OUR EXPERTISE

CONFERENCES

Commanding a big room takes practice and we have years of it. Dozens, hundreds even thousands in an audience need an intelligent blend of control and surprise, challenge and delight. On these big occasions we are hired to bring content to the context so the event is warmly experienced and fondly remembered.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Lights down, curtains up, phones off, game on. Conference. Since 1999 we have been hired to use sixty minutes to engage hundreds of hearts and minds. Combining a well-honed distillation of our latest thinking with your themes and messages we are frequently the opening or closing keynote to stamp a provocative engaging note on your event. We are currently delivering keynote presentations on “Complex Adaptive Leadership – building the fitness of those in charge”; “Bricolage saves the world – human centred design in large enterprise”; “Leadership Development is broken”; “Complex adaptive selling – the piece that’s been missing for 100 years”.

LARGE ROOM LEARNING

Sometimes the biggest barrier is time. When you have the whole crew in one room for the summit, conference, or offsite how do you teach them the essence of a skill quickly and at scale. We have run learning experiences for hundreds (at times thousands) of people in one room for more than 18 years. When there is a need to give fluency and awareness to a large population quickly our Sprint sessions make sense. Currently available for human-centred design, and sense-making in complexity.

CULTURE CAMPS

The ill-fated culture change program no more. Informed by anthropology, narrative enquiry, and social complexity these sessions allow a leadership team to kick-start a cultural journey with wide engagement and comprehensive impact. Inviting large populations to quickly immerse in the stories from now and the ambition we have surface the parts of our history to leave behind, and those parts to carry forward. It doesn’t change in a day, but it does start changing immediately, and the session outputs inform and shape the ongoing cultural work for the leaders and their teams.

SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS

Post-360, this work shifts the unit of analysis from the individual to the group. Mobile-led live data generated in real time describe the patterns of communication across your team or team of teams. Immersive and rich while also radically candid, the hot spots, bottle necks, back roads and isolated areas are made clear for all to see. As teams see the problems and opportunities in their dynamic we meet them with years of work with group process to gently and wisely facilitate an often cathartic discussion.

“You knocked it out of the park… again. Great two days. I think this is the first time I have followed up with a “trainer”. I’m usually happy to see the back of them!”

Sales Leader, Tech

“You’re right. I was apprehensive going into this. You held proceedings tightly, we covered tricky and contentious ground, and had landmark candid conversations. There is a weight off the team’s shoulders, things are moving nimbly, and the work is getting done. Thank you.”

Group Head, Global Function, Heavy Industry

“I’m getting great feedback on a daily basis from the team all over the world. You hit the mark. Let’s talk about next year’s summer school soon.”

Global Commercial Leader, Tech/SaaS

“In a 20-year management career today’s workshop was the most profound I’ve ever experienced.”

Business Unit Leader, Global Pharmaceuticals

“That was fantastic. The session was engaging, exciting, creative and funny. I honestly don’t know how you came up with the idea – It was really clever. I got more out of this session than any other session for the day.”

HR Director, Public Sector

“Absolutely brilliant. Very transferable to any aspect of work or home life.”

HR Director, Professional Services

“Just a quick note to thank and congratulate you for another super session with our team… that was a fantastic job you did with everyone, and I am looking forward to continuing our association with you.”

Country Head, Market Leader Professional Services