We believe that most of us stand in the way of our own extraordinary – we help you find that version of yourself that you never knew existed and open your heart, eyes and mind to the scale of impact you can have.

Our work on Extraordinary Lives has had a life-changing impact on our clients, their families and the people and communities with whom they interact.

ORDINARY LIVES

Is one where we aspire to be successful, do work we mostly enjoy, have memorable experiences and look back believing we have done a job that has made a difference.

EXTRAORDINARY LIVES

Is one that makes us feel alive, proud and inspired. We are as fulfilled as we are successful. We have grown in ways that we would never have predicted and often taken the path less trodden. We look back and know that we have given so much more than we have taken. Inspiring and influencing others to make the world a better place is what lasting success is all about.

A Story of Extraordinary Lives
The BRIDGE Institute is our not-for-profit arm of our business. The mission of the Institute is to take our work to the most pressing issues in the world, including conflict and post-conflict contexts.  We go into places others rarely tread. We broker the key stakeholders (political leaders, civil leaders, youth leaders, etc.) and build their capacity to lead in partnership, collaborate and problem-solve together to address their shared societal challenge. We bring in the world’s leading experts to contribute to thinking and problem solving.
A Story of Extraordinary Lives
POWERFUL AND LASTING SOCIAL CHANGE A bridge to the future Post-conflict Sri Lanka is looking to its young people to shape its future. The 2014 BRIDGE Asia Pacific Fellowship project engaged Sri Lanka’s youth in a unique and inspiring leadership programme. The project brought together 33 young Sri Lankans from different social backgrounds and religious beliefs, all united by a desire to build a more inclusive and connected society. Unleashing potential The project also brought 55 BRIDGE employees, associates and clients to Sri Lanka to immerse themselves in a crucial challenge: how to unleash the extraordinary leadership potential of young Sri Lankans. By sharing experiences, skills and leadership methods, the visitors left the country’s future leaders better equipped to face challenges and bring out the best in themselves and others. Common purpose BRIDGE facilitated five days of immersive, provocative and disruptive experiences that strengthened friendships, trust and understanding between all participants. The sessions generated real discourse, genuinely transformative insights and increased young people’s sense of common purpose. The Sri Lankan youth became empowered ambassadors for change, while BRIDGE associates and clients were able to make a positive difference both for Sri Lanka and for themselves. A lasting legacy At the end of the programme the Sri Lankan youth participants presented their insights to government officials and a selected group of business and community leaders in Colombo. To ensure a deep and lasting impact, BRIDGE and the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies have set up a post-workshop programme to provide continued professional coaching and mentoring support for each individual’s leadership development journey.

Principles underpinning this journey
Living an extraordinary working life requires people to see the world and themselves in a very different way. This demands that we build our work on some truly liberating principles;

POSSIBILITY, POSSIBILITY, POSSIBILITY!

We have spent many years helping people see the world as ‘half full, rather than half empty. We help people to be part of making change to other’s lives in places that really need it.

In this way we find a new sense of perspective and what has previously felt out of reach, scary or someone else’s problem becomes something that feels possible to influence and care about.“Bridge help people see possibility in situations that most have long given up on.”

FULFILLMENT IS THE NEW SUCCESS

The headlong pursuit of conventional success take us only so far in life. Meaning is mattering for increasing numbers of people, both young and old. We all want to make the world a better place, but most of us don’t know how. We help people see how easy it is to do meaningful work that really matters.“I love the fact that the more successful I am the more I am able to make the right sort of difference.”
STEVE FULLER, FOUNDER, THE HOUSE

THE BEST IS YET TO COME

Once you have changed someone’s view on the difference they can make in the world, they always believe the best is yet to come. Once the genie is out of the bottle we keep finding ways of doing great work that also makes the world a better place.“It now seems that all the work I do with Bridge is essentially about changing the world with my mates. Be it in helping big business see itself as a force for good or shaking the city where I live to become better for all, it feels like we are just beginning, 25 years after we set Bridge up.”
LEE SEARS, CO-FOUNDER, BRIDGE

THE MAGIC IS IN THE PARTNERSHIP

To change the system, you have to join it up. When individuals, communities, businesses, charities and governments join up they get the best out of each other. Big change happens in this way.

We build magical communities of people from different walks of life who tackle seemingly intractable problems together. In this way we turn individuals into movement makers and sceptics into activists for a better world.“The work we did with the youth of Sri Lanka to build a better future was so impactful because business, youth, government and NGO’s were joined at the hip.”

WORK WITH THE BEST AND TAKE IT TO THE WORLD AT LARGE

The hard lessons we have learned and the insights gained over the last 25 years of working with the world’s best businesses has taught us so much. We want others to have an extraordinary working life, and our hard earned experience helps us aim high for ourselves and those people who lives we touch.“I met Bridge when they worked with us at McKinsey. They helped me to see the difference I could make and encouraged me to pursue the path that was closest to my heart. Now I am running an organisation called OnPurpose, that helps young business leaders work in the world of social enterprise. It is a journey I am very proud of.”
TOM RIPPON, CEO ONPURPOSE

Our work

HELPING OUR PEOPLE LIVE AND EXTRAORDINARY WORKING LIFE – THE BRIDGE INSTITUTEYou need to accelerate the development of leaders at all levels because the pace of change demands it. In these times the big leadership transitions require a powerful way of building deep (bench strength) (reserves of capability) in those new to leadership, those leading leaders for the first time and those stepping into true ‘enterprise’ leadership roles. “Despite the excitement of the journey, Bridge never forgot where they were taking us and why.”
USING EVERYTHING WE’VE LEARNED OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS TO WORK ON BIG ISSUES THAT BENEFIT SOCIETYWe make a difference to others’ lives (i.e. make their lives more extraordinary) by unlocking collective genius to make a systemic difference to a society or community. We convene diverse groups of stakeholders and build the capacity of those affected by the issue to lead in partnership, collaborate and problem-solve together to address their shared societal or community challenges. We enable them to continue the work we start into the future by creating a shared sense of possibility and momentum for them to lead for this together, without the necessity of our continued assistance and support.

 

WORKING WITH TOP TEAMS TO RELEASE NEW LEVELS OF VISION, AMBITION, AND PURPOSE

We inspire senior teams to believe they can take the big leap rather than the small step. Tapping into the latent power of the organisation and daring to build something they truly believe in.

 

UNLOCKING THE STRATEGIC GENIUS OF THE TEAM

There are times in the life of any business when strategy means finding a new way of thinking about our world. Market challenges are asking us to demonstrate insight, innovation and flair. We help to unlock the genius in the team by inspiring them to look at the opportunity in a fundamentally different way. Heart, head and imagination combine to drive real breakthrough versus classical dry (left-brain) strategic thinking.

 

BUILDING CAREER DEFINING LEVELS OF TRUST AND COLLABORATION

Bridge can take leadership teams into places they would rarely tread and unlock the power of the impossible conversation. Equally we help the team reframe a big problem as a massive opportunity in a way that releases energy and commitment. This leads to deep levels of trust and an ability to step-up together in pursuit of a shared purpose. Finally, teaching the 7 practices of deep collaboration help the team turn these great intentions into game-changing reality.