IoD awards Fellowship to York Director Nick Bradley

Uncategorized Mar 10, 2021

North Yorkshire businessman Nick Bradley has been awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Directors in recognition of his support for the region’s business community.

Nick is founder and CEO of Mandala Leaders, which delivers leadership development programmes to organisations ranging from the NHS and Cabinet Office to tech start-ups and established businesses.

Last year, Nick spotted an opportunity to launch a new IoD group that brings together York business leaders for social and networking events. Since lockdown restrictions came into effect, he has organised fortnightly online meetings on subjects ranging from business support to mental health.

He gives local members a voice by feeding their views and experiences into City of York Council’s Business Intelligence Committee.

The IoD has secured vital support for directors during the Covid-19 pandemic, including financial assistance for wage bills and changes to insolvency rules. Through its Policy Voice programme, it...

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Webinar: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the workplace - at home or in the office

I was delighted to host a Webinar this morning discussing "Mental Health and Wellbeing in the workplace - at home or in the office". I was joined by some amazing guests: 


Ex international rugby player, Charlie Hodgson

Charlie Hodgson Performance; a coaching consultancy that optimises workplace health and performance using a mix of science backed lifestyle assessments and unique coaching techniques.

His philosophy is based on 17 years at the top of professional sport and it is through this experience that has shaped his coaching approach and how it can be transferred to the business world.”

Karl Permberton joined Active in May 2007 with a vision to develop the firm into one that was capable of challenging the services offered by the leading national providers, leaning on the knowledge gained in the previous 12 years, yet sticking firmly to the firms regional, ethical and family values. During this time, Karl has lead the firm to become one of the region’s...

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Covid-19 crisis: Business figures say what there is to be positive about.

Uncategorized Apr 22, 2020

Delighted to have our founder, Nick Bradley featured in the York Press today with ideas to help you and your business survive through the Convid-19 pandemic. 

Nick Bradley, York-based CEO and founder of Mandala Leaders

“I usually work in London as an executive coach helping leaders. The first impact for me was a Cabinet Office project shutting down for 12 weeks but made me think to plan three months ahead and not just the initial three weeks of shutdown.

York Press:

Nick Bradley, left, pictured with Ian Garner, a fellow ambassador for the Institute of Directors

Mandala Leaders is a face-to-face business but I had no choice but to pivot into an online business and I immediately offered my digital products free to any other business leaders who would benefit.

Leading a business with furloughed workers or home working is an even lonelier place to lead than usual so I created an online community of local business leaders who could communicate and support each other.


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Mandala Leaders featured in Yorkshire Business Review

Uncategorized Apr 18, 2020

Mandala leaders founder, Nick Bradley, has been working with the Institute of Directors to bring more leadership development and networking events to the local business community in York. We are delighted to have been featured in this month's Yorkshire Business Review which was written by Nadia Jefferson-Brown. 

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Nick Bradley helps the Institute of Directors to launch in York

Uncategorized Mar 04, 2020

A new group of the Institute of Directors has been launched in York to bring together business leaders in the city.

IoD York will hold regular social and networking events, with speakers from different sectors within the city, such as rail and innovation.

It is a sub-branch of the IoD North Yorkshire, and part of a national body which supports business leaders and directors, and represents their views when lobbying decision-makers in the region and nationally.

Members receive a range of support to build their own success, including access to information, training, expertise and networking opportunities.

The IoD North Yorkshire has historically been based in Harrogate which has more than 10,500 business, according to IoD figures. Of these, 705 have more than 20 employees while York has just over 9,000 businesses, of which 905 have teams larger than 20.

Nick Bradley, an ambassador for IoD York, said that with 200 more bigger businesses in York than Harrogate, it made sense to do more...

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Yorkshire GP practice looks outside for change from within

case study leadership Jun 26, 2019

A Yorkshire GP surgery’s practice management team experienced misunderstandings over roles and responsibilities after a reorganisation. A one-on-one coaching day for the team with Mandala Leaders, requested by the practice’s managing partner, has resolved these issues by helping the team better understand each other’s priorities, ways of working, and how they could better collaborate in a stressful workplace.

With a clearer view of their objectives and how to reach them, the practice management team is driving the surgery’s new business plan. Mandala Leaders’ coaching session was surprising for the two team members because it guided them to their own realisation of what needed to change - rather than simply telling them what was good for them.    

Confusion over management roles hold back busy GP practice

As GP surgeries across Britain are pushed to their limits meeting care demands from an ageing population, PracticeOne in Bridlington...

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100-day leadership programme unleashes retail FD’s potential

A retail chief financial officer has successfully refocused her communication with board members and shop floor colleagues through a 100-day leadership coaching programme with Mandala Leaders.

She has come out of her shell and assumed board-level decisions for the franchise. More than that, she intervenes more effectively in staff disagreements and motivates colleagues with greater insight and conviction. This career breakthrough came through one-one-one coaching sessions with Mandala Leaders that placed the emphasis firmly on her to take responsibility - for both the way she was perceived and stepping up to board-level operations.

Can a fixer be a strategic thinker?

An executive assuming a leadership role coming from a purely accounting background can face some surprising and delicate hurdles. After helping build profitable operations at a London retail franchise, a female chief financial officer wanted to take on board responsibilities. Despite her lasting contribution to the...

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Leadership coaching for a new perspective

After a period of frustration and anxiety with his role, a senior management consultant at a ‘Big Four’ company’s international development division, refocused on his career priorities with support from Mandala Leaders. Through intensive coaching sessions, the executive has reappraised his job and his ambitions.

Instead of pushing him towards a plan, Mandala Leaders helped him to make his own top-to-bottom appraisal of his role and communications with colleagues while evaluating the wider impacts for government clients and citizens of his career developing national health care programmes.

The challenge

Effective leadership coaching must gain a clear picture of the current state of play before seeking to make changes. A senior director of international development at a Big Four management consultancy has refocused on his career priorities with support from Mandala Leaders, a consultancy dedicated to transforming the life of an individual and the communities they...

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How do you handle conflict with your boss?

One of the steps to becoming a truly authentic leader is “communicating with clarity”. This is especially difficult in a conflict situation and needs a cool head and a clear communication strategy to tackle it. 

We asked our tribe to answer the following questions around handling the tricky situation of - Conflict with your boss.

Should you or should you not address a problem with your boss?

Yes - absolutely - any conflict or problem should be tackled and resolved as without doing so a growing resentment may occur on both sides (employee/boss) and this will be not only detrimental to your career, but the boss and the wider team.

Nipping this in the bud is always the best option but it’s often only once the anger or frustration has started to show that people seek to find a resolution. Without resolution work productivity will suffer, team morale will dip and results will be impacted.

What 3 tips would you give on talking out a problem with your boss?


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Keep Calm and Carry On

As Summer approaches, it’s as good a time as any to pause and reflect on our achievements, our hits, our misses and the lessons learned.

Whether your leadership impacts on a global organisation, a local sports team, a business, a family or all of the above, consider this – what is the single most important lesson learned from how you played your cards across the year so far?
For myself, this year, the single most important principle that has most benefited my leadership at work, in my community and at home, has been “keep calm and carry on”.

Surprisingly enough, it was the combination of managing my emotions better despite the challenges together with staying the course, that I’m the most proud of and grateful for. For this to happen, I needed to both put in effort on remaining ‘the observer’ of my thoughts and feelings (especially under pressure), whilst remaining guided by my long-term vision.

Leadership as I’ve experienced it for...

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