Philip Goldman

Philip has been a leadership coach for over twenty five years and is a founding member of Alexander. He works extensively with executive teams of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies. He is a Director and Partner in Alexander, one of the world’s leading providers of Executive coaching. His industry experience covers financial services, global consulting, retailing and manufacturing.

“When asked by other CEOs what has helped me the most in setting up and leading Frontline, I say my coach. Philip gives me the space and insight to take big and decisive action. If you’re restless to change your organisation, develop and improve key relationships or the world around you then Philip is someone that gives you the perspective and empowerment to increase your chances of success. He has made me a better chief executive and he gives me the best chance to lead. Simply put, coaching from Philip is the best development I’ve ever had.”

CEO, Frontline

Coaching Experience

Philip has particular experience in:

  • Working with CEOs and their senior teams to develop effective ways of working and building relationships.
  • Building and developing cultures that support the release of creativity and innovation.
  • Creating honest dialogue between leaders and their people on the real issues that need to be addressed.
  • Helping leaders understand their authentic and personal leadership style.
  • Supporting leaders to step out of their comfort zone.
  • The three critical conversations leaders must have to create high performance; Leadership, Management and Coaching. Leadership and Management can only inspire, coaching can transform.
  • Developing leaders to become better coaches.

Commercial Experience

Clients Philip has worked with include: AEGON, Aviva, Bass, GSK, InBev, Kingfisher, Lloyds Banking Group, Muller, The Body Shop, The Boston Consulting Group, The Rank Group and Whitbread.

His work helps teams to harness adversity and build confidence to resolve complex issues as they develop the skills of High Performance Leadership Teams. He is valued for his supportive and challenging style.

His work is based on the following principles

  • Leaders must be willing to change if they want to successfully lead change. Being a Leader is lonely and it is unlikely you are receiving honest, supportive and objective feedback.
  • We are all a balance of emotion and logic; a great leader works in both realms to engage both hearts and minds.
  • The role of a leader is often to come up with the right questions, not necessarily to know the right answers.
  • The true spirit of leadership is developing other leaders.
  • Most individuals have far greater potential than organisations manage to release.
  • Organisations become shadows of their leaders and this demands that leaders live what they speak.

Professional Background

Philip is a partner in Alexander. Prior to becoming a leadership coach, Philip was MD of a retail sports chain. He joined the Alexander Corporation and became a director in 1995. He then ran Sibson UK’s leadership practice before setting up Goldman Leadership in 2003.

Philip has studied philosophy, behavioural psychology, and ‘The Inner Game’ technology.

He is an accredited practitioner of the Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI).

Philip is a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School.

"The coaching relationship is a powerful vehicle to make personal and organisational change a reality. I have been working with CEOs  and their teams for nearly 30 years and it is a joy and a privilege to support leaders who are always pushing themselves to find their edge. I am constantly inspired by their achievements and efforts to be the best version of themselves"
  • ″No wonder so many top leaders worldwide seek his counsel.″ Chairman, Peak Inc
  • ″He is a highly effective coach and is able to help me work through critical and sensitive issues.″ Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
  • ″Probably the best event ever, a masterclass.″ Meyler Campbell ‘Fishbowl’ Attendee
  • ″Alexander has been an enormous support to me in developing our leadership capabilities.″ Chief Executive, Railway Children
  • ″He has an unflappable common sense, practical business experience and thoughtful insight.″ Chairman, PZ Cussons PLC
  • ″You have made a huge difference to my landing at GSK this year.″ President Consumer Healthcare Worldwide, GSK
  • ″A great foundation from which we can set goals for achieving our dreams with enthusiasm.″ MD, GoodBrand & Co
  • ″I would highly recommend him as a coach to others in leadership roles.″ Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
  • ″You have played a vital role in helping us on our journey towards becoming a truly world-class organisation.″ President RDQ, Jacobs Douwe Egberts
  • ″Highly supportive coaching, advice and challenge – very focused on my specific needs.″ CEO, South West Trains
  • ″I have rediscovered my confidence and have taken on challenges that I wouldn’t have thought I could deliver on.″ IT DIrector, Muller UK
  • ″I’m excited about the big ideas we identified for each of us.″ MD, GoodBrand & Co
  • ″He combines a wealth of practical business experience with a deep insight into human behaviour.″ Chairman, Performance Consultants International
  • ″He is very skilled at asking questions so that I examine all possible options.″ CEO, The Post Office
  • ″We were able to work through some tough issues in an extremely challenging business environment.″ CEO, Muller UK
  • ″He has helped inspire and motivate me and my team to a level I would once not have believed possible.″ HR Director, Whitbread Restaurants
  • ″No wonder so many top leaders worldwide seek his counsel.″ Chairman, Peak Inc
  • ″He is a highly effective coach and is able to help me work through critical and sensitive issues.″ Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
  • ″Probably the best event ever, a masterclass.″ Meyler Campbell ‘Fishbowl’ Attendee
  • ″Alexander has been an enormous support to me in developing our leadership capabilities.″ Chief Executive, Railway Children
  • ″He has an unflappable common sense, practical business experience and thoughtful insight.″ Chairman, PZ Cussons PLC
  • ″You have made a huge difference to my landing at GSK this year.″ President Consumer Healthcare Worldwide, GSK
  • ″A great foundation from which we can set goals for achieving our dreams with enthusiasm.″ MD, GoodBrand & Co
  • ″I would highly recommend him as a coach to others in leadership roles.″ Senior Partner & MD, The Boston Consulting Group
  • ″You have played a vital role in helping us on our journey towards becoming a truly world-class organisation.″ President RDQ, Jacobs Douwe Egberts
  • ″Highly supportive coaching, advice and challenge – very focused on my specific needs.″ CEO, South West Trains
  • ″I have rediscovered my confidence and have taken on challenges that I wouldn’t have thought I could deliver on.″ IT DIrector, Muller UK
  • ″I’m excited about the big ideas we identified for each of us.″ MD, GoodBrand & Co
  • ″He combines a wealth of practical business experience with a deep insight into human behaviour.″ Chairman, Performance Consultants International
  • ″He is very skilled at asking questions so that I examine all possible options.″ CEO, The Post Office
  • ″We were able to work through some tough issues in an extremely challenging business environment.″ CEO, Muller UK
  • ″He has helped inspire and motivate me and my team to a level I would once not have believed possible.″ HR Director, Whitbread Restaurants