CEANNAS

Ceannas - (pronounced keyannas) - the ancient scottish Gaelic word for leadership

OUR FOCUS

Ceannas® is a exclusive leadership development service reserved for the top two tiers in high performing organisations and those identified to be in succession or high potential categories.

To maximise leadership value in businesses by identifying and enabling positive changes to leaders’ behaviour, through rigorous analysis and positive engagement. 

To consistently do the ‘right’ thing – where ’right’ is ethical, authentic, sincere and understated, which enables us to build long-term trusted relationships with senior leaders.

THE CEANNAS PROPOSITION

The Ceannas logo is based upon the Golden Spiral, which often appears in nature where the spiral grows at an exponential rate without losing its shape. 

SMALL & HIGH LEVERAGE CHANGE

Small, observable and achieveable changes in leadership behaviour can have an exponential impact upon a leader’s effectiveness. Ceannas allows the leader to focus on changes to their behaviour that will have the greatest value.

UNIQUE DESIGN FOR EVERY CLIENT

Every company is different and what works with one company won’t always transfer to another. The Ceannas leadership design process takes those differences into account and generates a unique approach for each client .

ALIGNING WITH CULTURE

Leadership behaviour must align with the company’s values or it cannot be consistent or effective. Ceannas help to make a company’s leadership culture explicit and enables leaders to align their behaviour with that culture.

THE CEANNAS LEADERSHIP INDEX

The Ceannas Leadership Index® has been developed over a 25-year period and has been used productively with over 1000 senior leaders from around the world. It applies the power of seven inter-connected lenses on leadership that together create a profile of an individual leader at a particular point in time – it is not a psychometric test. The Index focuses in on those aspects of leadership behaviour that are the key elements in a personal leadership change strategy, and which add real value to a leader’s performance and their impact upon their organization.

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THE CEANNAS CREDO

LEADERSHIP IMPROVEMENT = BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE

Regardless of how much someone might study leadership books, observe good leadership practice, or attend courses, if it does not result in a change in leadership behaviour then nothing has changed.

SMALL CHANGES = BIG GAINS

Identifying and delivering the right behavioural leadership change can have an exponential impact upon an individual leader’s effectiveness and their organisation. We don’t need to change everything the leader has known or done before to make them better leaders.

PUTTING THE DATA IN THE LEADER’S HANDS

Leaders need to view themselves from a variety of external viewpoints to create a three-dimensional picture that provides a bedrock for change; a benchmark for measuring progress; and a means of enabling improvement that is of benefit to the individual and their organisation.

LEAD FROM THE TOP AND LEAD BY EXAMPLE

We specialise in working with the top two leadership tiers in an organisation. It is only by demonstrating that senior leaders take the idea of behavioural change seriously that change permeates an organisation.

LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT DELIVERING A VISION

Everything we do with leaders connects to their organisation’s overall vision; the strategy that they intend to follow to achieve that vision, and the values that should underpin the behaviour of all those in the organisation.

LEADERSHIP BEHAVIOUR ISN’T FIXED

Unlike our personality our leadership behaviour isn’t fixed throughout our careers. The best leaders are constantly modifying and shifting their behaviour according to the needs of their organisation, the challenges they face, and the culture within which they operate.

TRUE CHANGE LIES IN THE HANDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL

We believe that the most powerful force for change in leadership behaviour comes from within the individual.  Performance Improvement and Performance Management are two separate things.

UNLOCKING OUR BLINDSPOTS

Even the most self-aware and self-critical leaders can have significant blind spots about their leadership assets; their default behaviours; and their opportunities for improvement. We have an obligation to reveal those blindspots

MAINTAINING TRUST AND CONFIDENCE

If leaders are to place their trust in us and share their vulnerabilties with us then we must treat all our interactions with them and their personal data with the greatest confidence. 

   

CEANNAS LEADERSHIP ANALYTICS

Ceannas have designed and developed a suite of integrated analytical tools that provide a foundation for a personal leadership change strategy

CEANNAS LEADERSHIP SONAR®

The Ceannas Leadership Sonar measures the extent to which a leader behaves in line with their organisation’s values as seen through the eyes of those they lead. It identifies blindspots; opportunities for change; elements of improving behaviour; and definite leadership assets.

CEANNAS LEADERSHIP RADAR®

The Ceannas Leadership Radar gathers the opinion of peers and seniors relating to the extent to which the leader has delivered against the key leadership behaviours identified by that organisation as being critical to its success.

CEANNAS LEADERSHIP TEAM INDEX®

The Ceannas Leadership Team Index is based upon the Ceannas philosophy of ’Effectiveness to the Power of Team’ (Et) as it gathers information about the extent to which individual members of the team enhance the effectiveness of their colleagues. The higher the Team Index the more effective the team. 

BUILDING BLOCKS

1:1 LEADERSHIP SUPPORT

We work with leaders on a one-to-one basis making full use of the suite of Ceannas Analytical tools to identify productive personal leadership change strategies.

LEADERSHIP TEAM EVENTS

We co-design and deliver a range of leadership team/away day programmes all focused upon adding value through positive individual and collective change to leadership behaviour.

VISION/MISSION/VALUES

We assist companies to design and deliver coherent vision, mission and values statements that translate and connect to productive leadership behaviour.

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PEOPLE

GEOFF AITKENHEAD

CREDIBILITY - RELIABILITY - TRUST

Geoff Aitkenhead is a Director with Ceannas and has a long track record of successful leadership in industry. From 2002 to 2016 he was a member of the Group Board and Executive Leadership Team of Scottish Water, playing a significant leadership role in the remarkable transformation of the water industry in Scotland. During the 2002-16 period Geoff oversaw the successful delivery of c£8 billion of capital projects, accounting for a third of all civil engineering in Scotland. Geoff chaired the Boards of two plc companies established as special purpose vehicles for the delivery of capital investment programmes.

These companies involved a variety of utility, engineering and construction companies as shareholders and delivery partners. He is currently Chairman of Scottish Water International and former Chairman of WaterAid (Scotland), an organisation dedicated to the provision of clean water and sanitation in the developing world. Geoff is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management, and a graduate of Newcastle University. He is the father of three daughters and likes nothing more than walking in his beloved Cumbrian hills.

MARY HORSBURGH

HONESTY - COMMITMENT - DELIVERY

Mary Horsburgh is Business Manager at Ceannas Ltd.  Mary has a long career in administration, having worked in both the public and private sector for many years, with a proven background in delivering a high standard of administrative and personal support to senior executives.  She has been fortunate to work with individuals with true leadership values and this has greatly influenced her thinking.       

Mary embarked upon an Executive MBA later in life, juggling a high pressure working life and personal responsibilities, and this has enabled her to further develop her passion for leadership, motivation and organisational development while at the same time honing her business and management skills to a deeper level. 

SONYA HOTSON

EMPOWERING – INTEGRITY - RESPECT

Sonya Hotson is the Managing Director of Ceannas. Before joining Ceannas she was Head of Strategy and Planning with Standard Life, the FTSE 100 company with an annual revenue of £1.43 billion. Over her twenty year multinational career with leading blue chip companies in financial services and technology sectors, she has exemplified a passion for leading through core values. Sonya is a Chartered Management Accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Throughout her career she has held a variety of finance and strategy positions with Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and then Standard Life.

Sonya’s senior posts were focused and accountable for the commercial performance of the organisation. She has worked across continents, including a significant period in California’s Silicon Valley with Hewlett-Packard where she was immersed in the ‘HP way, the management culture which has contributed to the success of Apple and Google. Her positivity quickly engages all in the opportunity to make significant personal and organisational impact through strong leadership values. She is Chief Executive of the Scottish Leadership Trust, and member of the Children In Scotland Fund raising panel.

DON LEDINGHAM

SERVICE - TEACHING - CREATIVITY

Don Ledingham, is the Chief Executive of Ceannas. He has had a lifelong passion for learning and leadership. It led him earlier in his career to become a teacher, university lecturer, headteacher, and executive director of education (with responsibility for over 4,500 people). As his career progressed his interest in the learning process connected with this natural curiosity about the behaviours that translate into great leadership. He completed an MPhil in leadership and undertook a long term study into the characteristics of successful leaders.

Emerging from his own leadership experience; research into high performing organisations; and personal innovation came the Ceannas methodology, which allowed him to focus on his twin passions of learning and leadership. He is the author of ’A Small Step to Wise Leadership, (2017) and an honorary professor of leadership at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. He counts himself very fortunate to have a job where ’work doesn’t feel like work’ and subscribes to the words of T.S Elliot, who said,“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”  

CONTACT CEANNAS

We build our business through conversations with chief executives. Our client list is deliberately restricted and exclusive thereby allowing us to dedicate our service to maximise value. If you hold a senior position in your organisation and you think that we might be a suitable partner for your business then please contact our chief executive Don Ledingham at donledingham@ceannas.com