Most executive education is over-explained and under-experienced. Cognitive-heavy course content taught in an abstract way to be taken away and applied “back on the job”. We stand in a different place. We work always in context with real live material that is current for each participant. We privilege doing over describing, work over workshop, and ensure our participants get the deliberate practice they need to grow their expertise.


Leaders are in charge but not always in control. For decades we have been using a mechanical engineering metaphor for leading the complex dynamic ecology of groups of people. Most leadership development curricular teaches frameworks, tools, and models for prediction and control. In doing so it assumes stable equilibrium states and reliable knowable cause-and-effect relationships. This stance is blind to the inherent uncertainty that exists in social systems and ignores the need to help leaders acquire skill for the surprises that are inevitable in organisations


Since 1917 sales training has been taught from a perspective that assumes prediction and control. From needs-based, to solution, to insight selling, the enduring argument is that with enough preparation the sales process can be known and controlled. We recognise this as a partial but not complete truth. In addition to what can be known we ready sales professionals for what cannot be known. We use what we know about skill acquisition and complexity to help them acquire skill for the uncertainty and surprise that is found in social systems like professional selling.


By now most organisations have some awareness of and exposure to human-centered design or design thinking. The novelty of the approach has collided with the repellent force of organisational status quo. Put simply most organisations and their innovation teams are stuck. We approach this on two fronts: (1) to build a tiered capability across the enterprise so that the organisation can teach the skills internally, and (2) teach the political and social dexterity needed to mobilise large social systems to change.


For 20 years we have attached microphones to our own lapels in front of hundreds of audiences and thousands of people. As practitioners and teachers of this craft for two decades we help executives be ready for that vital few minutes when they must speak their ideas to an audience. The basics can be learned from a free online video. For professionals looking to make their spoken words a point of difference in their careers we work participants right to their developmental edge. As audiences become less patient and perhaps less polite, we help professionals be fit and ready to engage and inspire the room.


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