socia - David Archer and Alex Cameron
Socia (fsocius) - Latin ~ partner, companion, associate

We are leadership consultants for a connected world

In the current Covid-19 crisis, learning how to build relationships, share control and deliver results together has never been more important.

For Boards… For Leaders… For Organisations…

What we do

Board evaluation

Insight and analysis of Board governance processes and behaviours using the UK corporate governance code as our touchstone of best practice. Over 10 years’ experience working with Boards across all sectors and often with unique ownership structures.
Collaborative leadership

Strategies for business collaboration

Strategic guidance and practical implementation advice to ensure that collaboration can be effective across networks of interconnected teams and organisations.
cross-organisation collaboration

Personal mentoring for leaders

Personal mentoring for individuals – to strengthen their leadership capabilities, improve their collaborative skills, and help them deliver in a complex and connected world.

As the UK economy emerges from the constraints of lockdown leaders are facing complex choices over how to re-open offices and balance the needs of the business with those of individuals and workplace teams who have become accustomed to collaborating virtually. We are writing a series of blog posts to share our experiences and reflections:

Unlocking leadership #3 – What do I say?

Back in the office for the first time and I realised that the transition from home of office working is not a trivial change. It felt exciting, unsettling, and disorientating and that was just the commute!  And working so close to other people will take some getting...

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Unlocking leadership #2 – How do you look?

In the second of our reflections on the leadership challenges of unlocking the economy, and steering teams through a phased return to a mix of office and home based working, we consider the unspoken signals you will send in your first face-to-face interactions with...

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Insight, research and news

We are constantly looking to develop new and innovative approaches to collaboration within and between organisations, to gather examples of successful (and less successful) collaboration and to share the latest thinking with our clients.

collaborative leadership

Collaborative leadership
– building relationships, handling conflict, sharing control

We wrote our book – now in its second edition – to support leaders who need an accessible, informative and practical guide to effective leadership in today’s connected world. Part 1 introduces a collaborative leader’s toolkit. Part 2 considers collaborative leaders in action. Each chapter is underpinned by surveys of business leaders, and new research and relevant case studies.

Governance Magazine

Conversations around the Board table – a series of Socia articles for Governance magazine

We have been commissioned by Governance magazine to write a series of articles based on our regular Socia roundtable dinners – where we invite groups of Board members to contribute to wide ranging discussions on topics of mutual interest, under Chatham House rules. You can read copies of the latest articles here.


Leadership in Lockdown – Socia’s response to the COVID crisis

We have produced a practical weekly note – to support leaders who need easily digestible hints and tips to help them cope in these exceptional times. As the lockdown has progressed the advice has moved from leading your team through the short term survival phase to dealing with the longer term demands on leaders as they shape their organisation to respond to a new normal. You can read the full series of these notes here.

What Boards are missing in lockdown

With the first steps out of lockdown, Boards are reflecting on the positives and minuses of virtual working over the last year. Here we summarise their challenge as they look ahead. Virtual working has helped Board efficiency First the positives. Board members have...

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