Because that’s the only way you’ll deliver meaningful, lasting business change
Successful change is only achievable when your people feel part of the change, rather than feeling that change is being done to them.
People don't resist change; they resist being changed.
At As it is, we help your employees to feel heard, respected and recognised. To understand why change is happening, and what’s in it for them.
That way, your people become advocates for 'the new'. And the change actually sticks.
Meaningful change begins when you really understand where you are right now - as it is - not as you’d like it to be.
Put another way: you have to know what’s happening in the present to make change happen in the future.
By rooting change in the present, we bring objectivity and a holistic, systems thinking approach that helps business leaders see clearly where they are now and what they need to do.
Transformation programmes never change anything!
We’ve worked in almost every sector over the last 20+ years. And on many different types of change programme - from digital and Agile transformations, to organisational change, mergers and acquisitions.
As well as a culture of collaboration and creativity, we’re grounded, practical and bring a can-do attitude to everything we do.
In addition to our in-house consultants, our trusted network of Associates provides a complete range of specialist skills, knowledge and experience to projects.
So if you lack internal capability or generally need more hands-on support at any point in your change project, we’ve got you covered.
Julian and his team played a key role in the turnaround programme for EMEA. The scope was to install consistent business processes, delivering £50m cost savings and £100m working capital improvement while maintaining business as usual.
The team worked across five workstreams over three years and in all cases delivered exceptional work. They were instrumental in helping the programme achieve all its core metrics, resulting in a 20% increase in the share price.
Julian’s idea to create a private website for members of the Business User Group community was brilliant.
It made our change advocates around the world feel really included in our plans while giving us the feedback we needed from different countries, which all helped make the change programme a global success.
Julian: huge thanks to you and Cathy for all your work on the Stack C transformation programme.
Julian, Philippa, Paul and the team consistently delivered great work over the period of three years on the Business Integrity transformation programme. They helped us transform the function to be high profile and of critical importance to the business, both in the UK and USA. I look forward to working with them again soon.
Just want to take the opportunity to thank you and the rest of the team for some more incredible work. Looking forward to working with you all again in the near future.
Julian fizzes with inspired creativity. Your business issue will spark a discussion that spins off in any number of surprising and useful directions before delivering the elegant insight or solution you need. Julian is a good listener, a perceptive lateral thinker and a charismatic, humorous presenter.
This was an incredibly challenging project in which Julian and his team showed incredible determination, focus and resilience under testing circumstances.
They delivered the first phase of a new digital tool, but more importantly they were instrumental in shifting the attitude and mindset of employees to embrace new ways of working and more flexible ways of thinking.
Julian and his team worked with us on a job that involved a massive stakeholder interviewing task, generating many hours’ worth of information. They did a great job of building relationships, steering through any politics, and summing up the complex information into a report that enabled the client to make wise strategic decisions.
Julian has always shown an immediate and perceptive understanding of the projects which I have involved him in. He brings fantastic energy and original insights to any brief and the results always confound and surpass expectations. Above all, working with him is just a joy.
Dear Julian, Thank you for your dedication all your hard work on the Our Focus Programme. The culmination of your work this year – the away day for all 325 UK staff – was an absolute triumph. I think all employees now understand our values and are already starting to live by them.
Julian has been incredibly patient and flexible during a very challenging project and has produced an excellent end result we can be proud of. He is a true professional in his field, and a joy to work with.
Thank you for your excellent paper, Julian. You have done a wonderfully impressive capture of a range of stakeholder perspectives. Members of the Steering Group were pleased to receive it, and the actions agreed will help me and others build on your findings.
Julian brings his creative ‘can do’ attitude to all aspects of his life. I am grateful for his openness and foresight and for the experience of working with him over so many years.
Working with Julian and his team is a breath of fresh air. They consistently deliver over and above the brief on time and on budget.
Thank you so much for all your help. I look forward to working with you guys again soon.
Brilliant on all levels. Julian has learned to imitate me in writing and shares my barber! Anyone who wrote and produced the music for He-Man and keeps a chainsaw in their office has my full respect.