our vision

We’ve seen the performance that is harnessed by openness, inclusion and partnership.  We’ve seen the results when people find their spark.  Our aim is to change how businesses work: one person, one team and one organisation at a time.

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

who we are

About Stephen.

Tech & People Champion

Time and again, the one thing between success and disaster has been the teams, how they think, engage and collaborate.  Today, Stephen spends his time helping anyone he meets do this better.

Stephen holds two decades of experience in the delivery of infrastructure, software and services in complex, high-transaction and high-SLA environments.  In the last 11 years, Stephen has specialised in Cloud computing, working in senior IT leadership positions for a number of UK’s leading Cloud computing providers.

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

  • 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 Programme Leader and Consultant
  • Mentor and Speaker

About Juliet.

Mentor & Coach to IT leaders

Juliet helps others to be their very best – both leader and organisation – specialising in coaching, leadership development, and helping businesses and teams to scale through effective hiring solutions.

For two decades, Juliet has hired, coached and mentored leaders in specialist and technical organisations, delivered ground-breaking leadership development, early careers programmes, and award-winning recruitment solutions and employer brands.

  • Winner and Finalist for Employer Brand and In-house Recruitment Awards
  • ILM Level 7 Executive Coaching & Mentoring
  • Member of the Association for Coaching
  • BPS Level A & B Psychometrics including Myers Briggs (MBTI) Step I & II, TKI™, Strong, 16PF, SHL, Saville Wave and Saville Ability.

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 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.

Fun – we believe that fun has a vital role in the workplace.  Fun helps to encourage everyone to participate and share their brilliant ideas.