The ampersand is a symbol of connection between two elements. For us, the ampersand describes how our values combine and come to life for you.
The concept of the ampersand can be likened to salt. Salt is a mineral composed of two elements, sodium and chloride. If individually ingested, each is toxic to humans. However, when these elements are combined, salt is formed, which is essential for life.
In a similar way, each of our values in isolation can be problematic, leading to unintended consequences. For instance, while engaging with ‘Candour’ alone enables us to deliver transparent and difficult feedback to our clients, if it is not coupled with ‘Care’, we can unwittingly undermine trust and reduce willingness to accept or engage openly with feedback.
Our ampersands set the expectations for how we engage with and work alongside your organisation given the context of your challenges.
Below are some examples of how you will experience our ampersands when working with us.
We pursue creative, novel and untried options.
We take a position.
We stretch towards achieving the best outcome.
We confidently navigate ambiguity.
We don't take the easy route if it compromises the result.
We believe in the potential of people.
We step into the shoes of others.
We choose actions that build the well-being of your people.
We galvanise people to be part of the solution.
We don’t assume every person or team is the same, we individualise our action.
We unlock the expertise, knowledge and experience of others.
We listen and observe to understand.
We are passionately and respectfully curious to uncover why.
We collaborate to build the best solution.
We don't assume our way is the only way.
We communicate what's working and what's limiting progress.
We embrace difficult conversations to uncover opportunities.
We use information to support our assessment.
We invite candid feedback to create a partnership of openness.
We don't tell you what you want to hear, but what’s really happening.
Demonstrating understanding is critical if we are to help leaders and organisations step out of their comfort zone to embrace their current realities, their strengths, their weaknesses, and new opportunities.
Approaching our clients from a position of genuine concern and interest, we listen and observe, empathising with people’s concerns, motivations and current struggles. By building rapport and trust, an environment is created where difficult messages can be shared, but can also be embraced as a springboard for identifying possible solutions and building optimism about a new way of operating.
Being curious about what is possible and what others can bring to the table is essential if we are to build the commitment of your people to doing things better and stretching to achieve outstanding results.
Knowing that the same approach does not fit every organisation, we engage in genuine consultation and robust dialogue to harness diverse ideas and expertise, to help us arrive at the best solution. In doing so, we establish an environment of mutual respect, where we challenge you to consider innovative approaches, galvanising your leaders and employees to leverage their knowledge and skills to pursue a better way of doing things.
Demonstrating empathy while charting a clear course is essential for instilling confidence in our ability to help you solve your most wicked problems and reduce resistance to change.
Recognising and conveying our understanding of your people’s concerns helps build trust and a platform where employees are open to new ideas and alternative ways of operating. We combine this understanding with surety in the way we engage with your people, providing clear guidance and optimism about what can be achieved, helping your leaders and organisation feel confident in the direction they need to go.
Encouraging a stance of curiosity combined with candid feedback is key to helping your organisation take ownership of their pain points and move with greater speed towards problem solving.
We encourage your people to question current realities and identify the best opportunities for growth by clearly outlining key issues, and facilitating honest, respectful dialogue between individuals. Recognising that we aren’t experts in every field, we amplify diverse perspectives and expertise, from inside and outside the organisation to encourage innovation, continuous improvement and propel your people towards finding creative solutions.
Child Wise is passionate about its work but knew there were better and more efficient ways we could be anaylsing and leveraging our data for clients. 55M coached us to new ideas on how to do this in a great balance of conversation, exercises, small group work and questions. It took us out of our ‘comfort zone’ and challenged us to think differently in an enlightening, safe way. My people left with tools they could begin applying right away.
We partnered with 55M to deliver a multi-country, dual language Psychological Safety and Change Leadership workshop series to a global leader in the FMCG space. Working with Jonathan Stone @ 55M is a pleasure; his expertise, inclusive style of communication and attention to details allowed us to surpass client expectations. We hope to continue to partner with 55M and Jonathan on other projects in the future.
Rolling out an Academy style program can be daunting and impersonal for the team, but Jono offered flexibility in styles and environments and had a deep understanding of our business's values, vision and goals. This meant we had a bespoke plan that accelerated the development of each individual in the team while creating a model that is extendible and repeatable.
I had the pleasure of working with Jonathan when I assembled a new young International leadership group; Jonathan brought academic, pragmatic and practical experience and facilitated the development of our strategy and supported the development of individuals and the team to lead its execution.
On the rapid acquisition of Queen Fine Foods, Jonathan worked with me and the leadership group across the Dr. Oetker and the wonderful Queen business to diagnose, create, and execute the tactical post-merger organisation integration plan, including leadership development, talent development, change process development and organisation culture development.
Jonathan was a constant facilitator of rigorous discussion, industry standards, and a partner and confidante for our organisational development. It was a wonderfully tailored process to fit the needs of the organization maturity and development aspirations. I highly recommend Jonathan and look forward to working with him again soon.
55M was engaged to define what it was the business needed to do if it was to continue to be successful for future generations.
We had tried with others before we came across Jonathan and his 55m team – I initially didn’t think anyone could help.
It didn’t take long for me and the rest of the family to feel comfortable in talking with Jonathan, coming to a clear understanding of the direction we all wanted and needed to take the business. This was a tough journey for all involved for many reasons, but with the professional, friendly, and approachable way in which 55M worked with all of us one on one and as a team, we are now on the right path.
Instead of using beaten training books, 55M came to KraftHeinz with an exploratory approach, defining and designing our Sales Academy based on our own specific needs. Then, the world changes and the delivery of the academy has to be done virtually. Again, 55M delivered, tailored their approach and now we have a much more leveled sales force, with a high performing mentality.
Jonathan’s guidance in planning and his preparation for facilitation of our executive team offsite was fantastic. He was able to steer our team through a series of constructive but challenging conversations while maintaining the direction and good will of the team, with a few laughs and fun along the way. This offsite enabled the executive team to gain a better understanding of themselves and each other and how we want to lead the organisation – these are powerful learnings for a leadership team. The output from 55M has provided us with a detailed set of material to leverage and carry through into day to day actions in the workplace and with our teams as a whole.
TasTAFE is at an inflection point where it needs to change its operating model to be more focused, forward looking and industry responsive.
55m have worked with us to develop a clear strategic direction, determine what change is needed and to map the value of current and proposed processes. Jono is a skilled facilitator who helped us engage with our staff to determine what was important to them.
55m have helped us to see the opportunities that present themselves more clearly and determine how we pursue these effectively with our students clearly remaining at the centre .
We partnered with 55M at a critical developmental and planning stage in a large capital pipeline of works to help us bring a group of highly skilled individuals together into a high performing team. I don’t believe we could have partnered with a better local and professional organisation. They are passionate and motivated about people, training and helping us reach our goal. They understood what needed to happen to help us build a group of individuals into a high performing team. This has been key step to assist TasPorts in developing the capability to deliver benefits for the Tasmanian community. I look forward to continuing to work with 55M.
Working with Jonathan was a positive experience for the Department’s executive. His energy and enthusiasm as well as his fresh perspectives on organisational focus points resulted in an easily understood plan towards the Department’s strategic future. Jonathan went above and beyond his brief, producing deliverables that were relevant and adaptable across a large and diverse Department.
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