Glenn Mead uses the experience garnered in both his military and corporate life to help his audiences improve their performance in all spheres of life. As a psychological coach and conference speaker, Glenn specialises in helping people understand how their emotions interfere with their ability to think logically and, more importantly, what to do about it.
Glenn has over 20 years of operational leadership experience. With an honours degree in Russian and German, in 1990 he graduated from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst as a commissioned officer and joined an infantry battalion, serving on operations in Northern Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
After leading the first-ever British Army expedition to Siberia, working with the Russian Academy of Sciences to conduct a survey of the Nerpa seal population on the frozen Lake Baikal, he was promoted to the rank of major two years earlier than normal, and became one of the six youngest majors in the British Army. Subsequent assignments included leading a specialist team to train officers of the Lithuanian Army.
After leaving the army, Glenn realized that your attitude is what allows you to achieve in life. Once in the corporate world of management consultancy and no prior experience, he got stuck into the process of retraining and re-tooling himself in order to fit the opportunities available. This he did in record time.
The experiences garnered while working in operations management, firstly with Ernst & Young, then Cap Gemini, and lastly at European level with Accenture, all while working towards his MBA during any spare moment presented to him, acquainted him with problem-solving, perspective taking, and coaching as solutions tools. He soon gained his qualifications in executive coaching and leadership mentoring, which led him into doing a BSc Pschyology and MSc Occupational Psychology – also during his spare time. He has been coaching since 2002.
The winter sports he had become accustomed to during his stint in the Armed Forces were not left behind upon completing his career in the military. In 2000, Glenn took part in the Iditasport 100-mile human-powered endurance race during the Alaskan winter. He covered this distance, on foot, within 46 hours, all the while pulling his ‘home’ behind him on a sled. Not only did Glenn manage to raise £1,800 for Cancer Research, but it also earned him the title of Men’s Health Vaseline Achiever of the Year Award (and a year’s supply of deodorant, as Glenn likes to interject). Glenn has, since then, clamped down on his endurance events, limiting them to marathons and mountain marathons.
Glenn was appointed a director of the business division of the psychology consultancy Chimp Management Limited in 2013. It is one of the organisations that support the successful Team GB cycling team. They are also involved in other world championship events and Olympic Teams. Glenn and his team’s mission was translating the principles of a peak performance mindset to both individuals and teams within organisations. During this period he learned about the neuroscientific basis of emotional and logical thinking, concepts he still studies today.
Glenn Mead works with businesses at an individual, team, and organisational level, delivering one-on-one coaching, training, and keynotes. His aim is to help gain clarity in the decision-making process and being able to put situations into perspective.
Amongst the many companies Glenn has worked with, he counts the likes of: AstraZeneca, Atkins, Amey, BNY Mello, Cisco Systems, Costain, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, EY UK, Fieldfisher, Slaughter & May, giffgaff, IMG, Investec, JP Morgan Chase, Jones Lang LaSalle, Marks & Spencer, MoD, Old Mutual Group, Pfizer, Rabobank, RBS, Royal British Legion, Sainsbury’s, Sony and Unilever, NHS, and UK Special Forces.
“My team has shifted from being a talented group of individuals, largely doing their own thing, to a group that can challenge each other on really difficult issues, with the best outcome in mind.” – Unilever
Glenn Mead speaks on a variety of topics pertaining to performance psychology. Amongst these are managing emotions, mastering motivation, communicating effectively, working in a team, multi-tasking (the myth that we can do it well), as well as tackling self-doubt and self-control to develop a mindset of self-confidence and self-efficacy. Successful change management, talent development, and peak performance depend upon these individual building blocks.
Glenn’s presentations are engaging and make use of visually impactful images that bring emotions to life. This he accomplished by means of personal anecdotes, a little drama, and audience interaction. His lasting impressions are plain and simple: understand your emotions and don’t beat yourself up. Instead, plan ways of dealing with situations so that you are prepared for when they next occur.
“Glenn provided a main stage presentation for 200 of our graduates and was fantastic at being able to convey how our thoughts, feelings and behaviours can be a key influencer in different situations and how we respond. It was delivered with the perfect blend and balance to make a complex topic understandable and relatable with a fantastic level of humour. I couldn’t recommend Glenn more highly for the talk he delivered and the feedback received for this agreed. In addition Glenn provided a more interactive workshop that took some of the principles from the main session into practise. It was incredibly well received and people left the conference talking about Glenn’s sessions and how they will be implementing what he said into the their everyday working lives. Thank you Glenn you have genuinely had a positive difference to the graduates at Amey with your involvement at our conference.”
"Glenn represented the Chimp Management team at one of our annual corporate events to help round off the day and send everyone away with some thought provoking ideas. He had an hour to engage and inspire and I’m delighted to say it was a great success. He gave an informative snap shot of the book and its key principles, whilst using easily relatable examples to speak directly to the audience. These were compiled through liaising with our team prior to the event to learn about what we do within the business and what we wanted to get out of the day. Excellent experience and I would highly recommend."