The Story Behind NorthCo Management
Combining Strategic Military Planning with Business Planning Models – Strategy Implementation Experts…
I needed a new challenge, something I was passionate about. In 2014, I had an idea – was it possible to use my Mission Focused Leadership system, which combines the knowledge and experience of military leadership planning and implementation skills with my business skills, to create a strategy implementation business which helps commercial organisations achieve ambitious goals? However, not just talk about it, actually “get stuck in” on the ground and help them deliver should they need it.
At the time, other than they didn’t listen much but talked a lot and didn’t seem to make much of a positive impact, I didn’t know much about being a consultant. However, following my 12-year military career as a Senior Royal Marine Commando, where I spent most of my time navigating “competitive” hostile environments. I spent the following 22 years growing a reputation within the automotive industry as the senior guy to get involved if you wanted to integrate a newly acquired business, change direction or turnaround the performance of a business unit.
Becoming and then Being a Royal Marine Commando is hard, but so is the Motor industry, at senior management level you need to know a lot about running a business- from accounting, through sales and marketing to production and customer service. You don’t last long if you are not up to the job, the industry has a staff turnover rate that is double the average for most sectors, it doesn’t suffer fools, that had to count for something!
I adapted my “Mission Focused Leadership” system for use in various scenario’s; Interim Management assignments, operational improvement projects, strategy facilitation and coaching across any organisation and launched NorthCo Management in January 2014.
It turns out what we do and, how we do it, is pretty unique; we don’t do politics, we listen, we work hard, we enjoy what we do, we care about our results, and importantly – we get on with and like the people we work with.
We have grown from strength to strength, supporting all kinds of organisations to define; what it is they want to achieve, shape a strategy, align the team behind it and then, if necessary, roll our sleeve’s up to “make it happen” on the ground.
We have expanded our business acquiring one of the oldest recruitment firms in the automotive sector, John Gibson Associates. Our core team has grown and now includes qualified legal support which helps us during projects such as restructuring, finance professionals who help us pull together forecasts and reports and a communications expert to help us deliver clear and coherent messaging when we need it. The addition of the NorthCo Interim Management Network, a network of high-quality Interim Managers from many sectors and disciplines adds additional firepower when we need it.