Well excitingly, it’s the name given to my latest progeny, my new consultancy, where I spend time with leaders and organisations taking steps to explore a more sustainable approach to business (and life in general). My work involves guiding CEOs and SMEs on how to start building a more resilient and purposeful culture, a positive and empathetic mindset, and a conscious and human-centred communication style – while sharing other leadership tools and practices developed by experts around the globe.
Boost your team’s ecoliteracy and get to grips with terminology from net zero to carbon neutral, ESG, EPR, SDG, LCA, SBT and more – while also learning how to tell your own ‘green’ success stories, without the greenwashing. There’s no time like the present to start this conversation, so touch base and let’s start making a difference.

What’s in a name?

Many things, it turns out. The term ‘Circular Stage’ encompasses a multitude of meaningful concepts, some more obvious than others. The first is inspired by the great Bard himself, William Shakespeare, who is credited for penning the quote “All the world’s a stage”, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in the pastoral comedy As You Like It.
If the world is a stage, life is the play, and we are all characters performing our roles for others to observe. Theatre in the round, the most literal circular stage, originated in the Middle Ages when a circle of spectators would naturally form around street performers. Cut to the modern day and our always-on, hyper-public and voyeuristic world provides the perfect circular-stage experience: the actors (individuals and organisations alike) have nowhere to hide from spectators – just like performers in a circus tent. The actors are exposed, vulnerable, subject to high levels of scrutiny – while the audience feels closer than ever to the action, more involved, more vocal, with less hierarchy and more equality experienced between actor and observer.
The tableau depicted above is the reality of our day: no longer can members of business, society or state hide or get away with unscrupulous actions that jeopardise the welfare of people, planet or prosperity. What is done in private must be acceptable if shared in public; transparency is key, across the entire supply chain and taking into account all stakeholders. It’s easier said than done, which is why many companies are investing time and effort in getting their affairs in order, re-evaluating strategies and sharing their plans and goals openly with the relevant audiences. They’re rewriting their story and prioritising a positive outcome, a happy ending, for all stakeholders involved, and not just a select few.