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Dr Beecroft is a military psychiatrist with 20 years’ experience of coaching on purpose, values, vision, strategy, leadership, decision-making, relationships, pitches and performance. He has worked on conflict resolution for couples, companies and countries. He is a Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies and is the author of Analyze West, the New Magna Carta and the Future of Western Civilization series.
He graduated as a doctor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School and from University College London with a BSc. in Psychology. He worked as a House Physician and Surgeon. He gained Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists at the Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals. He earned an MBA from London Business School.
His experience includes working with investors, entrepreneurs, Chief Executives, Directors, Ministers, diplomats, the military, journalists, doctors and thought leaders. He has worked with McKinsey & Co, Royal Navy, British Army, Hedge Funds, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Schroder’s, National Health Service, Ministry of Defence. He has advised the Israeli Defence Force, Palestinian Authority, German Foreign Ministry, British Council, Johannesburg City Council, Marks & Spencer, Cable & Wireless, BP, BAA, Channel 4, BBC, Home Office, Department for International Development, Oxford Research Group and Wilton Park.
He consults in Organic Leadership; aligning strategy and leadership with human nature, helping leaders manifest their purpose and values, to maximise their potential and achieve their mission. He advised McKinsey & Co. on client engagement, M&A and strategy implementation.
He coaches leaders improve their emotional intelligence, self-mastery, leadership skills and relationships. He works with investors to help them optimise their qualitative investment analysis. He helps entrepreneurs pitch for investment. He helps businesses to improve their relationships such as client engagement. He works with leaders to help them formulate and test their strategy, vision, and implementation. He prepares people for pitches, negotiations and new ventures.
Dr Beecroft runs a unique Decision facilitation service in which he coaches people to take big decisions- business, investment, political, career and personal. He teaches his decision facilitation process: practicing the steps to integrate logic, reason, values and intellectual analysis with an experiential process which using inner dialogue, emotions, heart intelligence, gut instinct, body awareness and energetics to get to a clear decision.
He pioneered the use of Authentic Outcome Measures in the military for performance management, continuous quality improvement and culture transformation. In the Royal Navy he led a team values analysis and facilitation process and conducted an appreciative inquiry into Morale, Authority and Leadership.
He has conducted business strategy consultations with several organisations, including an IT firm, an international NGO and a pharmaceutical company. He has consulted to a major bank and a global aviation company on the rationalisation of their use of external consultants. Within the National Health Service he has worked on top-team dynamics, conflict resolution and organisational development projects. He acted as a sounding board to the CEO of a UK-based retail plc during a succession crisis. He has worked with a UK food manufacturer on their boardroom and shareholder relationships. He audited Communications at Johannesburg City Council.
He helped to establish the UK’s first Department of Organisational Psychiatry at King’s College, London where he taught postgraduate students. He is trained in running a self-organising conferences using Open Space Technology and is a graduate of the Mankind Project and Men’s Initiatory Journey experiential leadership programmes.
Psychology of Security & International Relations
His work on the psychological and cultural dimensions of international relations and conflict resolution has included advising British ministers on the psychology of foreign policy and influence; working with the British Embassy in Damascus to provide a psychological analysis and strategy to improve relations between Britain and Syria; helping facilitate track-two diplomacy between diplomats from NATO, China and Asian powers on security, nuclear proliferation and space weaponisation; influencing the British Council to change Public Diplomacy strategy towards one based on identity, values and relationships; and advising the German Government and the British-German Council on public diplomacy. He has given evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on psychological counterterrorism strategy; been a member of the UK Defence Academy Advanced Research and Assessment Groups on Media, Military & Foreign Policy and Engaging the Islamic World; written a report for the Home Office on promoting a healthy debate on Britishness, values, identity and integration; advised the Conservative Party on British-Russian relations and soft power.
He participated in track-two diplomacy on immigration, state-building, public diplomacy, peace building, Islamic radicalisation and counter-terrorism. He conducted research for the British-German Forum on the psychology of the relationship between Britain, Germany and the USA. He facilitated workshop on the Psychology of Co-operation, Identity, Alliances and Leadership relevant to the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy.
At the Royal College of Defence Studies he has run experiential group psychology workshops on the subjects of counterterrorism, conflict resolution and geopolitical relationships. He advised the Israeli National Defence College and Palestinian Authority on value systems, victim mentality and empowerment as applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He lectures on: ‘The Master Code of Human Nature applied to international relations.’ He worked with a team to assess whether Chinese foreign policy would be likely to live up to its ‘peaceful rise’ narrative or seek to become a regional or global hegemon.
Future of Western Civilization Project
He founded the Future of Western Civilization Project whose mission is to defend and rejuvenate Western Civilization as the thriving, self-confident, secure central pillar of our emerging global civilisation. The aim is to maximise human potential, security, cohesion, integration and attract others to be our friends and allies. He analysed the group mind of the Western World exploring its strengths and also the core pathologies driving its loss of self-confidence and direction. For the Future of Western Civilisation Series, he interviewed 30 visionaries to set out their positive vision for the future and then cross-examined them on the practicalities of implementing them.
His first book, Analyze West imagines Western Civilization embodied in a character called West. On the brink of suicide, West presents himself to maverick psychiatrist Dr James Hill. West has lost his self-confidence and direction. He’s torn apart by inner conflict, self-loathing and fear of the future. Is he on the cusp of a new age of enlightened global consciousness or on the brink of collapse into world of religious extremism, global warming, terrorism, interracial conflict and domination by China?
James leads West through a process of analysis, therapy and transformation, covering the major challenges facing Western Civilization including immigration, sex, the economy, family, energy, sustainability, security, meaning, power, fairness, demographics, authority, healthcare and democracy.
James introduces West to the eight major value systems. He invites each of them to speak their mind in a process of integration. West undergoes therapy for his guilt, shame and loss on the subjects of race, identity, immigration, patriotism and security. James challenges him to overcome victim mentality and to unlock his full potential.
‘New Magna Carta’
His second book, the New Magna Carta, is a proposal for a positive vision for the future, a statement of the West’s cultural DNA and an assertion of the rules of the West. It’s an upgrade for our operating system, our inner compass and map for the challenges we face in the 21st Century.