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Building a better world through higher education

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Festival of Ideas

This April, we will be hosting a Festival of Ideas: a series of free online sessions for people seeking creative and imaginative ways to lead, and who want to meet and connect with others outside of their university. From problem-solving techniques in real-time to kindness at work, every sessions is free and is open to everyone working in higher education.

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Our Programmes

We design and facilitate learning and development online, face-to-face or in a blend. Our expertise is in engaging the hearts and minds of colleagues, students and stakeholders to embed cultures of trust and innovation, and make change happen. Whether you’re looking to create solutions to live issues, engage your external partners or inspire teams within your university – wherever they are based – take the next step with us to inspire braver and bolder leadership, and build a better world through higher education. 

For you

Take part in one of two experiential programmes to connect deeply with your identity as a leader, and embed new practices to build a culture built on trust and connection with the people you work with and lead.

Staying Truly Connected

Develop a feedback-rich culture, identify and respond to people’s needs and lead productive meetings: a practical, 13-hour online programme for anyone who needs to connect more deeply with the people they work with to lead successful change.

The Purposeful Leader

Experiment with techniques to help you to navigate uncertainty, root what you do in your purpose and vision, and hone an action plan to put your learning into place. A two-day programme to embed purpose at the heart of your leadership.

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Our charitable partner

We’re proud to partner with the Refugee Support Network, a charity which supports refugee and asylum-seeking children and young people to build more hopeful futures through education. When you work with us, you’ll be supporting the RSN too. Through our partnership, we donate 10% of our profits, share the charity’s mission, contribute our expertise wherever we can help, and open connections to our networks.

Our partnership is founded on our shared belief that education has the potential to change lives and the world around us for good, and that every person deserves the same, equal, opportunities to access it.

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Case Studies


  • Re-writing the rules on emotionally intelligent teams

    Re-writing the rules on emotionally intelligent teams

    Where we work as teams has shifted, but has how we work together changed too? After a year of working from a distance, the time is ripe to re-write the rules of engagement, using a …Read More »
  • Resilience: The secret sauce

    Resilience: The secret sauce

    Resilience is robustness and agility. It’s what it takes to thrive, not just survive. Sound familiar? Having read dozens of articles on organisational resilience, it always seems to come back to that same mantra. Yet, …Read More »
  • Guest provocateurs joining the Festival of Ideas

    Guest provocateurs joining the Festival of Ideas

    Professor Susan Lea, Professor Charlotte Clarke and Professor Michael Harkin will join the Invisible Grail team to talk about strategy, leadership and problem-solving at the Festival of Ideas in April. This April, three senior leaders …Read More »
  • Introduction: The A-Z of writing

    Introduction: The A-Z of writing

    Two decades ago I wrote a book called The Invisible Grail. It was about writing better stories in and for organisations, because stories matter, they connect. The title is now adopted by us, a company …Read More »

Our purpose

Our purpose is to empower people to lead with respect and integrity; to be accountable academic and global citizens. We work in partnership with you to develop courageous interventions, to connect people, ideas, and communities to build a better world. Unlocking the stories that bring people together and enable all to lead to their full potential.