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Rave Reviews

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"I have worked with Mike as a senior manager in two organisations, with large operational groups focused on better delivery of regulation and also small groups working on presentation skills. Regardless of the size, focus, and organisation Mike has delivered exactly what was required in a way that has engaged and captivated those involved.  If you believe in the importance of relationships and communication then Mike's sessions will take you and your staff to the next level in all aspects of business and life in general. Alongside imparting a basic understanding of how people tick he provides concrete techniques to create respectful, trusting relationships around difficult regulatory conversations to influence behaviour."

Brett Aldridge, Senior Manager Regulatory Compliance Rail System, 
New Zealand Transport Agency

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“Mike has delivered several workshops for us as part of our leadership development programme and to develop our peoples' core skills. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with and has gone the extra mile to ensure he catered to the needs of our people. Mike's workshop design and facilitation style ensured that participants had an enjoyable time and left motivated with the tools required to implement change. If an organisation is looking for a provider who produces results and genuinely cares about the experience of the people they work with, I would recommend they approach Mike. Thanks Mike for what you have done for us to date, we look forward to having you back again.”

Matt Holstein, Organisational Development Advisor, AgResearch

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“Mike has provided significant value to the Operations Team (over 260 people working from Kaikoura through to Mackenzie Country) by working with our people (front line and support functions) on how to solve and fix our customers problems.  He has also provided valuable insights to Senior Management on how we work as a group, and what is needed to continue to develop a high performance culture.”

Nadeine Dommisse, Chief Operating Officer, 
Environment  Canterbury  Regional Council

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“Mike Catton is the best Training Consultant and Coach that I have ever worked with.  The value that he has contributed to our leadership programmes has been outstanding. His workshops have been engaging and insightful and most importantly everyone has a lot of fun. Mike’s workshops have inspired our people to make positive changes by focusing on unleashing their potential.  Mike has an tremendous ability to bring the best out of people.  Our people have left his workshops feeling confident in their newly acquired skills and the realisation that they will make a difference.   This is evident in the feedback that we have received and from what our leaders have observed in the workplace. Thank you Mike for all the work you have done for us to date, we look forward to our ongoing relationship with you because of the positive impact that you have had on all of us.”

Fleur Evans, Organisational Development Manager, Meridian

“Mike is a Leadership champion who creates an environment of trust, controlled energy and personal connection.  I’ve had the pleasure of participating with two groups from our business and the value received has been greater than all previous Management Leadership training I’ve done. My operations leaders and senior management team were equally impressed.  Mike provides a delightful balance of practical lessons, with referral to great leaders and visionaries and shares his own life lessons and insightful observations. The clarity and simplicity of his explanations of sometimes complex concepts really hits home and his facilitation in open forum discussion is fantastic.  The resources Mike provided are now central parts of my Management tool kit.”


Grant Harford, National Operations Manager, MG Marketing

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“We had a training need, and Mike designed a course to address this skill gap. Mike listened to our business requirements and was able to conjure up a training package to suit our needs perfectly. I received all-round positive feedback as a direct result of his training which was engaging, informative, and witty. Mike’s use of relevant, real life scenarios really drove the learning home with everyone gaining a better understanding of their roles. His relaxed approach made the training memorable and encouraged whole group participation. Mike delivered what he promised and much more, leaving our staff inspired and engaged, and with a renewed sense of purpose. Thanks Mike.”

Benita Alexander, Learning & Development Team Leader, 
Earthquake Recovery, The Fletcher Construction Company Ltd

“Hi Mike, just wanted to report a really successful first day today.  Things were very slick with our new facilitators.  Lots of engagement and a really good vibe, this is due to the style and feel of the presentations and that has come from you.  I think we have all exceeded our expectations and are very confident moving forward into the week.  As the responsible manager I feel that we have really given ourselves the best start that we could wish for with the safety initiative. So thanks again for your teachings and guidance, couldn't have done it without you - very very happy.”

Andy Boyd, Air Traffic Control Senior Manager, Airways

“Working with Mike was fantastic. He delivered to the learning outcomes we required and at the right level. He took the time to understand our needs and built a great rapport with what was a diverse group of people (and in challenging venue circumstances). Mike managed the workshop to the schedule, whilst still allowing those important learning conversations to flow which was much appreciated by all of our attendees. He is firmly on our radar now for the delivery of in-house workshops for our staff.”

Rachel Hewett, HR Advisor Development, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

“I really would like to say a huge big thank you for the workshop you provided at the Gough Group Accountants’ conference. It was interactive, engaging and full of fun as well as being very informative and educational.  It covered all of the topics requested with real examples, problem solving and team building activities. The feedback I received from those who participated, was 100% positive, and I am sure all who attended will have to agree that Mike’s methodology and delivery on all topics was most impressive.  I will have no hesitation to invite Mike to our conferences and training days in the future.”

Zhanna Weet, Corporate Treasury Manager, Gough Group

“Mike presented on skills for a Chairman to communicate better with the board. Feedback from the attendees was highly complementary. Members reported that the seminar exceeded their expectations and they learnt a lot from Mike in an interactive, fun environment.”

Ray Polson, Canterbury Branch Chairman, Institute of Directors

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“Mike, that was a great investment and I will tell my boss that.  Thanks again for the opportunity today to see you in action.  What a privilege.  You rock.”

Brenda Ratcliff, Lead HR Advisor, Ministry of Social Development

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“Thank you for the training on Thursday.  Looked through the evaluations and very pleased with the response. Seemed to me that almost everyone got something out of it and as you would expect I have since heard that some got a great deal more! So once again well done.”

Roland Burrows, Deputy Rector, St Andrews College

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“Mike, the last two days were perfect. You understood our needs and catered for them beautifully,  clearly achieving the requested outcomes. You have not only set us on a journey with a clear bright vision but you have provided us with the tools that will enable us to continue on that journey on our own should we choose to. I have been to many of these types of sessions and never has the value of the facilitator been more evident. We look forward to working with you on an ongoing basis.”

Emma Gardiner, General Manager, Thrifty Car Rental New Zealand

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“I have just been over with a few of the team now chatting and it is amazing how much they have thought about since your session.  Thanks for your professionalism, organisation, and flexibility and for opening many doors for us to explore and continue to build a high performance culture.”

Colleen Bardsley, HR Director, Jade Software

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“Mike observed our team in action, tailored several different communications training courses for our different project roles, and delivered targeted and pragmatic training. The result has been remarkable with our team performance improving overnight. Mikes delivery is relaxed, poignant and humorous and provoked a lot of discussion within the team. I would recommend any team that relies on communication to invest time in training with Mike.”

Ian Currie, Project Leader, Arrow International (NZ) Ltd

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“A well constructed, highly interactive day. With 100% engagement from the team, Mike read the group well and made it not only a great learning experience, but a lot of fun. Team comments included: “An excellent day!” “A very worthwhile experience.” “An excellent learning experience and I had fun at the same time.”

Karen Dale, Managing Director, Empower Masterpay

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“Mike’s excellent people skills, adaptability and ease of working with me as a client and my customers, has enhanced my project outcomes.  He understood my needs and worked professionally to design and deliver the result I needed.”

Chris Mene, Project Manager, Partnership Health Canterbury

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“We were all impressed with your delivery and the course contents. I look forward to working with you again in the future.”

Ellen Mary Puller, Trainer, Outward Bound New Zealand

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“Mike, thank you so much for delivering an awesome two days of team building for our team.  Your experience and leadership skills kept our team engaged and ready to learn.  The feedback from the team over the last couple of days has reinforced how much they enjoyed the course, and it has given us some tools and  inspiration for us to improve our  personal life as well as our  working environment.”

George Roberts, Owner, Concrete Connect

“We’ve brought Mike in a couple of times now for both specific skills training but also more general leadership development and we intend to use his services more in the future. The courses he’s run for us have been engaging and the content has been put together with a lot of thought and presented very effectively. Mike’s passion for performance is very genuine. It comes across strongly and he has the skills, experience and background to get results. We believe that he can further enhance the effectiveness of our team and we look forward to working with him more.”

Andrew Moorhouse, Technical Director, Seed Force

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