Rob Lambert


I’m on a mission to make Management in the Tech world more interesting, rewarding and fun. It’s an uphill struggle.

Management is often considered a dirty word – but the reality is that being a manager is a brilliant job. You get to help other people work with their strengths. You get to build teams that get things done. You get to work on improving the world of work and creating the kind of environment your organisation needs to succeed. You also get to learn a lot about yourself and develop your own character.

That sounds pretty cool.

That’s why I founded Cultivated Management, with the goal of helping as many managers as I can find joy and meaning in what they do. If I can help managers achieve their true potential, they will help others achieve their true potential too.

I started my career as a software tester, then an Engineering Manager and then I made the logical move sideways to HR. Throughout this journey I learned a valuable lesson – management make or break a business. They really do.

When I’m not rattling on about management – I write books, help parents remain employable, take photos of cars, explore the English countryside with my family and write TV/Film scripts.

I’m on Twitter at @rob_lambert and you can find out how joyful and rewarding management can be at

Embracing the diversity of communication styles

We all have different preferences and styles when it comes to communication. Some of us crave detail, plans and carefully considered communication. Some of us prefer inspiring stories and simple ideas, so we can fill in the rest of the detail in our own minds. Some of us are more abrupt, others more inclusive, whilst others still are quiet in making our ideas heard. Some of us are more passive in our communication styles, some of us are more assertive. We are all different. Thankfully.

Yet in our world of work there seems to be a desire to form us all in to highly engaging, outgoing, assertive and empathetic employees. Few of us are naturally built this way when it comes to communication.

In this workshop we will use the DISC tool to uncover our natural preferences for behaviours and communications. We will then use this to explore our strengths and inherent weaknesses, before covering how our preferences can often cause conflict with those who communicate differently.

We’ll also then move on to understanding when our communication is holding us back and what we can do about it.

How can we use our natural styles to become effective at work?

How can we work with others who’s approach to communication seems so alien to us?

And how can we embrace our differences to build high performing, diverse, and respectful teams?

In other words. How can we appreciate what others bring to the table and ensure our own communication preferences are appreciated too? This workshop is about embracing our differences, and working together to support and nurture each other, and enhance our effectiveness at work.

Non-verbal communication – a superpower in the world of work

Non-verbal communication is not just the “extra” communication that is present when we speak. It’s a communication form in its own right. You don’t even have to say anything to be communicating. We are always communicating whether we are saying anything or not. It’s impossible not to communicate!

Understanding how we communicate without words is an important skill. Being able to observe this non-verbal communication, control our own and respond appropriately to what you observe is a key skill in being effective at work. You will be able to spot when people are uncomfortable during interactions, when people are engaged, when discourse is about to turn into conflict, who has a strong relationship to who and whether or not you are resonating with the people you are talking to.

In this workshop we will explore some of the most common non-verbal clues and explore how we could use them, or stop using them, to be more effective in the workplace. We’ll discuss how non-verbal communication may play a part in meetings, presentations, networking and interviews. At the end of this workshop you will have a wealth of knowledge about how to read body language, how to control your own to project confidence and assertiveness, and how to use your environments and surroundings to your advantage.

When you leave the workshop, you’ll have a non-verbal battle card to take with you back to work, to put into practice some of the ideas we will cover.

This workshop will be fun, entertaining, incredibly insightful and you’ll be amazed at how subtle changes in your own body language will impact those around you.