Be true to yourself, change the story and

achieve results beyond belief

A Bit about Us

Gritty People are a people development consultancy specialising in leadership development and behavioural change. Our business was born from a passion and deep curiosity of people, all people, from all walks of life. We find it fascinating how an individual’s beliefs, focus and interactions can influence successful, and sometimes not so successful outcomes.

We can not be the best versions of ourselves with IQ alone. Why? because no amount of academic and technical ability is going to help us with human interaction. Emotional Intelligence = (IQ + Tech) x 2. At Gritty People we work with you to develop this untapped resource.

We have spent over 16 years working in, and with, large blue chip organisations. Our experience coupled with industry and market research confirms that successful people & successful change happens through utilising real experiences, through our workshops, coaching and when back in the workplace. By connecting the dots in a way which you can apply your own value meaning, we find the true connection of ‘individual’ values with the ‘business’ values.

The hard stuffs the easy stuff, the soft stuffs the challenging stuff.
It’s 90% a people deal!

So what is grit?

The ability to develop and maintain the positive perseverance required to achieve long-term goals. Gritty people overcome obstacles and they will always find a way, maintaining powerful motivation to achieve their objective. You need gritty people in your businesses!
People who are high in emotional intelligence & grit are the key to delivering sustainable change and will lead the way.

Why we do what we do

We are on a mission to help people break out of the box. Our work environments have changed and are still changing. We need to do more with less, and that requires a new mindset and approach. We do what we do because we know there is a better way, how do we know?  because we have seen it, done it and helped 1000’s of people leaders, team members and businesses learn how to do it too.

We want to work with people that believe as we believe, and enable you to enjoy results beyond belief.

How we do it?

At Gritty People we work with you to develop your Emotional Intelligence & levels of Grit, we do it in a very experiential way. We create experiences for people, and those experiences allow in the moment responses to help people become more aware of their own patterns of behaviour.

We truly engage learners before joining the learning programme to change their mindset from ‘have’ to learn, to ‘want’ to learn. The learner will make the decision to attend and therefore concentration and motivation levels are increased. During the learning experience, we ensure the workshops are designed to suit all learning preferences, the learner is encouraged to participate, interact and be autonomous in their learning experience.

The problem: People High in IQ, high in technical and high in EI are incredibly few and far between
The solution: EI and Grit can be learnt, at any stage of your life and career.

Gritty Workshops

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Our clients

Gritty People are proud to be working with the following companies:



Gritty People Associates Open Event 2017

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Creating Time & Space

So why is it some people seem to be able to get more from work and life, and enjoy themselves whilst they are doing it? and others seem to be in a constant state of ‘stress’ and ‘busyness’?
We live in an ever changing environment, we are expected to do more with less, deliver more, be more, yet one thing that has never changed is the number of hours we have to do it all in!
This is an interactive, though provoking and action orientated workshop recognises that we are all uniquely different, with one thing universally in common…we all have the same number of hours in every day!
Set in the heart of Delamere forest, give yourself the gift of time to reflect and learn a new set of skills which will allow you to get organised, prioritise and execute.

Who is this workshop for?
Do you ever find yourself wishing there was just a few more hours in the day?
Have you found yourself still awake late at night ‘finishing a few things off’ or working late in the office whilst others have gone home?
Have you ever said these words ‘there is just too much going on, I can’t think!’?
Whether you are super busy at home, work or both this workshop is for you, we will help you see, feel and experience things differently, prioritise and execute your plans in a calm, organized and relaxing way so you can focus on the important stuff life has to offer.
This one – day workshop will enable you to discover how you can get more done in the same amount of time, by making small changes… Small Changes – Big Results !


Learn strategies and techniques to focus on the important stuff.
Learn the core habits of successful people.
Understand the core principles to great time management.
Get comfortable with saying ‘no’.
Know how to set clear boundaries on your time and stick to them.
Understand the true value of your time.
Start putting your new habits into action.

You will leave the workshop with ‘real world’ tools and techniques to help you manage your time much more effectively, creating more time for you to do the things you enjoy most in life!


Saturday 24th March 2018


10:00 – 17:00 BST


Delamere Forest, Cheshire, UK
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Meet the team

Kay Woodburn

Founder & Managing Director

I love working with new people and helping them discover the secrets of effective human interaction. Family life, L&D Corporate career and passion to help people get grittier led to the founding of Gritty People in 2013. Over the last 4 years we have done just that, supported and coached people through their Gritty Journey… I hope you find our website valuable!

Stewart Woodburn

Programme Director

I ensure our clients get exactly what they have been promised, on time and within budget. It’s important to me that all our clients have a smooth professional experience when partnering with Gritty People. I love to get into the detail and find creative solutions. While our facilitation team are delivering our workshops and coaching sessions. I’m running the ship back at HQ to make sure we provide the best experience for you and your teams.

Jacqui Flavell

Learning Consultant

I have over 25 years of experience in training and facilitation. I am passionate about personal and leadership development. I love seeing the impact that coaching has and helping people experience those lightbulb moments. Knowing I have made a difference makes my day. I am always learning and developing my own understanding of how people behave, why we do what we do and what motivates people. Outside work I love holidays and am always planning my next trip.

Emma Dechoux

Learning Consultant

I love to help people look at the way they see/do things in a different way which gives them the courage to breakdown their limiting beliefs and reach their full potential. My passion lies in inspiring others.

An experienced Learning & Development professional who specialises in Coaching & Personal Development.

Topics I am most passionate about are Time Management, Leadership, Confidence, Resilience, Communication and Customer Service.

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