Our Values

Taking It Forward specialises in practical people strategies and personalised coaching for individuals, teams, and Boards.

At it’s core, Taking It Forward has expertise in

1. Coachability
2. Connection
3. Transitions
  • Empowerment - Enabling clients to drive essential changes and progress decisively through creative and effective HR

  • Innovation - Continuously enhancing capabilities through creative and effective HR strategies.

  • Collaboration - Building strong networks that foster shared success and mutual growth.

We’re your go-to team for a people experience that feels different, with co-creation and considered delivery

Taking It Forward is an independent strategic HR consultancy that specialises in practical people strategies and personalised coaching for individual, teams and Boards.  

Led by Lana Johnston, an advocate for practical and considered shifts, the company specialises in empowering clients to take decisive, meaningful steps forward. With a human approach centred on culture, Taking It Forward is committed to enhancing the capabilities of the teams it works with, while continually advancing its own practices.

The consultancy is at home in vibrant, ever-changing environments, engaging with everything from community groups and nonprofits to large corporations and dynamic start-ups. Taking It Forward through its consultancy services, advisory and tailored coaching, guides organisations towards new ways of thinking and leading, setting the stage for required transitions.
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Our Partners

Our approach is pragmatic with simplicity in delivery. We utilise a strong network of experts and our valued partnerships to ensure client needs are net.
Creating value through people's connection with the organisation's culture and strategy, and support for purposeful leadership.

We partner with The People Game due to their deep and specialist knowledge around culture. Their facilitation and programs make a real impact to clients and their consultative approach and delivery makes them a pleasure to work for and alongside.
Equipping businesses with practical communication skills and strategies to drive change.

We partner with Hey Mel! due to their extensive experience and expertise in strategic communication, and their approachable, flexible style of working. They are known for building excellent relationships with their clients, for putting people at the heart of their communication strategies, and delivering high-quality work that represents best practice in communication. On top of that, they’re a great bunch of people to collaborate with.
Lana has supported me with many elements of HR – engagement, strategic business partnering and various people projects covering culture, ways of working, talent, capability, wellbeing and Strategic Workforce Planning.
Amanda Revis
Managing director Insight consulting group & Former Group Executive Suncorp
Both Lana & Danni have worked with us in the strategic HR space, covering a wide range of people experiences.
Head of Talent & Business Partnering
Lana has played a key role in demerger activities, including setting up the HR department and establishing people routines and expectations within the business.
Head of People Strategy & Governance
Lana stands out in a team for her ability translate strategy to what it means on a day to day basis for people pragmatically. Lana engages and influences others with her collaborative and inclusive style. Lana has a demonstrated ability to support all levels of leadership to utilise all aspects of an employee listening program.
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