Helping organisations and individuals on their own inspirational journeys.

Executive Coaching... Team Coaching... Culture and Change...

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Executive Coaching

"Know yourself and you will win all battles." Lao Tzu

The most successful people know they can use a little help on the way. Juggling work and home life – new jobs and careers – leading teams – leadership programmes – ­the pace of change at work: all these things place demands on you, personally and professionally. You deserve to find and do the things that will bring out your best.

Individual coaching can be a powerful aid to get you on the right road and keep you on track. Mile One offers executive coaching in a way that is informal, respectful and challenging. We know the value of being able to navigate your current challenges and better understand your personal direction; and of having the help and challenge of a coach who is independent and well trained. Read about some of our clients' experiences of working with us.

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Team Coaching

"One person can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one person cannot make a team." Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Working with a team can accelerate the progression of a newly-created team to becoming an effective, agile and productive unit; and it can move an established team to even higher levels of performance. We use a blend of diagnostic tools, like the Belbin model for example, observation, facilitation, workshops and individual coaching to enable teams to improve their focus, cohesion, productivity and impact.

Mile One has led Team Coaching and Development programmes for boards and senior management teams; for functional heads and their direct reports; and for front line colleagues. Clients have included non-profit organisations, international corporations, medium sized businesses, universities, central and local government. Programmes last from 3 months to a year, depending on the size and complexity of the teams involved. We have worked with teams as small as three people; and on programmes with multiple teams involving 60-100 people.

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Culture and Change

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Socrates

Change is a constant in the client organisations we work with, and we have designed programmes to help organisations large and small to identify the changes they need, and mobilise around getting there.

What does Culture and Change support look like? No two organisations are ever the same. However, we will usually start with some investigative work to understand the current organisation, the views of stakeholders and the drivers in the business. This may involve interviews, focus groups or a diagnostic survey.

Examples of assignments we have led around culture and change

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Coaching Credentials

Mile One was set up by Patrick Ballin in October 2006 to pursue his long-term interest in helping people, teams and organisations to tackle their professional goals.

Patrick is a qualified practitioner in Belbin Team Roles, for whom he conducts accreditation and in-company workshops in the UK and North America, as well as MBTI Steps 1 & 2 and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). He has completed Advanced Coaching training at Ashridge Business School and is accredited in Prof. Henry Mintzerg’s ‘Coaching Ourselves‘ peer coaching system. He spent 10 years as a visiting lecturer at Brighton Business School and was awarded an HEA Teaching Fellowship in 2018.

He is a Fellow of the RSA and holds an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Patrick designed and set up the ReWork initiative for Retail Trust, providing free coaching and assistance for people whose jobs have been made redundant in retail; and is a volunteer coach for On Purpose, which places high potential managers from the private sector into social enterprises. He has worked with clients located throughout Europe as well as North America, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, including the award-winning NBS Partners virtual coaching programme for Novartis.

Before starting Mile One, Patrick worked in managerial positions in the personal computer industry and went on to become Global Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Development at The Body Shop International plc. During that time, he served as a Trustee for The Body Shop Foundation, a registered charity supporting innovative environmental, human rights and animal protection projects worldwide.

Mile One believes that it is important to demonstrate professional integrity in coaching and follows the Ashridge and EMCC Code of Conduct for Executive Coaching.