About us

Our vision

4iforum provides uncompromising, impactful and innovative collective learning. Our forums support leaders to discover new insights and think differently about how to tackle emerging and enduring challenges

4iforum developed from a desire to find an effective response to the organisational world being turned upside down.

Normal strategic processes are focused on responding to the environment of tomorrow.  But what if you can’t see what the future holds? 

How do you develop a strategic response when you don’t know what you don’t know? 

Dialogue is a process that helps our ability to think differently. It helps us to create momentum as a result of experimenting through communication and the transformative power of the collective mind.

Dialogic forums are designed to slow down the thinking process, bringing a radical transformation in problem solving and decision making. 

At 4iforum we have designed our forums to be a safe space where you can suspend judgment so each listener is able to reflect back the group assumptions and unspoken implications being expressed without the need to defend positions.

4iforum goes beyond discussing problems to find a solution. Quite frankly you wouldn’t be a business leaders if you didn’t know how to do that. What we offer is an opportunity for leaders to think about the way they think about problems. To think things that will surprise you, and that you have not said out loud before. 

Our dialogue will change you and you will emerge with a new sense of the situation and an awareness of what is not yet visible.

This will give momentum to the change your organisation needs.

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The 4i Way

Our forums offer no predetermined outcomes which allows for important issues to surface which may go undiscovered in agenda-based meetings. 4iforum’s dialogic process provides the framework that creates the space for dialogue to occur. We aim to develop an environment of trust where our members can open a door to new views of reality, uncover assumptions and have the opportunity to ask questions for additional insight.

Divesting of politeness and routines, members will recognise the need for agile thinking. Together we will seek information to learn powerful ideas and consider multiple alternatives to create different perspectives of what the reality of the situation could be.

Providing the energy to break open and debate with others, eliciting contributions, revealing feelings, surfacing assumptions and co-creating ideas. The use of collective intelligence leads to understanding which can reveal alternative realities.

Finding memorable ideas to promote mindset shifts and remove barriers, members will be able to suspend and interrupt current routines and habits. Coming together in dialogue will build relationships and influence others as to the rationale for change.

Profound silence and generative dialogue will lead to new insights and wisdom. This opens up the pathway to delivering breakthrough solutions and agile strategies. Empowering leaders to become the change the organisation is looking for and creating a new imagined reality.

Our guiding principles

4i forum aims to release an enormous amount of untapped energy through collective thinking, to disrupt business as usual.

  • Meaning and purpose in all we do
  • Significant and important work
  • Making a difference
  • Change and variety
  • Seek opportunities to learn and grow
  • Be and Become specialists in areas of interest
  • Seek opportunities to share expertise
  • Seek out other experts to help our quest
  • Seek environments with change and variety
  • Seek opportunity to solve problems
  • Pride ourselves in being original
  • Always creating new/improved ways of working

Find out more about what makes 4iforum different and what you can expect

Transform your thinking through dialogue

These are the types of forums we run, ranging in scale from up to 36 members in a collaborative forum to eight or less in a thought forum.

4i peer discussion forum

Learn from others
Participate in ongoing community discussions on specific themes and topics. This is an exclusive space where members can gather to think and learn collaboratively.

4i collaborative forum

Learning with others
Explore future practice ideas developed by an expert in the field. Together members will investigate new ideas alongside our thought leader. You will benefit from the collective intelligence of the group disrupting your thinking and together discover new ways to move a business issue forward.

4i dynamic forum

Access new thinking
Experience fresh thinking about a themed business challenge or topic. Working with an expert and other members you will share different perspectives without judgement giving momentum to your understanding and enlightening your thinking. Explore the questions that others are asking about a topic or theme.

4i peer forum

Learning with peers
Meet regularly with a select community of cross-industry peers to provoke each other to question accepted modus operandi and inspire new levels of ideation. Deep dive into a topic with your peers, to regulary examine different questions about the same topic or theme.

4i executive forum

Connect and collaborate
Collaborate with other Senior Leaders to challenge what you think you know. Embrace an opportunity to think deeply about whether the strategic question you are trying to solve, is the right one. Probe beneath the surface of your thinking to solve the problems of tomorrow, today.

4i thought forum

Disrupt your thinking
Surf the edge of chaos and experience discomfort in a safe space to go beyond the immediate business reality and disrupt the status quo. Open up issues and problems you haven't even thought of yet and deeply probe your thinking to discover the questions you should be asking.

Our patrons

Our corporate patrons benefit from collaborating with 4iforum in addition to supporting struggling businesses. Join them and focus on creating success for your organisation and beyond.

Vail Williams

Vail Williams

Leading property agents offering a host of real estate services from nine offices throughout the south of England and the Midlands.

Metis CE

Metis CE

Main sponsor of the 4iforum community. Accelerated learning for business leaders.

WOMB

WOMB

Woman of Many Businesses

Skills for Business Training

Skills for Business Training

Skills for Business offers a selection of training courses and programmes designed to take your team to the next level.

Kohera

Kohera

Kohera's mission: To work with great people to create and scale excellent business software.

Moonshot Consultancy

Moonshot Consultancy

Passionate about helping organisations to develop and enabling all their employees to contribute.