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Bespoke programmes

Bespoke programmesCreating a bespoke project isn’t about finding a template to fit a problem. Instead, it is thoughtful approach to a challenge or opportunity.

Our small and expert team is committed to developing creative approaches to your challenges and opportunities using a blend of original leadership and communication techniques.

We work with you to design unique projects that realise your aspirations, and we do this by crafting a story and building communities of practice that own and lead the narrative.

We work in four key areas, but will always work to your brief. If you would like to discuss a project please contact us.

Developing and communicating narratives

Create a refreshed vision and approach for your team, department or organisational narrative, bringing people with you as they find their place in the story.

Team development and culture-building

Foster a collaborative culture, unpicking uneasy tensions where needed, and build a shared narrative for your team.

Collaboration across the university

Take account of different perspectives, build communities across different teams who share common goals within your university.

Writing workshops

Workshops rich in techniques and approaches to enhance the impact of writing for everyone who needs to influence, motivate and persuade with their writing.

Case Studies and testimonials

Since we launched in May last year we’ve worked with over 1,000 people at 37 different universities. The projects we’ve created range from helping individuals find their own leadership narrative, to bigger, broader departmental and institutional strategy development. A further range of case studies is coming very soon.

  • Case Study: Curating our narrative

    Case Study: Curating our narrative

    University of Edinburgh   This programme gave us a moment to recognise our commonality with one another and to use this to create a shared narrative for the future of our School. In working with …Read More »
  • Case Study: Student Experience Leadership Challenge

    Case Study: Student Experience Leadership Challenge

    University of Derby   We set out to strengthen our team culture and to nurture an ongoing commitment to share ideas and our individual expertise to achieve our ultimate purpose – to enhance the student …Read More »
  • Case Study: University of Hong Kong

    Case Study: University of Hong Kong

    We are working on a programme in the Faculty of Science at the University of Hong Kong which aims to build an informal leadership team spanning academic departments and professional services. Over a period of …Read More »
  • Case Study: Building a senior leadership community

    Case Study: Building a senior leadership community

    “This is something very different from a training course. We’ve shared something of ourselves, gained new insights into our colleagues and thought about how to communicate our new Strategy. It was hard work laced with …Read More »

We invited Invisible Grail to act as our ‘author in residence’ as we drafted and refined our institutional strategy. They helped us to convene excellent conversations, to bring a focus to our efforts to distil those conversations into prose and to work on the gradual refinement of those ideas. Working with them was a very positive experience and I would highly recommend them to others.”

Professor Robert MacIntosh

Head of School of Social Sciences
Heriot-Watt University

How we work

Working alongside you, we start by understanding the nature of your challenge. Using this as a framework, we explore how it fits in with the whole picture – your people, culture and context – to create a programme that is specific and meaningful to everyone who will be involved.

We seek to be creative and bring fresh ideas to professional development. Examples of techniques we use might include collaborative inquiry, facilitated conversations, reflection and feedback, writing tasks and one to one coaching. We employ these and others to create a tangible vision for your aspirations, taking into account the practicalities of your timeframe, budget and context.

Each project we create is tailored to you and your environment, and at every opportunity we practise our ethics, keeping your confidence and respecting your institutional integrity.

Curious to know more?

If you would like to talk to us about a project in mind and find out how we can help, please contact Paul Gentle, Academic Director: paul.gentle@invisiblegrail.com.

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