Bringing impactful ideas to reality
I’m an entrepreneur at heart. I founded NixonMcInnes in 2000. It become one of Europe’s first dedicated social business consultancies in 2008, working with clients like Barclays, Coca-Cola and WWF. The company also launched the annual Meaning Conference for better 21st century business.
I exited NixonMcInnes in 2011 and travelled the world before returning two years later. In 2015, the NixonMcInnes brand was retired, Meaning Conference was spun out as an independent business, and its consulting services became an ecosystem of independent initiatives. This gave me space to fully move away from digital consultancy and follow my passion working with other founders to bring impactful ideas to reality.
My approach is a mix of coaching, personal transformation, and practical support for founders to make sure they’re truly following their passion, are clear on their idea, and are building the culture, structure and strategy to make it happen. I also work with large, established enterprises to help them re-connect with purpose, ensuring the passion it was founded with – however long ago – is maintained. You can read a snapshot of the kind of work I do here.
I’m also back in founder-entrepreneur mode myself. My startup, Maptio, is an online software product for people developing purposeful organisations without traditional management structures. It helps you map and visualise the organisation. This makes it faster to onboard new people; make better, faster decisions; and build a culture of autonomy, accountability and alignment towards one vision.
I have a big bias towards business with real heart and soul. I think we should bring our full human selves to work and give everyone the opportunity to discover and live their own calling in life. I believe it’s this approach that creates the potential for business to be a huge power for good in the world, and that drives everything I do.
I publish articles, here on this blog and on Medium as well as speak at events. I’m currently bringing my writing, research and personal experience together into a book. It’ll be the handbook I wish I could have read at the start of my journey as a founder, and will contain the advice I needed when things got tricky.