Good Work is a new vision of work and organisations
Do you ever wonder how good it would feel to make a real positive difference to the people and world around you?
Good Work is for people who want to make the world of work a better, more inclusive, flexible and ethical place for the benefit of all.
Good Work is for people who know their organisation has to change at its heart, and need a way to address how they work. It is about reconnecting us to the systems and complexity that we dwell within and talking openly about how we work today and how we want to work in the future.
Good Work is inspired by the possibility that institutions and organisations of all kinds can transform what they do and how they do it to benefit of themselves and their workers, so that work serves life and workplaces can make a positive difference in the world.
Good Work is focused on getting more voices heard in the workplace and bring all individual and organisational talents to the party. It is about seeing the connection between individual meaning and purpose and organisational responsibilities and performance.
Our mission is to bring a values-based perspective to work by partnering with people who want to redirect the purpose of their work and transform their organisation. We want to find a way to live in balance with our wider system and discover satisfying and meaningful work without causing harm to one’s own values, to other people or to our environment.
Our deeper purpose is to rewrite the narrative that shapes society and create a world in which work works, for all aspects of our life.
Our values are authenticity, integrity, holistic balance, and exploring difference.
Adventurer, Pioneer, Mother, Warrior, Seeker
Sally Gray has extensive experience in industry and management consulting.
Her work has ranged from some of world’s most complex transformation and change projects with large multi-national corporations to smaller business advisory and coaching roles.
Her work and professional interests revolve around the interchange of two main strands: People and Sustainability; principally focused on building more responsible and ethical organisations and creating more meaning and purpose in work. She works at all levels – individual, group, organisation and societal – to enable transformational learning and change. She also works actively in her local community as an environment charity trustee.
Sally completed the MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility at Ashridge Business School in 2013, and she completed an MSc in HR Management and Industrial Relations at UMIST (Manchester University) in 1998.
Here is a selection of projects we have been involved with
Good Work Consulting is working to establish a ‘Work Innovation Lab’. This Lab aims to be an incubator for systems change in work. We are currently collaborating with a number of organisations to build a holding framework to create innovation in the world of work.
Work is intensely personal, directly related to our individual sense of security, belonging, fulfilment and purpose as individuals. We all work and we all need work. Work is also social, collective and global. The sum total of what we each choose to do or not do every day, creates and maintains the world we live in. Work is universal, all-encompassing and unifying and the world of work is changing and it is up to us to decide to respond to those changes.
The Lab is a community effort and a channel for creative energy. Being involved requires a willingness to be part of a process larger than oneself and accepting you may not see the impact of your work in your lifetime. We aim to incubate and accelerate new awareness and forms of work, for people and planet.
We are working with organisations to build awareness of flexible working practices and shed light on where flexible practices are working and where there are barriers to more flexible working.
Women in particular, returning to work after a break particularly after having children have gone through a large change and re-enter into a world that hasn’t and a world that often doesn’t want to talk about change. There are a lot of women who have gone back to work with their employers – some part-time, some not – but all have had issues of assimilation. They have changed and the organisation doesn’t want to talk about it and they are often overlooked for new roles, promotions and generally treated differently.
By doing this, organisations fail to truly recognise their talent and often exacerbate traditional leadership styles. Good Work Consulting is working with organisations to help them understand the diversity & inclusion context, build awareness of unconscious bias, enable flexible working and develop organisational strategies to accommodate ‘Relational Practice’.
In addition, this project seeks to tell the stories of women’s lived experience and develop these into learning and transformational events.
We are working with the Institute of HR Maturity to create healthy and successful organizations through maximizing the value of people. The purpose is to increase both organization and societal value by educating and enabling organizations to move up to higher levels of Maturity. For leaders and organizations seeking a new way of working; Maturity provides a vision, a framework and a rigorously defined way forward to achieve sustainable value creation, both for them and the societies in which they operate. Good Work Consulting supports this effort through proposition development and training course delivery.
Working with the RSA, Good Work Consulting is aiming to raise the profile of alternative organisational designs and behaviours, to encourage wider experimentation and adaptation. We are helping organisations experiment their way towards better organisational design and behaviour and increase the range of organisational types that other organisations can consciously learn from and imitate.
With a foundation of interesting working examples in the market around the world (such as Semco, Morning Star and W.L. Gore), we are seeing how we can invert traditional organisational pyramids and look at new ways to nominate leaders and manage performance.
We want to experiment with ‘how we know things’. Much of modern life is based on our rational, scientific knowledge and to a certain extent rightly so. However, what project ‘Art Work’ seeks to discover is what we can learn about ourselves and our work if we use ‘art’ as a lens to explore, understand and experiment.
There is a significant difference between using the arts in service of some predetermined organizational or economic goal (for example, branding campaigns) and cultivating artful approaches as a source of new knowledge. ‘Art Work’ seeks to create a model of coming to know through interactive, improvised and reflective artful approaches.
Good Work Consulting is working with a number of artists to curate interactive exhibitions articulating perspectives on work and seek to engage people in a new conversation about work and organisations.
Stories are all around us. We each individually tell a story of who we are and what we do. We tell stories of our past, present and future. We work in organisations who tell us stories of who and what they are and what they care about. We live in societies which have a history and echo their stories in the streets around us. We are surrounded by stories and yet we rarely question whether we are telling the story we really want to in the way we want to.
Good Work Consulting seeks to explore the stories we tell ourselves about work and how these stories either enable us or disempower us. We also use narrative approaches to seek learning and transformation and engage communities and organisations.
I have a confession – I used to work in large corporates as a management consultant. When new mums came back to work and ask for part-time hours (3-4 days a week), my response was often lukewarm. I knew the demands from our clients and I knew the very competitive…
I recently found myself frustrated and slightly adrift from myself in my day job. In fact it was more a day, night and weekends type job. I increasingly came to the perspective that I somehow needed to reclaim me and MY work. I then started to talk to a lot…
We bring a personal and effective approach to every project we work on.