We believe organisations thrive when people are provided with the right conditions and connections to develop.
At Positive Dynamics we excel at helping our clients create a positive, powerful and sustainable difference to their performance.
Every member of our team is curious and ambitious about people’s untapped potential, and we love generating the kind of energy that fuels organisations to grow. We enable our clients to become the very best they can be, propelling them to achieve things they never thought possible.
CULTURE CHANGE & TRANSFORMATION
Our tailored programmes will ensure your company culture benefits long term organisational growth.
EXECUTIVE & BOARD PERFORMANCE
We work with senior teams, empowering them to significantly raise their game, define strategy and direction.
TEAM & ORGANISATIONAL PERFORMANCE & IMPROVEMENT
Our creative approach supports teams to accelerate trust and develop a collective focus on results.
LEADERSHIP & TALENT DEVELOPMENT
We develop current and future leaders, helping them to confidently deliver what is expected of them.
HR STRATEGY & PROJECTS
We enable HR teams to build organisational environments that match the overall vision and purpose of the business.
Our 1-1 programmes unlock and implement potential. Our team coaching harnesses the power of collective performance.
I am under considerable pressure both externally and internally and therefore need an opportunity to reflect on the challenges I face, my leadership qualities, skills and techniques. My coaching sessions with Steve provide an excellent opportunity for this. He is a skilled listener and has an excellent ability to entice the right level of detail out of me to focus on individual challenges or issues, with then an ability to discuss solutions or ways that I might be able to counter these challenges. This, I believe, is based on his wealth of experience and knowledge of the working environment, particularly of those in leadership roles.
Sam has an unrivalled quality that simply allows people to be themselves. He was quick to understand my challenges, yet made no assumptions about what the best solution might have been. His very natural style put me at ease which meant I could lead the conversation. The result was a clear understanding about what was important to me in considering my next career move.
I believe that coaching with Jill has enabled me to achieve a higher level of influencing and negotiating skills, helping me considerably through a turbulent time at work when I needed to consider the impact of the change process on my own position and the team I manage.
As a senior executive it’s difficult to keep time free for reflection and to get relevant and useful regular feedback from peers and team members. Working with Jill allows me to stop and think about my ways of working and how they impact on others, it gives me time to think about how I will manage a live or future issue not just what I will do; and to plan how I can be more successful in my current role and future career. Jill prompts me to find my own solutions but has the depth of knowledge to expand my ideas with a vast range of academic models, theory and experience.
Sharon, you have made a tremendous difference, so much so, that I struggle with how to articulate it to you in a way that could possibly convey the impact. I am hugely, tremendously grateful to you and for the amazing wisdom, empathy, intelligence and sincerity you bring to our work together.
I have worked with Linda in a period where I as a leader had to start up a new department/unit. The talks and discussions with Linda gave me valuable insight about my own priorities and helped me to be much clearer about my own goals and objectives with the future state of the department. Some of Linda´s questions have provoked me in a good way, and some of them still "haunt me" and I thereby use them as guiding principles for me.
Anne had a great gift of being able to offer very simple but effective practical tools for dealing with the day to day tactical challenges, whilst inspiring some big shifts in my outlook and personal style to help me really develop on my leadership journey. Without doubt, while I was seeing Anne I became a better leader for my direct reports, far more effective at influencing my peers and I believe my organisation got a really good return on its investment in our coaching relationship’
Helped me think differently about the way we approached our HR service offering; the end result is a slicker, more efficient and effective HR offering.
Outstanding HR professionals able to inspire confidence in the messages and in brokering acceptance of the practical solutions they proposed.
Highly professional, passionate, down to earth and prepared to roll up sleeves and get stuck in! I very much enjoy working with the team.
My first port of call when I need additional support or resources, whether it is strategic direction, supporting organisational change, or providing HR people on the ground at short notice.
Through the wide experience of their consultants they are able to offer real depth, challenge and gravitas to their interventions.
Demonstrated the ability to get to the core of business issues and develop pragmatic solutions to meet real needs.
Provided excellent coaching and support to our Leadership Team during the formation of a new School. Their individual coaching style is developmental and was tailored to our situation, and the group sessions they facilitated had real and immediate impact.
Provided us with the support, guidance and flexibility we needed to deliver our development centre. Their expert approach and quality materials helped us deliver a professional product for our staff.
Their team consistently provide quality tailored solutions in the spirit of genuine partnership.
Their thirst for knowledge and understanding of the latest thinking and research in organisational and personal development makes them an exceptional networking partner.
Flexible and adaptable to client needs which results in solutions that not only meet the business needs but are positively embraced by senior leadership and delegates alike.
I am always impressed with their ability to understand the commercial situation quickly and tailor a solution in a way that adds business value.
Provide high quality, commercially focused coaching support for our senior leaders; we are seeing a positive impact in terms of personal growth, motivation, and strategic focus.
Great people; they listened to our needs, understood the business environment, were creative, proactive and worked in close partnership with our team to deliver a number of great programmes.
They listen carefully to our needs and always deliver high quality, practical solutions. They share our values and are a pleasure to work with: professional, positive, supportive and genuinely client-focused.
Developed and supported the roll out of a Leadership Development programme which addressed a number of core business challenges, most specifically the need for high performance teams.
I have very much appreciated Annie’s help as a coach. Her style is warm and engaging but she is also tenacious in probing me to be honest about the challenges I face. The approaches she has encouraged me to take have been really targeted and as a result really effective for me personally and of real benefit to my employer
I have worked with Positive Dynamics on a number of assignments where areas of discomfort have existed within senior teams. Their style of facilitation and support for these more knotty challenges is exceptional, and have helped open up key areas of discussion that have directly led to gaining greater business success or advantage. Positive Dynamics understand that it is people who make successful organisations and people who can hold back their success
Positive Dynamics are a creative and dedicated team of professionals who’ve enabled us to make a step change in leadership & governance across Olympic & Paralympic Sport. Thank you
Positive Dynamics developed and supported the roll out of a Leadership Development programme which addressed a number of core business challenges, most specifically the need for high performance teams. They demonstrated the ability to get to the core of business issues and develop pragmatic solutions to meet real needs. Positive Dynamics are flexible and adaptable to client needs which results in solutions that not only meet the business needs but are positively embraced by senior leadership and delegates alike
Inspiring and thought provoking! A catalyst for positive change. The coaching sessions have helped me to view some sensitive scenarios from a different viewpoint. It is refreshing and really helpful to listen to a different perspective and helps me make informed decisions
Positive Dynamics have provided excellent coaching and support to our Leadership team during the formation of a new School. Their individual coaching style is developmental and was tailored to our situation, and the group sessions they facilitated had real and immediate impact. We have made substantial progress and built some much needed resilience during the past year with their help
Through the wide experience of their consultants they are able to offer real depth, challenge and gravitas to their interventions
Positive Dynamics are a creative and dedicated team of professionals who’ve enabled us to make a step change in leadership & governance across Olympic & Paralympic Sport. Thank you
I have worked with Positive Dynamics for a number of years now and they always deliver their promises. They understand our business, are challenging at the right times, and are a pleasure to work with.
Always deliver high quality, practical solutions. They share our values and are a pleasure to work with: professional, positive, supportive and genuinely client-focused.
Provided high quality, commercially focused coaching support for our senior leaders; we are seeing a positive impact in terms of personal growth, motivation, and strategic focus.
Positive Dynamics are a creative & dedicated team of professionals who’ve enabled us to make a step change in leadership & governance across Olympic & Paralympic Sport. Thank you.
They always deliver their promises. They understand our business, are challenging at the right time, and are a pleasure to work with.
Jen commented about the programme: “I devised From Frazzled Boss to Inspiring Leader because I see every day in my leadership coaching work the impact of offering tailored, compassionate support to people managers. This impacts ripples through to every single person in any organisation and never has this been more important than over the last 18 months.”“And yet so many organisations lack the resources to offer management development support in house. Enter From Frazzled Boss to Inspiring Leader! It blends bite size, practical online learning, interactive small group sessions and 1-1 leadership coaching to powerful effect. I remember 12 years ago, as the head of a fundraising team, the impact that attending management development, run by Anne Storey, had on my skills and my wellbeing. “I’ve been delighted to be part of the Positive Dynamics team over the last 5 years and am really excited they see the value in and need for a blended programme like this.” The three month programme will run from September to November, with early bird access available from mid-June. If you book ahead of July, you’ll also receive a free bonus 30 minute one-to-one coaching session with Jen to outline clear objectives ahead of the programme in the autumn. Each session will be held on either Wednesday afternoons or Thursday mornings (depending on capacity). There are only sixteen places available on this course in the autumn so if you are interested in the programme book here today to avoid disappointment!
Travel & The EnvironmentOne of the main benefits of working from home is that there is no commute. The average daily commute before the pandemic was almost an hour (59 minutes), according to research conducted by the TUC in 2019. This is the equivalent of 221 hours a year. In our own team, some of our consultants have reported that they've been able to find a better work life balance, and find new stimulus' around the house to help them think creatively about their assignments when they aren't at their desk. We’ve found that virtual working has given more time to spend with family or on personal fitness. International and regional travel has also been cut out throughout the pandemic, which led to companies saving money and resources and reducing the impact on the environment.
Balancing Work and The Home EnvironmentAnother benefit of home working has been the freedom and flexibility to adapt work around home life, which in some cases has benefitted mental health. However, home working hasn’t come without it’s challenges. Microsoft in third party and internal research found that 33% of remote workers said that the lack of separation between work and home life had negatively impacted their mental health. This lack of boundaries had led to working longer hours and feeling burnout. Equally, the disparity in equipment at home has made it difficult for employees to present themselves well virtually, as well as finding the space and quiet to work in a busy household.
Strengthening Relationships VirtuallyThe psychological impact of being indoors and disconnected physically from a team, support network or clients has taken it’s toll on employees, especially roles that revolved around generating personable client interactions. Moreover, separation from colleagues when working from home has meant a loss of connection and a rise in feelings of isolation. As a team at Positive Dynamics, we’ve found it harder to read each other/clients to offer support as a lot of face-to-face interaction has been replaced with emails. Microsoft found in their internal and third-party research that home working had some benefits including flexibility around family life and a new found empathy for others. You can read more of our predictions on flexible working in the future here. In fact, 62% of people said they felt more empathetic towards colleagues as they can now see into each other’s lives.
Technology & Data ProtectionTechnology has been essential for home working as well as home schooling and personal connection and entertainment. Yet, the pandemic has highlighted a digital divide (especially in the UK) for regions with accessible high-speed broadband and those without. It’s made it difficult for colleagues to interact as technology has let them down during presentations or meetings, leading individuals to miss out on vital virtual connections. Equally, home working has led to an increase in bills, which is an additional strain for families. A major challenge has been ensuring that data is protected and software at home is GDPR compliment for sensitive data to be accessed securely and remotely.
What’s next? Is this the future way of working?Moving forward employees and organisations will have to find a way to balance these new found benefits (flexible working, empathy, less impact on the environment and time away from family) of home working with time in the office. To ensure that everyone feels supported, connected and prioritises their individual wellbeing whilst delivering the organisational requirements in output.
We'd love to hear your experiences and hear what you're thinking about working moving forwards. Positive Dynamics has supported organisations over the past thirty years to evolve their ways of working and implement culture change.
- Thorny Decision Making
- Team Building
- Relationships & Cohesion
- Independent work
- Phone Calls
- One to One’s
- ‘All employee’ comms
This balance of home and office-based work breeds a culture and adopts behaviours that address the benefits and vices of working from home full-time throughout the pandemic.As the vaccine roll out continues, the future of work and how we return to the office is fast approaching, so it’s important to act now. The change is happening now, our ways of working are still evolving so it’s important to keep reviewing them and remain agile. Be the change you want to see and lead by example with bold strategies that ensure personal and professional wellbeing is prioritised.
Will you adopt a hybrid method of working?
Some organisations are seeking to ensure both collaboration and fairness by mandating ‘2 days in the office, and 3 at home.' However this is not going to satisfy employees according to our research.It will take away the trusted and empowered ways of working which have been so valued by many during this COVID-19 pandemic, and prior within some organisations. We need a global shift in focus to output rather than input, and a significant evolution in how we ‘manage performance'. For those organisations who have not experienced positive productivity during lockdown home-working, we would argue there is an opportunity to learn from those who have. Of course not everyone can or wants to work from home, and very few people want to work from home every single day. There are lots of benefits of being together in one space to build relationships, collaborate, connect, innovate, and solve problems through deep dialogue. Many people want to see and be with colleagues, have fun times together in teams in the daytime, and perhaps socially in the evening. Physically being together can relieve us from the sometimes endless and draining screen time of online meetings, or from the unsuitability of some home environments for home working. Blending work in the office, with work at home, as well as from cafes, cars, client-sites, community-centres, gyms, parks or anywhere with Wi-Fi is what people want, to be able to be productive with their work time, and to live a balanced life. The key to success is CHOICE, in the same way Sun Microsystems (acquired by Oracle) built their successful flexible 'anytime-anyplace' trust and outcomes based work culture across EMEA nearly 20 years ago.*
CHOICE is about allowing individuals to fluidly choose where it is most productive and convenient to work on different days, and indeed during different phases of their lives; and to ask them to blend this with the (genuine not control led) requirements of their role, colleagues, and organisational purpose and goals.We believe teams can be encouraged to discuss and work out the 'office v elsewhere' patterns for themselves, in a similar way that happens now when organising the rhythm and dates for internal and external meetings. We appreciate this will be a revolution in working patterns for some organisations. This may feel overwhelming and is triggering some ‘denial’ responses in some leaders and organisations. However we urge those struggling with the concept to think again. Insisting people are ‘office-based’ or mandating employees to travel into the office twice a week, is counter to the purpose lead empowerment workers now expect. There is of course a balance to be stuck – the psychological contract between the needs of the organisation and the needs of the individual must come together in a harmony which works for both. Organisations should rightly expect their employees to organise and attend important purpose-led collaborative meetings with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders. Internal communication and engagement will require a rethink, based on what we have learned from experimentation this year. We will continue to use more social channels. We have an opportunity to pre-plan an annual calendar of ‘gatherings’ which combine 'physically present for all' and 'virtual for all' events. Many employees described a phenomenon of ‘hierarchical equalisation’ and feeling ‘more connected than ever’ to their senior leaders because of regular virtual briefing & Q&A sessions, in which their leaders felt more accessible and personable; let’s keep this benefit by keeping some of the virtual sessions. Conversely some leaders felt more disengaged from the people outside their immediate teams; so how do we find creative, and some virtual, solutions to this challenge such as the ‘virtual fireside chats’ and ‘virtual birthday breakfasts’ some have experimented with?
We can be agile and encourage our teams to regularly review what is working and not working and keep adjusting accordingly. Let's make it our aspiration to learn how to create high performance cultures in this flexible world of working.We can build and nurture team relationships from close and afar to ensure everyone stays in good relationships with one another. New collaboration tools and technologies are coming along all the time to help us. If we keep experimenting, listening, and talking (face-to-face and virtually) we can successfully evolve to do this. We can employ a 'pull factor' to bring people together through exciting choices about ‘office’ design. We hope to see inclusive hub-style spaces where people can collaborate, innovate, connect, have fun; and some spaces for ‘concentration or desk-work’ too if this is what is productive for them. We can create 'neighbourhoods' of ‘drop in tables’ and we might even keep some ‘allocated tables’ for those who might want them now, or those who might want them in the future. Flexible meeting room structures can allow café spaces & meeting rooms to be reconfigured for lots of different sized meetings from two people to hundreds of people. It will take time to evolve our policies and collective working spaces, so let’s ask our employees to be flexible and patient and collaborate with us on this journey, and in return gain true flexibility in their working locations and patterns. Let’s get creative, embrace this flexible working pattern and unleash the innovative thinking we need for our organisations to thrive today, tomorrow and in twenty years’ time.
Will your organisation continue to evolve the flexible working options after the pandemic?*We played a leading role in this project and can share the learning with anyone who is interested. We have operated as a virtual organisation for over 25 years, with the corresponding benefits including enjoyment, flexibility, and productivity.