As leaders’ we are constantly wrestling with the outer game and the inner game.

The outer game goes something like this.


  • Set the direction and create meaningful roles
  • Engage stakeholders and hold people to account
  • Ensure effective processes and systems are in place
  • Maintain trust based relationships which help to deliver results

This simplifies what we’d mostly see in the outer game of leadership.

The inner game is very different, it’s made up of thoughts and feelings. They always precede and direct what we say and do. The inner game focuses our attention, influences our choices, drives our behaviour and determines the effectiveness of our actions. The level of leadership we operate at is shaped by our inner game. The stories we tell ourselves dictate how we lead and the shadow we cast.

If you are leading a big workload with minimal resource right now, maybe it feels like time is short.

You may have a busy and uncertain mind. Instead of a clear, adaptable and flexible lens your mind is set to autopilot. It’s reactive and jumpy. Your decision making is impacted. Your connection with people is worsened. This isn’t how you want to lead.

If this sounds like your experience, would you prefer a different way of leading?

You don’t have to respond to uncertainty and complexity with fear or frustration. There are other ways.

You can learn how to:

  • Stay more in the present moment
  • Lead consciously through your values
  • Defuse yourself from your stories
  • Shift perspective from torch light to floodlight

If you want to find out more, contact me and let’s talk about a new way thinking and expanding your choices.

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Tracy Parker, Director, Equinoxe

Alistair is extremely knowledgeable, personable and has a great deal to offer any organisation. I would highly recommend him.

Georgina Harrison, Development Programmes Manager, Leadership & Engagement Team, ASDA

Alistair brought a series of tools and shape to our deliberations that shaped not only what we are as a team, but what we represent in the market, and where we will set the business apart. The work is challenging whilst being fun, structured whilst being flexible, we will be regular customers.

Neil Ashworth, CEO, Collect +

The feedback we get from those that attend his sessions is truly fantastic and we have seen some remarkable changes in everyone that attends, which importantly not only benefits the individual but percolates through the business.

Neil Harvey, UK Employee Relations Manager, Tesco Distribution

Alistair has a rare skill and ability to entice the delegates to come up with the answer and teach themselves along the way. It was a fantastic two day session which everyone enjoyed and took a lot of new skills and ideas from to make them better leaders.

Jim Whitehead, General Manager, Tesco Distribution

Alistair has taken me through very simple to remember and simple to implement action plans and breathing exercises. He does away with the ‘mumbo jumbo’ and gets to the CAUSE of the matter. He then helped me to improve on my own behaviour / reactions.

Ryan Jacobz, Tesco

If you want to find out more, contact me and let’s talk about a new way thinking and expanding your choices: alistair@alistairelliott.co.uk

07754 829 799