Adrian Close

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




Adrian Close is a multi-award-winning business manager specialising in writing and delivering inspirational management, leadership, coaching and HR courses throughout the UK and mainland Europe. Adrian's courses have been described as fun, informative, motivational and very professional.

Adrian specialises in management and leadership development, team and business development, marketing, coaching and delegation, change management and HR. His delivery style is direct and supportive, and he speaks from bloody nose experience rather than ivory tower philosophy.

Adrian recently updated his education and training qualification and qualified as a Hill and Moorland Leader which he uses whilst voluntarily teaching children to achieve their Bronze and Silver D of E award in Derbyshire. His goal now is to qualify as a Mountain Leader and start a D of E gold group.

Adrian has successfully published five of his own books (one more on the way) which are available on Amazon, two of which are hiking guides rather than just business management and marketing literature – so time management is not just a buzzword, it’s a way of life.

Away from work Adrian enjoys taking advantage of living next to the Peak District and volunteers for Edale Mountain Rescue - as a body?!




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:

  • Hospitality/Restaurants
  • Hotels and Leisure
  • Hospitals and Care
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Universities and Schools
  • Call Centres
  • Charities
  • Energy Companies
  • Stately Homes
  • Law and Legal Firms
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • I.T. Services
  • Local Government/Councils

Such a great group in Blackpool - the 12 month Leadership Program went down very well.

Here's just a few organisations Adrian has worked with...

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:

  • Don't manage your time, manage your energy
  • What you permit, you promote
  • Don't expect them to change for you, change for them

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

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A Quick Interview With Adrian Close

What’s the one thing that you’re most proud of, work related? 

I’d have the say the people and the teams I’ve managed, lead and worked besides over the years. Lots of them remain good friends and we keep in touch via social media. They all had their strengths and were an inspiration to be around. Within one business I won manager of the year and business of the year. I may have led them but they were the real winners. 

The second work-related thing that I am most proud about is the Action Focused Leadership and Management Program which comes with the Action Focused Reflective Logbook (unique to this program). The program is a huge success and holds managers and leaders accountable for achieving their part of the company vision.  

What’s your biggest frustration, again work related?

As a training consultant and a business owner my biggest frustration is lack of action after a training session. Every training session has to have a point and an outcome. The outcome has to be action from the information covered otherwise it’s pointless and a waste of money. Every training session we create at Ultimate Leadership training Ltd starts with the end in mind. What’s the point and what action do we want and expect – then it’s down to the learner and often we support them after. 

The Action Focused Reflective Logbook

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). 

Favourite Hobby?

I have two – SCUBA diving and hiking in the peaks and mountains. 

Surprising fact?

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:


Games for hospitality trainers, available on Amazon

£90.00

The Managing DISC E-Book, available here

£24.99

The Peak District 4 peak challenge available on Amazon

£9.99

The Leadership Skills E-Book, available here

£9.99


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