KLI Consulting specialises in leadership.
We can improve the quality of leadership across your business.

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KLI works with individuals and businesses to increase their ability to lead and drive change; a real competitive advantage.

The only way you can manage change is to create it. By the time you catch up to change, the competition is ahead of you."

Peter Drucker


Getting practical, we can help your business by:


Delivering behavioural change.
Our experience allows us to fuse the ‘people and behavioural aspects of change’ with the structure and strategy of your business. We will work with you to design, develop and deliver transformation projects; either in an advisory capacity or by providing hands-on support as part of your team.

"Kate possesses a unique ability to identify and navigate the individual and group dynamics that often prevent teams and businesses from achieving superior results. She was able to quickly develop trust at multiple levels of the organization and as such was highly effective in helping us achieve our goals. I highly recommend her."

Chris Donovan, Brown Brothers Harriman


Designing powerful executive meetings that get to the heart of what your strategy requires from your leaders. We will work with you to identify the most valuable leadership conversations and experiences your senior people could have together.

This must be clear before we pull together the right creative team to plan, design and facilitate your event.

"KLI’s innovative work on our global leadership conference ensured we had real strategic and leadership thinking built into the design. A great result!"

Executive Director, R&D Operations, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals


Coaching executives using our customised, data driven approach. We don’t believe in any one standard approach but are skilled at drawing on the best psychometric tools and latest thinking to meet the needs of the individual. We conduct 360 degree feedback reviews, pinpoint the required behavioural and cognitive shifts, identify derailment risks and create practical development plans. We help successful leaders to refine and refocus their capabilities and ultimately increase their impact.

For a guide on getting the most out of coaching see this article on Navigating the executive coaching jungle [PDF].

"People trust and follow leaders who comprehend their strengths, weaknesses and shadows and are not afraid to acknowledge them."

Jim Collins


Supporting leaders through critical career transitions; We can provide light touch coaching for the first 100 days right through to an intensive hands-on support package for the first six months. Either can involve helping to articulate the new vision, facilitating team start up activities, creating executive messaging, developing engagement plans and defining success measures. We also help leaders make elegant transitions when they depart from organisations.

This fascinating study by The River Group captures the views of 75 CEOs on what they wished they had known before stepping into their new executive role.

CEO Experience Report: Expect the Unexpected [PDF].

"I have had the privilege to work with Kate on some difficult executive onboarding projects. She can win over the toughest executives using a combination of intelligence, business experience, and no nonsense style."

Clark Waterfall, Managing Director, BSG Team Ventures


Developing your female talent.
Most companies don’t truly understand what gets in the way of female talent progressing or staying in their business. Indeed few have paused to ask that question in more than a cursory fashion. It’s easy to roll out some unconscious bias and focus on ultra-flexible maternity policies.

At KLI, we know from interviewing countless women in investment banking, pharma and tech that there are many more factors that tip the balance. If you are serious about attracting and retaining women you need to understand and address the micro and macro issues at play; particularly those that are unique to your business.


Targeting bespoke leadership development initiatives to ensure you are building the right leadership bench strength for the future. We pinpoint those capability gaps that will put your strategy at risk. KLI creates a clear red line of logic between your business strategy and your leadership development spend.

We are all too familiar with the problems caused by ineffective leadership structures. KLI can helps organisations review their structure, accountabilities and spans of control using a proven methodology used by companies such as Unilever, Tata and Tesco.

"Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned."

Our clients

KLI’s clients know what they need to deliver – they have their vision and strategy. But as experienced leaders, they also know that some of the most difficult barriers to strategy execution are the internal ones. That’s why they turn to us.

Our clients may recognise their need for a more cohesive leadership community or want to bring their leaders together to kick start a new way of working. They may seek to initiate change but want to be sure to do it in a way that creates clarity rather than complexity.

Many need to get more traction around an existing strategy and engage us to review their behaviours, leadership accountabilities, structure and employee alignment.

Whatever the issue, our clients pick up the phone to KLI when they recognise they are just too close to the issue. They want fresh eyes as well as our external insights and challenge. They appreciate both our practical help and intellectual rigour.

Often clients know from past experience that off the shelf solutions from larger consultancies will not get to the heart of their challenge. They want a bespoke approach that builds on creative consulting ideas and preserves internal ownership for the project.

Our networked resourcing model means we will put together the right team of experienced professionals for you who have a track record of working together. We have a truly collaborative and lean way of working that will deliver results for you. Given our clients keep coming back to us year after year, we believe our track record speaks for itself.

Our clients include:

Kate's strong commercial sensibilities distinguishes her from other consultants who often apply a set academic methodology. Kate assesses the situation and adapts her approach and style to deliver superb results."

Head of Global Securities Lending, Brown Brothers Harriman


Kate Lye

Kate Lye brings a specialist focus on leadership development, change management and executive communication coupled with extensive international experience. She has a broad range of industry experience ranging from professional services firms, finance, pharmaceuticals and IT.

Kate's training is in organisational behaviour and psychology. She uses her expertise to deliver individual and organisational leadership development, believing there is an all important sweet spot between the two.

She started her consulting career working for Andersen Consulting and then specialist consulting firms in the UK and US. Kate was a Partner with Smythe Dorward Lambert, the first UK change and internal communication consultancy that was bought by Omnicom (NYSE). Originally based in London, she moved to Boston in 1999 to help open their US office with a team of six colleagues. She was promoted to be President of their Boston office. Back in the UK, Kate joined Stanton Marris in 2004 to spearhead their private sector practice. She founded KLI Consulting in 2007.

Part of her pro bono work involves being a member of the SupporTED team. This provides coaching for TED Fellows. TED is a nonprofit devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. It brings together people and ideas from the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design.

Kate is a Founding Fellow of the Harvard-affiliated Institute of Coaching. She has degrees in Organisational Behaviour and Business Administration from London University and Oxford Brookes University, as well as a range of coaching and psychometric qualifications. She is an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Change Management.

She is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and works in accordance with their standards. She regularly talks at conferences and corporate events. Kate has taught and coached on programmes for Saïd, Duke and Columbia Business Schools. Her published work includes articles on women’s leadership, executive development, coaching, M&A integration issues and organisational change.

Our beliefs

Our beliefs about designing powerful change interventions:


1. Co creation is central to our approach and success. You know your business, people and culture. We know the models, best practices and have practical experience from applying them in other global businesses.


2. We will build and leverage existing successful practices wherever practical.


3. We believe in building an organisation’s change capability rather than a handful of change heroes.


4. Context matters to changing behaviour so we aim to work in real business situations, and not a classroom.


5. We believe that simple, commercially focused, client relevant interventions will be more effective than a collection of generic change activities.


6. We bring a raft of tried and tested thinking and approaches from 20 years of designing and supporting change.


7. We are agnostic to any one change methodology but draw heavily on adaptive and systems leadership and adult development.


8. Behavioural change needs time and on-going support. We help clients adapt their systems to reinforce and lock in change.


9. We select a team of expert trusted colleagues, hand picked for the needs of the assignment, who have the ability to work at all levels and view your Firm as a system.


10. We combine deep expertise in

  • leadership development
  • organisational change
  • internal communication
  • executive coaching
  • diagnostic capabilities

In the press


Five challenges for your Chief Transformation Officer

"Is the Chief Transformation Officer role here to stay or just the latest response to a VUCA world? Is the CTO a saviour or a cop-out? Recruitment colleagues tell me it is a burgeoning search in both public and private sectors and it’s not hard to see why..."

READ THE ARTICLE on Raconteur's website

Get ready for coaching

What questions should you ask yourself before you go down the coaching route? What preparation can you undertake to ensure you hit the ground running? This article helps business leaders to determine whether coaching is the right response to the challenges they want to tackle. Secondly, it outlines the key preparatory steps to ensure they get the most out of any coaching engagement.


Ten questions to select the right executive coach for you

You are meeting two or three coaches to select one to work with you. It’s a significant investment of your time and money. What questions should you ask to really assess the capabilities and ‘fit’ of a potential executive coach? This article outlines 10 questions to help you make the best decision.

Leadership Events

What stops businesses from turning great strategy into action?

Are strategy and execution enough to deliver market beating business performance? People deliver strategies but they can also obstruct and undermine them. How do you ensure your leadership and employees are aligned to your strategy?


Women in leadership

The blueprint for leadership in business is well, blue. We have an inherent male bias built into how we think, talk and develop leadership in business. If companies want to achieve greater gender equality then they need to go beyond running development programmes for women and focus on dismantling some of the internal barriers that limit progress.

Leadership Events

The next generation of M&As

According to the Ernst & Young Capital Confidence Barometer there is strong consensus among UK business that M&A volumes will increase. 75% expect global deal volumes to rise over the next 12 months. In fact the media and analyst predictions already abound over Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, Vodafone’s sale of its US mobile phone business to Verizon and the Publicis/Omnicom hook up that promises to launch a new media giant.


My coach may have it tougher than Amélie Mauresmo

You need a coach, even if you think you are too old or too good for one. When was the last time you spotted somebody with something that made you think “Ah! If I had one of those, I could do my job even better than I do it now?", Financial Times Article, by Mrs Moneypenny, June 19, 2014.

READ THE ARTICLE on the FT's website

Reboot your leadership impact

Spring is the time for planting seeds and thinking about growth – both in the garden and in our professional lives. If you are frustrated by your lack of traction this year so far or it’s been a while since you thought about your career goals, then a quick ‘development spring clean’ will help you refocus on how to have more impact in the remaining months of the year. Ask yourself these three questions to start the ball rolling...


Eric Schmidt talks about why everyone needs a coach

(source: CNN via Fortune Magazine)

In this video, former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, speaks about the importance of having a personal coach.


Schmidt Everyone needs a coach

(source: CNN via Fortune Magazine)


The cost of exceptional talent in the C suite

Boards and Chairpersons must be more alert to the unintended consequences of having an exceptional individual on the Exec team. Why? Because too often this superman or superwoman rescues, protects or otherwise overcompensates for the wider group.


Protecting your cultural assets through an integration

If you are looking for clues as to the likely success of any merger or acquisition, then take a look at the integration plan. Research has shown time and time again that the quality of the integration planning, particularly around the softer people, cultural and communication issues, is a reliable predictor of future shareholder value.


New Year, New You! The boom in executive coaching

Having a coach was once a sign of weakness in business. But now it is like an athlete using a trainer.



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