Hi – I’m Neil Fogarty – a co-founder and CEO of the artificial intelligence company, Litha Group. It’s a reflection of my interest in applied business psychology, linguistics and leadership that Litha’s area of focus is psycholinguistic AI.
For the last 30 years, I have worked with organisations around the world, helping to define and fix problems. Along the way, I have been an international speaker, business writer, Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Advisor and Facilitator.
Regardless of whatever the title is, as anyone who has seen me speak around the world will tell you, I often quote Vinnie Jones in the film Snatch – “you can call me Susan if it makes you happy”.
It’s always a little tricky to know what to say on a website without sounding like you’re just bragging all the time (yeah, its all about me, me, me). To cover this off, I always offer the same thing which is, “do you want to meet for a coffee?”.
My experience in person-centred cultures reinforces the importance of seeing a conversation as an opportunity to learn something new. Admittedly, over the last year or so, this has been a Zoom-based coffees and chats, but we’re slowly getting back out there again.
Along the way, I’ve had some great (and awful) caffeine in different parts of the world ranging from little side road cafés in Cairo, accompanying chicken dishes in Kampala, take-aways with plantain in Accra… all the way to a cheeky burger in London.
Well, the coffee may be great (and awful, of course) but good company always makes it better. Time spent with open-minded, forward-facing people is brilliant.
The media bits
I’m enthusiastic about the happiness of people – and this is reflected in what I write and speak about. My first book was published in 2008 and I now have a collection of publications to my name on such topics as entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and leadership.
In 2018 I started work on a book about psychology, communications & behaviours under the title, ‘Leader Language: LLQi’. One of the questions in the book was about what’s next in terms of human-computer interaction. This led to the formation of Litha – a Psychology AI company.
Litha Group came out through discussions about the future of communications – at what point will artificial intelligence be capable of human-like conversations?
From this opening question, we have been developing human-like memory, human-like conversation agents, an AI Psychologist and an AI Psychotherapist.
Litha is built on the principles of facilitative leadership and our work in person-centred communications and applied spatial cognition form the foundations of a whole new way for humans and chatbots to interact.
Eskil began as a business consultancy with a network of Associates and Partners around the world.
Based in the UK, I worked internationally – speaking, consulting, advising (and delivering, of course) in such diverse locations as Croatia, East Africa, West Africa and North Africa, The Caribbean, and a great deal of work across the Middle East.
A visiting lecturer in both entrepreneurship and leadership with ESLSCA Business School, I have also historically sat on the Advisory Board of MSA University’s Corporate & Business Services Division (CBSD) as a Business Consultant and Advisor.
I have been a Principal Practitioner Member and Regional Manager of the Association for Business Psychology; a broad member of the UK Chapter of the International Association of Facilitators; and am a Certified and Master Practitioner in Emotional Capability.
For almost 20 years, I was a Business Consultant working locally, nationally, internationally and online, from my UK base in Warwick.
With my focus being very much on global growth of Litha, I work with a select number of private clients in the boardroom in such areas as critical friendship, performance intervention and turnaround, and mentoring.
- Business Consultant designing a full entrepreneurship model for an African Federal Government;
- Facilitation of conflict resolution in the Middle East;
- Facilitation of the development of a CSR Commitment for an organisation within the Norwegian Military. This included defining corporate values, authoring CSR policy documents and delivering management briefing sessions;
- Training and mentoring the head of IT in the Paris office of a global pharmaceutical organisation. She sought to develop her brand and that of IT within the business;
- Intervention and turnaround of a key local government manager that had ‘hit the wall’. He needed to refocus his career and re-engage with colleagues;
- Intervention and turnaround of a sales team dealing with internal and external conflicts. This included moving them from a reactive culture to one of proactivity;
- Interviewing of benefits claimants as part of a soft-test for customer-centered public services. This led to supporting the development of an award-winning ‘customer portal’ for residents in a London Borough
- Building of an intrapreneur framework in an award-winning UK local government organisation incorporating training, facilitation and mentoring
- Definition of mission and values for UK local government
- Introduction of commercial thinking practices to a UK charity
- Definition of values for a newly-merged customer services team (bringing 3 organisations together)
- Facilitative Leader as CEO of Litha Group
With regards to my work with groups outside of the boardroom, I now refer to to my associates and partners.
This includes boardrooms, leadership teams, management teams and work teams, regardless of sector or size. I work with organisations to develop and deliver focused management development and leadership development programs. Through a key partnership, I also provide access to high impact team development days and retreats.