Coaching is increasingly of vital importance to the success of business organisations and to the flourishing of individuals (these two being symbiotic). Coaching is also facing the possibility, in becoming institutionalised, of losing its subversive, provocative edge. The edge that seeks out new possibilities, new horizons - new ways of being and doing things.

In the late 20th century, in a world driven by efficiency and compliance, to suggest that coaching is about individual genius, self-expression, and autonomy would be met with considerable resistance. Today, there is a vital need to enable individual genius - while finding the means to ensure that this, in turn, results in a more powerful organisation.

School of Coaching International was founded in 2015 by Myles Downey (author of 'Effective Modern Coaching' and 'Enabling Genius: a mindset for success in the 21st Century") with the aim of equipping leaders, managers and coaches with the skills to have conversations that enable genius, in the best interests of employees, organisations, and stakeholders.

Myles Downey

Myles is a writer and speaker.  Coach, trainer, facilitator, consultant.  Entrepreneur, innovator.  Tennis player.

Myles joined Alexander Corporation at inception 1986 ( identified as leading provider of executive coaching in 1993 and 1995 by the Economist Intelligence Unit).  In 1996  he founded The School of Coaching ( the first institution focused on developing coaching skills, now owned by JMJ Associates) and then the School of Coaching International in 2015 to bring the best coaching training to wider global audience. 

Myles has written Effective Coaching which sold 30,000 copies and was considered a seminal work on coaching, and published ‘Effective Modern Coaching’ in 2014. From 2013 to 2015 he led the ‘Enabling Genius Research Project’ with an international team resulting in ‘Enabling Genius – a mindset for the 21st Century’ which was published in March 2016. The project is an on-going exploration of what it takes to maximise performance.

Myles has coached senior executives and leadership teams and has worked all over the world with some of the most prestigious organisations in a variety of businesses, such as British Gas, BSkyB, Chaucer Syndicates, Credit Suisse, Deloittes, Euroclear, HSBC, Innocent, JMJ Associates, LloydsTSB, NHS (Connecting for Health), Qatargas, Screwfix, Zest Leaders (Russia).

Ian Harrison

Ian’s background is in the third sector. During 20 years as a minister of the church he was involved in setting up a number of educational charities which led to opportunities to deliver training in eastern Europe and southern Africa.

Since leaving the church in 2010 Ian has worked on projects with organisations of all sizes in both the private and public sector.

Ian’s interests focus around engagement with a particular interest in the roles of identity and purpose. He helped to bring together the ‘Enabling Genius Project Team’ and contributed to the resultant book with an article on the role of identity in unlocking individual genius.

Robert Heed

Robert is a serial Entrepreneur having spent all of his working life starting and developing businesses in various industries in the SME sector.

Having recently sold a successful Voice and Data Company Robert came to be at a crossroads in his life, not necessarily needing to work but wanting to be involved and give back some of his experience and knowledge to new and developing companies who are looking to grow with the aid of financial support and business expertise. Having started and developed businesses, some successful and some not so, he has spent many hours developing business strategies, working and expanding teams, raising finance, writing and presenting business plans and finally being involved with Mergers and Acquisitions.