What’s happening with The Extra Mile…

We hope you can join us at the next two events:

Thursday 29th June, Sussex, 10am-1pm ‘The Power of Teams’ – facilitated by Patrick Ballin and Liz Beck

Book here: The Power of Teams

Thursday 20th July, London, 2-5pm ‘Inclusive Leadership’ – facilitated by Dr Ian Dodds

Book here: Inclusive Leadership

We had a fantastic earlier this year with two brilliant event: ‘Reflect, Learn and Grow‘ in January, with a World Cafe style session facilitated by Fiona McBride, and we kicked March off with an entertaining session run by Bob Harvey-Jenner on ‘The Psychology of Portrait Photography.’ Bob’s session was followed by a pop-up photo studio where attendees had new head shot portraits taken by Bob.

Our mission is to combine the serious business of learning from each other with the fun business of learning about each other – we’re people from all walks of working life. Come along or get in touch!

New year – new thinking…

A huge thank you to everyone for such a stimulating, entertaining and thought-provoking 2016.

Before we think about the year ahead, I would like to share a tale brought to The Extra Mile Christmas Meeting by one of its members, which brings to life something of the spirit of The Extra Mile.

Frog peeking out

Penny was working with a voluntary sector organisation that had decided to fight back. Austerity would be vanquished by encouraging local charities and services to work and act together. Whether a two-man band with unbeatable local expertise or a significant regional charity of years’ experience – they would collaborate to deliver what the community needed, and join forces to bid together for scarce budgets.

One bid concerned a programme for interventions in schools to improve mental health, and three mental health charities had come together to work on the bid. A new member of the group happened to be visiting as the brief was being discussed. This charity was dedicated to saving amphibians. Especially frogs. The serendipity of these apparently unrelated areas of expertise connecting casually without an agenda or intention created a sort of alchemy. Children love frogs. Conversations and care and trust can build around…a frog.

An imaginative and successful bid was created.

The conditions for connection had been created without a fixed outcome in mind, and magical things happened. The Extra Mile, just like the organisation in the story, is all about joyful connections – leading to results that could never have been predicted.

Events that bring us together and teach us new perspectives…

We’re excited and energised about where 2017 will take us all and are looking forward to bringing you an eclectic mix of events, which started on 23rd January with a lively and interactive world café style session focusing on ‘reflect, learn and grow’.

Other topics we are planning to cover this year include:

  • using comedy in learning
  • the psychology of portrait photography
  • inclusive leadership
  • social media
  • the ROI of coaching.

A key core value of the Extra Mile is inclusivity and we’re always open to new ideas. So please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and views about what you’d like us to talk about, or where and how you’d like us to meet up? Just comment below or email us at info@mileone.co.uk. We always welcome new members too, so please do spread the word and invite friends and colleagues to visit this website and sign up.

Here’s to an enriching and rewarding 2017. Happy New Year!

What or who could you bring to The Extra Mile in 2017?

We’ve had some excellent The Extra Mile sessions in London and Sussex this year – including the recent autumn series with Ed Will, Will Murray, Gary Coulton, Glenn Wallis and Kevin Cherry. Could it be your turn in 2017? Already we have offers to run sessions on social media, the psychology of portrait photography, inclusive behaviours and more.

Is there a topic that you’d like to bring to the group? Or maybe lead a different sort of session – something more social, or more of a discussion? Are there topics or facilitators you would like to hear  – in the spirit of having fun, creating sparky ideas and sustaining a community that is a great shared resource for everyone involved?

We’re also growing the group so think about who you’d like to bring along to take part, and ask them to sign up now on this site – that way, they’ll get the 2017 programme as soon as it’s ready!

Clients – a few things you might like to know about Mile One

If you are looking into who we are and what we do, then here are a few things that it might be helpful for you to know. We don’t invest a lot of time in brochures and case studies as we prefer to put our effort into real projects that help our clients – and we’d be very happy for you to talk to some of those clients, and let them speak for themselves.

Who we are and what we do

We are two experienced consultants, Patrick Ballin and Kay Armstrong, who founded Mile One in 2006 after successful senior management careers in two international businesses (The Body Shop and Allied Domecq).

Mostly, one of us will take the lead with a client based on our individual strands of expertise. For Patrick, those strands include executive coaching, team development, internal partnering and external collaboration. For Kay, the strands are in marketing, branding and consumer insight. Occasionally, projects come up that allow us to work together for a client, and that’s a lot of fun for us and for them.

Much of our work is based around improving internal, external and customer connections and we practice this in the way we work too – working extensively with partner organisations and other practitioners, as part of teams that come together for client projects. You may have come across us working in one or another of those teams.

Who we work with

Most of our work is with larger national or international organisations. For example, we’ve worked in the last two years with businesses in pharmaceutical, retail, hospitality, FMCG, financial services, travel and tourism. We also enjoy working with smaller charities and social enterprises.

Recent engagements include:

  • remote coaching for leaders in internal partnering and managing change, following the restructure of support services in a global pharmaceutical company
  • individual coaching, and up-skilling in team facilitation, for leaders in one of the leading travel and tourism bodies in the UK
  • the design and delivery of a leadership and strategic skills programme for procurement leaders in an international transportation services business, delivered in France and the Netherlands
  • qualitative research on the consumer reaction to a proposed, and subsequently award-winning, tourism advertising campaign
  • designing and delivering a remote training programme to enhance the supplier partnering skills for managers in a large FMCG company

The Extra Mile – meet with, and learn from, independent coaches, trainers and consultants

The Extra Mile was created to enable independent practitioners to meet with, and learn from, each other. We meet 5-8 times a year, alternating between Sussex and London. Between times, we continue to spark off each other through our group on LinkedIn, where we now have 150+ contributors from all over the world.

Final Date for 2016 – put this in your diary now!

16 December 2016: The Extra Mile “Extraordinary General Meeting” – a free event, your chance to shape the future direction and growth of our group. Breakfast Agency, 75 Farringdon Road, London. 2pm – 4pm.

The small print

We don’t aim to make a profit but do appreciate a contribution of £25 to cover costs. You can pay in advance using Eventbrite, pay on the day or take out an annual subscription for £120. The latter option allows you to come to as many events as you want, up to eight events are planned for London and Brighton over the next 12 months. Contact us for details. And tell your friends!

Introducing Mile One

This is the new Mile One website, created by Patrick Ballin and Kay Armstrong. We’re working on more information over the next few months. For now, you can find out more about who we are and what we do by clicking our names to visit our pages on Linked In, or you can contact us on info@mileone.co.uk

Patrick works extensively with 3Circle Partners: www.3circlepartners.com – putting effective interaction at the heart of getting things done. He’s also an independent executive coach and management consultant, is involved with two social enterprises (as a Board member of Playful Spaces CIC and as a coach for OnPurpose) and is a Visiting Lecturer at Brighton Business School.

One of Kay’s main working partnerships is with Lucid: www.lucidpeople.com – an insight consultancy with a reputation for tackling strategic consumer projects and knottier marketing problems. Kay is a senior marketing professional and is on the Board of two international fair trade charities, Twin Trading and Liberation.

Watch this site and we’ll tell you more about who we are and what we do over the next few months.

The small print:

Mile One Limited is a UK registered limited company no. 6401498

Registered address: 2 St Andrews Place, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1UP