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Poor Theresa May. She literally choked, didn’t she?

By Dan Leatherdale Theresa May’s conference speech needed to achieve so much, but the unhappy headlines were being written long before the set started to collapse. At AGL, we have a lot of sympathy for her. Sometimes things go wrong, and, when the stakes are high, it can feel appallingly lonely to shift, under the […]

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  • Listen with humility: loneliness and nuance in the land of the iron Tweet

    By Dan Leatherdale, Chief Executive   “Twitter will leave [the] young illiterate” pronounced a doom-laden Times headline recently. In the article, the brilliant novelist Howard Jacobson returns to familiar ground, correlating high levels of Twitteracy with low levels of literacy and berating social media for driving wedges between us. So far so…meh. Now it’s not […]

    22 August 2017
  • Our new academic partner: balancing art and science

    At AGL, we believe in the power of art + science. You can see this in the diversity of our team, with backgrounds in academia, journalism, television, finance, psychology, the law, management consultancy, writing, marketing and the performing arts. We combine our professional training with a an evidence-based methodology and a deep curiosity about human beings […]

    30 July 2017
  • Our work: featured in Tatler

    When Tatler wanted to write a piece about the joy and the trepidation of public speaking, we were their first port of call. We are delighted to share with you a sneak preview of Gavanndra Hodge’s reflections following her sessions with one of our senior coaches, Christianne Davies. You can download the pdf here – it […]

    6 May 2017
  • Saying what we mean: the second level of authenticity

    By Dan Leatherdale, Partner In our last blog on the AGL authenticity model, we ran naked in the rain to remember what it’s like to be vulnerable and self-aware. Now it’s time to put our clothes back on as we tackle the issue of incongruence. Incongruence is the complicated word for a simple concept. It […]

    29 April 2015
  • Navigating the ravine: the perils of confirmation bias

    Psychologists have identified the name of the black hole down which we pointlessly fling the majority of our communication: it’s called confirmation bias. This ravine has been known to divide the House of Commons like the rift in a tectonic plate, making attempts at true debate an unhappy business. And, as we approach a general […]

    13 March 2015