Leadership coaching and consulting services for high-performing senior business leaders facing, or causing, something new
“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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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."
“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.”
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.”
"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."
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
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."
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.”
ALIGN THE BOARD
Newly elected Board Chair Mabel* won support from key stakeholders for her vision. She analysed her network and stakeholder priorities, and developed a strategy for influencing. She gave outstanding speeches at critical moments (e.g. Board meetings and AGM) and prioritised spending time with key champions and potential blockers to maximise her personal impact and enrollment skills. Her success in aligning the Board, Executive Team, staff, customers and stakeholders behind her vision enabled the organisation to deliver a tranformative strategy during her tenure as Chair.
Successful and seasoned CEO Jack* acknowledged that his pattern of outstanding business performance was coming at a cost to his personal wellbeing. He chose to build sustainability, whilst maintaining his own high standards. Jack ruthlessly prioritised his time, efficiently empowered and delegated to leaders around him, started showing vulnerability, and gave himself permission to care for his own wellbeing.
BOOST TOP TEAM PERFORMANCE
The Leadership team of a young, fast-growing organisation refreshed their vision to ensure full alignment. They defined a tight set of operational priorities, and designed a leadership development programme including only the highest-impact performance improvement investments. Then, by building team skills (e.g. in structured problem-solving and decision-making) and putting in place new systems and processes (e.g. for internal communication) they increased efficiency, staff engagement and spent more time on activities delivering key financial results.
Renowned Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and serial volunteer Peter Cowley balanced his deep commitment to contribute to the entrepreneurship sector and optimise his investment portfolio, with the need to focus and prioritise his time for maximum impact and return. Using a highly analytical and practical approach he specified his ideal portfolio of investments and other commitments. Then over a period of months he elegantly turned down requests and opportunities that did not align with his goals, re-shaped and greatly slimmed down his portfolio.
SECURE ROLE AS CEO
Newly appointed interim CEO Maggie* won the confidence of the Board to secure her appointment as permanent CEO. She laid out, and ruthlessly executed, a 100-day plan to deliver demonstrable impact in key areas, including commercial strategy and governance reform. She identified some self-limiting behaviours that were holding her back, and broke through her fear of delegation. As a result, the Board was confident in Maggie's ability to lead the organisation into a new era.
SUCCEED WITH A NEW CHALLENGE
Managing Director Elizabeth* had chosen to leave her role, and with her strong reputation and track-record of operational leadership she had 'great prospects'. But she was struggling to land the right next opportunity - too much choice? Through coaching, Elizabeth narrowed her search and defined the perfect role, and she identified under-selling herself and low self-confidence as areas to address as well. As a result, she used a bold and compelling pitch to win a choice of three credible, relevant and attractive job offers.
TRANSFORM START-UP SUCCESS
The Founders of early-stage high-growth startup were stuck and frustrated. Their long-standing trust-based relationship was being tested. Together they identified that ambiguity was causing issues around judgement, blame and defensiveness. They revisited and refreshed the strong shared vision they had started out with. They clarified roles and responsibilities. They practised having effective conversations and making good decisions. As a result, they regained the trust of the Board and investors that they could work together to deliver the business plan.
CHOOSE AT A CAREER CROSSROADS
A respected digital expert needed clarity at a major career crossroads. Through personal analysis and peer feedback, he authentically defined his own priorities and aspirations, which allowed him to make empowered choices to achieve success and satisfaction. He secured his chosen job and negotiated excellent terms. He put mechanisms in place to make a full and engaged commitment to thrive in his new role.
CREATE A VISION
The Board of an angel investor association needed to build on success, whilst adapting, to thrive in the changing landscape for early stage investing. Member surveys and interviews revealed that they felt their purpose ranged from making money to improving the ecosystem, and that having fun was important. There were calls to increase member diversity; better leverage the members’ brain-power and brand; and shift focus for dealflow. Following a lively and opinionated meeting, Board members committed to a new vision to align the membership and move forward.
FIX A BROKEN TEAM
Communication breakdowns were standing in the way of product development for a venture-capital backed start-up, despite a promising, well-defined market need. By carefully acknowledging the contributions and concerns of each member, and focusing on business outcomes, the team made changes to behaviour and ways of working to improve performance. The facilitated coaching approach taken, during a difficult and emotionally-charged time, led to dramatic improvement in communication and team function.
*Not real names
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.
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
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
The Prime Minister recognises Katy as an outstanding individual community volunteer - Point of Light Award 2016
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
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
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: