Areas of Focus

Clarity and insight

Critical thinking and review

We can blame Socrates for the insight that one cannot depend upon those in ‘authority’ to have sound knowledge and understanding. A proponent of the evidence, objective analysis and reasoned judgment, he established the importance of asking deep questions that probe profoundly before we accept ideas as worthy of belief.

Its good in theory but left to itself, our thinking tends to the biased, distorted, uninformed, and often prejudiced. Yet, the quality of our life depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must be systematically cultivated.

Organisational biases, history and group think compound the problem. The people who created a problem are going to defend their choices, bureaucracies compete internally for resources, winning on the power of the presentation rather than the value of the argument.

Whether it be a new initiative or a review of one underway, traditional processes see a position paper developed and staffed for comment. It is then argued and challenged from differing positions until it either fails or a consensus is found. A drive to mediocrity through conflict.

There are alternative approaches that deliver better outcomes faster, without the angst. It is based on evidence and data, sufficient to form a sound hypothesis.

The hypothesis is tested with both reasons and rebuttals embraced, not debated, supported by evidence and opinion – one typically having more influence than the other. But not always – choice and judgment is the responsibility of leadership. It requires courage to make such choices in the face of uncertainty, better done supported by rational and defensible analysis.

Our approach makes it safer to be courageous.

Examples of the type of work we do

When you need strategy and transformation
Building legislative-compliant operating procedures
The new, the complex and largest procurement programs

Kiah training

Kiah training program design reflects our extensive study of the European and US schools of thought culminating in studies at the Harvard and Edinburgh Business Schools on strategy, strategic negotiation and long-term deal-making.

Masterclasses

Kiah Masterclasses are intensive two-hour sessions provided to selected organisations. They are tailored to the needs of your organisation and designed to enhance the knowledge and ability of participants in a specific area of interest. They are held at a mutually convenient time and venue.

Training programs

Each of Kiah’s training courses are undertaken over two and a half days:

The courses are public and generally take place offsite, to ensure maximum focus on the learning experience. Specific targeted training can be tailored for groups. For current prices, dates and offers, contact us to discuss your specific training needs.

Tailored workshops

Custom designed training to suit the specific requirements of your team and projects.