Our Approach

Harnessing the power of stories to drive change and shape futures

The Listening Partnership was founded and is run by Nick Isbister and Jude Elliman, who invented our method of Transformational Narrative Coaching. With our team of high calibre executive coaches, we advocate and develop the power of stories in personal and organisational contexts.

A Listening Partnership

All our coaches have a proven track-record of building relationships and trust quickly. They are always supportive but also challenge you to adopt new perspectives. This people and values-centred approach leads to a listening yet active partnership with you. Time and time again, we and many of the senior executives we work with have seen how skilful listening produces hard results in business terms.

Our Transformational Narrative Approach

We also know from a personal and commercial perspective, just how powerful stories can be. Compelling narratives can create new and exciting futures for everyone, and they are an impressive driver of change. The most impactful leaders are the ones who harness story-making to communicate their personal brand and leadership presence. Effectively promoting their vision and purpose makes all the difference. Built around narrative and your specific context, our executive coaching helps you become more adaptive, strategic and innovative.

How this translates

We live our approach from the inside out. Our executive coaches provide the foundational conditions for strategic conversations to happen and for crucial decisions to be made. Those that really count. Our coaching and masterclasses move straight to the heart of what leadership means in your context, right now. They will lift your performance as well as strengthen your presence and impact – both through practical ideas that you can apply immediately and through longer-term, sustained development of your leadership.


Building on over 25 years of experience, we know our trade in leadership development. We partner with leaders and board members, individuals and teams across a variety of sectors. From large corporations and not-for-profits down to SMEs and new start-ups; from finance and elite sports to health and higher education.

From our Oxford and London offices, we also work online with people around the world. In regular coaching sessions, masterclasses or training modules, our experienced coaches open the way up for clarity of purpose, for new stories to emerge, and for the discovery of innovative solutions: overall more sure-footed action.


We provide board members, senior executives and partners in professional service firms and emerging leaders, with the vital ‘time out of time’ to think more clearly and strategically. You will gain greater certainty in your judgements and find new solutions. You will move forwards more adeptly and confidently, whether you want to effect major company changes, realign part of the business or navigate complex relational dynamics.


We work with people at all stages of their careers. We can offer you appropriate coaching whether you are a newly qualified person looking to advance or you are caught in difficult career choice further along the line. If you are ready to explore your best options for a satisfying third phase, we can provide you with coaching that will meet that objective. Effective coaching at these pivotal career points will give you valuable future dividends.


Our expert team of executive coaches work in the UK and internationally. Across a variety of sectors, we inspire and energise our clients to create new futures for themselves, their teams and their organisations.

Harness the power of stories.

Compelling narratives are a powerful driver for change. Our Transformational Narrative Coaching helps you tap into them. Would you like to discuss how they could develop your leadership and your business?