Jane formerly wrote the `Office Politics’ column for The Independent. John has over 13 years experience as a business consultant. Jane’s background Author of two books, Office Politics and Wired Working, Jane’s career began as an insurance underwriter. She moved into consulting in 1988, in an OD role, initially advising on structures, systems and processes. Having completed her MBA, she then moved into the area of organisational culture and change and joined Nicholson McBride in 1993. Managing Nicholson McBride’s contribution to the largest corporate recovery ever achieved. Jane was involved in helping to effect a dramatic shift in organisational culture, followed by a significant programme of leadership development. Helping partners in professional services firms and MDs in investment banking to develop more productive relationships with their clients and ultimately become trusted advisors to them. Helping leaders to develop the mindset, confidence and competence to achieve their individual potential and that of the businesses they manage; in particular, pioneering the development of Leadership 21, an intensive development process for high-flyers. As well as publishing a book on `office politics’, Jane was also a columnist for The Independent newspaper on the same subject and has since worked with many organisations to help people understand the politics – and how to handle them constructively.