Workplace Innovation helps improve performance and working lives by releasing the full range of talent, knowledge and creativity from employees at every level.

Organisational Health Check

A springboard to innovation


Our Health Checks are not about us telling you what is wrong or right with your organisation. They are about your people telling us what is wrong or right, what can be done better, what works really well and what doesn’t.

An Organisational Health Check acts as a springboard with the potential to release innovative behaviour, improve performance, enhance employee well-being and stimulate growth.

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Insight



We know the importance of listening to employees at every level in order to understand what is working and what needs to be improved.

Our reports based on employees’ own accounts of experiences at work provide boards and senior management teams with a powerful stimulus for change, and help to define priorities for action.

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Facilitating Change and Innovation

Breaking down walls and ceilings


Workplace Innovation is at the heart of performance, growth and employee well-being. Many see it but don’t know how to implement it.

We help organizations review improvement and innovation practices by breaking down walls and ceilings and creating dialogue across hierarchies and functions so that the better argument always wins.

Workplace Innovation’s facilitators work closely with leaders, managers and employees at every level, understanding their aspirations and strengths as well as what holds them back. We seek solutions co-created by all of the main stakeholders in an issue to ensure buy-in and to minimise resistance to change.


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Working with Boards and Senior Teams

Horizon-scanning, thought leadership and rehearsing the future


What will your business look like in 2024 and what will your role be in leading it?

Seeing the world in a different way should be on the job description of Directors. Change is happening and it can’t be controlled but it can be anticipated.

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Developing Emerging Leaders

From transactional to transformational


The demands of leadership are changing. At a time of significant challenge and opportunity, leaders and managers must drive improvement and innovation while motivation and energising employees. Emerging leaders must migrate from purely transactional management to proactive, transformational behaviour while current leaders must address the question of succession.

But where are the next leaders coming from and what skills and competences will they actually need?

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Interactive Theatre

Using drama to provoke thought and motivate change

Interactive theatre in the workplace is a real eye-opener. It helps to unlock employee engagement and creativity, one of the key challenges in securing successful organisational change, improving performance and enhancing working life – but it does it very differently.

You’ll see your organisations in a completely different and thought-provoking light.

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Presentations, Facilitation and Masterclasses

Stimulating, informing and resourcing innovation and change


Expert facilitation, engaging presentations, creative thinking and interactive theatre are just some of the ways we enhance and enliven conferences, time-out sessions, in-house training and team development workshops.

We can also deliver masterclasses and provide internationally recognised expert speakers covering all aspects of people centres change, employee engagement, high involvement innovation and leadership development.

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Transformational Coaching

Achieving a new culture


We know how to coach – we do it for a living. However, we are also on a mission to help managers and leaders become inspired coaches in their own right and to introduce a coaching culture to their organisations that will achieve sustainable benefits.

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Networking and Knowledge Sharing

Remember, you are not alone


Networking, knowledge sharing, the pooling of ideas and intellectual capital are the dynamics that underpin a sustainable movement of workplace innovation and provide all organisations looking to change and to challenge the future with access to the choices open to them and the experiences of others.

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Flexible ILM Leadership & Coaching Courses 

In-house and Distance Learning


Flexibility in learning is becoming increasingly important in employee development. We are experiencing a significant increase in clients needing a more flexible approach to the delivery of our ILM programmes.

Releasing staff to attend off-site public courses can cause problems for organisations, despite the obvious benefits of individuals from different backgrounds and industries sharing their experiences as they learn together. It is not always convenient for managers to block out days in their diary to attend sessions off-site, on dates that tend to be inflexible.

We recognise this and in addition to our public courses we are able to offer a range of flexible options to make it easier for organisations and individuals to access our ILM Leadership, Management and Coaching programme.

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Creative Workplace Group

A unique opportunity for shared learning with leading organisations
to discover what makes a workplace creative in a programme of one-day visits


Met Office Creative Workplace Group meeting. Read more about it here.


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Organisational improvement happens in creative workplaces.

Creativity is an everyday behaviour with employees actively encouraged to contribute ways of improving the organisation through new products and business streams or better ways of working. 


The Creative Workplace Group
The Creative Workplace Group has been established as a small, closed network of inspiring organisations from different sectors, each committed to building creative, versatile and productive places to work and to sharing experiences and problems with other members.


Discover for yourself what really works

Quarterly Creative Workplace meetings will each be hosted by group members, providing opportunities to visit a diverse range of workplaces and to focus on issues such as:

  • methods for stimulating creativity
  • making teams innovative
  • change ‘entrepreneurs’ and ‘guerrillas’
  • leadership and senior management buy-in
  • overcoming resistance
  • building a sustainable momentum

Joining the Creative Workplace Group gives you automatic membership of Fresh Thinking Labs, the International Open Source Movement for Workplace Innovation. Membership provides you with access to a growing international community of enterprises including an online forum and personalised introductions to other members based on shared interests and experience.

The aim is to enable visitors to act as critical friends, immersing themselves as widely as possible in the culture and practice of the host organisation so that they can identify positive achievements and bring their own knowledge and experience to bear on current challenges. The host will identify one or two dilemmas or problems that they would like the visitors to address.


Timeline of Creative Workplace Group meetings hosted by Group members: 

10th June 2015: The Met Office Exeter. The UK’s national weather service, successfully competing in international markets through its established expertise and continuous innovation. Read more and watch an insightful video about The Met Office here.

26th February 2016: Grimshaw Architects London. One of the pioneers of high-tech architecture responsible for such iconic structures as The Eden Project, Thermae Bath Spa and Waterloo International Station.

12th April 2016: Red Gate Software Cambridge. Red Gate is a software company providing “ingeniously simple” tools for technology professionals worldwide. Find out more about innovation at Red Gate here.

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TBA 2016: Consolidation Workshop, reflecting on the cases and pulling together transferable lessons with additional insights from leading research. 


Delegates will receive a full Case Report and a Creative Workplace Resource Pack.

Key points of a Creative Workplace visit:
  • Visits will take place between 09.30 and 16.00 starting with coffee and informal networking on arrival. 
  • An initial orientation session will last for no more than an hour and include presentations by UK WON and by the host – focussing specifically on issues relating to staff involvement in innovation and improvement. 
  • This will be followed by a short planning session in which the visitors will identify the key questions and issues that they wish to explore during the day.
  • Visitors will be able to talk informally to as many different staff as possible. 
  • During the afternoon the visitors will prepare their feedback, including ppt.
  • The feedback session will take place between 15.00 and 16.00 and will be addressed to an appropriate panel of staff from the host organisation

The Creative Workplace Group will be facilitated by Professor Peter Totterdill, an international expert, consultant, national and EU policy advisor and passionate advocate for better ways of working.


For more details, including cost, contact Peter or register here.

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