November 21, 2014

Talks and Keynotes

David regularly speaks with audiences in the UK, the USA and elsewhere in connection with three main… [more]

Talks and Keynotes Talks and Keynotes

Leadership Development

Our ability to lead our people—and indeed ourselves—is key to success, especially in a rapidly changing… [more]

Leadership Development Leadership Development

Transformational Learning for You Personally

Whatever your background or current situation, it's always open to you to work on being a more effective,… [more]

Transformational Learning for You Personally Transformational Learning for You Personally

Programme Management

You probably have the process side of your business pretty well covered, and some additional insight… [more]

Programme Management Programme Management

Strategy and Growth

You want your business (or your organisation) to adapt and grow. Key areas to enable success are:- Strategy,… [more]

Strategy and Growth Strategy and Growth

 Latest Short Articles on Relationship Mastery, Leadership, Change and more...

The Necessary Pest

The necessary pest

How do you tell the difference between the troublemaker and the necessary pest? The thing is... We don’t have all the answers. We need other people to tell us when we’ve over-looked something, or need to take a different perspective. Of course, we tend to get … [Read More...]

Four business people in a discussion

You can’t really assess your staff…

... unless you’re sure you’ve provided effective leadership. If you’re looking for the people who work for you to be self-motivated and highly productive, you can’t sensibly begin to assess whether they are or not, unless or until you’re sure you’ve provided good … [Read More...]

Group in discussion at computer

An intervention needs to be an intervention

It takes a certain intensity to make something different happen. Merely exposing people to new ideas probably isn’t going to be enough if the hoped-for change is in any way an uncomfortable or unfamiliar one—the issue could be out of conscious awareness apart from … [Read More...]

 In the words of clients...

After a recent speaking event, Will Kintish, Aziz Patel and Chris Davidson said...

Others have said...

The only one around with the skills to make this happen. Able to interpret what is required, take board level responsibility and make it happen without needing further input, coming forward with options when appropriate. I didn’t need to worry about it from one meeting to the next.
Craig Lockhart, Managing Director, Babcock Marine

I was struggling with a problem which seemed immense and in one short sentence in one short conversation, David completely transformed the way I was thinking about that problem and tackling it. I had tried every avenue and simply could not fathom an answer. Frankly, he saved me from insanity.
Senior executive, UK business

I very much enjoyed listening to David’s thoughts on this absolutely fascinating topic.  Each of David’s steps could provide a day’s seminar on their own.  David provides an informative, practical, structured approach to this vital skill and area of leadership.  His mastery of our question and answer session really brought the subject home on a practical level to the audience.
Craig Vickery, Head of ACCA Scotland

David feels like one of the team. He has a great all round approach to things. He really understands people and business and knows exactly the right approach to get the best out of both. Nothing we have thrown his way has stumped him and everything we have thrown his way has improved considerably. Every business should have access to someone like him.
Fiona Smyth, Director & Owner, TotsBots Ltd

From the feedback we have received to date it was a fantastic session enjoyed by everyone, with the only drawback being that it wasn’t long enough!
Megan McCreesh, Bright Purple Resourcing Ltd

It's important for others to understand, one of the reasons this has worked so well is that you listen, understand the problem and help us do our work.
Commodore Chris Hockley RN, Commander Naval Base Clyde

Your session was great and a brilliant way to start the day. The take up of your book I think shows the impact you had with the audience… Thanks again for your excellent session.
Catriona Headley, President, Scottish Young Lawyers Association

Your posts are thought-provoking, and I always read them.
Julie Grieve, Edinburgh

Your real strength has been mediation - getting people to talk to each other who wouldn't do that naturally. I just don't think we would have got there without you.
Captain Peter Merriman RN, Deputy Naval Base Commander

David was instrumental in setting up the management board and programmes office at the Clyde Naval Base - a difficult task with many differing views on how best to achieve success. As a Director at this facility I found his support invaluable. Having just read David's new book I now understand why he was so successful and I would highly recommend his work to anyone looking to improve business efficiency and effectiveness through improving relationships.
John Hanlon, Director, MoD

David Fraser is a compelling speaker who can convey complex principles with ease and clarity. We found his talks to be fun, interactive and memorable with plenty of practical tips and food for thought.
Steven Mitchell, 6 Degrees Networking

Helped bring a discipline to the meeting, as well as help and facilitation. Made tremendous interjections at the right time, helped people reconnect with what they personally needed to do to make the project successful.
John Louden, Alliance Manager, Jacobs Engineering Ltd

Thank you for your talk. I found it very encouraging & thought provoking with areas of learning for all of us.
David Nicholson, Membership Manager, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce 

Your talk was excellent and inspiring.
Roger Dunnett, Partner, Walker Dunnett & Co, Chartered Accountants, Business Advisers and Independent Financial Advisers

Played the role of neutral and played it well.
Senior Director, public sector organisation

Listens. Very quickly gets the main thread - the nub of the problem. Never confrontational, at all. Points people in the right direction without getting their backs up (and there are some difficult characters). Very much helped keep things together. Things were destined to be difficult, but they weren't difficult.
Gail Wilson, Hotel and Catering Manager

An ability to focus on the key issue and avoid distractions.
Martin Jones, Managing Director, Training consultancy

Safe pair of hands, implementer par excellence.
Robert Patullo, Director, Archangel Informal Investment

David's ability to analyse and understand complex practical, theoretical and political issues and the further ability to synthesise practical solutions is first class.
Dr Neil Grant, Director, formerly BAE SYSTEMS

Braveheart Ventures

Not afraid of tackling difficult situations.
Gavin Gemmell, Chairman Scottish Widows, Lloyd TSB Banking Group

Orderly, measured and gets things done whilst maintaining a reflective and considered point of view.
Barry Sealey, Chairman, Archangel Informal Investment

Only one we've got who can shape the front end of projects.
Simon Kirby, formerly Managing Director, BAE SYSTEMS Marine

The speech was perfect and hit all the right notes for the evening.
Emily Howie, Alumni Manager, University of Glasgow

A very talented and engaging speaker.
Prof. Anton Muscatelli, Principal, University of Glasgow

I am sure I speak for the rest of the attendees in telling you this was a thoroughly engaging encounter.
Graham Hayward, Deming Learning Network