Factory Manager – Major UK Food Producer
“We all know that one of the key pillars for effective change management is to have good communication. We have tried many different ways of getting key messages to our workforce and are always looking for new and innovative ways of engaging with them.
The important thing for us was not only to achieve effective communication but also to gain buy in of the direction in which the business was heading, the future challenges we faced and their part in this. We wanted to make it real and for them to feel part of the journey.
Working with John Ashton at Crackerjack Visual Thinking, we were able to put the corporate message across along with employees views and opinions in a unique imaginative style. We have found that this really makes people want to understand what has already been achieved and ultimately where we would like to go.
Within a very short period of time we had a communication tool that makes people want to engage and be part of it. A very effective approach and one we will again consider in the future.”
Charli Buxton – Executive Assistant to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University
“John attended our All Staff conference which focused on our new University strategy. It was important to us that we had visual record of the day as it panned out and of the initial feedback which the strategy received.
John attended workshops and plenary sessions, he visited stands and stalls in our Market Place, constantly picking up themes and information to include in the final visual. John worked on the visual throughout the day in the main entrance to the University where people passing by were able to see his work in progress.
By the end of the day we had a fantastic visual record of the day, brilliantly incorporating the feel of the conference, the architecture of the university and, most importantly, the engagement with and initial feedback from staff to the strategy.
We now have the original visual and an electronic version which we will display around the University for those people who were unable to attend on the day.”
Tim Nugent – Business Development and Project Manager.
“John is easy to work with. He is light-heartened but focused on his clients. He seeks common ground with suggestions and thoughts that support group outcomes. John is dedicated, warm, insightful, knowledgeable and humorous. You will be glad you worked with him.”
Ashiq Khan – Business Analysts at Elexon
“John did a fantastic piece of graphic facilitation for one of our recent company events – by producing a wall map that captured senior management employee engagement issues and to motivate our employees. We’ve continued to follow through on a lot of the ideas that were creatively captured by John’s wall map and we now have teams of staff working on making our company a great place to work. Thank you for your valuable contribution. We’re still proudly displaying your wall map in our staff area as a constant reminder of the first steps to generating a positive change to our working environment. It’s still making a difference.”
Liz Veasey - Director of L&D at G4S Care and Justice Services
“I hired John to manage a project to introduce e-learning to my business. He did a super piece of work, designing the e-learning process, researching and negotiating with potential suppliers, producing marketing materials, and monitoring and reporting on results. I found him to be very cost-effective and would recommend him to anyone needing the same consultancy support.”
James Lawson – Recruitment Consultant at Macildowie
“I have worked with John on many occasions and have found him to be excellent to work with. He has a great mix of Learning and Development experience and in my opinion it is this breadth coupled with a creative and innovative approach to training that has led to the delivery of so many successful projects.”