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.

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.

John Higgins

Publications

Is Leadership Changing

Williams, C., Reitz, M., & Higgins, J. (2013). Is Leadership Changing? 360 - The  Ashridge Journal, 35-36

Who are you? Knowing the skin you walk in... Self Knowledge as the foundation for leadership success

Higgins, J. & Williams, C. (2011) Who are you? Knowing the skin you walk in... Self Knowledge as the foundation for leadership success

Images of Authority: Working within the shadow of the Crown

Higgins, J. (2009) Images of Authority: Working within the shadow of the Crown, Middlesex University Press, ISBN 978 - 1904750635

Inside Stories of Leadership - working with public and private scripts

Higgins, J. (2009) Inside Stories of Leadership - working with public and private scripts, Leadership in Crisis: 8th International Conference on Studying Leadership, Birmingham, December

Organisational Consulting: A Relational Perspective

Six real case studies written by tutors or graduates of the Ashridge Masters in Organisation Consulting, accompanied by a commentary that provides a thorough exploration and explanation of the research and perspectives that are taught to the growing body of organisation consultants undertaking Ashridge's two-year Masters programme.

Critchley, B., King, K. & Higgins, J. (2007) Organisational Consulting: A Relational Perspective, London, Middlesex University Press, ISBN: 978 1 904750 14 7

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Field Research into the Practice of Relational Consulting

Critchley, B. & Higgins, J. (eds) (2006) Field Research into the Practice of Relational Consulting, Ashridge.

Thinking from the Heart

Lubitsh, G. & Higgins, J. (2001) Thinking from the Heart, Directions - The Ashridge Journal

Finding the Flow

Redefining control, acknowledging doubt and making ourselves available to the mass of opportunities that are permanently bubbling up in organisations. These are some of the perspectives that John Higgins and Janet Smallwood invite us to consider.

Smallwood, J. & Higgins, J. (1999) Finding the Flow, Directions - The Ashridge Journal, November

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