Alan Fine: InsideOut Development Founder and President
Alan Fine, co-creator of the widely recognized GROW® Model, is the founder and
president of InsideOut Development. Alan is considered a pioneer of the modern
coaching movement, and many of the world’s most respected organizations have
adopted his inside-out approach to performance improvement, including IBM, NASA,
Honeywell, Gap, and Coca-Cola.
Alan has dedicated the past 25 years to helping people from all walks of life elevate
their performance and unlock their potential, including athletes such as Davis Cup tennis
star Buster Mottram, record-breaking triathlete James Lawrence, and PGA golfers Phillip
Price, David Feherty, Colin Montgomerie, and Stephen Ames.
The biggest obstacle in
performance isn’t about knowing
what to do;it’s about doing what
you already know.
In the Words of Alan Fine:
How It All Got Started
I was an asthmatic, skinny, painfully shy kid on the brink of achieving something amazing. To this day, I can
remember exactly where I was standing on the court when I suddenly realized that I was ahead. I remember
a voice in my head saying, “You only have to win two more, and you’ll be the school tennis champion!”
Suddenly I froze. I didn’t win another game.
Though I didn’t know it at the time, this event would send me down a path to discover a simple paradigm,
principle, and process that can create dramatic performance improvements in any area of life.
The Common Approach to Performance Management
When I began my career I had believed—as most people do—that the best way to improve performance is
to increase knowledge. There’s some bit of knowledge “out there” you don’t have, and if you can just figure
out how to get it, your performance will improve. The problem is, if knowledge were all it took we’d all read the book and be
incredible managers, teachers, parents, and performers. But obviously we’re not. The biggest obstacle in
performance isn’t about knowing what to do; it’s doing what you know.
A Simple Model to Improve Performance
A different way to look at performance improvement is “inside-out.” This approach is less about adding new
knowledge and more about eliminating the interference that’s getting in the way of experimenting with and
using the knowledge we already have.
The primary focus of InsideOut Development is to work with business leaders to increase performance
and improve business results. Our approach has helped thousands of managers to become more effective
coaches, CEOs to become more effective decision makers, and frontline employees to become more engaged and
more effective contributors.
and process for achieving dramatic
suite of services.
The primary focus of InsideOut Development
is to work with business leaders as they
apply the InsideOut method to increase
performance and improve business results.