Leading change

Leading change

Empower yourself and your team to become change ready in an ever more disruptive world

Our take

Change is inevitable. You can't avoid it, even if you want to. Leading change in organizations happens all the time and inevitably asks us to take on more responsibilities outside of our original expertise. It challenges us to step into unfamiliar territory, and that can feel scary and daunting because routine is our comfort blanket and makes us feel secure.

It is crucial that people and teams are supported to break down the fear of the unknown, creating opportunities to test the new skills and competencies that are required of them to become real catalytic change agents. Often, managing and leading change is not a question of the nature of the change itself, but a question of, “Are we doing it in the right way?” In order to answer this, we must help people to think the unthinkable.

Who we work with

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Javed Khan OBE
Former CEO, Barnardo's
"At Barnardo’s, we are committed to developing ourselves as a learning organization, and helping colleagues develop their Cultural Intelligence is a key part of this journey. In today’s complex and ever-changing world, developing CQ gives leaders the edge that will help ensure they can navigate the unpredictable."
Amber Bartlett
Manager for Student Experience and Educational Projects, Universitas 21
"I would not hesitate to work with Common Purpose again as the team demonstrated the fantastic ethos of the organization they work for – going above and beyond to provide students with a unique and life changing global opportunity, to make the world a better, more connected place despite the challenges they face."

The challenge

We need to challenge how we approach adapting to new contexts. It is very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that being successful in one setting will mean you will be successful in another. The real ability to succeed in multiple contexts is based on an individual’s and team's ability to:

See through complexity and find the clear direction or answer.

Be comfortable with the emotional response to change.

Change their style and/ or approach to fit the culture, context, or condition of an organization or system.

Embrace storytelling, as well as playful and serious thinking.

Draw on deeper insights and broader networks.

Our solutions

Let's work together to transform your organization

No singular solution can drive a culture capable of handling continual change. So we offer a variety of solutions that can be taken in isolation or as part of a wider leading change programme.

The Tailored Solution

Bespoke programmes

Designed to support your wider organizational strategy.

The Scalable Solution

Online learning

Delivered both in real time, and / or flexibly via a learning platform.

The Quick Solution

In-house workshops

Two-hour or half-day workshops on specific leading change themes such as disruptive and design thinking, setting a vision and bringing strategy to life, transparent communication, giving and receiving feedback, removing barriers to change, creating a change culture, and coaching for potential.  

The Real World Solution

Our signature programmes

Open to all with diverse cross-sector participant groups.

Next steps

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Our philosophy

Leading change is complex and messy, but it's vital for all organizations in a fast changing world. That’s why we have created our COMPASS framework focused on supporting individuals, teams and organizations to disrupt their approach to change by helping them explore their:


Confidence in your own abilities is crucial in good leadership. So we work with you to develop your self belief in your own leadership and professional abilities, form a network of peers who support and advise, and learn about authentic leadership, and how to bring your whole self to work.


Developing the right mindset – inclusive, courageous and intentional – will give you a better understanding of how your way of viewing the world determines your behaviour and outlook; how you interpret, and respond to situations; and ultimately, how you effectively and efficiently make change happen.


All leadership happens in context – in a particular place and at a particular time. The Common Purpose Good Leadership Model will help you to be effective in different contexts and situations. Adapting better to different contexts, drawing on deep insights and diverse networks to make better decisions or by broadening your horizons to better understand how people and places interconnect.


Attributes are the qualities, behaviours and characteristics we see as being crucial, must haves, to leading change. You must demonstrate these key attributes in your approach:

  • Resilience
  • Agility
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation

And finally you need to develop some key skills to deliver change and cross boundaries, effectively and efficiently. These must be learned, practiced, and refined to enable you to accelerate the pace of change. Across our programmes, to different degrees, you will be given the knowledge, understanding, tools and techniques to develop the following key people skills:

  • Active listening
  • Building trust
  • Decision making
  • Effective questioning
  • Giving and receiving of feedback
  • Influencing
  • Problem solving
  • Reflective practice
  • Storytelling / communication

This is core in all Common Purpose change leadership programmes, all in the context of what it takes to successfully lead change.


are better prepared to tackle complex problems


are better prepared to have a wider impact in their organizations and communities


are better prepared to influence beyond their circle of authority

Why Common Purpose?

Our pedigree

For over 30 years we have been on a mission to develop people who can cross these cultural, institutional, and social boundaries. Working passionately with people to help push the boundaries of what is possible. All so that they can become those who can help us to work better together, be the connectors of our unique lived experiences and lead, with a difference.

When it comes to learning, there is no substitute for the power of real experience and fresh perspective. We deliver compelling, surprising, and powerful leadership programmes and workshops. Rooted in the real-world. Both in-person and online.

For people of all generations: from students and young people thinking about their futures, to high-potential and senior leaders looking to make a wider impact in their organizations and society.