Dr. Steve Marshall



In organisations

The symptoms are often frustratingly clear; a feeling of 'stuckness', inaction, conversations that go round and round.....  habitual arguments and routines that lead us to personal or organisational dead-ends,  hamper our intentions, limit our effectiveness and suck the life from the visions we hold for change, better effectiveness or contribution.

How can we 'see differently', develop different images of our organisations, and ‘speak differently’ about the possibilities that arise such that we find new ways of working and thinking together that avoids the traps of our 'normal' exchanges? 

I work with imagery, vision, dialogue and conversational workshops to help my clients take a different view, to bring into focus the complexity we experience in our fast-shifting, dynamic world, and to develop the relational quality and resilience needed to work effectively together.

one to one

I offer conversational 'encounters' held in specially chosen locations or using particular media as a basis for our engagement. My clients and I design opportunities to help them both generate creative difference and maintain the dialogue essential to help them foster creativity and innovation in their lives and workplaces.

Sometimes we use film and photography, sometimes we use dialogue and reflective conversation.

It can look and feel a bit like this:

  • Walking through Scottish cities with senior healthcare executive as we find ways to balance ferocious workplace demands alongside family life and his own well-being.

  • Hanging out in London museums with a successful consultant developing new ways of 'seeing' and working in the world.

  • Using visual media exchanges to help a client get 'beyond the words' as she considered her career options.

  • Inquiring through music with a top civil servant to re-imagine organisational structures.

  • Using 'selfies' with clients considering their sense of authenticity and identity through organisational change.

the questions

Whether with organisational interventions or in one to one conversations, the kind of questions I enjoy working are:

  • How can we work with imagination and intention in a turbulent, changing world?

  • What can we do to set the conditions for creativity in teams and organisations?

  • Why is my organisation stuck in a rut? Our conversations seem to go around in circles and nothing changes.

  • What does creative leadership look like? For me?

  • How do I host the meetings that will enable colleagues to feel safe and supported as they work with innovation and change?

  • I'm just not creative. What do I do about it?

  • How do I show up in a way that supports others to be their best?

There are no silver bullets that I know of, nor will what worked for one client work for someone else.  Creativity is situational and unique. But I support my clients as they find their answers and develop the capacity to find their own creative ways of working in the world. 

Please get in touch for an exploratory conversation.

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Doctoral Magic

A short film about what it is to work without the answers in a doctorate in organisational change.


Images from the social experiment framed as a conference into un-knowing.

Bold Explorations  

A curated gallery of images appearing in the book, "Organisational Development: A bold explorer's guide." 

The Designers   

An 'organisational reportage' project catalysing 'creative moments' and developing the organisational dynamics that underpin great design and rapid product development.

The Printers   

Developing a deeper sense of engagement and teamworking between 'production' staff and 'front office' functions.

The Academics  

What does it take for groups to stand up for their core beliefs? A visual workshop discovering the nature of courage in organisations.

Sawu Bona! 

How do we genuinely 'see' each other and release the potential of vibrant, diverse, exciting teams?