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Advisory, training and executive development for the world's leading professional services firms.
The Openside Group

Aligning Professional Development with Strategy

We design and deliver development programmes for leading professional services firms worldwide. We can help you improve delivery to your clients and the way you manage, build and lead your firm.

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Our Work

To help you better understand what we do for our clients and to help you decide if Openside is right for you, view our recent engagements, our latest thinking and a checklist of questions for you to see if we are a good match.

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Our Story

We have a decades-long heritage and our people have deep roots in the professional services sector. We have worked with many of the world’s leading firms.

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Our Results

The best measure of our performance is your performance. Read our client stories to find out about the impact we’ve had on their professional services firms.

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Our Thinking

We bring original, open, practical thinking to a sector that too often prefers tradition and the status quo. Discover our latest ‘Points of View’ articles:

December 2018 Posters from IBM’s ‘Quest for Quality’ Exhibition, 1985 Openside's Advent Calendar 2018
November 2018 Proposals: How to make them a point of difference, not a point of reference Four changes you should make to your written proposals now - or else don't respond
October 2018 The Professional Services Procurement Conundrum Why you should view your clients' procurement function as a potential advocate, not an adversary
September 2018 Reverence or Regicide? Why ‘Client First’ should not mean ‘Client is King’ in professional services
August 2018 The Paradox of the Poisonous Performer What to do if a top performer creates a toxic team
July 2018 How organisations can overcome big data’s two biggest obstacles Still haven’t found what you’re looking for?
June 2018 Cognitive and Behavioural Skills Development – is eLearning the answer?
May 2018 What do award-winning consulting firms do better than the rest? Openside quoted in The Times - 24th May 2018
April 2018 Time’s up for the billable hour: Focusing on value is now the only option Technology and competition mean the billable hour is on borrowed time. But can value-based pricing work in practice?
March 2018 How creative agencies can take on consulting firms at their own game – and win The key skills and behaviours agencies must develop to enter the world of strategic consulting
February 2018 Our Top 10 Most Read Articles of All Time Why we've been shortlisted for an MPF Award 2018 for "Best provision of knowledge to clients"
February 2018 The Partnership Trap What is it, and how can you avoid it?
February 2018 The ‘Enquiry Strategy Remote Control’ for Consultants A simple tool to help you undertake effective questioning in critical client conversations
January 2018 Why are there so few women at the top of Professional Services Firms? And what can be done about it?
December 2017 The Impact of Emotion on Loyalty and Buying Decisions The implications for professional services firms
November 2017 Introducing The Openside Group You will have known us before as PSfPS
October 2017 Define your metrics or they will define you A word of caution for professional services firms
September 2017 Learning to catch a ball and learning leadership Exploring three critical areas of leadership behaviour successful Partners exhibit
August 2017 Rethinking Value in Consulting: What distinguishes the top performing firms from the rest? Including analysis of the MCA Awards Winners 2017
June 2017 Answer the question! Why politicians’ prevarication is unequivocally unacceptable in professional services How to answer clients' difficult questions