Purposeful leadership
in a changing world.

We are a team of highly experienced consultants whose mission is to develop leaders for tomorrow's world.

Our belief is that today's talent can only be fully engaged and leveraged by leaders who bring purpose, their unique strengths, authenticity and an inclusive spirit to their work.

Despite huge investment much formal leadership assessment and development has minimal impact in the ‘real world’.

Global Future is helping clients address the gap between formal learning, helpful feedback and real leadership growth - based on next-generation approaches to executive profiling, coaching, leadership development, embedding purposeful cultures and building effective Boards.

Our practice is informed by
our not-for-profit think tank.

We believe in the power of an interconnected, open and diverse world but recognise that in many areas of society these values are under threat. Our think tank promotes research and activities that help leaders in business, arts and society step up to the profound challenges of our time.





What we do



We take a systemic view of organisations and provide advice and support across a range of aspects of organisational life to help you achieve continued success.





Our consultants have world leading experience of assessing senior executives through a process that is both highly engaging and rigorous. A particular strength is that our judgements are underpinned by benchmarks informed through working with an extensive range of executives across the globe. Prior to conducting assessments, we make a concerted effort to understand our client’s context and the requirements of current and future roles.

Our assessment approach harmonises with our vision for purpose-driven and open organisations that embrace diversity. It is founded on a deep interview that covers an individual’s background and career history in detail.  We explore an individual’s thinking patterns, emotional drivers, patterns of relating to others and approach to work and leadership.  We uncover not just surface strengths and development areas but also the underlying assumptions and core beliefs, as well as sense of purpose, that drives an individual.

A highly engaging, interactive half day process explores the individual’s background and the experiences that have shaped them. Psychometrics are used as an input to building greater depth of understanding into their thinking and other elements of how they operate.  Our assessment reports are widely regarded as being insightful, accurate and business focused. They are used as an invaluable input for assessing fit with a particular role and context, as well for increasing self-awareness and informing developmental planning and coaching.

Our approach to coaching is informed by decades of experience working with senior leaders across different sectors and functions and a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of great leadership. We don’t follow formulae and dry frameworks; instead we partner with the individual leader to understand their needs, drivers and behavioural patterns and collaboratively explore whether these are congruent with their current context. We uncover assumptions and challenge automatic thoughts to establish if they are relevant and helpful. We work to anchor leaders in a deeper sense of personal purpose and the impact they want to have through their leadership.

We believe that coaching should be both in service of the individual and the organisation and we carefully straddle this boundary to generate fertile dialogue and catalyse performance.  We strive to create meaningful alignment between individual and organisational purpose, values and goals.

Integrating various schools of thought our highly experienced coaches draw on concepts from areas like Psychodynamics, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neuropsychology, Sociology and Systems theory which they combine with their leadership and consulting expertise to effect sustainable shifts in attitude and behaviour.

We track progress over time through a variety of methods to help focus effort on the broadest impact.

We also offer coaching skills training and organisation-wide interventions to help build coaching cultures through equipping leaders with the right mindset and skills.

Our approach to leadership development is centered on self-awareness and underpinned by a strong belief that leaders need to take ownership of, and shape their own journey. We create powerful, evocative immersive experiences, tailored to the client context and leadership challenges. We provide challenge, fresh input and an opportunity for leaders to reflect individually and collectively, make informed choices and learn from each other. We always involve the line manager to make sure they can provide input and actively support the individual’s leadership development journey.

The focus and content of the programmes we create is directly linked to and informed by the organisational purpose, strategy and key objectives. We work with leaders to help them identify their personal purpose and to articulate an inspiring story about their leadership that plays to their spike strengths but also takes account of how their leadership needs to evolve over time to enable them to have the desired impact.

Our approach combines personal insight and reflection with the opportunity to practice and build new skills, take action and draw learnings. Leadership development doesn’t happen on a course, therefore workshops are only a small part of the journey. Through a combination of on the job experiences, peer coaching, action learning, regular rich feedback mechanisms and technology enabled learning, leaders get a powerful personalised and rounded programme of interventions aligned to their unique development goals.

We track progress regularly through setting both hard and soft goals that measure tangible leadership impact.

We take an integrated and strategic approach whereby the performance impact and indeed team leadership impact on an enterprise is exponentially increased. Our approach is experienced as insightful, energising, challenging and collaborative, and is underpinned by our strong developmental philosophy and insight into how the very best teams operate.

We work with you to identify the specific contextual challenges the team is facing, diagnose the enablers and blockers of success, and clarify ambitious future goals. We encourage honest dialogue, debate and challenge to exercise the team’s decision-making muscle and integrate their diverse voices and experiences.

The team is guided through a process in which they agree and align behind a common purpose and ways of working that allow them to powerfully harness their collective talents.  Impact is maximised through tailored team experiences and synchronised individual development that is pulling in the same direction. We rigorously track progress against team development goals over time.

We believe that team development does not happen in a vacuum. We combine ‘real work’ with space for reflection, drawing insights and learning. We attend to both overt and covert team and organisational processes and drive behavioural change based on deeper understanding and conscious collaboration. Our approach ensures that any team development is not self-referential but in-tune with varied stakeholders’ needs and aligned to the team’s leadership function both within and outside the organisation.

Our consultants have excellent experience of working with Board members around a range of issues. One area that we have pioneered is an approach to Board effectiveness assessment and development that goes beyond the commonly available, tick box approaches. Through a process of rigorous interviews, observation and examination of Board materials we are able to reflect back a rich and insightful view of how effective a Board is at a given point in time. This can also be supplemented by feedback to individual Board members if required. Feedback from Boards that we have worked with has been extremely positive and our approach is commonly regarded as being ground breaking.

We believe that cultures evolve, rather than change. Organisational transformation therefore can only be achieved through an approach grounded in the past, informed by the present and aspiring to the future. Rather than relying on rigid models and processes, we use dialogue and discovery to understand the blockers and enablers of organisational success and to develop unique, tailored interventions that shift mindsets and behaviours in the desired direction.

We anchor all this to a clear articulation of the organisational purpose, beyond commercial success, and a business strategy that supports this. We work at an individual, group and organisational level, connecting personal purpose to the organisational one to create meaning, ownership and momentum.

We believe that change needs to be led from the top but owned at all levels in the system. We work with you to create dynamic learning loops where people from all parts of the organisation come together regularly to share, explore and learn together and to shape their shared future.

Drawing on a systemic understanding of organisations we play the long game. We partner with clients to make sense of the messy process of change, while we try to shift underpinning assumptions that get in the way. We monitor progress using both hard and soft measures of success, regularly taking stock and course correcting along the way.

Senior Executive Profiling

Our consultants have world leading experience of assessing senior executives through a process that is both highly engaging and rigorous. A particular strength is that our judgements are underpinned by benchmarks informed through working with an extensive range of executives across the globe. Prior to conducting assessments, we make a concerted effort to understand our client’s context and the requirements of current and future roles.

Our assessment approach harmonises with our vision for purpose-driven and open organisations that embrace diversity. It is founded on a deep interview that covers an individual’s background and career history in detail.  We explore an individual’s thinking patterns, emotional drivers, patterns of relating to others and approach to work and leadership.  We uncover not just surface strengths and development areas but also the underlying assumptions and core beliefs, as well as sense of purpose, that drives an individual.

A highly engaging, interactive half day process explores the individual’s background and the experiences that have shaped them. Psychometrics are used as an input to building greater depth of understanding into their thinking and other elements of how they operate.  Our assessment reports are widely regarded as being insightful, accurate and business focused. They are used as an invaluable input for assessing fit with a particular role and context, as well for increasing self-awareness and informing developmental planning and coaching.

Coaching

Our approach to coaching is informed by decades of experience working with senior leaders across different sectors and functions and a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of great leadership. We don’t follow formulae and dry frameworks; instead we partner with the individual leader to understand their needs, drivers and behavioural patterns and collaboratively explore whether these are congruent with their current context. We uncover assumptions and challenge automatic thoughts to establish if they are relevant and helpful. We work to anchor leaders in a deeper sense of personal purpose and the impact they want to have through their leadership.

We believe that coaching should be both in service of the individual and the organisation and we carefully straddle this boundary to generate fertile dialogue and catalyse performance.  We strive to create meaningful alignment between individual and organisational purpose, values and goals.

Integrating various schools of thought our highly experienced coaches draw on concepts from areas like Psychodynamics, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neuropsychology, Sociology and Systems theory which they combine with their leadership and consulting expertise to effect sustainable shifts in attitude and behaviour.

We track progress over time through a variety of methods to help focus effort on the broadest impact.

We also offer coaching skills training and organisation-wide interventions to help build coaching cultures through equipping leaders with the right mindset and skills.

Leadership Development

Our approach to leadership development is centered on self-awareness and underpinned by a strong belief that leaders need to take ownership of, and shape their own journey. We create powerful, evocative immersive experiences, tailored to the client context and leadership challenges. We provide challenge, fresh input and an opportunity for leaders to reflect individually and collectively, make informed choices and learn from each other. We always involve the line manager to make sure they can provide input and actively support the individual’s leadership development journey.

The focus and content of the programmes we create is directly linked to and informed by the organisational purpose, strategy and key objectives. We work with leaders to help them identify their personal purpose and to articulate an inspiring story about their leadership that plays to their spike strengths but also takes account of how their leadership needs to evolve over time to enable them to have the desired impact.

Our approach combines personal insight and reflection with the opportunity to practice and build new skills, take action and draw learnings. Leadership development doesn’t happen on a course, therefore workshops are only a small part of the journey. Through a combination of on the job experiences, peer coaching, action learning, regular rich feedback mechanisms and technology enabled learning, leaders get a powerful personalised and rounded programme of interventions aligned to their unique development goals.

We track progress regularly through setting both hard and soft goals that measure tangible leadership impact.

Senior Team Effectiveness

We take an integrated and strategic approach whereby the performance impact and indeed team leadership impact on an enterprise is exponentially increased. Our approach is experienced as insightful, energising, challenging and collaborative, and is underpinned by our strong developmental philosophy and insight into how the very best teams operate.

We work with you to identify the specific contextual challenges the team is facing, diagnose the enablers and blockers of success, and clarify ambitious future goals. We encourage honest dialogue, debate and challenge to exercise the team’s decision-making muscle and integrate their diverse voices and experiences.

The team is guided through a process in which they agree and align behind a common purpose and ways of working that allow them to powerfully harness their collective talents.  Impact is maximised through tailored team experiences and synchronised individual development that is pulling in the same direction. We rigorously track progress against team development goals over time.

We believe that team development does not happen in a vacuum. We combine ‘real work’ with space for reflection, drawing insights and learning. We attend to both overt and covert team and organisational processes and drive behavioural change based on deeper understanding and conscious collaboration. Our approach ensures that any team development is not self-referential but in-tune with varied stakeholders’ needs and aligned to the team’s leadership function both within and outside the organisation.

Board Effectiveness

Our consultants have excellent experience of working with Board members around a range of issues. One area that we have pioneered is an approach to Board effectiveness assessment and development that goes beyond the commonly available, tick box approaches. Through a process of rigorous interviews, observation and examination of Board materials we are able to reflect back a rich and insightful view of how effective a Board is at a given point in time. This can also be supplemented by feedback to individual Board members if required. Feedback from Boards that we have worked with has been extremely positive and our approach is commonly regarded as being ground breaking.

Culture Change

We believe that cultures evolve, rather than change. Organisational transformation therefore can only be achieved through an approach grounded in the past, informed by the present and aspiring to the future. Rather than relying on rigid models and processes, we use dialogue and discovery to understand the blockers and enablers of organisational success and to develop unique, tailored interventions that shift mindsets and behaviours in the desired direction.

We anchor all this to a clear articulation of the organisational purpose, beyond commercial success, and a business strategy that supports this. We work at an individual, group and organisational level, connecting personal purpose to the organisational one to create meaning, ownership and momentum.

We believe that change needs to be led from the top but owned at all levels in the system. We work with you to create dynamic learning loops where people from all parts of the organisation come together regularly to share, explore and learn together and to shape their shared future.

Drawing on a systemic understanding of organisations we play the long game. We partner with clients to make sense of the messy process of change, while we try to shift underpinning assumptions that get in the way. We monitor progress using both hard and soft measures of success, regularly taking stock and course correcting along the way.

Our Experience



We have consulted in organisations for over 25 years, gaining our experience at the most senior levels.



Working with Boards and Executive teams as well as senior leaders, across the private and public sectors and not-for-profit. We build long term partnerships with our clients and have worked with some organisations for more than 20 years.





Diageo
Body Shop
BP
Lazard
M&S
Nationwide
Dentsu
Landsec
Sainsbury
La Salle
The Industrial Group