Graham Sleep (IA Growth) is a familiar face in the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, having been a member since 2014 and the recipient of our coveted Mentor of the Year award in 2019.
In selecting a coach to run this programme, we needed a world-class coach who can guide our participants on a genuinely transformational journey.
We looked no further than Graham who not only understands the Forum and its members but brings an exceptional level of coaching experience which is rarely found here in the North-East.
Graham has over 30 years experience of developing systematic leadership change. He believes that change is embedded when there is a strong emphasis on implementation and follow through to measure growth in leadership effectiveness and uses the 360 Feedforward Coaching method (originating from Dr Marshall Goldsmith) to achieve results.
Throughout his career, Graham has repeatedly found himself leading companies, organisations and teams in areas related to strategy and innovation. His coaching is directly informed by his experience in motivating change and mindset in others and supporting numerous individuals and organisations over last fifteen years through his own organisations.
“I first met Graham over 20 years ago as colleagues in the US working together to transform a global division, in which he demonstrated vision and strategic acumen as well as natural leadership traits. His strong values and ability to remain calm and focussed along with his natural curiosity to lead people in a better way were evident for all to see. Through following his career it has been no surprise to see his development and achievements within Leadership Coaching as well as business. One of very few top class Global coaches that I would recommend unreservedly.”
Dylan Taylor, Chairman/CEO, Voyager Space Holdings Inc. Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum)
"I was given the choice of several coaches and I read each CV carefully to understand what each coach might bring to the experience and how they might help me to grow as a leader. The coach matching process Indicated Graham was the better match for what I indicated I need and boy, am I glad I didn't decide to choose one of the other coaches.
"I feel I have experienced coaching in a way that I had never experienced before. Graham's talent an ability to dig in has made the difference. There were sessions when I was very uncomfortable, but he never did make that discomfort impossible and challenging to see through. For that, I am grateful. It is clear Graham Is a master of his craft and I am thankful to have been his coachee."
MS, VP – Human Resources, Global Health Organisation
"Graham is fantastic to work with. His experience in leadership, coaching, operations, and people development is amazing. His forward-thinking and strategic approach is always finely tuned to the companies needs and capabilities. Since he started working with us to upscale the business, we have moved from strength to strength growing average turnover over 40% year on year. It is clear to see Graham's passion and personal approach in all of his work. We have never been in a stronger position or had a more exciting future as a company. I just can’t' speak highly enough!"
Managing Director, High growth SME
“After being a successful business leader for over 30 years, Graham latterly has been part of the No.1 Global Executive Coaching team Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching, and the process and tools that this gives him which has resulted in 95% improvement within many global engagements. Graham is a humble listener, and a courageous leader with great perseverance – all the traits of a top Coach. Life is Good.”
Marshall Goldsmith, No.1 Global Executive Coach 2018/9 – FT, THINKERS50. No.1 Leadership Thoughtleader 2018 – THINKERS50.