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]
David is offering a series of exclusive half-day masterclasses: These practical, highly‐participative workshops are an opportunity to gain advance, first‐hand access to the key learning in David’s new book The Mastery of Leadership: Presence and Practice in Transformational Change, recently reviewed as “a powerful book full of grace and wisdom” and to discuss issues with other leaders. The insights available will transform your ability to lead effectively and inspirationally in times of change and growth, and bring together the tangible and intangible dimensions each so vital to success. Click here for full details and to book a place. “A voyage of self-discovery” Graeme Waddell, Chairman, Energen Biogas.
Latest Short Articles on Relationship Mastery, Leadership, Change and more...
July 27, 2015
Sometimes revisiting a simpler way of life reminds us of important things: Take single track roads with passing places, for example... (We have these in Scotland, especially on the islands, but maybe not in your part of the world, I know.) In case you’ve never … [Read More...]
July 13, 2015
It depends, of course... ...on the situation, our formal role within it (if any), our personal power or authority in the specific circumstances, the personalities of other people involved, and what we want or need to achieve. If our aim is to make a difference in … [Read More...]
July 6, 2015
...then our work is useless. We—or others—often congratulate ourselves on our efficiency in standardising a process or making electronic what once was a paper system. The trouble is... If in so doing we create something that no longer matches the cognitive … [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