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HORIZON37

Leadership coaching and consulting services for high-performing senior business leaders facing, or causing, something new


Contact: info@horizon37.co.uk

WELCOME

“Our clients are transforming their businesses. We coach ambitious high-flyers to become responsive, empowered, impactful leaders.”
- Katy Tuncer, Founder

We serve senior clients, primarily in professional services and technology.


The Horizon37 coaching approach is empowering and challenging. The consulting advice we provide is structured and practical, building on Katy's experience as a McKinsey consultant. With this powerful combination, Horizon37 is able to unlock each client's unique set of leadership strengths, to ensure you get the results that matter to you and your business. 


What stands out about us, is our bespoke approach for each unique client. With thousands of hours of practical coaching experience, under-pinned by years of obsessive observation, personal experience and study of leadership, we are free to be led by the client's agenda.

Accredited by the Association for Professsional Executive Coaching and Supervision

WHY WE EXIST

1. The purpose of our bespoke leadership coaching is to empower high-impact leaders to cause valuable results.

2. We provide strategy-led Board facilitation and advice to generate solutions that build alignment and transform the performance of your organisation.  

3. We share authentic leadership stories and structured, practical techniques in participatory, bespoke coaching workshops and courses

We work on high-priority leadership projects with the greatest potential for impact. We tailor our services to your needs, and focus where our specific experience and expertise will add the maximum value for you. 


Why Horizon37? 

Katy's trignonometry calculations tell her that if the average person sat on her shoulders, the horizon would appear 3.7km further away than if sat on the ground! We believe her. 

LEADERSHIP COACHING

For each client and in each unique situation, our coaches devise a bespoke leadership programme.


We offer immersive, transformative coaching engagements, typically with regular face to face sessions over a period of weeks. We also pride ourselves on being innovative and constantly learning with our clients. Whether you need ad hoc thought-partnership; highly focussed phone coaching; 1:2 co-founder coaching; coaching to embed new learning from a leadership programme - our services are tailored for your specific priorities.


We help you achieve results in four areas:

1. Strategy

What results do you want to achieve? How will you measure success? We coach you to identify priorities, and form leadership strategies that will deliver a measurable performance uplift.

2. Mindset

Transformation depends on identifying and committing to what really matters, and building alignment. We help you discover how your mindsets can set the stage for effective leadership.

3. Skills

What practical leadership skills will maximise your impact? Influencing, selling a vision, delegating...? We introduce role-play, theory and action-planning to help you develop personal impact skills.

4. Platform

What gives you a platform for action? Your network, relationships, time and stress management systems? You will create the enviornment and put support in place for sustainable performance. 

Katy: "I'm often asked, what is leadership coaching? Together, we will analyse your situation and make sense of it - your aspirations, strengths and challenges. I will help you set goals, and clarify your direction. Then we will build tools and strategies for you to achieve results. I will listen deeply, I will challenge, and I will advise - bringing in the latest research and my own leadership experience. By the end of our work together you will feel confident, empowered, and making the best of your own brilliance. You will be in action. You will achieve a transformation in your performance and impact."

"Katy has an uncanny ability to identify blindspots in my skill set and provide clear actionable frameworks and practical advice on corrective actions. She follows up determinedly to keep me on track and her no nonsense, forthright style is refreshing to engage with. Katy often challenges my perceptions and interpretations and has made every session we’ve had together count. It has been an absolute pleasure working through my growth with Katy and I have seen changes in my approach as a result of the work we’ve done together impact positively on me and my team. "
“Katy coached me to create new ways of thinking as a leader. For example, in some important meetings I shifted my focus fully to the goal of having our client make a fully-informed business decision and commit to a transformative new strategy. I also applied the approach of focussing on outcomes rather than individual roles in my coaching, feedback and relationship building. Another breakthrough that Katy coached me on was re-creating my self-identity from a risk-averse person to a creative risk-taker - facilitating innovative and exploratory thought-leadership. Such new mindsets led naturally to “partner-like” behaviour, more gravitas, and more confidence overall. Katy provides intense, challenging, practical coaching. She is structured, efficient and knowledgeable. I strongly recommend her for high-performing and ambitious consultants looking for breakthroughs in personal leadership impact.”

 “My time with Katy has been the most worthwhile spent on personal development to date. She has helped me to unlock a wealth of ability I seldom felt confident enough to use. Her methods are direct and keenly challenging and with each session came a significant breakthrough. Katy has helped me to break some life-long habits and even completely altered the way I choose to approach a range of scenarios, from networking to influencing. Katy is also incredibly easy and comfortable to work with on a personal level. I would whole heartedly recommend Katy, both in terms of her unique skills as a business coach and as an inspiring and caring individual.” 

STRATEGIC FACILITATION

We have a special interest, and extensive experience, in facilitating complex strategic discussions. We work with Boards and senior teams seeking to solve problems, make decisions, or build alignment and clarity.


With strong business backgrounds, our facilitators take a strategy-led approach and have a remarkable ability to get up to speed very quickly on business context, in order to ground and drive the discussion. We thrive as facilitators of diverse, knowledgeable, opinionated, groups.

Our services include:
- Strategic analysis of your situation and options
- Board assessment
- Meeting, away-day, and workshop facilitation
- Identifying alignment and mis-alignment
- Highly-structured written synthesis

Katy: "Our role is to facilitate your decision-making. My style is to maintain a ruthless focus on your objectives and optimise the contribution from every participant. I structure the discussion, listen deeply, check alignment, and capture your decisions and actions to play back to you in a highly-structured way. Our clients achieve increased quality and efficiency of discussion, and those contributing to the decision-making, experience greater satisfaction with the process and a stronger ownserhip of the outputs. As a result, you will achieve better alignment on a way forward for the organisation, with clear actions, that will save a lot of time and increase your impact in the future."

“Katy has a great ability to pull together disparate groups, differing views and conflicting opinions to find common ground and coherent strategies. Her sharp mind helps others focus and her knack in cutting to the heart of the issue helps others set and follow a clear direction.”

"Katy helped us with strategy formulation. She compiled thorough preparatory materials, facilitated a productive workshop and followed up with those involved to get to consensus. She is highly effective."

"I worked with Katy at Cambridge Angels. She is intelligent, perceptive and emotionally astute. As our Board facilitator, she maintained a productive and constructive group dynamic and helped the team focus on the task at hand. I strongly recommend her."

WORKSHOPS & COURSES

We provide bespoke leadership training and coaching programmes for groups of senior individuals. Our deep specialisms are leadership mindsets and team dynamics. 


We design and deliver bespoke in-house courses for client organisations, as well as offering a small number of open courses each year. 

Example course modules include:
- Influencing dysfunctional behaviour
- Feedback – overcoming fear to drive performance
- Mindsets for personal impact and gravitas
- Optimistic re-framing for resilience
- Saying no gracefully (and saying yes with purpose)
- The power of coaching (for everyone involved)
- Dynamo network – building informal teams & collaborations (no authority required!)
- Transitions – commitment and action
- The “Panic Button” and how we can keep things on track

Our Open Courses:

Business Leadership Bootcamp (for Tech Leaders)

5th Sept 2018, Cambridge

Katy: We present new frameworks, ideas, and ways of thinking about leadership, and we under-pin these with academic theory. But Horizon37's participants go much futher, our workshops and courses are experiential.  We bring our cohorts together to challenge, refine and internalise our content. We create opportunities for them to coach each other, and to personalise and practise the new ways of thinking and techniques introduced. Participants leave with concrete action plans and accountability for putting their "break-throughs" into practice.

"We asked Katy to design and facilitate a day with our key programme managers and future leaders to help them build outstanding team dynamics on large complex projects. Katy remarkably quickly understood our requirements and more importantly her background let her accurately grasp our DNA and our culture. On the day she delivered with energy, gravitas and really engaged with everyone in the room. We were left (a) motivated and energised and (b) very clear on what we needed to implement after the training. I am sure we will be working with Katy again – very impressive."

"Katy coached our team to develop our ability to give and receive feedback. She provided a perfect blend of practical examples and role play backed up with psychology theory. Katy encouraged everyone to contribute and draw on real world experience and this proved extremely valuable in understanding the content and being prepared to apply it. We've seen a real shift in mindset in how we approach situations that can potentially be negative and divisive. A very positive experience. "

"I had the privilege of sharing a stage with Katy at a leadership and talent event at Engie. We shared our experiences of both success and failure in our careers. Katy is a fantastic speaker, truly captivating and inspiring and helped us set the scene for an important development programme with our top 100 potential leadership group."

Peter Cowley, UK Business Angel Association Angel Investor of the Year and The Invested Investor, recently interviewed Katy about group coaching, which he recommends for his portfolio companies.


OUR COACHES

Katy Tuncer works with a network of trusted associate coaches. Each has their own unique approach to coaching, and we are committed to matching you with the ideal coach for your needs. 


Meet some of the Horizon37 coaches: 

“I am passionate about coaching and see it as a 50:50 partnership. The client sets the agenda and tailor-makes their learning; I ask insightful questions at the right time, supporting the client to think in new ways and find new solutions. Trust is key, allowing me to challenge assumptions, positively."

"Through the coaching, you will achieve higher levels of success and fulfilment through leading with greater authenticity, purpose and intention in your context. I bring years of research and experience of developing leaders, and tailor this to help you achieve your goals."

“Coaching is about conversations that matter, with a skilled, confidential partner, to effect personal and organisational change; and, to enhance performance and enjoyment. It is entirely focused on your objectives and needs, and timed to match your learning style and busy schedule.”

Request a match with a Horizon37 coach: 

CASE STUDIES

*Not real names

RESEARCH

What does it take to lead through the scale-up stage? Are scale-up CEOs born, or can they be made?

In the Cambridge cluster, investors and founders alike argue that CEO leadership matters hugely in determining the ultimate outcomes for early-stage tech businesses. And the cost of a CEO failing and needing to be replaced can be high – in terms of shares, salaries and time – if not terminal, for the business. 

But founder CEOs often struggle during the scale-up phase.

Through this research project we aim to address the demoralising statistics about the drop-out rate of founder CEOs as businesses grow. We will equip investors, the CEOs themselves, and other mentors and coaches, with insight to guide and priortise their efforts in developing CEO leadership.  

MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS

Publications

Delivering Coaching Workshops For Groups Of Tech Entrepreneurs - The Good Coach, March 2018

How To Say No... Gracefully - Practical mindsets and techniques for saying no - The Good Coach, December 2017 

Powerfully Handling Distractions - Katy's published model for categorising and managing distractions - The Good Coach, October 2017

What is Leadership Coaching? - Katy shares her assessment with peer APECS coaches - April 2017

Katy defines a "Judgement-Blame cycle" and rallies a group of peer coaches to define coaching interventions - The Good Coach, February 2017

A systematic approach Katy recommends for turning around a slump in self-confidence - The Good Coach, December 2016

Advice for professional coaches from Katy's experience on how to coach a “bullet-proof” senior leader - The Good Coach, July 2016

The successful pitch for crowd-funding Katy's tech start-up - Seedrs, February 2014

Katy's weekly blog whilst setting up a fitness business and having her first two babies - Actively Embracing Motherhood (blog), April 2011 - April 2013


Awards

The Prime Minister recognises Katy as an outstanding individual community volunteer - Point of Light Award 2016

Katy is profiled in a global list of 100 women selected by the BBC as"Women to take notice of now, and watch in the future" - BBC 100 Women 2014 


Books

Peter Cowley profiles Katy's entrepreneurial journey - The Invested Investor by Peter Cowley, August 2018 

Katy provides insight on engaging the healthcare profession in community exercise programmes - Eat Sweat Play by Anna Kessel, Published by Pan Macmillan May 2016

Katy is used as a case study for resilience in entrepreneurship - The 10% Entrepreneur by Patrick McGinnis, Published by Penguin March 2016


Media

Katy discusses mental blocks and breakthroughs in senior career transitions - BBC Radio Cambridge, May 2018

Start-up Spotlight on Katy Tuncer raising money and support for ventures in creative and innovative ways - Business Weekly, March 2018

Peter Cowley interviews Katy about her proudest failure for the Angel Investor and Entrepreneur War Stories monthly podcast - The Invested Investor, November 2017

Dr Sara Khan interviews Katy on safe, effective pre and postnatal exercise – Medical Women (the magazine of the Medical Women’s Federation), September 2014 

Katy shares her experience of launching a virtual personal trainer business - Womanthology, Sept 2014

Katy provides expert advice for Mothercare customers on fitness goals and resolutions in advance of live-chat on Facebook and in-store events – Mothercare News, Jan 2014 

BBC interviews Katy for "Music of my Life" programme about entrepreneurship and starting a business around family life  - BBC, November 2013

Sunday Times describes Katy's work as a mumpreneur as a “massive innovation” – Sunday Times (middle pages of main section), September 2013  

Katy calls for more diversity in leadership as she launches leadership in motherhood programme in Cambridge – ITV 6 o’ clock Anglia news, September 2013 

Katy provides expert comment in various BBC interviews e.g. on a new study from Cambridge University proving link between active mums and active kids; impact of community exercise on segments of female population; psychology of exercise goals  - BBC Radio Cambridge and Northampton, regular guest 2012-2015


Speeches, seminars, talks

Our Founder, Katy Tuncer has worked with an astonishingly diverse range of individuals over the years. She has devoted her career, since joining The British Army 20 years ago, to discovering and examining what works in leadership. She is available as a speaker on leadership mindsets - example recent talks include:

  • Failure - a spring-board for daring and resilience
  • Alignment, diversity, and a sprinkling of cynicism for senior team performance
  • Leadership identity - your platform or your box? 
  • Win the game, change the game - pick your battles