Jonathan worked in the IT sector for over 20 years in leadership and management positions in several national and international companies prior to migrating into training, facilitating & consultancy in soft-skills in 2010. In 2017 he narrowed his focus to Blue-Light Services.
“I believe that you should have access to tools to enable you to thrive and succeed. To enjoy rather than endure your work. So I provide totally customised training & facilitation to enable that to happen: for individuals and teams regardless of their role or seniority; drawing on the latest research and thinking.”
Jonathan is renowned for building high-performing teams & individuals, facilitating their learning through interactive and engaging workshops tailored in-the-moment to best serve the objectives of participants.
Jonathan has a dynamic and practical approach that enables him to build rapport quickly with the individuals and teams he works with. As a ‘facilitrainer’ his objective is to consistently serve the needs of participants in workshops of all types – building on existing knowledge and skills and flexing content to provide new ideas & techniques that are immediately applicable.
His strength lies in an ability to embrace, simplify and bring order to complexity – transforming it into easy manageable steps to ensure desired outcomes are always achieved.
As a coach he adopts a robust and relentless approach; preferring to be seen as challenging rather than just supportive. He has a reputation for cutting to the heart of a matter and enabling clients to generate multiple options to the challenges they face; then challenging them to follow through on the action plans that they develop. He will offer solutions only when clients cannot find their own; but always on an invitational basis.
Phil has been involved in building capability and capacity in individuals, teams and organisations for over 15yrs and has a unique take on which methods effectively drive change; owing mainly to being at the sharp end of modern warfare but informed and evolved through academic networks, action and field research and product innovation.
In an unashamedly philosophical way, Phil addresses these tensions head on; helping individuals and organisations understand how they experience complex concepts such as duty, servitude, control and power, or anxiety, confidence and responsibility. Phil is also a highly-skilled and sought-after VR Coach, running Fire & Flux Coaching.
Phil’s approach is methodical, inquisitive, patient and warm. Uniquely, he integrates innovations in Virtual Reality (VR) and Existential philosophy into all his work; whether in groups or 1:1 VR coaching.
VR extends the realm of the possible, yet fundamentals principles of ‘our-existence’ still remains. Existentialism is a philosophical theory of existence and provides a robust framework for approaching the challenges of contemporary life. Thus, in working with Phil, you experience the world in brought-into being.
When coupled with VR, the ‘human agent’ (you) experiences a constructed-world. By using VR, you immediately exercise choice; you have to, else your world does not get constructed. It could, of course, stay empty. And it will, if you don’t chose to act. You need to literally place objects (such as rocks, bridges, diamonds etc.) into your Virtual space. They represent something. Now, you can clearly see and explore challenges, conflict, strategy, options, future-states, problems and approaches in a safe, but immersive and engaging experience.
Working with VR doesn’t take away the human skill and rapport needed in a coach. Phil uses his existentialism to non-judgementally and descriptively challenge assumptions, explore your worldview and examine areas of tension- VR makes this easier, as you are both sharing in the construction of your world, not just a comfy discussion. Metaphor works very powerfully and has immediately impact.