Business schools are trying to reconstruct an ethical dimension to management that they previously undermined.
The best managers can achieve in complex organisations is to muddle through elegantly.
“They stayed with the work programme to the very end, despite numerous changes of direction and postponements. A very refreshing ‘consultant’ experience, conducted with mutual respect and in an atmosphere of trust.”
Gary Hamel’s What Matters Now is an important contribution to the literature on social value.
Busyness is a status symbol for some. For others, a curse.
“Martin has been an excellent coach. He really pushed me hard to find my own solutions.”
Brexit anxiety manifests in unexpected ways and can affect our relationships.
David Harvey’s Marxist critique helps explain why we’re in the midst of a paradigm shift.
Merely to go along with an oppressive system is to enact it. So found Václav Havel.
Ever since the ancient Greeks, self-awareness has been a central theme of Western philosophy. Recent corporate reputational crises suggest that we should now apply this understanding to organisations.
“This has been the most useful piece of training or development that I have ever done.”
Leaders should stop invoking trust. It’s a quality that must be earned.
“He drew me out and made me think for myself and by probing my answers helped me get my thinking clear.”
Universities need a more networked approach to leadership.
Coaching is barely a profession, characterised by great diversity. In its fringes lie its relevance to the 21st Century
Learning from An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris.
Happier staff, loyal customers and a sense of contribution to society.
“Mark and Martin have taken time to understand how our business works and asked challenging questions about the kind of company that we want to be. Their open, relaxed style meant that we were able to get to the crux of certain issues.”
To lead is to eschew inflicting ourselves mindlessly on others.
“I felt I was listened to and felt supported and as if someone was ‘on my side’ through a difficult time.”
We need places of stillness in which we can defamiliarise ourselves from our default modes of thinking.
Non-judgment is a cherished value. But judgment has its place too.
The concept of public value is not just for the public sector.
Chris Grey’s Studying Organizations challenges fashionable nonsense of both managerialist and oppositional varieties.
Their role seems likely to become a central concern of politicians.
A test case in public leadership.
Modern corporations should turn to Robert Greenleaf for ethical inspiration.
In the post-Brexit leadership vacuum, it’s time to set a new direction..
Awaken to what is to subvert ossified organisations and groupthink.
How counter-consultancy eases the path to interdisciplinarity.
The employee-owned retailer puts the welfare of staff above any other purpose. It proves a good recipe for commercial success.
The world in crisis is a context that leaders, and their coaches, can’t ignore.
Coaches and consultants should stand aside from corporate agendas to align themselves with societal ethics.
“I would very much recommend Vogel Wakefield as a team that gets quickly to the heart of an organisation.”
– Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery
A brief overview of the crisis of capitalism and what it means for coaches.
Organisations are emotionally-charged places. But little of this ever reaches the boardroom.
“Mark asks penetrating questions, the type that make you stop and think very hard.”
“Martin’s coaching helped me to value my own judgment and to feel more confident in applying this to tricky situations.”
We are witnessing the birth pangs of something new.
The shareholder value model of capitalism is its own worst enemy. Inequality is holding back the recovery.
Businesses face public demands to show how they create value for society. We offer a tried and tested framework for sustaining social value in your organisation.
They need leaders who can hold uncertainty and give people space to think.
Intensifying global competition in higher education will force universities to define more clearly who they serve.
How we use conversation and reflection to mobilise distributed leadership.
We are too doing-focussed. We need more of a sense of being in what we do.
Workplaces are full of people acting out their defensive strategies..
Lived values say more about an organisation than professed ones.
Bringing to life in universities the value they create for society.
We should respond to a day of infamy by checking our impetus to certainty.
The social value of art comes to the fore in periods of distress.
Universities have not had to justify their existence, until now.
Atul Gawande draws on coaching to help the dying depart elegantly.
Frederic Laloux celebrates the organisations that exist to nurture human potential.
“The coaching process far exceeded my highest expectations. I liked your calmness and light touch with humour which helped me relax and trust you.”
The social and artistic purposes of the arts are closely aligned.
“It is not by chance that Mark and Martin call themselves a ‘counter-consultancy’. There are no diagrams, no matrix and no pattern. This is about real attempts to find solutions to genuinely complex and tangled issues.”
A think tank paper from Will Morris proposes that all companies should have to publish a code of ethics.
The corporate view of leadership is narcissistic and crowds out other models.
Brexit signals the high watermark of the leadership culture of the past three decades.
Applying corporate ingenuity to social problems is a win-win.
“You can trust Mark. He is committed and will not give up on you.”