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Agility, commitment and disaster response

The triple meltdown of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in March 2012 and the release of radioactive material that ensued left a good part of Northern Japan contaminated with unknown amount of radioactivity. A lack of transparency from both the government and the power utility then resulted in a near total lack of information […]


Working conversations

Working conversations from Castleton Consulting Limited Business is mostly about dealing with change. And although consultants like us will try to suggest that we are surrounded by the need for transformational change it might just be that it’s better for us mere mortals to focus on making incremental improvements. Our pitch here is to get […]


the presentation iceberg

“The single most important thing you can do to dramatically improve your presentations is to have a story to tell before you work on your PowerPoint file.” Cliff Atkinson, Beyond Bullet Points This slideshare focuses on four steps you can take to build your story and tell it in a way that encourages your audience […]


A random search for excellence

Some beliefs are hard to shift – like the idea that strategy is hard and has to be done by clever and important people for instance – therefore not something that the workforce as a whole can be involved with. Or proper preparation prevents poor performance. Fail to plan and you plan to fail etc. […]


Actuate – a team simulation that works

Darren Williams, Eurostar’s Head of Sales & Marketing reviews Actuate – our latest team development simulation: “It all sounded so simple. My high-performing and well organised team were given a task to complete in a given time-frame. This called for a clear objectives, clearly defined roles, good teamwork & leadership. How could we possibly fail? […]


Pressure, starvation and perspective shift

Image Credit: NASA President Richard M. Nixon and the Apollo 13 crew salute U.S. flag during the post-mission ceremonies at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Earlier, the astronauts John Swigert, Jim Lovell and Fred W. Haise were presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the Chief Executive. Apollo 13, launched on April 11, 1970, was […]


Fukushima – a man made disaster

A few words from Kiyoshi Kurokawa – chairman of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission – to sum up the insights derived from his inquiry: “for all the extensive detail it provides, what this report cannot fully convey – especially to a global audience – is the mindset that supported the negligence behind this […]


Fit for the future: a different kind of change?

Businesses face many challenges: from tough economic conditions to the tempo of change in markets, technology and society. To prosper in such an environment, organisational fitness – the capacity to adapt structure, behaviour, capabilities and climate in response to these changes – can be a valuable asset. Fit for the Future is a methodology that […]


You get what you give – the interactive coaching style inventory

Nancy Langton of New Level Partners was in touch a few months back asking if she could use our coaching style inventory as part of a supervisory skills training workshop. Now, requests to use our inventory come along every few months or so, mostly from the USA, and each time the deal is basically “no […]


Resilience and robustness

Chris Bolton, via  Euan Semple and Peter Fryer, has recently introduced me to the notion of trojan mice – the idea that multiple, small, inconspicuous, safe-to-fail projects are more likely to succeed than the big launch, beer mats and key rings, single idea, easy to spot coming over the horizon, trojan horse. The video below, from Dave Snowden of […]


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