I invite you to join my LinkedIn group

Written by Matt Somers on . Posted in Thoughts from that Coaching Bloke

Join me on LinkedIn

I posted here a while ago that I was setting up a LinkedIn group as a better way of interacting with people than the traditional newsletter.

My LinkedIn group is now up and running. It’s called Coaching Skills for Managers and you can find it here: Coaching Skills for Managers.

I’ve put a few things up to get us going, but things will be much more interesting when they’re not just coming from me.

It’s a “members only’ as opposed to an “open” group (I’m going for quality rather than quantity) and there are some really high calibre people that have joined so far.

If you’d like to join this group and post up questions, queries, thoughts and ideas, you’d be very welcome.

All the best.


A very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Written by Matt Somers on . Posted in Thoughts from that Coaching Bloke

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

To all our clients, friends and colleagues

This year we have decided once again not to send out Christmas cards. We will donate what we would have spent to our chosen charity the Grace House Children’s Hospice appeal.

I’ll take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support and interest and I hope that 2014 provides opportunities for us to work together and do good things.

I wish you and your families all the very best for Christmas and the New Year.


Give your managers the information they need, at the moment they need it.

Written by Matt Somers on . Posted in Thoughts from that Coaching Bloke

Information exactly when you need it

Information exactly when you need it

Back in my banking days a manager once said to me, “It’s not about having the answers, it’s about knowing where to find them”.

Turns out he must have had a crystal ball because the idea being able to find information rather than have information has never been more pertinent. Knowledge becomes out of date so quickly now that it’s more important to be able to find exactly what you need when you need it rather than try and keep it all in your own head.

Step forward Paul Matthews, founder of People Alchemy, and his wonderful product Alchemy for Managers. I could call it an online management resource but that would barely do it justice.

I’m planning on contributing as an author soon, but in the meantime I thoroughly recommend you check it out here.

Here’s a summary of the main features and benefits:


  • Simple, clean and intuitive user-friendly interface makes it really easy to use
  • Over 100 core management topics with more added regularly
  • Focused on practical tools, tips and information that can be put into use immediately
  • Written by expert consultants and practitioners who know what actually works
  • Enterprise edition includes usage monitoring so you can see trends and gather information on possible training needs
  • The content can be customised to suit local requirements
  • Alchemy can be branded with your own company logo, look and feel
  • Cost effective, and the more users you have, the lower the fee per user
  • Users can add their own notes to any page so Alchemy becomes a learning log
  • Online or offline versions available, so accessible anywhere


  • Saves expensive management time meaning greater productivity
  • Use of Alchemy leads to fewer management errors which saves costly mistakes
  • Having answers at hand lowers the stress level of managers who might otherwise struggle with what to do next
  • Leads to ongoing management growth and learning as managers access new and better ways of doing things
  • Managers feel valued when they are offered good support tools leading to loyalty and better morale
  • Rapid return on investment

The web address is http://www.peoplealchemy.co.uk/?a=1121