“People have a better understanding as to how they and others operate. People have made adjustments in their behaviour and the way they interact with others, which has benefited the whole team.”
The Guardian is an editorially independent news organisation that delivers news both digital and print. The Guardian has a proud tradition of progressive journalism, covering the important stories that keep its global community of readers informed.
How ACP has worked with The Guardian
ACP has run several team days for various members of the Executive Committee, as well as other teams across the business.
We recognised very quickly that all the teams we work with at The Guardian are passionately committed to achieving the brand’s strategic goals and to help to build the commercial success of the brand, and that our main job was to facilitate the most useful conversations that would support them in their endeavours. We always work hard to create a safe and respectful environment for people to have honest conversations about the challenges they face working together and by doing so, help them explore ways to increase collaboration and working together efficiencies.
Here we talk with Suzy Black, Group HR Director at the Guardian about what they have valued most when working with Anita Pemberton of ACP.
What drew you to use ACP?
The People team were seeking fun ways of learning how to be more collaborative as a team and looking for a tool that would enable them to learn more about themselves and others. We found the Insights Discovery tool engaging and insightful and we were interested to use this knowledge to help work as a collective team moving forward. Anita Pemberton came highly recommended by one of my team members.
What three words would you use to describe the learning and development experience ACP provide?
Impactful, insightful and professional.
How has the work ACP carried out changed the way people operate?
People have a better understanding as to how they and others operate. People have made adjustments in their behaviour and the way they interact with others, which has benefited the whole team.
So, in summary, what makes ACP such a good learning and development partner for The Guardian?
We want to work with qualified practitioners, experts in what they do. A partner must also be easy to collaborate with and of course, value for money. ACP also bring a genuine curiosity to understand our business issues which adds value.
Anita Pemberton has also supported our business leaders when they have run team events, such as away-days or other team building activities. She is brilliant at engaging with senior stakeholders and understanding the brief. At the events, she is good at listening to all the people participating in the event. She is supportive and encouraging, but also knows how to challenge people too. Anita is insightful and engaging and when she offers advice, she does so in a non-judgemental way.