About us

Harthill’s focus is transformation: of leaders and organisations - in pursuit of effective performance, positive change and a better, sustainable world.

Harthill’s transformational work is rooted in Action Inquiry.  Action Inquiry is the core process we use because it is simultaneously questioning and productive.  Action Inquiry enables the testing of assumptions, beliefs and behaviours and enables active experimentation and innovation, all of which expand possibilities.

The Leadership Development Framework (LDF) represents a core map we use to navigate the territory of transformation. The Leadership Development Framework provides an insightful perspective on how individual leaders, leadership teams and whole organisations understand their world about them – and how this understanding translates to action.

In working with clients we seek active partnership – inquiring, designing and delivering together to create impactful interventions.  Harthill has an established track record of supporting transformational change. We believe our Client Stories demonstrate this clearly. 


To discover your own Action Logic you can receive a Leadership Development Framework profile


You will find articles and books here that explore the Leadership Development Framework in greater depth.

“The Transformational Leadership program brings fresh perspective and depth to the complex issues of leadership and organisational change. It has enriched my capabilities as a senior leader through developing my inquiry skills and ability to step back, gain a wider perspective and cast my area of influence much wider. I actively encourage my reports to attend.” 

​Susanne Luick-Nijboer. Vice President France, Africa, Central Europe & Near East

Action Inquiry

“The mind stretched by new ideas never returns to its original shape."


Ralph Emerson

Action Inquiry is situated in and interweaves three realms: the self, relationships and systems. It can lead to radically improved leadership because it simultaneously attends to learning and to productivity.  Action Inquiry combines inquiry with action to radically increase the effectiveness of leaders and organisations.

As leaders develop the skills and processes of Action Inquiry their capabilities are enhanced:

  • Through inquiry they become skilled questioners - able to unearth hidden assumptions and beliefs, discover inconsistencies, identify patterns and see new possibilities

  • Through action, particularly purposely designed experiments, leaders are able to innovate to create surprising results


  • Through reflection, even in the midst of action, leaders are able see more of the whole picture and act systemically 

The Leadership Development Framework

"Leaders are made, not born, and how they develop is critical for organisational change."


Rooke & Torbert, Harvard Business Review, 2005

Most developmental psychologists now agree what differentiates leaders is not so much their philosophy of leadership, their personality or their style of management. Rather it’s their internal worldview or ‘Action Logic’, how they construct reality and respond to emerging situations. Particularly when their power or safety is challenged.

Action Logics


Each leader is informed by a dominant Action Logic which has shaped with time, experience and learning. A leader’s Action Logic both enables and constrains effectiveness as it interacts with the demands made on him professionally. Most leaders, however, are not conscious of their Action Logic and are ‘blind’ to it. They are unaware they can transform beyond the limits of their current way of thinking and being.

Becoming aware of their Action Logic provides leaders with a crucial insight into what constrains their effectiveness and importantly, how they can develop beyond these constraints. 


For teams and whole organisations Action Logics have a dramatic impact. According to the make-up of a team or leadership group it can be characterised as having a dominant and influential Action Logic. The challenge for most organisations is to move beyond the ‘Achiever’ frame to incorporate ‘Strategist’ thinking and behaviour (see the table of Action Logics and read the Harvard Business Review article ‘Seven Transformations of Leadership’ to understand more about ‘Achievers’ and ‘Strategists’). 


Through extensive research, we have found that leaders who undertake this voyage of personal understanding and development can transform not only their own capabilities but importantly also those of their organisations. Corporations that help their executives and leadership teams examine their Action Logics reap rich rewards. 


To discover your own Action Logic you can receive a Leadership Development Framework profile


You will find articles and books here that explore the Leadership Development Framework in greater depth.

“The opportunity to take a step back from personal and professional life, to reset and reassess your goals, perceptions, habits, values,  horizons, skills, experiences and the circumstances you've become conditioned to working within.  The programme drives you to  challenge all these points and create a new paradigm.” 

David White, Head of Portfolio Marketing, Fujitsu GOLD 2015 Participant

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