Developing great organisations ...
 ... in a sea of change

Magus Toolbox has long standing alliances with a number of businesses, some of which are outside the UK.  These relationships have several different forms.  In some cases, they have contributed to the development of the products in the Magus Toolbox.  Some operate in markets that Magus Toolbox could not economically support to the high quality standard that we operate in the UK.

In other cases, the businesses provide products and services to which the Magus Toolbox are complementary, with MTL providing supporting capabilities.  Often these contributions are concerned with helping to identify the underlying causes of performance problems, and handling the people-related issues concerned with the changes necessary to achieve higher performance.

For more information, please click on the company logos or on the other links provided.

Ascensive Limited is a UK based business with extensive connections in the USA, the energy industry and the development and learning world in general.  Ascensive produces micro-learning packages for a wide variety of applications - microBytes.  These include basic skills all the way through to deeper skills - the variety that it is suggested that micro-learning cannot handle.  The Ascensive micro-learning packages tackle the problem of skill decay - effectively and economically.


On-line learning or e-learning is one solution to the challenge of enabling people to learn in ways that work with their busy life styles.  Micro-learning takes this one stage further.  The Ascensive microByte packages are specifically designed to enable learners to top up their knowledge and skills is very short bursts of learning, using the technology that they already have and are comfortable with - in a sequence and with a pace that works best for them.  Here is an example of an Ascensive microByte.

Ascensive packages, from basic skills through to complex skill sets are custom-designed to deal with specific learning needs, and enable learners to manage their own learning.

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The CREST Community (TCC) was established by a group of independent consultants who share a passion for helping communities reduce crime.  All are practitioners in systems thinking.  CREST is an acronym for Crime Reduction Enabled by Systems Thinking.

The overall aim is to reduce the economic and social cost of crime.

The latest development in TCC thinking has led to the conclusion that formal structures and processes in local agencies, along with changes to them restrict the possibility of delivering local services to a high standard of quality, and limit the performance than can be achieved.  Mediocrity may not be the goal, but generally it is the practical limit to possible performance.

This is illustrated by a chart recently published by the Institute for Government on 17th December 2015 as a time line attempts to join up public services.  The period covered - 1997 to 2015 - includes many notable examples of failures arising from fragmented services.  There is a newly designed TCC model for delivery of local services that effectively blocks such disasters.

Check the TCC web site for more information.

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Ben Simpson is a Director of Bespoke Performance Solutions, a consultancy that assists service organisations to deliver improved quality, with less delay at a reduced cost, whilst concurrently improving the customer experience and employee satisfaction.

His consulting interest lies in using the principles and methodology of Systems Thinking and continual improvement in ways that teams at all levels can apply immediately to their situation - identifying process purpose, understanding customer value, developing better measures, better analysis and use of performance data, experimenting for improvement and evidencing benefit.

Ben is a qualified coach and experienced facilitator. His consulting experience has shown that very often the really significant opportunities for improvement are surfaced when we consider the big picture; residing often at the boundaries of functional teams and between organisations. Hence many of the interventions he has supported involve working with cross-functional and cross-organisational teams in a facilitative capacity in addition to providing advisory input

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UM Global HR works with companies to align the three main organizational components unique to each organization: (1) work environment, (2) systems & technology, and (3) people, so they function as a cohesive unit to support the organization as a whole. The holistic and integrated approach leads to identification of strong and weak areas in organizational performance, and maximizes successful implementation of change initiatives derived from an objective organizational analysis.

Strategic Talent Management as Key to Organizational Performance

Strategic talent management is the deployment of key employees to key roles and positions in the organization. It involves identifying both key employees and key roles and responsibilities that enable work to be done.   It includes identifying and working with change positive, influential people who have the capacity to help create movement toward specific business priorities, in line with strategic direction


UM Global HR combines Informal Networks analysis with human resource utilization strategies encompassing compensation analysis, job analysis and talent management to identify key talent as well as key roles and positions in the organization. The objective is to align compensation and talent management strategies with the way that work gets done in an organization, while aligning job duties and compensation within the organization to attain effective employee utilization and talent management.

For more information, please click here to visit the UM Global HR web site or here to download a short PDF outlining the UM Global HR services.  Please click on the pictures for more information about the two principals.


Four Groups has developed a new approach called 4G to understand behaviour, relationships and culture. 4G provides its users with insight into personal characteristics, how relationships develop within teams and groups and how culture can be best defined and managed.

4G provides organisations with information on how best to deploy and optimise the performance of their people. It also enables preventative measures to be taken which minimise the less productive aspects of interaction and group dynamics such as friction and misunderstanding between colleagues.

4G represents a systematic approach to managing the previously intangible aspects of organisational life. The methodology is easily replicable and can be implemented quickly and efficiently.


Daedalus e-World

Daedalus e-World is a small consultancy and systems house specialising in: collaborative working, e-learning and knowledge management.

Daedalus e-World has many years experience working with organisations in these areas - and places great emphasis on business and culture-led use of ICT systems.  Many projects have included innovative ventures such as virtual colleges and universities, learning & trading e-communities and online information management systems.

The company's clients are typically responsible for geographically dispersed professional communities - with many initiatives spanning the government, industry and education sectors.

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