Tricordant is an affiliation of two independent companies, both founded in 2005. We were founded in the UK by Irwin Bidgood, Simon Thane and Alastair Mitchell-Baker, and in Australia and New Zealand by Tim Pidsley and Les Rudd. We shared a passion for enabling and equipping organisations to provide work that fully energises and motivates people.

Each of us had previously had a varied career that included working in and with large organisations at senior levels. We had felt at first hand the frustrations and stresses of unbalanced and misaligned organisations. We had also had the opportunity of working with a wide range of clients to address these issues and had personally seen and experienced the power and benefits of aligned, energised and healthy organisations. The desire to pass on these experiences and help others had led each of us by varied routes into organisational consulting.

As founders we came together after working as associates of Christian Schumacher and his company, Work Structuring Limited (WSL), which had been providing consultancy for nearly 20 years through its ‘7 Principles’, together with a supporting methodology and set of tools for structuring organisations.

We also understand how we are a part of an evolving body of knowledge on whole systems theory, socio-technical systems and organisation development. Some of the founding fathers of this tradition are shown opposite.

Marvin Weisbord, in his book Productive Workplaces Revisited (Jossey-Bass/Wylie, 2004), charts the emerging history of whole systems organisation development consultancy. The main phases are succinctly summarised in the diagram above.

We established Tricordant to develop a new whole systems approach to organisation development that unifies identity, strategy, systems and culture. In doing so we are drawing from a rich history and current theories, especially around open systems and socio-technical systems, organisational behaviour and development, leadership, group dynamics, strategic management and learning organisations. Key influences include Peter Senge, Christian Schumacher, Robert Greenleaf, Henry Mintzberg, Marvin Weisbord, Ed Schein, Kurt Lewin, Jim Collins, Dan Jones, Malcolm Gladwell, Dick Axelrod, Jay Galbraith, Arie de Geus, Ken Blanchard, Max De Pree and John Seddon.

If anything, however, we have learnt from the numerous colleagues and clients with whom we have worked over the years, and will continue to have the sheer pleasure and enjoyment of doing so.