I’m exploring the skills and habits of values-based decision-making in collaboration with Dr. Rob Archer, a brilliant occupational psychologist.
This is the focus of our research:
How can we reliably take actions that move us towards our values, even when we’re under intense pressure?
Drawing on empirical findings from clinical psychology, neuroscience, and professional sport, we’ve tested our models, tools and programmes in high-pressure environments that include major construction projects, global financial institutions and Formula 1.
Over the last 25 years I have worked with leaders, managers and staff in over 70 organisations on five continents. My job is to support you in delivering on your commitments, without losing yourself in the process.
Areas of focus include:
Helping you invent a bold future and strategy for your team or organisation that people are passionate about delivering
Developing strong and resilient leadership teams
Turning around relationships and projects that are failing
Designing bespoke programmes that equip your people to lead and manage in an environment of continual reinvention
Individual support for leaders faced with challenging commitments
Creating leadership meetings (often globally) that mobilise the commitment of your leaders
Working alongside teams who are delivering critical projects that will define your future success
These people are outstanding in their respective fields of expertise, and can contribute to specific projects or initiatives:
Dr. Rob Archer began his career working for the Foreign Office and as a consultant before re-training and founding the Career Psychologist. Rob is a world-leading expert on stress and sustaining high performance, and has worked with elite athletes and in Formula 1.
Sally Kendall has a background in media, television and PR, supporting the delivery of global music events. She worked in all aspects of production, including liaison with artists, and post-production.
Simon Wilsher co-founded the Wilsher Group in 1989. Since then he has worked with Richard Branson and many other innovative thinkers and leaders. He developed C-me, an outstanding tool that enables leaders to understand their strengths and bring the best out of their people.
Nick Andrews has worked in a highly diverse mix of businesses including mining, engineering, oil and gas, aviation, insurance, shipping, construction and logistics. He’s worked extensively throughout Europe, North America and South Africa.
The route through my life has not been traditional or linear. Having lived on four continents during my childhood, I worked with amputees in India when I was 18, returned to the UK to complete a degree in English at the University of York and then became a professional artist. Somehow my first ever painting commission ended up being published by the Art Group and sold in every IKEA store in the world.
I’ve spent 30 years exploring the dynamics and practices of effective communication. Having turned this into a career, I’ve had the good fortune and privilege to work with many organizations across five continents, including the 2012 London Olympics, Virgin, the Post Office and BBC Worldwide.
In recent years I’ve been exploring psychological flexibility, which is becoming a crucial – if not the crucial – skill that we need to develop during these turbulent times.
My first book Blamestorming: Why Conversations Go Wrong and How to Fix Them was published by Watkins in September 2014 and is available in 5 languages. The follow-up is Workstorming: Why Conversations at Work Go Wrong and How to Fix Them which was published in September 2016. The techniques referred to in my books have been developed from working with thousands of people, including business leaders, sports professionals and teenagers.
I am represented by Robert Kirby at United Agents.
I’m a Non-Executive Director at BAFTA and EMMY-winning visual effects company Jellyfish Pictures, based in Brixton, London. Have a look at www.jellyfishpictures.co.uk
Along with expert colleagues, I have worked in the construction industry for the last 15 years. Having initially spent two years working with the leadership team on the construction of T5 at Heathrow, I was asked by Laing O’Rourke to develop a safety leadership programme for their 1,000 senior leaders.
One thing led to another, and I ended up working on the 2012 Olympics, Crossrail, HS2, Northern Line Extension, Thames Tideway, and many other projects, both in the UK and abroad.
Work in this area, mostly in collaboration with Dr Rob Archer and Nick Andrews, has included:
Ferrovial’s LIFEProgramme, which has been running since 2012.
Laing O’Rourke’s Take 5 initiative, which has been self-delivered to several thousand operatives and supervisors.
Just Think, which has been developed and adapted across Heathrow Airport for people working in security, construction, baggage, and airside.
Our current focus is on giving people the skills to make values-based decisions in high-pressure environments. We seek to incorporate the latest thinking from the worlds of neuroscience and clinical psychology in a way that resonates with anyone, at any level, in any part of the world.
In recent months we have received an unprecedented volume of requests to focus on the wellbeing side of Health, Safety and Wellbeing. Our work on resilience, psychological flexibility and sustaining high performance has been road-tested in many different countries. Please get in touch to find out more.