Are you ready to reach your potential?


My purpose is to help you grow and succeed.

To ‘feel’ like the leader that you are.

To feel calm, confident, and in control of your day, every day.

To get the results you need from your team, whilst still being a great person to work for.

To reach your leadership potential!

Over the years I’ve worked with hundreds of leaders at all levels, and I know from experience that it’s really easy to fall into the trap of trying to figure it all out yourself, but never really getting the results that you need.

You might have found yourself struggling with the same feelings about being a leader; working all hours and not getting the headspace or balance that you need, and shunting down a level to do the tasks that your team should really be doing, and you’ve got used to working in the same way, doing the same things and getting the same results, even though it’s not working for you anymore.

But there’s a much easier way.

This is where I can help, by giving you the confidence, and mind-set you need to succeed, and by sharing the simple steps you can take to rise as a leader, so you can get  to where you want to go.

There are 3 things that I’m passionate about:

1. Leadership starts with you.

Even though you might be the Boss, how you lead yourself matters. I’ll help you get out of your own way and give you permission to look after your own needs as well as those of your team and business.

2. People

Your team really can make the difference. I’ll show you how, so you start seeing the results you need, whether you’re recruiting a brand new team, or growing an exisiting one.


3. Simplicity

Isn’t life hard enough as it is without making things too complicated? Everything you learn from me will be straight forward, easy to understand, and ready for you to apply. In fact you’ll probably find yourself thinking ‘that’s so obvious, why didn’t I think of that?!’

“Barbara has worked with myself and the management team at Burbank Produce for the past 18 months and in that time has engaged and developed a deep and well-rounded understanding of our leadership training needs and implemented programmes to develop and fulfill leadership potential. A refreshingly non-typical approach to personal development and self-awareness; we received a tailored approach which has been insightful, commercially sound and deeply engaging for myself and everyone involved. We hope to continue working with Barbara as our business and training needs grow and I would strongly recommend her services.”

Johnathan Kershaw

Director, Burbank Produce Ltd

Who am I?


Hi, I’m Barbara Nixon and I’m here to help you have the confidence, mindset and skills to rise as a leader and get the results you really want.

Over the years I’ve literally worked with hundreds of people to help them become confident and capable leaders. To help them get out of their own way, remove their blocks, improve their confidence and grow their mindset for success, and show them the simple tweaks they can make every single day to work smarter and not harder without compromising results.

I’d love to help you too.

I know that you’re here because you know that you could be doing things differently.

That there has to be an easier way, but you just don’t know how to figure it out on your own.

I know that you’re here because you’re ambitious, and an action taker and you’re ready to make the changes you need to get you where you want to be.

And, I know that you’re here because you’re ready to step into leadership in a new way – so that you can make that giant leap forward.

But right now, even though that’s what you want…it feels easier said than done.

Because there might be some things getting in your way.

  • You’re feeling like an imposter, and that you’re going to be found out any second
  • You feel like you’re holding yourself back in some way and are capable of so much more
  • You feel like what you know has got you this far, but you need to do things differently to step up to the next level
  • You currently haven’t got any headspace, or time to think about what needs to be done to move forward
  • You might even find yourself sabotaging your own success in some way.


Wherever you are right now, I can help, because there’s one thing I do know…investing in yourself and your development is a  sure fire way to rocket fuel your career and your business.

Yes, you can try and figure it out alone, but why struggle on your own when you don’t have to?

So, what’s my background?

I’ve been in the People Development space for ALL of my career.

It all started with 12 years of working in corporate as a Training Manager in the Head Offices of 2 of the largest retailers in the UK, leading a team and designing development programmes for hundreds of people.

I can remember the very first time I knew that I was driven to support people to grow and succeed….I was about 22 and I was delivering a section of the company induction for about 300 new managers. As I was at the side of the stage, the CEO was chatting to everyone and he said…’you’re all managers…someone will have helped you get to where you are now. Now’s your turn to help other people.”

And I know it might sound daft, but just at that minute I just knew that that’s what I wanted to do.

It was like everything just fell into place for me.

My why is to Help other people grow and succeed…and I’ve been doing that ever since.

Anyway, during those 12 years I really did learn my craft. I led a team of training professionals, I designed A-LOT of development programmes, I managed large scale programmes and projects, and I worked for all areas of the business…all of which I loved and it gave me fantastic experience and broad commercial knowledge.

Then in 2010, at the time of the biggest economic downturn we’ve had, I decided that that was the time to realise a personal ambition and I jumped ship to start my own business…and I can honestly say I’ve never looked back.

Since then I’ve had the pleasure of working within lots of different sectors (manufacturing; wholesale; universities; IT; charities…this list goes on), across the UK, Europe and USA, I published a book (The Boss Hat) and I have worked with hundreds of people helping them to grow, get the results they need and be the leaders they were always meant to be. I’m also a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a qualified Coach, and an NLP Practitioner.

But what about outside of work? 

Well, I’m a mum of 4, married to Dave, a dog owner, a self help book addict, A Netflix binger, a big tea drinker, a lover of holidays and being outside in general, and I’ve also tried my hand at Stand Up Comedy and Improv. I’m also incredibly Down to Earth, and love to have a laugh.

“I have had the benefit of working with Barbara over the last few years since taking part in her excellent ‘The Boss Hat Programme’. I found this a really useful course as I have progressed into a more senior role and Barbara is an inspiration. She is engaging, supportive and definitely knows what she is talking about.

I can highly recommend Barbara to anyone who needs support – she has a brilliant way of supporting you but challenging you at the same time to help you make the changes you need”

Wendie Groves

Head of Business Support, Primary Care Commissioning

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“A thoroughly professional individual delivering both practical and effective training and coaching. Is able to be flexible to meet the needs of the client business and of individuals, as well as dealing with short notice changes of scope. Most importantly Barbara is able to relate to people at all levels gaining the trust and respect that is essential in being effective in her role”

Keith Ruddock

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“Working with Barbara over the last few years on the Shorebird Webinars has been a delight. Barbara’s dedication and commitment to achieving our mutual goals, has helped to build a large following of loyal guests who consistently deliver positive feedback about her. Barbara has an engaging and approachable style which can bring even the most reserved person out of their shell, coupled with her knowledge and skill level that appeals to all abilities from the board down, will inevitably mean success for all those who work with Barbara. Always ahead of the curve and her infectious enthusiasm for thinking outside the box means that it is always a pleasure to work with Barbara.”

Lis Wilson


I know only too well that there are loads of people who do what I do. 

You have choice – and that’s great. So here’s what other people have said after we’ve worked together..

“Barbara has this knack of making you feel like she’s your best friend even if you’ve only just met.”

“As a result of us working together I can now switch off in the evenings and spend time with my family.”

“There are so many times when I’ve thought…’this makes so much sense why didn’t I think of that?’

“This girl has Jedi Powers. She always knows exactly what the problem is.”



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