To help you better understand what Openside does for our clients, here are a few examples of our recent engagements. Clients value our discretion, so we have chosen not to identify them.
Our professional development programmes typically consist of a combination of advisory, training and executive development – before and after the ‘learning event’.
No two Openside programmes are the same because our clients are not the same. Programmes are individually designed to fit the client’s unique context and the specific situation of participants:
Executive Development for Partner Group
Providing personalised development and coaching for individual members of this consulting firm’s Partner group.
Partner Strategy Workshop
A consulting engagement with the senior Partners of a global professional services firm to ensure their professional development aligns with their firm’s culture and desired strategic ambitions.
Route to Partner - New Managers Programme
Working with junior Managers to develop the key skills and behaviours required to be an effective leader of people.
Aligning Professional Development with Strategy Consultancy Project
Working with a fast-growing consulting firm to redesign their consultant development programme and to ensure their professional development strategy aligns with the firm’s strategic ambitions and vision.
Business Development and Structured Communications Programme
Working with management consultants to help them build the business development skills required to generate new opportunities for the firm and to structure and deliver compelling communications.
Structured Analytical Thinking for Consultants Programme
Helping consultants (Juniors and Seniors) to increase the power and effectiveness of their thinking and apply a consistent consultative approach to problem solving and opportunity generation.
A programme for Managers from firms across Europe to develop the skills required to make the transition to management, improving their ability to lead, influence and engage with colleagues at all levels and be an effective ambassador for their firms when undertaking business development. Also included modules on leading across different cultures.
Future Leaders Programme
Developing the skills and behaviours required to lead the firm in the coming years.
Working with the firm’s identified high potential group of consultants to develop and refine the core consulting skills, frameworks and behaviours that will enable the firm to achieve its ambition of being a leading, top-tier consulting firm.
Leaders of the Future Programme
Working with Managers from professional services firms based across South America to develop the key skills and behaviours – including emotional intelligence – they will need to be an effective leader of people within their firms.
Developing the business programme
Working with the firm’s senior consultants to develop their business development skills and behaviours.
Structured Diagnostic Thinking, Communications & Storytelling
Developing the structured strategic thinking skills required to undertake an ‘advisory’ approach with clients and building the skills to communicate insights in a way that clients can understand and act upon.
Keynote speech at international conference for Partners and Directors of the international network’s member firms.
Keynote presentation and workshop for leaders of the Alliance’s worldwide member firms.
Strategic Problem Solving for Consultants
Developing the core consulting skills, tools and behaviours required to undertake a strategic approach to problem solving and opportunity generation with the firm’s clients.
Working with the Partners of a leading UK accounting firm defining and developing the behaviours required to exemplify the firm’s brand in all interactions.
Keynote presentation for Partners of international member professional service firms from across the world.
Partner group workshop
Working with the Partner group of one of Europe’s leading law firms to define and develop the behaviours and stories that represent the firm in the best possible way in the mind of their clients.
Working with a group of internal consultants / strategy teams to help them develop and strengthen the communication, influencing and negotiating skills needed to move teams and stakeholders towards good decisions.
Working with the Senior Directors and Partners of a leading global executive search firm to align their professional development with their strategic objectives.
Strategic Consulting and Presenting with Impact Programme
Working with MBAs and new entrants to learn and practise the fundamental structured analytical thinking process required in consulting – and its associated behaviours – and then developing the tools and behaviours required to structure and present results effectively.
Strategic Problem Solving for Internal Consultants Programme and Live Project Coaching
Working with the organisation’s strategy group to establish a cohesive, structured analytical thinking process with the adoption of associated key skills and behaviours firm wide – followed by ‘live’ project coaching with individual strategy consultants to ensure the consulting process is applied and embedded.
Storytelling and Presentation Skills Programme
Working with the firm’s senior leaders to develop their presentation skills, to introduce the role of storytelling in business and crucially, to develop the stories they can tell to represent and exemplify their brand.
Business Development Programme for Seniors
Working with the Partners and Senior Consultant group to develop the core skills and behaviours required for success in professional services business development, including forming and delivering a unique point of view and how to structure and articulate a compelling value proposition to prospective clients.
Business Development Programme
Developing skills and behaviours in line with the firm’s desired strategic positioning and business development aspirations.
Advanced Consultative Conversations Programme
Working with the firm’s senior consultants from across India developing the tools, skills and behaviours required to undertake critical consulting interactions with the firm’s clients and prospective clients.
Delivering the keynote presentation at a global Partner conference.
Introducing the role of storytelling in business, from presenting the outcomes of a project to uniquely positioning the firm in the mind of a client during business development conversations and crucially, developing the stories that best exemplify this global firm’s brand.
Managing Effective Interactions Programme
Helping consultants learn and refine the core consulting tools, skills and behaviours to undertake effective advisory interactions with key stakeholders at all times.
Strategic Problem-Solving Programme
Helping the firm’s internal consulting group to understand the structured analytical thinking process and acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviours to effectively solve unstructured and ambiguous business problems and generate new, creative opportunities for the organisation.
From Accountants to ‘Advisors’ - Analytical Thinking Programme
Working with the Advisory group of a ‘Big Four’ Accounting firm to develop a structured and strategic diagnostic thinking approach to problem solving and opportunity generation. Enabling them to adopt much more of an ‘advisory’ approach with clients.
Leading Change Projects Programme
Working with internal consulting group to strengthen their ability to manage change, to learn the tools and techniques best suited to major change initiatives and to meet the needs of complex stakeholder groups.
Advanced Communication Skills Programme with post-programme coaching
Creating a baseline of consulting tools, skills and behaviours for the organisation’s internal consulting division to improve their impact when presenting and communicating with clients and key internal stakeholders.
The Strategic Consulting Process and Consulting Skills Programme
Working with this global organisation’s internal strategy team to develop the core process, skills and behaviours that will improve the effectiveness of their strategic thinking and enable them to apply a consistent consultative approach to problem solving and opportunity generation across the organisation.
Strategic Thinking and Structuring Communications Programme
Working with the organisation’s internal consultants / strategy teams to help them adopt a structured strategic approach to problem solving and opportunity generation – along with the associated consulting skills and behaviours – and the ability to present their insights and recommendations in a way that is much more relevant and relatable to key decision makers internally.
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