Vision, imagery and words that connect us.... ourselves and each other, to our organisations, our worlds and our dreams.

Steve Marshall is a multi-disciplinary organisational development and change consultant.

"Steve brings leading edge practice, quality and rigour to executive development and strategic change. He artfully grounds our intuition and imagination in expressions of value and purpose, setting the foundations for creative dialogue, collaboration and innovation."  


Organisation Consulting

I work internationally across a wide variety of clients and sectors. Whether with large or small groups, I help my clients to work participatively and relationally in highly complex environments. My work catalyses conversations which enable the expression and articulation of shared vision, where clients find the capacity for genuine commitment and exceptional effectiveness. 



Research & Education

 As a faculty member at Ashridge Business School, I supervise at Doctorate and Master's level in Organisational Change. I also work with the Ashridge Centre for Action Research to provide a range of international and complexity-based programmes.  I am visiting faculty at Lincoln University, where I design and deliver MSc level creative problem solving and innovation modules.


Coaching & Facilitation

My coaching and facilitation work includes executive board strategic conversations, action learning, team, group and individual engagements,  action inquiry, ethnography and dialogue.  Whether we use digital/social  media, virtual techniques or 'post-its' and 'stickies', I work participatively to extend language, transform thinking and spark resilient transition.  

"What is the point of vision, strategy or leadership when the future is unknowable?"

"How do we tell if we are 'at the leading edge' or simply pushing too hard? Where is the line between inspiration and delusion?"

"How are we nurturing engagement and creativity; connecting ourselves into the relationships that will support resilient change and transformation?" 

"My work addresses some of the enduring questions that both enable and constrain organisational effectiveness."  

"I literally put my clients in the picture, helping them to inquire into their sense of identity and capacity as leaders, strategists and change catalysts."

"Engagement requires us to 'be seen' and 'see' others; imagery promotes insight and cuts through habitual responses to change."

Dr. Steve Marshall

"Steve has a wonderful capability... work with complex situations and dynamics, with a grounded and calm personality, remaining clear and focused under all conditions. He is very intelligent, straight forward and honest in his dealings with his clients, whilst also being innovative, supportive and insightful."  

(Caryn Vanstone, Ashridge)

"I love Steve’s work.....

......he finds a way to show people as he sees them, in all their beauty and humanity.  His pictures are potent because he gives us an image of ourselves not normally available to us."  

(John Higgins, co-editor, The Change Doctors)


Recent Photo-Dialogues  



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Complexity and Mess (30 Jun 14)

I'm always intrigued by the view from the Ashridge London offices in Fenchurch Street.

It's such a lovely mess.

I've been reading John Kay's 'Obliquity' and he argues that the nature of complexity means that we should approach our goals indirectly.  More...

 Connection (31 May 14)

You know when you've got it. 

When I am working with the cameras, connection has a quality that is instantly familiar. Those are the moments when you don't need to check the back of the camera or a monitor screen.  You know in your bones that you have made an image where your subject fully shows up, is properly 'seen'... More...

The Editor when words run out (6 Sep 13)


I've been struggling with this image of John, the editor of our forthcoming ADOC book. Yet, when I say 'struggling', I'm absolutely fine with the idea that this picture expresses the essence of a conversation we had when I asked John to make an image with me that would say something of himself and his editorial work.  More... 

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Who is holding the 'vision' that has the potential to genuinely change the way we think, work and live in a way that is commensurate with the finite resources of our planet?  This is an ongoing photo-dialogue where I am working with the 'visionaries' who are imagining a new paradigm which will enable us to live and work together in effective organisations that also bring ecological and social integrity.