Organisational design and leadership.

I specialise in designing and leading effective organisations with a focus on progressive management approaches. The ways many organisations still work were designed for a stable, slow and predictable world that no longer exists. There are better ways to create organisations that help people do more meaningful and sustainable work.

I’m currently Chief Operating Officer at UK based AIM-listed technology services group The Panoply. I’m also a non-executive director at leading conversational AI consultancy GreenShoot Labs and at digital agency Deeson.

What I'm up to...

Every month I publish monthnotes – a summary of what I’ve been up to over the past month.

My newsletter - Solved!

I publish a periodic newsletter with latest thinking and resources for business problem solvers.

Transformation

Becoming a progressive organisation is an iterative journey of experimentation and learning. While off-the-shelf models such as holocracy, sociocracy or agile might provide inspiration, the right operating system will be unique to that organisation.

Operating systems

An organisation is a complex system of assumptions, beliefs, principles, practices, processes, and policies. By taking a design thinking approach to this system we can create a better context for effective individual and group working.

Effectiveness

Effective organisations understand their values, purpose and mission. Clear responsibilities and genuine accountability, combined with leadership and communication help influence people to increase effectiveness.

Leadership

In a progressive organisation, the role of a leader is changing with servant leadership replacing traditional directional leadership approaches. Skills like coaching, facilitation, communication and engagement are increasingly important for leaders.

About me

I’m Chief Operating Officer at The Panoply – a technology-enabled services group focused on digital transformation.

I’ve always enjoyed working with people, teams and technology to deliver rapid and lasting change. That means tackling things like business start-up, rapid growth, transformation, organisational change, optimisation, restructuring and market positioning.

My career experience includes agency and client-side roles in the private and public sectors. I’ve led change programmes in areas including marketing, PR, e-commerce, business systems, publishing, customer service and internal communications.

“Never before have I been managed by someone so committed to a team’s growth and autonomy; Simon has a unique ability to bring the best out of the people around him. He is extremely knowledgable, and exudes a calm and measured confidence in any situation.

I have always been impressed by Simon’s ability to hold a room and bring people together, with a perfect balance of knowledge and curiosity.

Simon is an expert in his field and passionate about his work. This coupled with his easy and friendly demeanour make him an absolute pleasure to work with, and a true asset to any company.”

Sarah Harris, Managing Director, 
Deeson

Simon is a superb operational leader.

As MD and then CEO of Deeson he presided over the implementation of a stack of initiatives which not only prepared the way for substantial scaling but also readied the company for its acquisition by The Panoply.

As Deeson’s chairman at the time he was MD I was incredibly impressed by Simon. I would hire him myself like a shot if I had the chance.

Felix Velarde, Heavyweight Agency and Tech Chairman. Founder, 2Y3X® Programme.

“Simon offers calm and authoritative leadership. It goes almost without saying that he is a strong communicator – actually, he’s a natural – warm, persuasive, charismatic.”
Marius Kynaston, Change & Innovation Consultant 

“Simon’s work to help Alzheimer’s Research UK develop and define our digital strategy was instrumental in getting that implemented.

The workshops that Simon facilitated were the best I have been involved with in this type of work and brought together a variety of different stakeholders to get them all heading in the same direction.

His leadership, knowledge and experience in the digital field have been a great asset to our continued working relationship.” 

Simon Aucott, Web Development Manager,
Alzheimer’s Research UK