“For me the concept of Management Training conjures up images of PowerPoint presentations and corporate theory that is mostly irrelevant and difficult to apply to niche sectors such as the Superyacht industry. To my relief and surprise Liberation International’s workshops were the complete opposite – the themes covered were broad enough to apply to any sector whilst the techniques we were taught were highly specific and effective. The 3-day ‘Building a High Performance Team’ workshop is quite unconventional, there is a lot of interaction and a strong sense of team building. Instead of focusing on gimmicky business techniques, the focus is on human nature - how to understand your colleagues’ and clients’ behavior and how to adapt and control your own to be the best you can in any situation. It is also a very open and healthy platform for raising challenges the company as whole is facing as well as individual key players within. This training would be hugely relevant and beneficial to any yacht crew, where working in very close proximity to your colleagues 24/7 is the norm and being effective as a team and the best you can be at all times is essentially what the job is all about.
The best part of the ‘Building a High Performance Team’ workshop is without a doubt that it can be applied in any context, professional and personal, this makes it both highly interesting and relevant to each and every person participating, whatever their position in the company and whatever their skills or personality. Everyone took something away from the 3 day workshop and has applied it to their professional and personal life. The accumulation of everyone in the senior management team at Y.CO making easy but effective positive changes has had a ripple effect and is felt and mirrored throughout the whole of the company
Matthew’s “Creating Clarity” workshop is largely based on common sense, he forces you to step out of the day to day running of the company and see the wood rather than the trees. He leads and prompts you to identifying your company’s challenges and solutions yourself. Simply put, he makes you address what you already know are the problems, break them down into manageable pieces and create a very simple and effective game plan for resolving them.
As a company we were lacking clarity, our goals and objectives which had been so clear at the outset had gradually become foggy and diluted to the wider team as the company went through a very rapid and significant growth spurt. As a smaller company communication between team members was strong and easy allowing us to enjoy very flexible roles which worked well to ensure all bases were covered at all times. However we quickly became a much larger company, communication was weakened and flexible roles were suddenly hugely inefficient; people lacked clarity and accountability. The Building a High Performance Team program allowed us to re-energize and re-focus our heads of department and give them the tools to do the same within their teams, whilst the Creating Clarity program gave the Executive Team a very clear set of objectives and road map to achieving the goals we have set ourselves for the next four years. Our team is now crystal clear on our goals, their roles and fully accountable – they are invigorated and empowered as a result, which is exactly what we needed and wanted. Thank you!”.
"I was fortunate to work with Matthew in two different organisations. The first where I was very much a participant in the coaching and transformation program he delivered, and then based on that, the second as the Client, engaging Matthews services to deliver a comprehensive, 3 month service based change management program including a 'train the trainer' centrepiece to ensure sustainability.
Firstly, the results were impressive. The engagement levels Matthew is able to generate from even hardened cynics (at any level) in an organisation are quite remarkable. I know this first hand, as I was one the first time we met.
As the Client Matthew takes the time to listen to you and your team. He takes care to note the details, and sense check what he thinks he's heard and what he thinks you mean. For me this is a key differentiator to other organisations who just shoe horn their content around your challenge.
Your people will probably never have received anything quite like the delivery and content Matthew provides. It has wide ranging perspective, is carefully woven together to take people on a personal journey as well as business one.
What I learned, and this has stayed with me, is that in order to grow your business, you have to grow your people. Seems simple enough, but real change happens at a deep level in individuals. The inspiration thats required to ignite that change can come from many places. The content and delivery that Matthew uses is both wide ranging, subtle, obvious and so very, very effective.
Your people will be craving more of this, both personally and professionally, liberating material and delivery.
We saw engagement levels rise, NPS climb by double digits and numerous team members talk about the impact this work had on them personally.
I would recommend anyone looking to grow their people, their business and themselves to begin a dialogue with Matthew and his team. It will be the best use of time and funds you'll ever make."
“I’ve been to any number of training courses and found most unhelpful or irrelevant to our industry. LI has a different approach, it felt more like group therapy than team building. Matthew’s subliminal coaching style, humour and psychological insights kept us all engaged and focused for 3 days – no mean feat given we are all usually glued to our phones. Like any good therapy we looked inwards, explored who we were, our behaviours and identified challenges.
Everything we learnt had plenty of personal and professional application and Liberation International’s positivity for the process was infectious. Somewhere in the midst of finding our inner chimp, establishing the 5 dysfunctions of a team and learning how easy it is to steal a wallet we started to solve our challenges as a TEAM and set our collective sights on our future.
Liberation International were with us for the next step as we worked out what our future would look like. Liberation provided a frame work and guidance but the process, the ideas and the eventual plan came entirely from us. That’s their skill – they provide the tools and the support but the answers and for that matter the questions were ours.
It’s an extraordinary process – interesting, challenging, probing and ultimately extremely rewarding.”
"Rexam have worked extensively with Matthew over several years, all over the world. He has always excelled – transforming peoples ability to communicate their messages and converting the most cynical wherever they may be.
He simply shows that training courses and coaching can and do have lasting impact, that you can be the change you seek and through the tools he encourages you to use daily, he lives in our business long after the programmes and coaching have finished.
He is also an absolute joy to work with, a better partner for our business I struggle to think of!"