Adrian Close: Management and Leadership Learning and Development Specialist, Author and Goal Setter
Adrian, what's your favourite quote?
"If you concentrate on the performance, the results will take care of themselves.
Performance, of course, will be at a higher level if the values of both the business and those working for it are aligned" (Ben Hunt-Davies).
Are there any other quotes that inspire you?
There are so many, I love the following two:
“It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it is the grain of sand in your shoe.” (Muhammad Ali) – I recently completed the Tour De Mont Blanc and this quote went with me, as it does in life.
I have this one on my mobile screen saver:
“You become what you think about” (Earl Nightingale)
Adrian on his epic solo and wild camping tour of Mont Blanc adventure
A Wealth of Training Experience
Adrian has successfully delivered training courses to a diverse range of organisations in the UK and Europe, these industry sectors include:
Such a great group in Blackpool - the 12 month Leadership Program went down very well.
Training Reviews for Adrian Close
What a great day in Leadership Training yesterday with our management team. Thank you to Adrian Close for an inspiring training session. Some great takeaways I'd like to share:
By understanding the different personality types and behaviours in your team, can help you work together better to achieve that one centric goal.
Lydia - Marketing Manager at Nimbus Hosting, Hertford
Adrian delivered an outstanding 2 day train the trainer session for our internal team of trainers. The course was filled with practical hands on learning and provided them with highly practical techniques to deliver more meaningful and engaging training sessions to their team.
From booking to the aftercare, the entire team were professional and easy to work with – Bakkavor Desserts, Newark
Adrian Close led a workshop on how to manage customer conflict and what excellent customer service looks like, within in a school setting.
The course content delivered by Adrian Close was well presented in a really engaging manner. Outwood Academy, Chesterfield
Really impressed with the course design and training delivery by Adrian Close.
After attending this 1-day program, our team felt empowered and motivated to utilise their new found skills straight into their job roles. The Tabor Group, Braintree
If you could invite any two famous people to a dinner party who would they be and why?
Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro because I love revolutionary history and to discuss the two guest’s views on revolution would be fascinating. I’ve visited South Africa and Cuba and have read loads about them both.
Who had the greatest influence on your life whilst growing up?
Wow difficult question:
I'd have to say two very special people. Firstly my dad who dedicated his life to his family and business and prooved that you can do both.
And secondly my Grandpa Jim was a very special chap who lived his life in South Africa. He taught me that anything in life is possible, write down your dreams and goals and move mountains to achieve them.
A friend of mine, who is a new age spiritualist, has told me that he’s over my right shoulder looking out for me - no pressure?!
What is your earliest memory?
Nobody believes me, but I can remember when I first walked, I even described the room to my parents. My mum said I must have seen a photo of the room, my dad said they didn’t have a camera at the time (and we moved houses shortly after).
What's your favourite holiday destination and why?
I've been to some amazing places as a child and adult.
In this country, I'd have to say the Isle of White. I've recently walked the coastal path with my wife and daughter. The locals on the island were all so welcoming and the service was excellent.
Abroad, I'd have to say the holiday I had (pre-children) with my wife. We went to visit Sri-Lanka and the Maldives, both amazing places and it was in the Maldives that I fell in love with SCUBA diving and sharks - (and my wife of course).
I have two – SCUBA diving and hiking in the peaks and mountains.
My favourite book of all time is Animal Farm by George Orwell and on that note, it is still illegal to call a pig Napoleon in France.
Favourite motivational book?
Again, there are so many to chose from, I really enjoyed Ben Hunt-Davies book, "Will it Make the Boat Go Faster". Another one I recently finished was Legacy by James Kerr. I was given this book by an inspirational chap at Qoda (Matt Tyrrell) who I have delivered training for on numerous occasions.
Here are a sample of Adrian's books that you may be interested in:
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