Stendahls: Leading High Performing Teams

Stendahls Team Development


Stendahls is a multi-disciplined communications agency. They were already known for their unique ability to collaborate, both within their own organization, but equally in their work with their clients. Having seen how a culture of collaboration pays off, they were eager to take it to the next level.


We designed a bespoke program aimed at the agency’s managing partners and project managers. The program was a practical, and hands-on education in developing teams, and leading the human aspects of creative and innovative teams and projects. The first step brought the agency’s managing partners on board. The second step trained project managers. Finally we brought parts of the course to the entire staff.


  • Shared understanding of how to develop teams and reach high performance
  • A comprehensive toolbox, which is used daily throughout the agency
  • Feedback is much more commonly used and help teams and individuals to grow
Below The Surface’s solid facilitation and their toolbox of team tools, has been invaluable in or agency’s change. They are without a doubt world class change coaches.
— Christer Hedberg, Head of Creative Development, Stendahls

Stendahls: Envisioning the Next 60 Years

We helped Stendahls develop a shared vision for the future. In 2014 Swedish communication agency Stendahls, has been around for exactly 60 years. In October 2014 we worked with them to look ahead to their next 60 years. During two active days, all 100 people of Stendahls created a shared vision, that will guide the strategy and inspire innovation at every level. Rather than a destination, Stendahls shared vision will be an ongoing conversation throughout the company around vision, purpose, values and how Stendahls can make a difference in the world around them.

Danish Ministry: Co-creating a Strategy for Public Private Partnerships

We were assigned to facilitate a strategy development workshop for Erhvervs- og byggestyrelsen (Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority) for some 80 managing directors from the municipalities, the regions and private companies. The aim was to develop new ideas, and discuss how the government’s strategy for enhancing public private collaborations could be strengthened. The outcome was a charter describing the outcomes from the workshop, and lots of important connections were formed. We teamed up with design agency UiWE and delivered a coherent communication package including venue design, workshop templates, documentation, film and website.