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Gavin McMahon

Chief Learning and Product Officer | Founder

"Lapsed Engineer, now tinkers with brains."

Gavin partners with clients to create tailored learning programs. He is rumored to build and run practical, entertaining workshops. He leads the development of newfangled leadership and customer experience products.

Gavin's early career crosses the defense, automotive, publishing, and technology industries. He worked in engineering, strategy, and senior product development roles.

Gavin graduated from UCLAN with a B(Eng) Hons. in Mechanical Engineering. He served as a platoon commander after graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

After a short stint in the defense industry and working in Africa, Gavin made a career change. A Sainsbury Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, he went on to study at Institute Theseus in France. There, he graduated with an MBA in Innovation, Strategy & Information Technology.

Gavin was a founding member of the London Business School’s i:Lab. There he co-wrote the case study: Netscape Communications Corporation. One of the first digital case studies, Netscape charted the rise of the first Internet giant. The case featured in MBA and executive education programs at Harvard, London Business School, and INSEAD.

Gavin is a proud father of two very handsome basset hounds (and kids).

Articles by

Gavin McMahon

Meetings! Meetings! — How to escape the tyranny of useless meetings.
Back Office — How to think about ‘return-to-work.’
Negative Space — How to think critically in an uncertain world.
“I Quit.” — How to slow down regrettable attrition.
Move on — How to develop a rhythm for agile work.
Complex Y — How to use simplicity as a superpower.
Work is... — How to turn hybrid work to just work.
Well Met — How to make meetings work.
Reworking Work — How to unlock the potential in hybrid work.
Toxic Spill — How to rethink, not rebrand, the Great Resignation.
Message Sent — How to work on your signaling.
All Change — How to rethink how we lead through change.
New World — How to manage work without the workplace.
Talent Suck — How to buck the talent black hole.
Verbal Blunders — How to get rid of the ‘umm’ word.
Blade Runner — How an old movie can inspire new business goals.
Verbal Seasoning — How to remove the ‘boring’ from your presentation.
Presenter Types — How can “Coaches” stick to their structure?
Presenter Types — How can “Storytellers” put themselves and their audience on the same map?
Presenter Types — How can “Producers” cut clear of the clutter?
Presenter Types — How can “Inventors” overcome words being a worry?
Presenter Types — How can “Counselors” put their audience in the picture?
Presenter Types — How can “Teachers” connect with their audience?
Authentic Storytelling — How to present at your very best.
Kirk’s Razor — How to drive innovation with product stories.
Revolutionary Words — How rhymes can make your messages stick.
Product Storytelling — How stories help your product grow.
Leadership Storytelling — A conversation with Ronan Dunne.
Cultivating Curiosity — How to shape a learning culture.
Remote Learning — A conversation with Janice Robinson-Burns.
Wheel Spin — How Chief Learning Officers are reinventing corporate learning.
Nudging Mastery — A conversation with Jordan Birnbaum.
Learning Futures — How seven trends will shape learning and development.
Elegant Plots — How to clean up your charts.
Chart Chooser — How to choose the format for your data.
Seeing Charts — How to look underneath your data.
Visual Hierarchy — How to show your story.
Use Headlines — How to get the point of your presentation across.
Powerful Point — How to build a story with slides.
Showing Evidence — How to boost your credibility.
Hero Formula — How to put your audience at the center of your story.
Audience Mapping — How to speak to your audience’s listening.
Story Checklist — How to tell if your story is working.
Visual Literacy — How the future of work requires a new, soft, skillset.
Seven Hooks — How to start your presentation in the best possible way.
Pixar Rules — How to tell phenomenal stories, according to Pixar.
Help wanted — How to maximize performance.
Words Matter — How to up your communication game.
Operation Keyhole — How to lead remote teams.
Story Business — How all the world is a story.
Beating Ebbinghaus — How to bend the forgetting curve.
Short Stories — How to practice simplicity.
Deliberate Practice — How to get better at almost anything.
Adjective Thinking — How to be a better [insert adjective here] thinker.
Conversations Matter — How to fight "Death by PowerPoint."
Framing Matters — How it makes you a better communicator.
Unconscious Biases — How to boost your leadership thinking.
Communication Fail — How to dig your way out of the leadership ditch.
Story Structures — How to make your messages work.