Work I do with Organisations and Individuals

Callum McKirdy - LeadingIdeas Speaker and ConsultantHere's what we believe:

The greatest competitive advantage available to any organisation is the benefits derived through having better conversations about work, at work.

It's that simple - decades of research has shown a relationship based on interaction between leaders and followers is the essence or the why this phenomenon exists. Research also tells us managers are the conduit between staff and higher levels of engagement in the workplace, yet workplace engagement levels in NZ & Australia remain around low - as in, only 20% of staff are working to their potential - which is a massive issue when you think all staff get paid 100% of their salary. Do the maths and the opportunity gain through some simple measures is huge.

Yet so many organisations squander this opportunity to engage through workplace conversations - if you don't believe me, ask yourself this: how worthwhile is your performance review process? Exactly.

I'm a workplace behaviour specialist and I developed LeadingIdeas to offer a handful of creative services to both organisations and individuals alike - operating out of The Petridish in Dunedin but servicing New Zealand and Australia. Thinking.Talking.Doing our catch-phrase and here are some of we work with our clients:

  • Developing Leaders - emerging and new-to-role
  • People-based workplace strategy
  • Thought Leadership - sign up for my irregular Tuesletter over to the right ...

  • Coaching individuals
  • Keynote speaking
  • Facilitating group learning
  • Webinars

  • Building Teams that Hum
  • Branding workplaces
  • Training and Mentoring

Keynote Speaking - Conferences & Seminars

Callum speak at various events from an informative, thought provoking, and at times humorous approach with poignant content. He likes to tell stories drawing on the vast and varied interactions with challenging and inspiring individuals and organisations through his travels and experiences in HR & management consulting,  and tackling various endurance event - all with a focus on changing behaviour. 

Contact Callum here to discuss your speaking needs.

Team Building

Sometimes teams hum along; other times they seem to get stuck in the mud. But the underlying causes are often very obvious – it’s just that nobody wants to confront them.

Team success is based on professional interaction; not just personal relationships. The key is working in ways that get work done more productively while also ensuring work experiences are positive – after all, you want to keep your stars right?

Click here to find out more about my Team Building approaches, or contact Callum here to discuss your team’s needs

Workshop Facilitation

We tend to run a lot of workshops and use the issues and ideas that crop-up with clients to inform course material to ensure relevance and currency (all without naming names of course!).

We frequently run publicly and/or in-house sessions with our professional clients ranging from 1 hour snapshots highlighting specific tips, to 2-day team building and strategy development sessions.

Click here to read more or contact me here to discuss your facilitation needs

Consulting Services

Employment Branding Strategy

 If you employ staff, you have an employment brand.
People talk. Work is a large part of life so it goes without saying we all talk about work. A lot. What we say about the places we work in, the people we work with and for, and our experiences at work contribute to the brand of our employers. The opportunities to instantly get a message out are getting more and more diverse and faceless.

The question is – do you know what your staff say about you and your organisation? More importantly, do you know what the public (read potential employees and your competition) are hearing about you as an employer?

That said, harnessing, developing and exploiting your employment brand is a relatively simple thing to do. Click here to read more about what this involves, or contact me here now to discuss how we can assess, develop and enhance your employer brand.

Human Resources & Culture Change Strategy

Developing good HR strategy is just giving an idea wings and a clear flight path.
  When it comes to strtaegy we believe the best approach is for us to partner with clients to ask the questions that matter.  We then develop the strategy in partnership as you know your business best – you bring the detail; we bring ideas and the external, unclouded reality check to focus on those key areas that will make the most difference (rather than doing lots of things to little advantage). Together we develop honest, realistic, inspiring, clear and purposeful people-based strategies you and your staff can work towards.

Click here to discuss your strategic HR needs

Capability & Leadership Development

Leadership is context-specific, and any leader is only as good as the level of engagement of their followers
Potential leaders are everywhere – in our homes, communities, and workplaces. we see leadership as being about readiness, appropriateness, and willingness – on the part of both the leader and follower(s). The skills that leaders require have been researched and written about for decades. What this research tends to agree on is that successful and enduring leadership requires certain characteristics.

Click here to discuss your or someone in your organisation's leadership development needs.

Employee Engagement

Employees are people too – they respond to what’s happening in your workplace in emotional and (ir)rational ways ....
We rea firm believers in measuring what matters, but even greater believers in measuring the things you can do something about.
Otherwise, don’t bother! You’re simply creating a rod for your own back.

However, there’s no point knowing anything about your workforce's attitudes if you’re not able or going to respond to it ...... Running a survey shows you’re interested; having the results is interesting; but staff seeing you actively respond to survey findings (read- "the things they've bothered to tell you about") is where the rubber hits the road.

Click here to discuss your employee engagement needs.


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