Who We Are

 

We are an evidence-based psychological consultancy with an over-arching commitment to applying well-researched positive psychology to our interactions, designs and interventions. As a team we are united in our belief in the power of positive approaches to change, at the individual, organisational and team level. We are open and transparent in our dealings with you

Our approach is based on understanding people: we can work with any organisation to develop leadership and vision, work performance and engagement, and a positive work culture. We specialise in working with change.

Founder and Principal Psychologist

Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis

'I facilitate change and have done all my adult life, first as a social worker, then as a manager and for 20 years as a consultant. I facilitate change in people, teams and organizations. I do this through direct interventions, such as coaching, team or organisational development activity, and through education or knowledge sharing, such as through books, lectures and workshops. Helping people change their work lives or organisations for the better is what I do.

I approach change as a psychological process. I draw specifically on appreciative, positive and strengths-based approaches as I consistently find them to produce excellent results and to be inspiring, engaging and productive for people involved.

To achieve change I work with relationships, patterns, meaning, connection, aspiration, resources and emotions.

I work through the processes of story and dialogue, decision and action, understanding and behaviour and hopes and plans.

I draw on co-creative methodologies such as Appreciative Inquiry, World Café, and Open Space, blended with positive (and more ‘traditional’) psychological knowledge and a wealth of experience of working with people as a social worker, manager and leader, educator , psychologist and consultant. 

My goal at the moment is to travel the world creating value by applying the power of positive psychology and Appreciative Inquiry to workplace challenges, and developing others to do so.'

I was delighted to have been invited as a helper to the event and looked forward to the day with great anticipation – I was not disappointed.  It was a privilege to have been  part of such a dynamic, fluid,  one day event.  Thinking back what struck me most was how effortless it seemed for you, the system, to enable such a large number of people – the delegates sorted themselves out in no time and looking around, listening in,  it was clear that the conversations provoked passion, ideas, healthy debate and solutions. Thank you for giving me insight into AI on a large scale.
 
Your command of the day was most impressive – particularly when standing in the middle of the room.  You held the audience’s  attention, you fielded their questions and you staved off interruptions with good humour and aplomb – you were (without the audience realising) in complete control.  It seems to be successful as a facilitator at such an event you have to have x ray vision and hyper active antennae – always looking around, double checking and thinking ahead, actively solving issues on the hoof before they become problems. Well done Sarah.  
— Jacquie Brazier; Heron Consultants

You can see more about all of this on Sarah's LinkedIn profile.

Sarah often travels internationally to run Masterclasses, speak at conferences and help organizations with change. If you want to know when she might be in your region, sign-up here.  

The Associates

Steve Loraine

Steve Loraine

Steve Loraine

'I support individuals, teams and whole organisations to change and improve. I am an accomplished adviser, with over 30 years leadership experience in senior permanent, interim, consulting and executive coaching roles. I have the ability to help clients to transform and improve.

I specialises in developing and guiding transformational, whole-system change and service-wide improvement and capacity development. I have successfully delivered a diverse portfolio of assignments with leadership teams and boards, guiding them to create new visions and missions. I am adept at facilitating large-scale conversations, using innovative approaches, working to tight deadlines and delivering within budget.

My approach is appreciative, strengths-focused, engaging and highly pro-active, using my specialist expertise and knowledge to enable clients to achieve their goals.'

Find out more by visiting Steve's LinkedIn profile here.

 


David Shaked

David Shaked

David Shaked 

'I am a positive change engine – I help individuals, groups and organisations ‘get in gear’ (or shift to a higher gear...) for positive change. I do so through flexible, creative and practical use of strength-based approaches to change.  I support business leaders and teams in creating inspiring visions for better futures and in finding ways forward. I ignite different conversations to help individuals and groups think differently by asking unique questions and unlock the “space of possibilities” – no matter how difficult a situation may seem.  I use several different approaches to facilitation depending on clients’ situations and needs.

I have a track record of designing and leading successful change interventions and training programmes particularly in the areas of strategic planning, process/efficiency improvement, team building, leadership development, stakeholder engagement and compliance.

I also created a unique strength-based approach to Lean Thinking and Six Sigma. This approach combines the rigour of Lean Six Sigma with the energy and creativity of Appreciative Inquiry and creates a significantly greater engagement with efforts to improve business and organisational processes. I recently published a book on the topic.'

Find out more by visiting David's LinkedIn profile here.


Pål Tanggaard

Pål Tanggaard

Pål Tanggaard 

'Using strengths-based approaches and facilitation skills, I help teams and organisations create a space where participants shape the future that they would like to see evolve. Over the last 15 years, in my work as a consultant and trainer (public, private and non- governmental), I have supported customers with strategic planning, leadership development, team building and organizational development. In addition, I teach Appreciative Inquiry and Applied Positive Psychology at University level in Norway.

I am also a founding Partner in Norway's largest strengths-based consultancy company Lent and collaborate with a number of skilled experts in the region.'

Find out more about Lent here.