It's lonely at the top isn't it?

You're running a business - with all the ups and downs that brings. Me too, so I understand a lot of your challenges.

You can't really speak to your colleagues and your team about what troubles you - it might make you look weak to them or they might be a large part of your troubles.

It's what I used to call - in my Employment Law days - 'the joy of employing people!'

So you're very good at what you do - the service you deliver or the items that you make. It's just that the 'people-stuff' is the bit you like least.

The business isn't big enough to need your own HR team so you maybe get that kind of advice from your Accountant - who I'm guessing maybe isn't the best with 'all that touchy-feely stuff'.

Sound familiar?

Or maybe you're already a leadership superstar and want to build a team of future leaders and managers around you...

'Soft' Skills

They may commonly be called 'soft' skills but there's nothing soft about negotiating is there? Or making your next sales pitch.

Or going to those dreaded networking events - or sorting out conflict in the office. Or anything else that keeps you awake at night.

Some business-owners are very good with this - and some want to boost their confidence and ability.  


It's what I call Mindset and Skillset.

Some of us are more comfortable with these skills, and with people, than others. If it's not something that comes so naturally to you, it can have a big impact:

  • Managing difficult situations and that 'difficult person' who spoils everything - but is great at the job

  • Getting along with people you manage - they might even be your friends

  • Sales and networking - for you, is it a complete 'yeuk'?


There are various ways I'd love to help.

With a background in Employment Law and as a Trainer and Executive Coach, I'm sure I can help you and your team with the people-performance issues.

1-2-1 Executive Coaching for You

A confidential sounding board.

A risk-free place to express new ideas and work through inner fears. Discuss climbing the career ladder or moving to a new role - or new career.

Develop your 'Presence' - confidence, influence and gravitas - your Leadership and Business Development.

Working through those uncomfortable 'people challenges' - whether management, leadership or peers. Or clients - internal or external.

A facilitator for challenging meetings or, for example, an 'away-day' for business and team development 

Training for your Team


You might be interested in training on particular skills, such as those listed below, or in a programme I have devised specifically for smaller businesses:

SME People Power Porgramme

  • Negotiation & Influence

  • Resolving Conflict

  • Presentation Skills

  • Selling - but not salesy!

  • Thinking On Your Feet

  • Leadership and Management

  • Employment Law Essentials

"Saved Me Around £30,000"

"I was competent, intelligent and professional but completely debilitated by my situation, which was affecting both business and home life.


Scott brought instant clarity, as well as emotional support. With his legal insight and disarming ability to defuse a potentially very hostile situation, the outcome saved me around £30,000.”

SF, Wealth Management Specialist

From Hiring to Firing
and everthing in between

Small Business Employment Law Compliance - and more 

If you are a small business owner, I can help not only with your people and leadership challenges but also with your legal obligations too.


Having specialised in Employment Law for many years, I have a small business pack: 'Employment Law Compliance' with all you need for contracts and policies plus training and coaching for your people managers in 3 months: 

The SME People Power Programme.

This is in my separate Employment Law & HR website.

Scott Johnston

2019 President of PSA Scotland

(part of the PSA UK & Ireland)

Global Speakers Federation

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