Talks and Keynotes
David regularly speaks with audiences in the UK, the USA and elsewhere in connection with three main… [more]
Our ability to lead our people—and indeed ourselves—is key to success, especially in a rapidly changing… [more]
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]
You probably have the process side of your business pretty well covered, and some additional insight… [more]
Strategy and Growth
You want your business (or your organisation) to adapt and grow. Key areas to enable success are:- Strategy,… [more]
You know how things don’t always work out quite the way we hoped? Working with clients, I’ve found that difficulties with focus, self-confidence, and challenges with people mean that our professional, business and personal lives aren’t quite what we hoped for. The complexity can be overwhelming too. The impact is reduced profit, late delivery, more stress, lost customers and less quality personal time. I draw on my 25 years in business and twice that in life, a tangible approach to the human dimension, and my engineering, manufacturing and services industry experience to work with clients to effect critical differences which change the course of what happens. Some specifics are Strategy and Growth, Leadership Development, Programme Management, Transformational Learning for you Personally, and Talks and Keynotes. Please get in touch, or fill in the box on the right for some key insights.
Latest Short Articles on Relationship Mastery, Leadership, Change and more...
September 22, 2014
To paraphrase 13th century poet, Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi... “Out beyond ideas of yes and no, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” Asking a closed question always seemed to me a clumsy way of opening a conversation about something as complex as the future of a … [Read More...]
September 17, 2014
Should we make big decisions based on what we think or what we feel? Should we let our heart rule our head or vice versa? In fact... The truest guide is what we know—what our whole body tells us—our gut, if you like, which is a different thing altogether. That … [Read More...]
September 15, 2014
If Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness can become best buddies, surely just about anyone can be reconciled... It seems to me Ian Paisley is an interesting example of how changing yourself changes the system—the world around you—especially if you are known to a lot of … [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
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