our vision

Our aim is to make trust, autonomy and openness the default style of leadership in IT.

We are proud to align and support Goal 4: Quality Education from the United Nations Global Goals

who we are

About Stephen.

Speaker, Agile Coach, Facilitator

For more than 15 years Stephen held senior leadership and consulting roles in cloud computing and other complex, high-scale organisations.  He was named “Most Influential Business Leader” in the 2016 UK Agile Awards and one of his teams received “Most Improved Agile Team” the same year.

From that experience, Stephen is convinced that success in teams is most influenced by the environment that leaders create. Get that right and teams will amaze you, Customers will love you and your teams will rock! 

Stephen has seen how working together to make trust, autonomy and openness the default style of leadership in IT.

Stephen is an award-winning Agile Leader and is a regular worldwide speaker on Change and Agile Leadership.

  • Most Influential Business Leader and Most Improved Agile Team (Agile Awards)
  • Chartered IT Professional (BCS)
  • Professional Scrum Master (PSM1Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner
  • Kepner-Tregoe (KT) Programme Leader and Consultant
  • Agile Coach and Speaker

About Juliet.

Leadership Coach & Consultant

Juliet is an executive coach, a consultant and co-founder of Open Square, where she develops IT leaders who build teams that rock!

Juliet has 19 years in HR leadership roles within customer and tech scale-up organisations. She has built award-winning talent solutions and founded many communities including Women in IT and Early Careers. Juliet is also a founder of the Business Leaders Network in Hampshire and member of Andover Women in Business.

Don’t be surprised if Juliet talks about her vision to build a better workplace with open leadership and a seamless move from education to work for everyone.

  • Runner Up Women in HR & Recruitment Award
  • #IamRemarkable Google Facilitator
  • Winner and Finalist for Employer Brand and In-house Recruitment Awards
  • MCIPD
  • ILM Level 7 Executive Coaching & Mentoring
  • Member of EMCC
  • BPS Level A & B Psychometrics including Myers-Briggs (MBTI®)
    Step I & II, TKI™, Strong, 16PF, SHL, Saville Wave Strengths and Saville Ability, GPI Psychometrics & 360 survey

what we believe to be true

Providing exceptional, competitive products and services is not easy, and today that’s more accurate than ever.

Leaders in IT are challenged with hiring, engaging and retaining teams of flexible, expert people.  Teams themselves face relentless waves of technology change, complexity, and growing Customer demand.  Individually these challenges would be difficult, but together a perfect storm confronts us daily.

The 2018 World Economic Forum “Future of Jobs Report” again points to increasing change:

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is interacting with other socio-economic and demographic factors to create a perfect storm of business model change in all industries, resulting in major disruptions to labour markets.”

How ready are your IT leaders and teams to meet this rapidly changing landscape?

In our own experience, traditional and trusted management approaches that have worked well in predictable, controllable functions just don’t survive.  We tried.  Across sectors, the results were sub-optimal:  wasted time, challenges attracting and retaining great people, a reliance on reactive responses, low staff morale and Customer loss of faith and disengagement.

However, with the right skills, leadership practices, and agility, teams can thrive and enjoy success in step with the world outside.  And that’s why we created Open Square.

At Open Square, we teach, mentor and coach leaders and teams in IT how to succeed and scale in our changing world.

our values

Achievement – we are motivated by seeing individual and team achievement, valuable action and results.

Inclusiveness – we believe everyone, no matter their background and experience has a valuable voice, and diverse teams deliver beyond their component parts.

Learning – we are always learning, and in today’s marketplace, it’s essential that we do.  We expect, and love change.

Openness – we believe in transparency, sharing and open working.  Amazing things happen when data is available to skilled and interested people.