The PSfPS Story

Please note, in November 2017, PSfPS became The Openside Group. Please visit our new site here:

Psychological Skills for PPSfPS Logorofessional Services Ltd (PSfPS) was incorporated in 2014.

William Johnson (Managing Director of PSfPS) wanted to set up a company that would be 100% focused on the design and delivery of behavioural and cognitive professional development programmes in the professional services sector.

William heads a team of 20 former principals, board executives and partners of consulting firms, each with a minimum of 15 years’ experience.

WJ Presenting MSI 12For over 20 years, William and his colleagues have worked with more than 350 clients and trained/coached/mentored over 100,000 individuals worldwide. This distilled experience, together with the fruits of research with leading business schools, allows us to create professional development programmes that meet the distinct needs and objectives of every client with clearly measurable results.

Many of our client organisations have their own internal learning and education divisions but recognise that PSfPS bring a focus and external point of view that adds measurable value.

Our focus

Whether our involvement is to produce immediate results or to develop longer term professional capabilities, our focus is always on:

Translating every learning point into clear outcomes and actions

Achieving results that are clear and measurable

Tuning our work to your culture and business rationale

Targeting both your business needs and individuals’ professional developmental objectives

Selecting tools from our extensive toolkit that will add most value to your firm and your people

Engaging with different learning styles and in many cases different languages

Creating a culture of practice and mastery

Maintaining an engaging and stretching environment for professionals as part of an ongoing career pathway

MCA Associate Member Firm

mca-associate-member-logoPSfPS are proud to be an Associate Member Firm of The Management Consultancies Association (MCA).

The MCA is the representative body for management consultancy firms in the UK and has been at the heart of the UK Consulting Industry since 1956. Their mission is to promote the value of management consultancy for the economy and society as a whole, with membership comprising around 60% of the UK consulting industry, employing 38,000 consultants.

For more than 25 years, PSfPS have trained thousands of management consultants worldwide in the essential cognitive and behavioural skills required for success in consulting. As such, we are ideally placed to support the objectives of the MCA and the management consulting industry. Find out more here.

About the PSfPS Synapse and Neuron

We have specifically chosen the neuron and synapse as the symbols of PSfPS due to their fundamental role in the formation of knowledge, memory, learning and behaviours. Encouraging behavioural change, embedding learning and challenging mindset are the fundamental goals of our programmes. It is for this reason that the synapse and neuron logo plays a prominent part in this website and on our literature.
PSfPS Synapse
A scientific explanation from Wikipedia:

neuron is an electrically excitable cell that processes and transmits information through electrical and chemical signals. These signals between neurons occur via synapses, specialised connections with other cells.

It is widely accepted that synapses play a key role in the formation of memory. As neurotransmitters activate receptors across the synaptic cleft, the connection between the two neurons is strengthened when both neurons are active at the same time, as a result of the receptor’s signalling mechanisms. The strength of two connected neural pathways is thought to result in the storage of information, resulting in memory. This process of synaptic strengthening is known as long-term potentiation.

As memories are thought to be encoded by modification of synaptic strength, long-term potentiation is widely considered one of the major cellular mechanisms that underlies learning and memory.