About us

The story behind Work Extraordinary

We are change agents, inspiring our clients to develop high growth, innovative work environments where people can thrive.

We know growth is your number one priority. We are totally with you on that journey. But to succeed, your people need to be totally with you too. Without high levels of engagement from your team, your growth will stall.

But research tells us that for 85% of people, work is a joyless, miserable exchange of time for money. Outdated structures, bureaucracy, and power plays strip many modern workplaces of a sense of purpose, connection, or belonging.

We believe there is another way: organisations can be designed to be agile and adaptive to the highly changeable market context AND where people can thrive and do their best work.

Our purpose is to stimulate business founders and leaders to see the art of the possible, to open up human-centric organisation design paths and models as alternatives to traditional forms of corporate growth. The very heart of our mission: to make work extraordinary.

Our values

Our values are the guiding principles that shape how we work with you:

Change catalyst

Igniting small sparks of interest to initiate transformation and growth

Experimental

Every business is unique, so together, we can play with different ideas to discover what will work for you

Fearless

To break with the norm isn't easy; it takes guts - we are in this together

Compassionate

We have to shift the dial away from inhuman workplaces to human-centric

Sustainable impact

Growth is about more than short-term profits; it's about contributing to societal change

How we work with you

We partner with you as an extension of your team to explore and experiment with different ideas and work out what will fit best for you and your business.

Services Approach Diagram

We follow a flexible framework approach that we call D4E. This stands for:

  • Discovery: using a range of diagnostics, data science techniques, conversations and dialogue, we build a comprehensive picture of where you are currently and where you want to be
  • Explore: we share ideas, possibilities, stories to stimulate creative thinking and shake-up some of the beliefs and constraints on thinking
  • Experiment: together, we agree on what new practices or approaches you might try for a period to improve your ways of working and delivering customer outcomes
  • Evaluate: we examine what works and what doesn't, what to take forward, and what to abandon for the time being
  • Expand: armed with fresh insights, we look to embed new ways of working and build increased organisational capacity

Our team

We have a diverse team of organisational and leadership development specialists, occupational psychologists, and executive coaches. We enable the leadership teams of growing technology businesses to make bold decisions on leading their teams and making work extraordinary.

Want to work with us?

We are always looking out for talented progressive thinkers who are dissatisfied with the status quo and can help others explore alternative options.

Get in touch at info@workextraordinary.com or check us out on our LinkedIn page.

Our founder: Barry McNeill

Barry is an organisational design, leadership, and culture development specialist with over 20 years of consulting experience with brands like Intel, Telefonica O2, Cisco, WPP, Lloyds Banking, and Selfridges. He has led culture change projects in organisations as diverse as Standard Chartered, M&S, Harrods, Intercontinental Hotel Group, and several growing tech firms and software houses. 

He has sat on the leadership team for two venture-backed businesses and knows, first-hand, the tension between meeting the financial growth targets and keeping teams highly engaged and connected to the organisational purpose.

He has an MSc in Human Resources and an Executive MBA from London Business School. He is a qualified executive coach and NLP practitioner. Having started out in theatre and arts, he brings significant creativity to his work, integrating human emotion with evidence-based approaches and the latest data science.

Barry McNeill

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