Changed in 1999
Following a lengthy blue-chip career in change in the UK, involving structure change, downsizing, take-overs and numerous changes to working practice and operations Martin set up theCHANGEfactor to advise clients around Europe. Since coming to New Zealand he has led change as an embedded consultant, advised on change, spoken on change and taken change thinking to numerous organisations in Australasia.
Is to make change easy. It's as simple as that. Stripping away the complications and the struggles of change to ensure that your change comes out exactly as you intended.
Whether that's advising your leaders, Keynote at your conference, masterclasses or workshops, my aim is to make the essential success factors of change accessible and achievable. And of course you can easily buy the book.
- Flexibility: you can't be in change and not be agile. Our approach is to work with you in ways that work for you and your team, so yes we like to model change when we around your people (we think it's catching)
- No fixed answer: We believe that your business is unique and that our role is to help you find and maintain the uniqueness that gives you competitive advantage. Using standard approaches and models just builds standard organisations and unless you want to be second-best defeats the purpose of change.
- Honesty: If we've seen something before and it was a problem we will tell you. It's up to you whether you follow that advice (after all it's your change and your business) and that doesn't worry us so we don't want it to worry you.
Martin's career started in the oil and chemical industry as an engineer. His early experience involved converting a 24/7 general maintenance operation to a skilled day support unit and from there every role he held involved restructuring, redundancy, takeover and readiness for sale in a vibrant period for a blue chip oil company. His last major role was to make 400 staff redundant in a factory of 2500 at a time of falling oil prices. The exercise was credited by the local MP as having the most positive impact on the company reputation for years. From there, Martin struck out on his own, establishing theCHANGEfactor and soon advising on IR issues in Belgium, consultation on change in Germany and numerous culture initiates in the UK. In 2001, he came to New Zealand and brought a European perspective to the Australasian change scene. He began to focus on culture as the real 'change challenge' working with organisations including ANZ Bank, Air New Zealand, Coca Cola Amatil, Hagemeyer Australia and Todd Energy. As a result, he has practical experience of real staff engagement and what those surveys actually mean, how to make your balanced score-card deliver and mentoring leaders so that they own and deliver change, rather than outsource the change problem to consultants. He enjoys the challenge of engaging large numbers in change at conference events and shares his real stories wherever he goes.