At the heart of Adams work is the idea first offered by Susan Scott in her book Fierce Conversations that 'leadership happens one conversation at time'.
Adam supports individuals, teams and organisations who would like some help with having important conversations. He works with people just beginning to lead, through to those at the top of large organisations. The kinds of leadership challenges he might help people with include preparing for job/promotion interviews, making presentations, having tough, performance conversations, developing their personal impact and developing their negotiations skills.
Adams approach to this work acknowledges and cites some of the very helpful leadership theory which is available, and combines this with pragmatic approaches, designed to allow people to ‘try the theory on for size’. Through a process of coaching and experimentation, he helps people develop mindsets, strategies and behaviours which feel right for that individual, in that context.
Last book you read?
Dinosaurs Love Underpants (I have a three-year-old) and 50 Years of Hurt: The Story of England Football and Why We Never Stop Believing by Henry Winter. A sort of Waiting for Godot, where Godot is the World Cup!
Your heroes include …?
Moray Watson. An actor from an earlier generation I had the privilege of working with early on in my career, and with whom I remained friends until he died in 2017. As fine an actor as he was, it is his offstage qualities I cherish and admire: kind, astute, naughty, gentle, wicked and curious.
Favourite line from a film?
‘Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he? Clarence, It’s a Wonderful Life.
Best day at work (so far)?
A development day recently spent with colleagues, where the spirit of ‘abundance’ prevailed, in order that we could share and trade our favourite models, games and tips.
Who make you laugh?
My youngest brother Rory, who despite his several infuriating qualities can always raise a smile from me
Last journey you took?
Last notable journey was a crazy regular ‘commute’ to work in Toronto I did on a weekly basis last Spring
What’s on your desk?
A homemade cortado coffee, an envelope stuffed with train tickets and receipts, a coaster made by Seth my son, when he was small.
How do you deal with stress?
Wrestle the kids, circuit training and rum
3 people you’d like to have dinner with (dead or alive)?
Too hard. Erm, a great chef, a great sommelier and the world barista champion.
Unst, the northernmost Shetland Island where I spent my childhood years