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Winning Thinking to Transform Your Business™

Whats the Challenge?

What is a solution?

The Turnaround Thinking™ Approach has been created in 5 stages: 1st: distilling a Msc level executive coaching program into 2 days. 2nd Training 46 of the best, 3rd: honing the content during 150 cumulative years of business turnaround. Then lastly: Compressing the learning into 36 2 minute sessions totalling just 60 minutes…

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An Introduction to our Methodology

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”
― Socrates

The “Transform Thinking Masterclass”™ is a simple series of steps captured in a 60 minute massive open online course (MOOC) or workshops that enable busy business executives and owners to completely re-think and re-establish a fresh perspective. This frees the key players up to transform and create sustainable profits as well as realise the very best from their people.

The program strengthens what we are already great at as well as making us aware of the traits that hold us back.  This opens up the exciting opportunity to remove the barriers which enables us as leaders to become far more successful.

“In an incredibly short period this course imparted, not just mechanistic knowledge, but deep understanding of the principles behind the proven tools for coaching at senior levels. I can see that, with a little more diligent practice, these tools will make me a significantly more effective leader that is extracting the highest possible performances from my team.”
Alistair Greenfield, Arm plc
“Case studies brought context”, “ Follow up would be crucial to ensure we don’t return to normal problem solving interims.”
Iain Bubb, GSK plc
“Without doubt the most powerful formal learning experience of my life. Everyone who participates with an open mind will come away from the event a changed person. A must for senior management operating in a rapidly changing environment”.
Sean Clancy
“Excellent content and format, I believe the Course will help me to win business and manage engagements far more effectively.”
Darrell Smith, BNY Mellon
“This really is different don’t mess up the implementation”. “Icebreaker can present a unified team approach”, “Removing ego and responsibility from finding solutions is not abdicating”. “Physician heal thyself” by understanding yourself better you can relax more around others. “The mind is in many ways stronger than the body – believe you can change and you will “
“It still feels like good value in spite (or because) of the fact that it was my own money!”
Dan Leyland, Nike

Transforming Thinking Masterclass Content™

This content gets back to basics: it has been proven and refined during 150 years of experience accumulated by one of the UKs most successful team of turnaround professionals.

By being available on line and succinct: the “Transform Thinking Masterclass”™ provides busy business owners access to this unique material online at best cost, with least disruption and or without causing any loss of earnings.

The Turnaround Thinking™ Approach has been created in 5 stages: 1st: distilling a Msc level executive coaching program into 2 days. 2nd Training 46 of the best, 3rd: honing the content during 150 cumulative years of business turnaround. Then lastly: Compressing the learning into 36 2 minute sessions totalling just 60 minutes…

The “Transform Thinking Masterclass”™ is made up of 36 1-2 minute experiential videos  on line or a series of workshops led by an expert. This makes this unique content accessible and affordable, with the least disruption and can be actioned on the bus to work or without any down time.

Section 1 0 / 2
Case Studies

1. Case Study 2 FTSE 100 CEO wants to Fire the Chairman
2. Case Study 1 Loss making MD

Section 2 0 / 4
An introduction to the people side of change

3. Introduction
4. Preventing the VW or FIFA leadership situation
5. An overview of experiential learning
6. Why do organisations get stuck?

Section 3 0 / 7
The people side of change

7. The link between thinking and capability building
8. Creating a Strategy based upon Truth
9. What to do when you get stuck
10. What works in a challenging scenario?
11. What drives people?
12. The art of change alongside business as usual
13. Promoting thinking in your organisation

Section 4 0 / 7
Creating a High Performance Culture

14. The Operational Foundations
15. Recognising Different Statements and how to Respond
16. What to stop doing?
17. What to focus on to transform Capability?
18. How do you see yourself?
19. How does project management fit with business transformation?
20. How to keep an Organisation Honest
Section 1 0 / 5
An Introduction to how to take a successful organisation to the next level

1. An introduction to experiential Learning
2. Perspective from Iain Bubb (MBA Henley) & GSK Executive
3. Why challenge your thinking?
4. Why do organisations get stuck?
5. Preventing the VW or FIFA leadership situation

Section 2 0 / 4
How to keep Strategy on Track

6. How to keep Strategy on Track
7. What limits aspirations?
8. How to monitor progress
9. How to create the GRIT to stick to the plan

Section 3 0 / 5
How to cascade Strategy and keep it alive

10. Creating the right environment for capability development
11. How to change beliefs and create trust
12. The flaw of certainty
13. Delegation to increase engagement
14. Achieving simultaneous implementation of Strategy

Section 4 0 / 5
Increasing profits by double digits

15. Case Studies – False Strategic Statements
16. Identifying the core business
17. Financial Analysis
18. Identifying the gap
19. What to delegate to whom

Section 5 0 / 6
Where can an organisation go wrong?

20. Do YOU recognise you are flawed too?
21. How to manage imperfection
22. When does the leader need to leave an organisation?
23. How do organisations cause underperformance?
24. Recognising the scenario and how to adjust the approach
25. The importance of organisation structure vs heros

Section 6 0 / 5
Staying ahead and increasing speed

26. What are High performance leadership characteristics?
27. Creating the right balance between leadership and management
28. How to manage the detail to enhance performance
29. How to develop the ultimate leadership characteristics
30. The benefits and characteristics of experiential learning

Case Studies

Case Study 1Loss making MD
ase Study 2 FTSE 100 CEO wants to Fire the Chairman


Tom is an executive with enormous drive & energy and is enthusiastic to get the right result. Hard working and job focussed, Tom is an excellent asset.
Tony Murphy (Partner), London Harrisons
Tom increased divisional profit at Huntleigh Healthcare by 10% in 6 1/2 months” “Tom very quickly understood the culture. He identified the critical areas of the PE acquisition. The majority of this plan did not change”.
Ian Jones Managing Director , Huntleigh Healthcare plc
Tom combines a quiet low key persona with a most tenacious commercially driven process. In hrs he picks up all the key elements of a business issue and feeds back and detailed action plan that with his personality breeds real confidence in his ability to transform a challenging business situation. Great guy and fun to trust and work with in any high level management.
John Webster, Former Financial Services CEO
I would recommend Tom to any business needing a rapid and intelligent diagnosis of its strategic position and immediate energy and clarity to help management implement turnaround solutions. He brings clarity and focus and they encourage direct and concise communication within the management team. He provides vital pressure for progress along with quality input and the valuable opportunity to sound ideas out. He was instrumental in the introduction of clear and relevant KPIs together with a crisp weekly format for reviewing which means that the function of our Senior Management Team has improved substantially”.
Paul Cunningham MD , Aspace
” Tom is an entrepreneurial executive who has an excellent track record in delivering creative solutions. He has led the development of a unique team approach to interim that provides outstanding return on investment. I warmly recommend Tom to all.
Sean Clancy, Baxters Interim CPO
Tom came into the Safran Aerospace at a critical time when significant change, support and direction were needed. Tom meticulously guided the team, working within his revised management structure that started to quickly deliver results, which took the whole team by surprise. Tom achieved a more capable, competent and confident team
Paul Gardner, Safran Group SA
Winner Management Today / CBI award; “Trend Controls as Pickering says has its cake and is eating it.”
Dr Marek Szwejczewski, Cranfield University
“In 4 days of due diligence with the icebreaker team at Birkbys Plastics we gained credibility with the vehicle manufacturers armed with the root cause, sound analysis and a recovery plan “
Steve Keating, Privet Capital LLC
Tom is an energetic and engaging executive with a cooperative and can do approach. He was able to provide leadership to the team and I always found him to be challenging yet professional. Tom leads with huge drive and energy. He is able to provide a unique perspective across the whole gamut of professional services and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. If there is ever a situation that requires energy, insight and action, then Tom is the man. I would recommend Tom without hesitation.
Karl Zierold MD, Trend Control Systems (Honeywell Group)
” Tom led the Safran Aerospace customer facing team to improve customer satisfaction from 55 – 76%, and program delivery from an unknown to 85%. “it’s been great working with you. You’ve certainly brought a new dynamic” “Tom quickly got to grips with the real issues facing the engineering team and the wider issues facing its interaction with the rest of the business. He worked with energy and enthusiasm to restructure the team and give them direction, motivation and create the platform for the team to deliver.”
Sales Director, Safran SA Group
“Having experienced the 2 day icebreaker program, I can see exactly the application of this material to Turnaround scenario’s.”
Tyrone Courtman (UK President TMA) , Turnaround Management Association
“In an incredibly short period the icebreaker program imparted, not just mechanistic knowledge, but deep understanding these tools will make me a significantly more effective leader who is extracting the highest possible performances from my team.”
Alistair Greenfield, ARM Holdings Marketing Direcor
I have to say the 60 minute MBA was outstanding. I’ve worked in big corporations for 20 years now and have seen many management styles. Your model is bang on and taught me a few things I will try and put into practice. The challenge is most people think they know best and don’t like to be told otherwise. That’s why it’s so important to get external independent advice on such things. I think your advice is valuable for anyone working in business
Rory Raftery, (Bayer IT Manager)

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