Discovery expert, high-performance team engineer, founder of Internal Alignment and keynote speaker
Peter Anderton Biography
Peter Anderton is a Discovery Expert, Founder of Internal Alignment, High-Performance Team Engineer and TEDx speaker. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and Chartered Engineer.
Peter is not a consultant, but a straight talking, no nonsense, high performance team engineer. His dynamic approach will unlock the secrets you need to boost results – and get your life back.
As the Founder of Internal Alignment, TEDx speaker, Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Chartered Engineer, Peter knows great leadership comes down to two things.
Always practical and engaging. Peter will immediately equip you and your leadership team to deliver better results in your organisation. His talks are designed for business leaders who need more change for a lot less effort. Really, he is that good.
With 15 years of experience in the speaker and training industry, Peter has a strong corporate background. He is also an expert in guiding people to re-evaluate and strip back the noise and complexity that has buried leadership over the last few years.
Peter has immersed his life in transformation, from the stories he read as a child to his habit of buying houses in ever increasing states of disrepair in order to restore and transform them.
A creator of events, masterclasses, programmes and reinventing companies and leaders worldwide, Peter has a unique connection working with many globally renowned and inspirational companies.
As a speaker, he is full of energy, challenging, insightful, refreshingly honest, open and direct. His keynote presentations will open your eyes and unlock the strategies and secrets every leaders needs to know.
Peter’s TEDx talk “Great leadership comes down to only two rules” has been incredibly well received – and is now being used in MBA programmes around the world. Why? Because what he does impacts real people, in real environments, to make real changes in the effectiveness and performance of their team. His dynamic approach will unlock the secrets your managers need to boost their teams, accelerate results and get their life back.
Peter's Coaching Profile
Peter coaches senior executives who want results, not hours. Because working with him means you don’t pay for coaching. You pay for results.
His approach is formed of three fundamental parts – the ‘circles of success’.
The first circle is CLARITY. Clarity is what puts you in the driving seat, pins down where you want to end up and works out how you’re going to get there.
The second circle is DRIVE. Drive is what fills batteries or fuel tanks to the brim, makes sure your car is running like a dream and releases the handbrake before you set off!
The third circle is ACTION. Action is what challenges you to make it happen, keeps you going when setbacks arise, and makes sure you learn all there is to learn along the way.
Get each circle right, putting them together in the right way, and you will create an unstoppable force for change. So much so, success is virtually guaranteed.
That’s what makes Peter’s coaching different – it’s not about hours spent – it’s about results delivered. Work with him on a 1:1 basis and as long as you complete your actions, you will have as much coaching as you need, for as long as you need, in order to deliver the results you want. Working with Peter means you don’t pay for coaching. You pay for results. Now that’s worth looking into.
Peter’s coaching can improve results from your team, it can take your behaviour as a leader to a new level and it can create genuine results.
“Peter has tremendous credibility at 3M and to me ranks as one of the best I have worked with in terms of coaching, facilitation and leading organisation change. He is very engaging, fearless of seniority in ensuring the tough issues are tackled and has very strong process capability.” Zoe Dickson, VP, Global HR Business Operations, 3M
“I have recently completed two 6 month high performance coaching programmes with Peter – both of which have absolutely delivered. In no time at all I moved from sceptical to actively working on areas I know I would have avoided without him. Looking back, I can see I was blocking myself, and the self-awareness, insights and resulting changes have generated a significant shift in results. My team now communicate openly with me, see a positive way forward despite operating in times of constant change and uncertainty, and are working far more independently, frequently coming back with ideas and results that far exceed my expectations. That alone has been worth the investment – and more! When I was asked ‘to what extent would I recommend working with Peter on a scale of 1-10?’ I gave it a 10. That’s not something I usually do” Robert Boyd, Scientific Director, Oxford BioTherapeutics
“Peter is an absolute genius, and working with him over the last 6 months has been totally transformational. We set clear, seemingly impossible, goals and I have delivered on all of them. As if that wasn’t enough I have also put an end to the previously-practised negative thought and behaviour patterns that held me back. Peter has supported my journey and amplified my realisation of everything that’s good about myself and in my life. He has helped me to rationalise my thoughts, sometimes seemingly via stealth, and has been a sounding board that has delivered quick results and directional changes that have helped me to lead my team to success through incredibly challenging circumstances. Working with Peter is a unique experience. Yes, he is a brilliant coach, yes, he cares about you as a person, not simply as a client, yes, he says what needs to be said, even if it isn’t what you want to hear. But his approach is unique – once we agreed our goals, as long as I completed my actions I could have as much support as I needed, there were no limits. More than that, Peter was so confident, on the same basis, that he offered to work with me until we had achieved what we had set out to achieve at no extra fee. That’s the ultimate difference. When working with Peter you’re not paying for coaching – you’re paying for results. I can’t recommend him highly enough” Vicky Clayton, Senior Manager, HSBC
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Testimonials for Peter Anderton
“Peter is very engaging and fearless of seniority in ensuring the tough issues are tackled.”
“I’ve had 16 years of leadership in the military, 7 years of leadership in business. This is probably the best explanation of leadership I have heard”
“Peter kicked off TEDxDerby with a truly fantastic and inspiring talk.”
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to write in support of Peter because he really does live and breathe the values he promotes. He is an enormously positive presence whose sessions are filled with energy, challenge and insight. He is extremely knowledgeable and incredibly skilled in facilitating learning which is fun as well as being highly effective. Peter is absolutely focused on getting the best from people to ensure they continue to grow. Time with Peter is time very well spent. You will see and feel the difference immediately as you work with him to realise your full potential.”
“Peter is one of the most skilled faciliators that I have ever worked with. He has the ability to interact at all levels of an organisation with credibility and clarity. Like all truly skilled people, Peter makes the complex and challenging look simple. If your organisation needs to change (and you want to take everybody with you) then I strongly recommend Peter.”
“Peter has a unique style, very engaging but also suitably challenging. He understands his audience and can read the room adapting both style and content “on the hoof” to achieve the desired result. When you know Peter is at the helm of a project, you can be sure it will deliver. I want to thank Peter for his help and support, I know that I have grown as a leader and I owe him a debt of gratitude.”
“Peter’s speaking style is awesome and delivery flawless and the impact of his inspirational messages long-lasting! I would recommend him for any small or large group development sessions without hesitation.”
“Peter spoke at our leadership conference in Milan and his delivery was outstanding. Before the event, he took the time to understand the outcomes we desired and the way we work. He tailored his material perfectly, explicitly incorporating our core behaviours in a way that really hit home. On the day he completely demystified leadership, kept the audience engaged at a level we have never experienced before, and left our leaders with practical learning they could put into practice with immediate effect. The feedback has been excellent. If you are looking for a speaker who will listen to what you need – and work with you to make sure it is delivered, I would definitely recommend Peter”
“Whether it’s an audience of 20 or 200, he engages the room with energy, humour and passion for his subject. Participants rave about him and he has evaluated brilliantly.”
“Peter spoke at a major event we hosted at the Houses of Parliament. Peter was an outstanding speaker, delivering excellent content in a concise, valuable and highly entertaining way. He quickly engaged the audience, and had them fully absorbed by the content and delivery of his keynote. Perhaps most importantly, the message was clear and he made a potentially complex subject very easy to digest. Peter added real value to our event, and the thought-provoking messages left the audience very satisfied indeed. I would have no hesitation in using Peter again in the future and would thoroughly recommend his services.”
“I was delighted to have Peter come and speak at our conference and exhibition. Not an easy task opening the event and speaking to over 120 delegates at 7.30 am in the morning. Peter was a very informative speaker who explained things in an entertaining and helpful way. He was perfect and would definitely have him back again to speak. Next time for much longer.”
“I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Peter, he is a highly skilled facilitator, trainer and coach and will work with you to make changes that will deliver results.”
“In terms of coaching, facilitation and leading organisation change. He is very engaging, fearless of seniority in ensuring the tough issues are tackled and has very strong process capability.”
“Thank you for running such an impactful and engaging programme. I don’t think I’ve ever been to anything else where the lessons are still fresh and at the front of my mind a year on, or which has had such a huge benefit (professional and personal). Late last year I was promoted into a much bigger role. I’m now Vice President for information security across our European businesses and I’ve had requests to act as a mentor for colleagues. I don’t think I’d have gotten this opportunity without the changes I made following working with you.”
“There is no doubt we have become much stronger as a Corporate Leadership Team since working with Peter. We have gained a real sense of connection as a team and now engage in far more open and constructive debate than ever before. As a direct result, we are significantly more productive, have a clear and shared focus on the right things and are much more consistent in our approach outside the team. And it’s already making a significant impact across the Council, as both Officers and Councillors are seeing the difference. Most importantly, our own shift in behaviour is being reflected in colleagues from the next tier working in an exceptionally collegiate way to really deliver on corporate projects. In just under 6 months, Peter has helped transform the way our Corporate Leadership Team works and I would highly recommend him to any organisation who needs a stronger, more impactful and more effective leadership team.”
Peter Anderton‘s Topics
The Two Rules Every Leader Should Know
What is it? This session is not about collecting theories. It’s not about imitating other leaders. And it’s not about creating more work. The truth of leadership is being buried deeper and deeper under a complex assortment of models, theories and experts. Peter’s aim is to clear away the junk to reveal the ultimate truths of leadership. Truths that are sharp, powerful and simply waiting to be applied. Everything you need to know about leadership comes down to only two rules. The rest is just noise.
Who needs it? If your audience has one or more of the challenges below in their teams or organisations, then Peter’s talks provide exactly what they need to fix it. He can focus on some or all of them:
- ‘Us and them’ – employees say ‘they’ more than ‘we’
- Silos – good collaboration is hard to find
- Same-ness – diverse perspectives are not valued
- Office politics – people save what they really think for private ‘corridor’ conversations 5 Stuck – repeating the same mistakes
- Negativity – too much energy is spent focusing on what is wrong
- Lack of creativity – too few fresh ideas
- ‘Checked out’ – employees are working without energy or passion
- Ambiguous – expectations are vague, detached from the bigger picture, and everything is a priority 10 Poor role models – we have managers whose behaviour undermines core values
- Rigid – too much resistance to change
- Distrust – trust and confidence in management is low
CPR The Three Secrets of Every High-Performing Team
What is it? It stands for Connection, Potential and Reason. CPR is the beating heart of a high-performing team. We can call it leadership, but it’s so much more than that. Teams performing at their best, pulling together, and heading in the right direction are built upon it. Teams flagging, lacking connection and struggling with a mish-mash of goals are desperate for it. Of course, most teams are somewhere between the two, with too many falling a lot nearer the latter than they want to be.
Who needs it? If your audience identifies with any of the challenges below, then Peter’s talks provide the solution.. He can focus on one, a few or all of them:
- Late – key projects fail to deliver on time
- Unfocused – can’t agree on the most important goal
- Siloed – primary focus is on own teams and agendas
- Slow – actions are rarely completed on time
- Spinning – problems are discussed but not solved
- Passive – individuals frequently nod in agreement without truly agreeing
- Unresolved conflict – has left ‘elephants in the room’ that are only discussed in private
- Divided – there are factions within the team
- Bored – team members find any excuse not to attend meetings
Maximise your team juice
What is it? Only 20% of the fuel in your petrol tank moves your car forward. The rest of it goes to waste through exhaust, friction and everything else. Barmy, isn’t it?
What about your team? How much of their energy is moving forwards – and how much goes to waste?
If you know your team could be more, if you know deep down you’re not making the most of YOUR team juice, this is the perfect place to step up their motivation – and yours.
Who needs it? If your audience see any of the challenges below in their teams or organisations, then Peter’s talks, packed with useful, practical nuggets that can be applied with immediate effect, provide exactly what they need to fix it. He can focus on some or all of them:
- Apathy – somehow problems end up as yours, not theirs
- Mediocrity – your team frequently deliver enough, but rarely more
- Exhausted – they could shine, if only they had the energy
- Indifference – too few love what they do, too many watch the clock
- Disservice – customers are often underwhelmed
- Carelessness – mistakes are being made and no-one seems to care
- Unfulfilled – it’s clear they’re not happy – but what do they need?
- Absent – what, again?
- Turnover – why is it always the best staff who move on whilst the bad ones stay?
- Unproductive – too much of what needs to get done today is carried over to tomorrow
- Disengaged – bad attitude rubs off and behaviour slides to the lowest common denominator
- Stagnant – things just don’t seem to get better