Senior executive leadership development


Development initiatives rarely reach the most senior levels of the organisation

We understand the challenges and constraints which come with senior leadership roles and we recognise that effective leadership is not an end in itself. Clients value our approach because it is rooted in the business context rather than leadership theory.

We work with senior executives both individually and in teams. 

There are two elements to our work:


Clients value our thorough, objective and constructive approach.

We apply a range of tools, which are of proven value with senior populations.

Executive Coaching

We provide a balance of challenge and support in which clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their role and the wider context to frame clear goals and strategies for achieving these. 

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Succession planning


A robust, disciplined approach to succession planning is a key element of effective leadership risk management and effective governance.
We provide a clear, objective view of the internal leadership pipeline with recommendations for maximising future success.

With our support, clients are able to:

  • Determine the leadership qualities which will create value and drive success in the future

  • Highlight gaps in the leadership pipeline 

  • Provide open, objective and constructive feedback 

  • Identify more wider leadership themes which may deserve attention

  • Establish a basis for focussed leadership development at different levels of the organisation

Support for Private Equity and strategic investors


For many investors, the leadership capability and potential of the investee management team represents an important source of risk and opportunity.


We support investors to build a clear, objective understanding of the leadership risk dimension of existing and prospective investments and the teams leading them. Our approach enables investors to identify and harness talent and latent potential whilst forging effective, constructive relationships with management teams.


There are many points in the investment life-cycle where these can be usefully applied, for example:

  • Pre-sale – to identify and support the optimal team which will see the business into its next phase

  • Business change – to facilitate effective leadership through strategic inflection points 

  • Portfolio review – to understand and address underperforming and problem investments

  • Change of CEO – to minimise disruption and ensure smooth integration

  • Management due diligence – to inform investment decisions and fast-track relationship building between the investor and the management team

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Leadership risk mapping


With our support, boards and senior teams can  explore and understand the behavioural and leadership dimensions of their strategic agenda.

  • We help clients to create a tailored leadership risk dashboard through which leadership risks can be tracked and managed

  • We work with clients to establish an approach for understanding and mitigating leadership risk

  • We raise awareness of the ways in which organisational culture can compound or mitigate leadership risk

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