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Research and Faculty

John Higgins

MA (Cantab), MSc (Organisational Consulting)

John is a researcher, author and coach who tries to get the off-the-record of organisational experience onto-the-record. He works intimately with established and aspiring leaders from all walks of life – encouraging them to find ways of marrying their personal and professional contexts. He believes that people have two choices when it comes to understanding why they lead (or follow) the way they do – either they embrace their past and shadow, or they are consumed by them.

He has been a Research Associate of Ashridge since 2004, combining his authorial role with being the prime carer for his two daughters. Prior to then he was a Business Director working with clients such as The Body Shop, Beiersdorf, Watson Wyatt and the NHS, exploring new ways of making a difference to people and organisations. He also created two open programmes, one focused on power and communication in organisations and the other on leading strategy and change. Before Ashridge he travelled the globe working for traditional management consultancies including Nolan, Norton & Co and AT Kearney.

His personal interests include the poetry of TS Eliot and Jungian psychoanalysis (he has over 1000 hours on the couch thus far). He has also a number of publications and papers on Consulting, Self Knowledge and Leadership.

John's publications

Williams, C., Reitz, M., and Higgins, J., (2013) Is Leadership Changing? 360 - The Ashridge Journal, Winter 2013/2014, pp 35-36
Higgins, J. & Williams, C. (2011) Who are you? Knowing the skin you walk in... Self Knowledge as the foundation for leadership success
Higgins, J. (2009) Inside Stories of Leadership - working with public and private scripts, Leadership in Crisis: 8th International Conference on Studying Leadership, Birmingham, December
Higgins, J. (2009) Images of Authority: Working within the shadow of the Crown, Middlesex University Press, ISBN 978 - 1904750635
Download Organisational Consulting: A Relational Perspective
Critchley, B., King, K. & Higgins, J. (2007) Organisational Consulting: A Relational Perspective, London, Middlesex University Press, ISBN: 978 1 904750 14 7
Critchley, B. & Higgins, J. (eds) (2006) Field Research into the Practice of Relational Consulting, Ashridge.
Lubitsh, G. & Higgins, J. (2001) Thinking from the Heart, Directions - The Ashridge Journal
Download Finding the Flow
Smallwood, J. & Higgins, J. (1999) Finding the Flow, Directions - The Ashridge Journal, November
John Higgins
John Higgins
John Higgins