A little more about Iain
Reflecting back confirms elements of what my late father, a traditional single-career minded man, said to me a long time ago “Are you hell-bent on trying everything in life to destruction?” At that time, he was probably right. What neither of us knew was that is exactly why I now make a great coach!
One early venture in tech consulting almost ruined me. At the time I thought it had as it cost me everything professionally and personally. It took almost 4 years to climb back out of the hole that it created and whilst that was 20 years ago now, I still remember how much I learned about myself and others.
My career has spanned more industries and countries than I can remember, too many to list here. I have worked with so many people from different nationalities. My work has been in consulting and operational business as an employee, leader of teams and as the 'boss/owner'. I have set up several companies, including those in tech, forestry and consulting and for the last few years coaching and avalanche education! So, my father was right on the first part anyway – “…hell-bent on trying everything…”. I went off the destruction bit pretty quickly!
Outside of my work, I spend my time backcountry skiing in the winter and racing in ultra-trail races in the summer. These sports have taken me all over the world exploring, learning and adding to my wonderfully diverse friendships. Skiing and running have not always been part of my life. – as a younger man I was passionate about climbing anything and everything I could find. As a result I chased winter around the world for a few years, more for climbing than skiing.
I’m enjoying life being calmer now with less moving around. Originally from the UK, I have settled in the French Alps and every day look up at Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe. What an inspirational view while I focus on helping others and striving to add value to them in every way I can. It's also a great place to enjoy with my two teenage daughters and my life partner as we can play in the mountains on bikes, skis or on foot anytime we like.
I hope you have a flavour of the breadth and depth of experience and knowledge that I can bring to you from this short bio. To finish off here are a few of my 'bookish' credentials…
Results Coach study at Robbins-Madanes Training.
Systemic Team Coaching – Academy of Executive Coaches
Business Mastery – Robbins Research International
Leadership Coach – LCS Academy
The art & craft of leadership discussion – Harvard Business School
Unleash the Power Within, 2002 & 6 – Robbins Institute
Mediator - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Leadership in Management – Leadership Trust
Conflict Management Coach – TKI Institute
Coaching Skills - Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning
Arkle. What's in a name?
If you don't recognise the name Arkle, no worries, why should you? If you do it will probably be from a rather non-descript mountain in the far north-west Highlands of Scotland, or perhaps the racehorse, who got his name from the mountain yet was anything but non-descript! It is important to me for several reasons and a daily metaphor for change and not always accepting the way it is just because someone said so.
Arkle the racehorse. Now, I'm not a particularly big fan of horse racing, I've been a couple of times, and it was fun, but that's about it. I have been around horses for most of my life and they are the greatest, most intuitive listeners on the planet. They just seem to know your mood from the other side of the field.
Arkle was first spoken of to me by a lady named Jean Floud when I was about 9 or 10 years old. She was one of Britain's leading educational sociologists whose career is quoted as "…a triumph of brains, charm and presence over class and gender prejudice."
She told me the story of Arkle, the game-changer way before this term became over-popularised, and how he was so good that he caused the rules to be changed (in steeplechase racing) and he was also known to have an exceptionally large heart. Jean had already seen that I was adept at challenging the status quo and a strong desire to help people. She felt it an appropriate story to tell me.
Arkle the mountain. In 1990 my first 'proper' job was at John Ridgway's School of Adventure, on the shores of Loch Laxford and sat below the mountains of Fionavon, Arkle and Ben Stack. I was 16. I lost count how many times we climbed these three mountains. This job was one of the most formative of my life, perhaps, because I had responsibility, independence and trust at such a young age to be leading groups in the wild Scottish mountains helping so many people to enjoy them and learn.
Arkle (the mountain), although merely a large lump of rock, when you look closer, it becomes far more interesting. Looking across Loch Stack to the south side of Arkle you can see layer upon layer of the different rock laid bare for millions and years. I'm forever looking at what's underneath or behind something.
Arkle is all about choice in defining our future, identifying changes we want to make and following this new course of action.
As a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) we follow the Code of Ethics and Standards they set out in all we do.
As a member of the 1% for the Planet 1% of our turnover goes to environmental causes or 10% of our net profits, whichever is greater. I also give some of my time and/or additional donation to causes in Sustainability and the Environment.