Mastering others is strength.
Mastering yourself is true power.
Tao Te Ching – The book of the way and of virtue 6th C BC.

What is it? 

Titles, ranks, appointments, status are common across organisations. Their purpose is quite simple; to ensure things get done. A leadership role, where you are leading other people to get things done, requires courage, competence and compassion. It is not an opportunity to practice or inflict your personal ideas or idiosyncrasies on other human beings. It is not so much that power corrupts. At Quirk, we believe that power reveals.

Courageous leadership is needed so that organisations can respond to challenges in volatile times and not only survive but thrive. But what happens when others in the team know more than you?

Why is it important in decision making?

Leaders make decisions. Competent Ethical leaders throughout an organisation act as an early warning system. They see patterns that others choose to ignore and take action. They are the ones who can smell the fuse burning.

We start with using the concept of intent to create alignment and lower decision thresholds. 

This allows leaders the space to rise above the day to day operational activity and link their team’s efforts to organisational goals.

How We Help Fix It?

Our aim is to help our clients develop leadership. 

Using authority and vulnerability, maintaining standards, planning and prioritising and managing workload and resources. We then build from this foundation of competence.

We start with the basic fundamentals of leadership: Using authority and vulnerability, maintaining standards, planning and prioritising and managing workload and resources. We then build from this foundation of competence

Intent only works in a culture marked by:

Trust and open comms

Planning and prioritising

Encouragement of innovation and experimentation

Comfort with a variety of views, even conflicting ones, and dissent.

The basic fundamentals of leadership

Using authority and vulnerability

Maintaining standards

Planning and prioritising

Managing workload and resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Do the pressure tests take a lot of time?

Not at all. Most of the tests we conduct are half a day; or a day for the most complex issues. There is a short amount of preparation required in advance, but nothing onerous. We strive to make each pressure test as low impact on the organisation’s time as we can, whilst delivering maximum output.

What sectors do you specialise in?

We are not sector specific. The tools and techniques we use are a horizontal offering, shown to have made a difference in sectors as varied as the NHS, Oil and Gas, Retail, Insurance, Finance. We don’t write plans for people; they produce their own plans – we just help to teach them how to do it.

Are your training courses delivered as a set programme of lectures?

Not at all; the training we provide is highly interactive. Our approach is to blend learning with practical experience, enabling teams to consolidate the new skills in an enjoyable and engaging environment. We find this ‘learn a bit, try a bit’ style embeds skills more effectively.

Many of your team are ex-military. Do they know how to work with ‘normal’ people?

The military are far more collaborative and collegiate than some people realise. They need to have high emotional intelligence, in order to get the best from people in all situations. We have taken those skills and enhanced them over many years of commercial experience, to bring the best of both worlds.

Case Studies 

Bel Valves

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