WELCOME TO Oil in the Engine

Helping managers to lead quality performance conversations at work

“The one thing everyone agrees? That performance management is all about the conversation.”

Anna Wildman, Founder

Our workshops


We focus on the real-life skills needed to lead great face-to-face conversations. Workshops range from one-to-one coaching through to large-scale interventions across multi nationals.


  • Workshops
  • One-to-one coaching
  • Large-scale interventions
  • Train-the-trainer programmes

Integrated solutions


We work with HR leaders on bespoke solutions to meet specific organisational needs. These include:


  • Performance management systems
  • Total reward strategies
  • Talent programmes

Latest resources now available

Progress updates - conversation guide for managers

Your one-page guide to leading regular progress updates

Compensation conversation guide for managers

How you discuss compensation can be more important than the compensation itself. Download your one-page guide here

We have built a unique library of comprehensive resources, including conversation frameworks and example videos. We will be adding more materials every month.

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“Fantastic day, dynamic, engaging, fresh.” - Senior HR leader, entertainment industry

“Very informative and engaging workshop. Highly recommended.” - Manager, Solicitors

Delegate feedback from the 2019 CIPD Performance Management Workshop

“Having a good, robust structure for performance discussions is crucial for performance leaders. THANK YOU!”

Olayinka Beulah, Assistant Director, People Capability, Border Force.

“KPMG uses the CEDAR feedback model across our global network of countries, helping our people leaders to lead skilled feedback conversations.”

Karolina Józwik, Head of People, KPMG in CEE.

“We were extremely pleased with the bespoke on-site training day provided by Anna. The day was very interactive and thought provoking. We will definitely be using her again in the future!”

Katie Booth, Head of People, VetCT

Now You're Talking!

By Anna Wildman

The managers complete handbook to leading great conversations – even the tough ones.