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.

Hello, I’m Stephen.

Time and again, the one thing between success and disaster in IT has been the teams, how they think, engage and collaborate.  I founded Open Square to share my learnings, facilitate engaging workshops, and help anyone I meet do this better.

I designed The Open Leader Method™, a unique leadership programme specifically for leaders in IT. The programme offers a deep and focused experience, developed to help you engage your team, navigate uncertainty and step forward together.

I have 20 years experience in the delivery of infrastructure, software and services in complex, high-transaction and high-SLA environments.

I have specialised in Cloud computing over the last 11 years, working in senior IT leadership positions for a number of the UK’s leading Cloud computing providers.

I am award-winning Agile Leader and a regular worldwide speaker.

  • Most Influential Business Leader and Most Improved Agile Team (Agile Awards)
  • Chartered IT Professional (BCS)
  • Professional Scrum Master (PSM)
  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner
  • Kepner-Tregoe Programme Leader and Consultant
  • Facilitator and Speaker
  • Member of the Agile Business Consortium

About Juliet.

Hello, I’m Juliet.

My career began in customer facing marketing roles until I discovered HR.

I worked in HR for 19 years, building people solutions, award-winning businesses, and ground breaking leadership programmes, in pacey, changeable tech-centric environments.

I have been coaching highly skilled people who are making, leading or navigating change  or who have bags of untapped potential for 15 years. I have led teams of my own and understand the changing landscape and how leadership is evolving.

The workplace of today is evolving and open leadership plays a huge part. I believe there is a better way to work and Open Square is my contribution.

  • 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 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, partner 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.