Bringing about Cultural Change

How might your organisation emerge from the recent upheaval even stronger than before?

How will you need to be working to realise this?

If you're now moving many more people to remote working, how well aligned is your culture to your strategy?

We work with clients to create a tailored route map for them to bring their desired culture to life, frequently by building your people's capability to do what we do, either remotely or face-to-face.

We don't fly in and 'do change to' clients: we partner with you to create internal ownership and engagement, resulting in excellent business results.

Profound and Generative Dialogue

Right now, most virtual meetings are task focussed: what do we need to achieve, how are we going to do it, by when etc.

But right now, there are also some big, important topics to explore which don't lend themselves to a task based approach. The risks of sociopolitical polarisation, racial tensions, Black Lives Matter, climate change, or future pandemics for example.

Or how people are feeling right now, and how their psychological needs can be met when no longer working in the office.

Very few virtual meetings focus on profound, and potentially generative dialogue. Actually very few face-to-face meetings truly achieve generative dialogue.

We're experts in the field, and can help you create the conditions needed for these types of dialogue to emerge, typically resulting in deep alignment, commitment and focussed action.

Outstanding Virtual Collaboration

Collaborating virtually can be a challenge, but with some support with tools, methods and approaches that can help, we can quickly develop your people's skill set so they can go on and teach others.

Many leaders have found themselves suddenly leading remote teams without any previous experience in doing so. For them to maintain high performance and strong employee engagement, it's crucial they adapt their approach in order to minimise frustrations, maintain connection and aid smooth delivery. Typically, developing their facilitative skills makes a very positive difference, resulting in their teams being able to engage with the current uncertainty and cope with paradox.

Get in touch to draw on our rich experience in facilitating remote teams.

Given the people coming I thought it was going to be a car crash meeting, but it went incredibly well.

We have 20 years’ experience in facilitating groups from front-line staff to executive teams in a wide range of settings, from small group to large conferences. Our team includes Certified Professional Facilitators, certified by the International Association of Facilitators, who also have a strong background in brain friendly learning.

The most common comments we get from participants include:

Enlightening, empowering, engaging, inspiring, fun, great use of time.

Need a facilitator?

Facilitation can help in so many different situations. Here are just a few ways we’ve used it with clients:

  • Changing Culture.  When good facilitation is at the heart of the change process, engagement levels soar, problems senior leaders hadn’t anticipated get aired and dealt with, and people feel involved and included. Facilitation is beneficial in lots of contexts, but in our experience it adds the most value when it’s at the heart of cultural change.
  • Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa Conference. Working with a group of 15 facilitators, we designed break out sessions for 500 conference participants in order to tackle the top challenges Africa was facing with agricultural development. Progress from the sessions resulted in funding of $80 million from interested parties.
  • Developing workplace inclusion while increasing diversity. As a part of our client’s wish to gain an award for Diversity and Inclusion, we worked with the executives, senior managers and middle managers to raise awareness of the company’s challenges, build commitment to future staff resourcing and recruitment strategies, and help with integration of a more diverse population into the company.
  • Developing vision and strategy with Clinical Commissioning Boards, leisure service providers, International Organisations, manufacturers and research and development departments to name a few.
  • Improving the efficiency of enrolment and admissions processes for a College of Higher and Further Education.
  • Meetings.  Sadly most people have experienced meetings that are either a waste of time or simply don’t achieve what’s needed in the time available, which is where good facilitation can help. There’s typically a strong link between meetings culture and organisational culture, so cracking how meetings are run can be an important lever in bringing about improvements to overall company culture too.
  • Conference Calls. Running an effective conference call is an art, and not one that is necessarily easy. Many remote teams succeed or fail based on the quality of their conference calls, and the people who are great at it gain significant competitive advantage.

To find out more about how our facilitators can help, do get in touch.

Train your own facilitators

Many clients realise that building their own group of facilitators brings huge benefits, particularly when the organisation is facing periods of change.

We specialise in building internal facilitation capability, and offer a wide range of programmes, all of which can be aligned with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) competencies for those who would like to get an internationally recognised qualification.

Contact us for more information on:

  • Getting started with facilitation
  • Facilitator masterclasses
  • The Lean-6 Sigma facilitator
  • Facilitating virtual meetings
  • Preparing for IAF assessment