Navigate ambiguity

Leaders need to identify what’s important, crystallise objectives, and make fruitful decisions. But that’s hard in a climate of ambiguity.

Unfortunately, there’s no getting away from uncertainty. There’s not always the relevant information to depend on – or, in an age of new technologies and data overload – there can be too much information to deal with. Both of these extremes influence the ability to make a good decision or demonstrate good leadership.

Turmeric empowers people to embrace ambiguity, create clarity where it’s missing, and find ambitious but realistic pragmatism in a fluid, ever-uncertain world.

In a context of fast-moving change, it’s a way to help people be decisive, working through personal risk, embracing opportunities, and being mindful of the consequences for themselves and others.


A bespoke approach built around


Business Context

What are the challenges of finding clarity and focus? Could processes enhance understanding and visibility of what needs to change, towards what – and how?

We’ll help you identify what constrains the performance of your organisation. We provide insight on the few things that require your focus to impact performance. That way, we can work towards an ambitious and realistic outcome in the face of ambiguity – accepting its inevitability but building a path to overcome it.


Management Science

What drives satisfaction and resilience when the outcome is unknown? How does a fear of risk hold back progress towards aspirations? Why do the needs of satisfaction and security often live in conflict?

We’ll draw on relevant management theory to consider the balance between the conflicting needs of leaders. We’ll surface what lies beneath a simultaneous quest for targeting opportunity and an ongoing fear of failure.


Behavioural Psychology

What is the role of vulnerability in chasing opportunity? What enables people to perform and thrive in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments? What is the role of control in all of this?

We’ll look at the individual stresses, thought processes, and behaviours that lead to indecision – and how they can be adapted to help us navigate our uncertain world.

Client case study

Exploring the less tangible aspects of leadership

Despite limited confidence in her own abilities, a clinical specialist at a London NHS trust accepted a promotion to Clinical Director. She requested the support of a coach to help her transition into this role while navigating the particularly ambiguous climate of a high profile merger.

Turmeric was selected for the unique combination of an empathetic style with a real understanding of health sector politics and uncertainties. This was ideal for the Clinical Director’s personal vulnerabilities, having lost a respected colleague with whom she had established a centre of excellence in her medical specialty.

The coaching was initially focused on helping the Clinical Director to work through personal struggles in the wake of her loss, but continued to consider patient care challenges, capacity, structure, and personnel. We explored the less tangible aspects of leadership, including power dynamics in a hostile environment.

Turmeric helped by:

  • Deepen the Clinical Director’s self awareness and use this to appreciate her capability and contribution
  • Guide the Clinical Director to find and use more tangible information, looking inwards as well as to peer and stakeholder relationships
  • Anchor uncertain aspects of the organisation in the things that are known, defined, and tangible
  • Bring a challenging new perspective to what stood outside the Clinical Director’s sphere of control

As a result, our client could make proactive choices about her professional life, balancing emergent priorities against an uncertain future. Her needs and desires to make a difference and continue her clinical vocation were complemented by the addition of other roles that suited changes in the organisation and her shifting phase in life.

“I’ve found the personal and professional insights I have gained from the coaching process literally life-changing. I have understood much more about myself and others and this has enabled me to develop during a challenging period of change.” Clinical Director, NHS acute trust

“Samreen has business and operational understanding and she gets to grips with this very quickly. This understanding and anchoring is what makes the interventions so useful especially when it isn’t clear to us.”

Global Insights Director, sports, outdoor and fashion brands group

We work with your people:



Our coaching supports and challenges peoples’ emotional landscapes and business context – a thinking partnership that offers new perspective while remaining closely relevant to your business context and organisational goals.


in teams

Our interventions help you bring members of your teams together for frank, open discussions in a uniquely safe, honest, and impartial environment – the ideal forum to address obstacles to progress.


at a functional level

Our expertise becomes your expertise, with guided development on management theory and practices for organisational learning, better performance and profitable growth.


on an organisational scale

Our experience makes us invaluable advisors to your organisation, helping you to articulate, plan, do and reflect on what brings the most valuable outcomes to your organisation as a whole.

Let’s talk about building a path through ambiguity.