Eton-educated former racing car driver, Sir John Whitmore, was an early pioneer of this approach, bringing The Inner Game to the United Kingdom in 1979.  He developed performance coaching and took this style of self-directed learning into the workplace to help leaders and managers.  With his colleagues at Performance Consultants, he researched his methods throughout the 1980s and 1990s, finding that it was possible for others to “improve performance, increase learning and enjoyment and find a sense of purpose at work.” (2)