My first thought was: what do these guys actually do? As soon as you began to work with us the answer became clear. You help companies to raise their thinking game. Our leadership team surpassed all expectations and devised a powerful set of Vision, Values, Goals, Strategies and Behaviours. And you are a pleasure to work with.
CSC help us navigate complexity. Their ability to understand business and brand strategy, balance the needs of consumers and commercial pressures, and work with key stakeholders internally and externally is very valuable.
I worked with Cambridge Strategy Centre during my first General Management position in Ireland. Their coaching guided me through a significant change program. Over two years we transformed the ‘all Ireland’ business on many different fronts, including Supply Chain, Customers, Costs, Marketing and Local Community Engagement. The business returned to growth after six years’ decline.
I asked to meet Cambridge Strategy Centre after I had read their paper Leading From The Side, which resonated strongly with my own thinking. At Forest Enterprise England we had embarked on an organisation-wide programme of change, called Releasing Our Potential, and a key strand of this was improving our ability to lead at all levels. Cambridge listened carefully to what I thought we needed to do, and planned a process to meet the key specification of engaging a large cross-section of staff.
The process started with my board of senior leaders and Cambridge facilitated thought-provoking, enjoyable workshops to help us develop a Leadership Model that that was bespoke to us. There were opportunities as we proceeded to adjust our thinking through discussion and challenge, which strengthened the feeling that the Leadership Model was our own.
The resulting Model is well-liked across the organisation and is in daily use to improve our leadership knowledge, skills and behaviours.
Cambridge Strategy Centre consultants have the experience to lift expectations and introduce wider perspectives – and enough nouse not to make us feel like numpties when we weren’t quite getting it right! And they did all of it on time and on budget.
I would strongly recommend them to any organisation seeking to improve the way they lead.