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We have been working with Phil since 2012. During this time we have grown from a staff of 10 to well over 30 and quadrupled our turnover. Working with Phil has enabled us to develop strategies and implement plans that we didn’t even know we needed before meeting him. At the beginning of our journey together we were not working on our business at all and, to be honest, we were floundering. Now our leadership is strong, our strategy is clear and we have exceeded most of the goals we have set for ourselves. I couldn’t imagine us succeeding in any of this without Phil’s support and knowledge to give us clarity on our vision and guide us in the right direction. I highly recommend his services to anyone wishing to expand their business, their knowledge and their personal development.

Clare McCall

J C McCall Plumbing Contractors Ltd

Phil Pickford has provided considerable support to our business since we began working together in 2008. Over the years he has counseled, advised, mentored and coached me (and my team) on a vast array of subjects! The focus of our meetings has always been on business strategy but he has provided enormous support in other areas as well (management, HR, new business, and organisational structure to name a few). Phil is always very prepared, the meetings are well structured, and his follow up is timely and concise. Phil has helped bring a discipline to the way we think and how we run our business. His sessions give us that important time to work ‘on’, rather than ‘in’ the business. Phil is a deep thinker and an intellectual, but with an extensive business background that enables him to provide valuable insights. He is a wise owl and trusted confidant, and someone who has helped us define our strategy, and more importantly… to execute it!

Natasha Bourke

Managing Director Skin Health Experts (S.H.E)

We have been using Think Differently for over 2 years and have seen remarkable gains in our business, over 50% growth each year. We have consistently broken sales records and have become a leading force in our field. Phil is an outstanding mentor with an invaluable wealth of knowledge and I couldn’t recommend him enough.

Warwick Shearer

Director, The Maintenance Guys Ltd

Our company executive have worked with Phil Pickford at Think Differently for over 10 years. Over time Phil has gained an intricate knowledge of the workings of our company and understands our thinking and our personnel. He then uses this knowledge, together with his own experience and wisdom to challenge the executive to set our own goals and business plans. He offers sound advice, and we have used him for guidance and direction when focusing on particular issues that we may be facing. Phil is extremely trustworthy and has worked with the executives as a group as well as one to one. As a company we would highly recommend Phil to any company desiring a business consultant who can understand the culture of their company and work with them to achieve higher efficiencies.

Tony Fairfield

Managing Director / Chairman, Youngman Richardson & Co. Ltd.

Phil created the defining moment for me when I was attempting to change the course of our company through a more strategic approach. His knowledge and experience in helping create the right strategy for the right time changed my perception of how we needed to move forward. Phil wasn’t about providing the strategic direction; he was about creating the right environment to enable my leadership team to evolve a strategy as a result of creative thinking, challenging the norm and asking the right questions. Phil kept the process simple and intuitive, empowering the team to create and build a strategy that they could take full ownership of.

I think one of the most important takeaways that I have echoed consistently since working with Phil is that, yes you do need an effective strategy but execution of that strategy is the real key to success. I have used Phil in other areas of the business as well. He is a superb business coach and mentor and his extensive experience of what makes businesses tick also allows him to develop the personal skills of individuals, giving them a number of critical tools they can call on to be more effective leaders and team members. Phil is very effective both in coaching leadership teams from setting effective strategy through vision and goals to one on one skills development for individuals. His broad experience and continual research with modern business thinking and direction make him a valuable resource not only for larger companies seeking to enhance their offer but also with new businesses seeking to create wealth, sustainment and direction in the increasingly complex business environment.

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Mike Wardlaw

Managing Director, Babcock (NZ) Ltd