Our Design Principles

We see great design as the foundation to all we do at Next. It drives the decisions we make and the value we bring to our collaborations.

We believe there is both art and science in the development of organizational strategy and leaders.

The design of leader development is an integrated response to a complex range of issues. It’s easy to be too complex or too simple, too academic or too elementary. It’s a paradox. There is also the hazard of overload, in which multiple tools are offered but nothing sticks.

What is it time for? Whatever the response to that question, these are the design principles we live by:


We translate complexity into practical, applied solutions.


We initiate lasting change built on unique learning experiences.


We develop new skills with a toolbox designed for sharing.


We invite, gather, and leverage collective intelligence.


We foster sustainable leadership, that guides a sustainable enterprise, in service to a sustainable world.

Our Philosophy

We believe great leaders and great leadership can be learned and developed with intention, the proper tools, desire and solid feedback.

We believe great leaders apply critical thinking, are natural change agents, and are fierce when naming a scenario. They are courageous in their conversations, make well informed decisions and are quick to hold people and their teams accountable for their actions and results.

We believe great leaders are hungry, of sound character, are trustworthy, integral and put the interests of their followers ahead of themselves.

We believe great leaders are formidable story makers and terrific story tellers who can translate the complex and can naturally inspire.

We believe great leaders are creative, analytical, courageous explorers who are hungry to make a difference. They are agile and are adept at navigating complexity.

We believe leaders are connectors who attract the best and the brightest talent and naturally inspire them to be and do their best work.

Great leaders do amazing work in the world leaving things usually much better than they found them.