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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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The org-chart is dead: bridges, bottlenecks and everything in between

Connectivity is no longer defined by reporting lines – employees connect up, down and across departmental boundaries for functional, social and strategic reasons. This interconnectivity is not reflected in the traditional organisation structure and, if anything, is hindered by it.

Posted on: 29 May 2019 in News and events & Blog & Blog & Personal development & CEO & HRD & Business owner & News & events


Body image and emotions: what’s the connection?

Our views of our body image – what’s on the outside – are directly affected by our emotions on the inside.

Posted on: 13 May 2019 in News and events & Blog & Blog & Personal development & CEO & HRD & Business owner & News & events

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Podcast: Organisational Network Analysis and the future of HR

“In a world where we need speed, hierarchies have to be challenged. Working collaboratively through networks is essential for the future.”

Posted on: 01 May 2019 in News and events & Blog & Blog & Personal development & CEO & HRD & Business owner & News & events


Why Wellbeing Initiatives Fail … And What You Can Do About It

Organisational spend on wellbeing continues to rise, but despite pouring more cash into the issue and a massive increase in the profile of mental health in particular, the problem if anything appears to be worse.

Posted on: 23 Jul 2018 in News and events & Blog & Blog & Personal development & CEO & Business owner & News & events


Coaching for better decision-making

Sue Graham Johnston, former head of RBU UK / Ireland / Africa at the Linde Group shares her experiences of coaching with Complete Coherence.

Posted on: 19 Jul 2018 in News and events & Blog & Executive coaching case studies & News & events

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Brilliance without burnout?

There is a cultural narrative we reinforce about what success looks like, and what we have to do to achieve it. But what is the cost of actually living your life like this, and does high performance really have to come with dangerous consequences? What really happens when you are operating from a continuous position of extreme stress? Can we improve our resilience and capacity, and achieve brilliance without burnout?
The answer is yes. Here’s what we’ve learned about winning in the pressure performance paradigm. Optimal performance requires an integrated approach that extends beyond what you do to your results and behaviour. But where do you start?

Posted on: 19 Apr 2018 in Blog & Personal development

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Coaching creates lasting change

The coaching has been very practical, but it’s the emotional impact that has been so dramatic. I am so relaxed, calm, positive and genuinely excited about my future. Even though I’m the main breadwinner, I’m not panicking about anything because I feel so confident in my own capabilities – I honestly feel very positive.

Posted on: 19 Apr 2018 in Blog & Executive coaching case studies


Genuine and long lasting change

We came to realise that it takes that much effort and work to fundamentally change patterns of behaviour and achieve a truly high performing team. Things won’t be magically different with a single two-day off-site meeting. This is about genuine and long-lasting change.

Posted on: 13 Apr 2018 in Blog & Team development case studies

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Coaching helped me defeat my greatest internal enemies

Complete Coherence’s coaching method was different from anything I’d known before because it is very data oriented. It is backed up by science using a 24-hour Heart Rate Variability (HRV) assessment. As a result of that, I found that I succumbed to the objectivity of the data. Having that reality check of the data was really important. I could not hide from what the numbers were telling me about my energy levels.

Posted on: 20 Mar 2018 in Blog & Executive coaching case studies

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The biology of leadership

Your questions answered about HRV   Leaders today need boundless supplies of energy if they want to shape their future, deliver on their ambition and realise their purpose.  Making the right strategic choices also requires them to be clear thinking and coherent.  The latter is more about the quality of their energy than the amount …Read more

Posted on: 02 Jan 2018 in Blog & Personal development & CEO & Business owner

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Blog: The real impact of stress and how to combat it

Stress affects us all at some point in our lives, particularly as we get older and things start to change dramatically both at home and at work. Unfortunately, research shows that less than 25 percent of workers over the age of 55 feel valued by their company.

Posted on: 13 Jun 2017 in Blog


Changeboard Future Talent 2017

Dame Carolyn McCall explores the theme of trust with Dr Alan Watkins

Posted on: 18 May 2017 in News & events


Best bits at Changeboard Future Talent 2017

Dame Carolyn McCall explains how the world of work is changing and why whole person development is critical to success.

Posted on: 18 May 2017 in News & events

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Feature: Train your heartbeat to help the brain cope with stress

Most people engaged in competitive sports such as golf and tennis have experienced soundly beating an opponent with apparent ease, only to be crushed by the same foe on a later date. They are left wondering: what did I do differently?

by Charles Wallace, Financial Times

Posted on: 17 Jan 2017 in News & events

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Book Review: 4D Leadership

The need for authentic leadership has been a recurring theme of management books lately. Powerful authentic leaders bring a wider sense of themselves to the workplace and can inspire those around them.

Book review of Dr Alan Watkins’ 4D Leadership, from the Irish Times.

Posted on: 17 Jan 2017 in News & events

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Blog: Make a new year resolution to have more energy

We often start the New Year with a lack of energy. This year, make your New Year resolution to have more energy, all year. Key to increasing your energy levels is to train your biology, read on to find out how to hack your biology…

Posted on: 11 Jan 2017 in Blog & Personal development


News: We are “turning Japanese”

We are pleased to announce that the Japanese translation of 4D Leadership is due to be released on the 10th of January 2017.

Posted on: 29 Dec 2016 in News & events

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Feature: Is resilience hard wired into your people?

Each organization is susceptible to uncontrolled external events, some of which have the potential to bring a business to its knees. This live stream featuring Dr Alan Watkins explores the important capabilities of a truly resilient organization.

Posted on: 19 Dec 2016 in News & events


Feature: Harness your emotions for peak performance

Dr Alan Watkins, Neuroscientist and Complete Coherence CEO features in this month’s CMGA Magazine about how he has helped leading executives and international athletes to gain more control of their emotional state.

Posted on: 01 Dec 2016 in News & events

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News: Why is road rage so prevalent?

Dr Alan Watkins, Neuroscientist and CEO of Complete Coherence talks to Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 about the M62 incident where a driver deliberately backs his lorry into another vehicle and then takes a shovel to the window.

Posted on: 01 Dec 2016 in News & events

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News: Can we inhibit our impulses and urges?

Dr Alan Watkins, Neuroscientist and CEO of Complete Coherence explains to Eddie Mair on BBC Radio 4 why journalist Mathew Parris and others, find it so difficult to inhibit childlike urges or the desire to behave inappropriately in public.

Posted on: 27 Oct 2016 in News & events


News: Facilitating political peace talks

On Thursday 13th October, Complete Coherence’s Dr Alan Watkins was referenced in the House of Lords Hansard by Lord Andrew Stone, in regards to his recent work facilitating the political peace talks.

Posted on: 17 Oct 2016 in News & events

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News: Dr Alan Watkins on BBC Radio 2

Dr Alan Watkins talking to Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 about how mismanaged emotions can lead to aggressive behaviour.

Posted on: 04 Oct 2016 in News & events

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Conference: Be the change, lead the change

Speaking from his background as a physician and neuroscientist, Complete Coherence’s Dr Alan Watkins gave over 300 head teachers an unexpected biology lesson at the 2016 IAPS conference in London.

Posted on: 03 Oct 2016 in News & events


News: Crowdocracy at the House of Lords

On Wednesday 21st September people from nine different Kent stakeholder groups met at the Archbishop’s Room in the House of Lords, Westminster, London to explore how to improve the system that manages unaccompanied asylum seeking children arriving in the UK.

Posted on: 22 Sep 2016 in News & events


Event: Are you ‘doing’ yourself to death

Do you find yourself bogged down in everyday tasks at work, unable to find time to strategise or build relationships? For Dr Alan Watkins, CEO of Complete Coherence and host of June Future Talent Forum breakfast roundtable, it’s all about developing extra dimensions to your leadership.

Posted on: 24 Aug 2016 in News & events


Video: Dr Alan Watkins at Future Talent 2016

Watch Dr Alan Watkins’ presentation, ‘4D Leadership: delivering competitive advantage in a complex world’ from Changeboard’s Future Talent Conference for business leaders. Held on 1st March 2016 at Sadler’s Wells, London.

Posted on: 01 Mar 2016 in News & events

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Life lesson: A life education, a lesson on you

Good leaders are plentiful, but remarkable ones are rare. We learn what life lessons you need to help you become a strong role model. In the first lesson, Dr Alan Watkins gives a life lesson on ‘you’.

Posted on: 11 Nov 2015 in News & events

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54 miles towards four great causes – after the ride

We made it! A huge thank you to everyone who sponsored us, we cycled the distance from London to Brighton in under 6 hours which we were both delighted with. We also raised over £2,000 for our 4 nominated charities and would like to thank everyone for their support, we really couldn’t have done it …Read more

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


Event: What planet are you on?

Did you know that there are 2,000 emotions in the universe? Dr Alan Watkins started his session asking the audience to tweet a specific emotion in relation to the day, using the all important hashtag (i.e. #happy #excited).

Posted on: 13 May 2015 in News & events


Axelle Saada

Axelle coordinates our management information. She brings her analytical skills to the role, acquired through her Master in Economic Analysis which she completed in Belgium, her home country.

Posted on: 25 Jul 2014 in People


Lucy Garrard-Abrahams

Lucy has a passion for creating brand and marketing experiences that positively impact individuals. With a first class master’s degree in Marketing Innovation, marketing experience in both private and public sectors and originally trained as a classical pianist, Lucy brings a fresh perspective and creative approach to the role.

Posted on: 25 Jul 2014 in People

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Oliver Dolloway

Oliver Dolloway specialises in understanding client issues through his experience with psychological theory, data analysis and commercial experience.

Posted on: 17 Jul 2014 in People


Danish Mishra

Danish Mishra holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Management from University of Bath. Danish’s background is in engineering, network analysis, knowledge management, and innovation.

Posted on: 17 Jul 2014 in People

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Feature: In the press

Gregorian chanting ‘can reduce blood pressure and stress’. Dr Alan Watkins, a senior lecturer in neuroscience at Imperial College London, revealed that teaching people to control their breathing and applying the musical structure of chanting can help their emotional state.

Posted on: 02 May 2008 in News & events