 04 Aug 2014 in Client login

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E-development Academy

Our e-development academy delivers the latest content created by Complete Coherence to help embed development deeper within an organisation. Click here to login to the e-development academy.

Posted on: 04 Aug 2014 in Client login


Leadership Maturity Profile™ (LMP)

Overview Our ability to lead effectively in a rapidly changing commercial world is hugely influenced by our level of maturity. If we can only see the world from one, ego-centric vantage point then we may be able to drive things forward rapidly in an autocratic way but we may struggle to take others with us. …Read more

Posted on: 03 Aug 2014 in Assessments

Leadership Values Profile

Leadership Values Profile™

Overview Many businesses now accept that culture is a critical driver of organisational success. As a result executive boards often decide to drive a cultural transformation by rolling out a new set of company values across the business. Such top down approaches rarely work because they fail to acknowledge the current value systems at play. Similarly many team …Read more

Posted on: 03 Aug 2014 in Assessments

Team Energy Grid

Team Energy Grid™

Overview Even the most talented and developed groups of individuals struggle to deliver if they cannot gel and work together effectively. Efficient teams accelerate and energise one another, whereas inefficient or mismatched teams drain their members and hinder output. The Team Energy Grid (TEG) quantifies this energy and provides objective, anonymous data to allow the team to …Read more

Posted on: 03 Aug 2014 in Assessments

Leadership Network Analysis

Leadership Network Analysis™

Overview Leaders achieve success through connecting and influencing others. However, the quality and depth of the connections between senior leaders and within executive teams is rarely examined. In recent years sophisticated analytical techniques have been developed to study the type and strength of such relationships in organisations. Our Leadership Network Analysis™ (LNA) draws on this research …Read more

Posted on: 03 Aug 2014 in Assessments

Leadership Behavioural Profile

Leadership Behavioural Profile™

Overview Behaviours have long been an important element in modern assessments. The Leadership Behavioural Profile (LBP) builds on this tradition, but is a more transformational assessment with clear identification of development. The LBP consists of 360 feedback from peers, often coupled with observation or interviews conducted by expert behavioural consultants. Results are precise, informative and presented through an …Read more

Posted on: 03 Aug 2014 in Assessments


Clarity of purpose

“Understanding that core purpose gave the whole finance team and me a new perspective. The whole process has been very motivating for team.”

Posted on: 01 Aug 2014 in Team development case studies


Emotional engagement

“Our old way of operating had been all about driving individual performance. In nine months we moved to a more human and engaging leadership style that supported organic growth.”

Posted on: 01 Aug 2014 in Team development case studies


Event: Dr Alan Watkins keynotes at Changeboard Future of Talent

Dr Alan Watkins’ keynote presentation at this Changeboard event on 9th July 2014 was entitled ‘How to be wired for successful futures’. In the session, Alan shared insights into the importance of vertical development to higher levels of performance. He also used a live demonstration of a Heart Rate Variability (HRV) assessment to demonstrate how …Read more

Posted on: 01 Aug 2014 in News and events & News & events


Round-the-world yacht racing

Mike Golding is one of Britain’s greatest sailors and Complete Coherence is helping him achieve the perfect state for one of his toughest assignments to date.

Posted on: 30 Jul 2014 in Blog & Sporting case studies

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GB Rowing

Six of the nine medals at the London 2012 Olympics came from the seven crews and coaches Complete Coherence worked with.

Posted on: 30 Jul 2014 in Blog & Sporting case studies

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Consistent high performance

“The biggest change for me has been that I can now operate much more consistently throughout the day and the week.”

Posted on: 30 Jul 2014 in Blog & Executive coaching case studies

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Stretched thinking

“Alan brings strength and objectivity. He helps us get to an end and is quite challenging, but we always come up with an outcome at the end.”

Posted on: 30 Jul 2014 in Blog & Executive coaching case studies

Denise Quan

Denise Quan

Denise has broad experience of a number of market sectors with specialism in international transactions.

Posted on: 25 Jul 2014 in People

Louise Raisbeck

Louise Raisbeck

Louise has more than 20 years experience of working with global multinational companies providing marketing expertise across multiple sectors and disciplines.

Posted on: 24 Jul 2014 in People


Rebecca Warcup

Rebecca Warcup is Complete Coherence’s office manager. She is supremely efficient at managing our back office team with a focused eye on accuracy to help the team operate.

Posted on: 23 Jul 2014 in People


Isabelle Ogland

Isabelle studied Law at Exeter University, and graduated from St Andrews with a MSc in Psychology. Her curious, focused and compassionate outlook, enables her to provide the high quality service required for her role.

Posted on: 21 Jul 2014 in People

Leanne Gillard

Leanne Oakley

Leanne has a wealth of experience in event coordination through her work with local charities. She brings in a calm, controlled manner to all the events she manages.

Posted on: 20 Jul 2014 in People

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Yvonne Rowland

Yvonne Rowland is personal assistant to our CEO. She has experience keeping calm under pressure having previously worked as a rapid response telephone call handler.

Posted on: 19 Jul 2014 in People

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Ruth Walczak

Ruth worked with us as a client before joining the team. She was a professional athlete in the GB Rowing Team, winning double World and European Championship medals and brings her experience from high performance sport to her role as a practitioner.

Posted on: 18 Jul 2014 in People

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Oliver Dawes

Ollie joined the team as part of the Assessments Department where he used his background in Neuroscience (BSc 2:1 Cardiff University) to further develop our world-leading psychometric assessments and data analytics tools.

Posted on: 17 Jul 2014 in People

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Orowa Sikder

Orowa runs the Assessment and Analytics department of Complete Coherence, where he balances commercial insight with technical expertise. Having attended Oxford University on a full scholarship, he graduated with a first class honours in economics before pursuing research interests in psychometrics. He is currently completing a PhD in Psychology and Computer Science at UCL, specialising in dynamic social network analysis.

Posted on: 16 Jul 2014 in People

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Ceri Stokes

Practitioner Ceri Stokes is dedicated to helping her clients define what makes the greatest difference in the shortest time frame, to deliver their commercial objectives. Ceri has a first class degree in Human Biology and began her career at a Sunday Times Fast track 100 company. Since joining Complete Coherence she has developed into a coach …Read more

Posted on: 15 Jul 2014 in People & Practitioners


Fast-track team performance

“It worked. Within six months, we had stabilised the operation. Within 12 months we had not only fixed the problem, we had became number one in the industry.”

Posted on: 14 Jul 2014 in Blog & Team development case studies


Gestur Palmason

International Practitioner Gestur Palmason has in a short period of time become an established and recognised coach in Iceland. He has coached individuals in various sectors including sports, politics, business, healthcare, media, and government agencies, mostly focusing on performance and decision making in stressful situations. He has spoken at conferences, on radio and been quoted in …Read more

Posted on: 14 Jul 2014 in People & Practitioners


Iman Stratenus

International AssociateIman Stratenus has a wealth of international commercial experience having been CEO of TNT Express in China running their complex cross-border logistics business. He consolidated that business and led a large scale cultural change programme which also transformed the level of trust within TNT Express. He published a book on his experiences called In …Read more

Posted on: 13 Jul 2014 in People & Practitioners

Philippa Clarke

Pip Clarke

Senior Practitioner Pip Clarke is a senior commercial executive with a passion for sales, human development and commercial differentiation. She has a real sense for how to create a winning strategy and develop commercial value for clients through understanding their markets, commercial priorities and being how to engage people behind the key challenges. The return …Read more

Posted on: 10 Jul 2014 in People & Practitioners

Rachel Woolf

Rachel Woolf

Senior Practitioner Rachel Woolf is a highly experienced international coach and facilitator who specialises in leadership, strategy and top team development. She has extensive managerial experience and has also been a GB Rowing medallist at numerous world championships. Rachel has lived and worked in New York, Osaka and London and has driven global leadership and talent …Read more

Posted on: 09 Jul 2014 in People & Practitioners


Peter Dawson

Peter Dawson is an experienced executive who has spent over 15 years working in board level positions including being CEO of a FTSE 250 property company.

Posted on: 08 Jul 2014 in People


Katie Ledger

Katie was a TV news presenter for BBC, ITN & Channel 5. She now uses her expertise as a conference facilitator, speaker & coach helping clients communicate with impact.

Posted on: 06 Jul 2014 in People

Alan Littlefield

Alan Littlefield

Alan Littlefield has spent more than fifteen years of his career in HR and leadership development. He has extensive experience facilitating team development across a broad range of clients.

Posted on: 05 Jul 2014 in People

Chris Parry

Chris Parry

Chris has been a successful entrepreneur, held senior executive roles, and has extensive consulting experience. She has a passion for, and conducted research, focused on women in leadership

Posted on: 04 Jul 2014 in People

Carol Evans

Carol Evans

Carol has held senior board level positions since 1988 and as a result has a sound understanding of the demands of all aspects of business development.

Posted on: 03 Jul 2014 in People

Sarah Watkins

Sarah Watkins

Sarah is a co-founder of Complete Coherence and has been involved in the development of the business over the last 15 years.

Posted on: 02 Jul 2014 in People

Alan Watkins

Dr Alan Watkins

Alan is recognised as an international expert on leadership and human performance. He has a broad mix of commercial, academic, scientific and technological abilities.

Posted on: 01 Jul 2014 in People

Emotion Mastery

Emotion Mastery click here to download  

Posted on: 05 May 2014 in Client clips

Perspective Taking

Introduction to Perspectives 1st person 2nd Person 3rd Person and Beyond Clear example of Perspectives Relationships Complexity

Posted on: 19 Apr 2014 in Client clips

Emotional Intelligence

Click here to download Emotional Intelligence   

Posted on: 16 Apr 2014 in News and events

Sleep Tips

Learn more about our coaching

Posted on: 02 Apr 2014 in Client clips


HR Review: Don’t be a victim of stress, be response-able

Dr Alan Watkins article featured in December 2013 HR Review

Posted on: 22 Dec 2013 in News and events


Forbes article on coherence book

Article in Forbes Magazine December 2013 about Dr Alan Watkins new book Coherence: The Secret Science of Brilliant Leadership.

Posted on: 06 Dec 2013 in News and events