Developing people

We work with organisations across the built environment to help individuals and teams realise their full potential. We offer in-house training, coaching services and public seminars.

In-house training :

We are currently running a survey to make sure that our training courses remain relevant. We value your thoughts and would be grateful if you could give us ten minutes of your time to complete this short survey

Our in-house training is tailored to reflect the ethos of each client's organisation and focus on the training needs of the individuals involved.

In the main, we train people with management or leadership roles and we have hand picked our trainers for this audience : they are specialists, who are experts in their fields but also knowledgeable about the challenges of working within the built environment.

It is worth noting that as well as undertaking training, we often work with senior teams as consultants, to help develop practice specific management systems and structures.  Do take a look at our Business Development page for details.

The training topics that we are asked to address most regularly are listed below but we are always happy to consider others - or to re-jig these ones to give a slightly different emphasis.  Do contact us to discuss specific requirements :

“Over a number of years the Colander team has helped us with a range of training.  Colander's engagement with the architectural profession means the courses are both focused and relevant to our needs. Staff feedback is not only positive as a learning experience but they also seem to enjoy themselves too!"

— Jo Bacon, Partner, Allies + Morrison

Coaching :

Making best use of our knowledge and experience of running and growing creative businesses, we have developed an approach to coaching that helps senior people with both the strategic and the day-to-day challenges they face.

Our coaching focuses on communications, assertiveness, management and leadership skills as well as getting the best from creative people. We work with Partners, Directors and senior staff, either individually or in small groups to review :

• Team-working and leadership.
• Inter-personal skills, behaviours and relationships, particularly with work colleagues and clients.
• Thoughts, opinions and perspectives; particularly those that limit people’s ability to achieve either personal or professional goals.

For coaching to be successful, there needs to be a rapport between the individual and the coach. We therefore suggest an initial exploratory session before embarking on any longer term commitment.

To find out more about coaching, please contact:

“John Forrester of Colander has worked with Grimshaw over a number of years. In that time he has helped the partners of Grimshaw to work better as a team, and be more effective as leaders. We have come to rely on John's insight and practical wisdom.” 

— Jolyon Brewis, Chief Executive, Grimshaw

Public courses :

As well as tailored in-house courses, we run occasional public workshops which are especially useful to practices that have only one or two people that they want to train, with the added bonus of giving delegates the opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas with other practitioners.  

The workshop are highly interactive and full of practical advice, and include case studies that are inspired by our work with architects, designers and engineers.

We have recently launched online courses to answer the demand from practices outside London – and outside the UK – as well as people who have a couple of hours to spare, on the spur of the moment. 

Each session lasts for 1.5 hours and is run at lunchtime, so that the working day is disrupted as little as possible.  Topics have been carefully chosen to make best use of the online format. Delegates can expect practical advice with useful tools and techniques to help them develop their own approach to each subject.

We run business seminars during the Spring and Autumn.  

These are short format seminars (two-hours only) and are only offered in a public forum, where delegates can exchange information with each other as well as learn from the trainer.  They should be seen as an introduction to a topic rather than as a replacement for more in-depth training.

“Colander is probably unique in the construction industry as providers of excellent training, facilitation and plain common sense. If you want insightful, frank and practical business advice - talk to Colander.”

— Paul Mercer, Tangram