Smart psychology brought to life creatively
We draw on smart ideas from psychology, bringing them to life creatively, and turning them into sustainable behaviours. This creates better leaders, engaged employees and loyal customers.
What we do
We enable people-leaders to confront under performance; give and receive feedback; and constructively change situations, while sustaining the relationship. The result is genuinely clarity of expectations on both sides of the conversation and a commitment to change and improvement.
Communicating with impact
Your people-leaders will learn to deliver a message to a team, listen and encourage input and involvement. They will explore and understand the way communication works from the point of view of the receiver and to use the techniques that professional performers use to build inner confidence and rapport with their teams.
The science of influence
This workshop equips your people-leaders with a range of practical tools to enable them to increase their emotional and social intelligence, and so helps them to manage relationships productively, in order to get the outcomes that they seek.
We enable your people-leaders to understand the main psychological factors that explain why change fails. We equip them with methods to communicate change effectively. They learn to set out a clear and credible vision on the endgame; make the compelling case for change; clarifying what is expected of individuals.
Resilience under pressure
Your people leaders learn how to understand their own ‘emotional barometer’ and take a ‘reading of it.’ They learn methods used by athletes, when under pressure, to neutralise unhelpful thinking and summon strength, concentration and whatever else necessary to succeed.
Your people leaders develop a toolkit for dialling-up levels of confidence, when they need to. They learn to cut through and be heard and project the all-important parameters of warmth and competence which instil a sense of confidence in others.
We help teams to transform their performance by shaping the way they think, feel and work together. We facilitate techniques that enable teams to gain greater self-awareness and insight into the impact of their behaviour. This experience encourages team members to shift mindsets, thinking innovatively, creatively and flexibly.
The leader as coach
We ensure that your people leaders are well versed in the rudiments of coaching and can readily adopt a coaching style of leadership when needed.
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Influencing to boost business value
Shell gave us the challenge of enabling IT leaders to add the sort of genuine value to the business that they were truly capable of. This means authentically influencing and engaging with stakeholders in the business, which in turn means boosting emotional intelligence and persuasion skills. In a series of highly interactive workshops from Bangalore to Houston we have equipped leaders with smart techniques and methods to turn these techniques into habits.
With 492,000 employees, serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture has a Legal function to match. Threshold’s role has been to enable all of the talent in Legal – from contracts staff, through to highly experienced specialist lawyers – to perform as genuine trusted advisors to the business. Through a programme that blends face-to-face, virtual and train-the-trainer, we partner with Accenture Legal to deliver The Trusted Advisor as Leader, Executive Presence, The Psychology of Influence, Resilience, Performance Under Pressure.
Influencing the organisation
Our relationship with Aviva dates back to the early 2000s and the inception of the Aviva brand. We have partnered with the organization in Europe, Asia and North America, initially boosting the ability of line-managers to engage with their teams. We then worked with the firm to roll out Honest Performance Conversations, in support of the organizations new Performance Review process. Most recent is our work with the in-house Systems Thinking consultants, skilling and equipping them to win buy-in and influence leaders across the business.
We partnered with the BBC to design and deliver, Leadership Essentials, their flagship Leadership development programme for all people-leaders across the corporation. Sponsored by Tim Davie (now Director General), the programme starts with ‘Setting the Scene’ a two day live summit, followed by key modules, such as Communicating Change and Honest Performance Conversations and Employee Engagement.
Turning leaders into communicators
When the global energy firm faced an existential crisis, following the Gulf of Mexico Deep Water Horizon incident, leaders at all levels had to rapidly raise their game in terms of talking and listening with their people. Centring initially on leaders in IT, our ‘Leaders as Communicators’ intervention has helped leaders to keep their people engaged through a reputational crisis and ultimately to rebuild itself into the leader in the energy sector that it is today.
The Coca-Cola University, EMEiA Region
Since 2016 we have partnered closely with The Coca-Cola Company, throughout the EMEA Region, on the design and delivery of the Coca-Cola University. From Warsaw to Johannesburg, Threshold delivers all of the key soft skills elements. These include Advanced Influencing, Performance Enablement Conversations, Communicating with Impact, Communicating Change, Resilience through Change and Storytelling.
Leadership coaching and Global Graduate Events
We have partnered with EY since 2013 across a range of interventions covering leadership skills and communication, frequently coaching senior managers and directors for the step up to full Partner. We are particularly proud of our work with the firm in helping to design and deliver their global learning events for new graduates, bringing hundreds of their most talented intake together each year for an intensive learning experience.
News and events
Podcast • 12 Apr 2021
Take a listen to Thresholds latest podcast “The Storytelling Brain” part of their “How to work with Humans” series. Simon Brooke, author, writer and journalist shares his insights on how you can take the principles of storytelling to create a compelling business message. ...
Blog • 01 Mar 2021
Learning styles – do they really exist?
Zombie theories are those ideas that are discredited again and again and yet refuse to die. Learning styles has been the chief Zombie – a new study suggests that it still roams the Earth. It’s a rainy March afternoon in Hydesville, New York and two sisters, Katie and Maggie Fox, bored and mischievous, convince a […] ...
Blog • 01 Mar 2021
Darth Vader, Mrs Danvers and the shark from Jaws – why we love a villain
We might recoil from people with unappealing traits in real life – but in fiction we love them and want to be associated with them. What does the latest research tell us about the way in which we use stories to make sense of the world and understand other people? Everyone loves a good villain. […] ...
Eastern Europe Marketing Director Diageo
The workshop was really active, collaborative and really inspiring. The tools Threshold provided, were very easy to understand and had a practical manner in terms of application to take away and use. The feedback from my team was overwhelmingly positive.
People Services Director at Aviva PLC
"Threshold are my go-to for working with teams and leaders on how to improve performance, behaviours and feel more bullet-proof (never more important than now). They always design bespoke to the outcomes and the dynamics of the specific situation. They deliver interventions that both make a difference and are different and memorable."
Public Affairs Manager at Network Rail
"I was blown away by my training course today! I've always considered myself a good communicator and was excited to learn more from James Brooke and Sonia Murray at Threshold Communications ltd. And what a day! We started with basic building blocks and ended with skyscrapers! And excitingly there's more to come. The day completely surpassed my expectations and I can't wait to do more with them in January."
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