Commerce and war are both about achieving goals with scarce resources in a
dynamic, often hostile environment. In peace and war, on the battlefield and in
the corridors of power, there are lessons in the military experience which can
be learnt by commercial companies to their profit.
Ian Gardiner offers keynote talks from which every company and
organisation can benefit.
Succeeding in Chaos
Ian Gardiner has prepared a programme based on the military doctrine of
Mission Command which is a style of leadership and teamwork which
promotes decentralised management, freedom and speed of action, and initiative.
This shrinks decision cycles, helps to ensure that all decisions are aligned
with the goals of the business, and puts decision making in the hands of those
best placed to make decisons. It also fosters ownership and clarity of
thought. Using the chaotic nature of war as a stage, Ian Gardiner
describes the process which has emerged from the crucible of defeat to deliver
victory on the battlefield, and which all organisations can adopt to their
Who is it for?
All team leaders, especially those in large complex organisations.
Organisations that have difficulties aligning their leaders and teams to the
strategic direction and objectives of the business.
Organisations where leaders are not able or willing to make decisions that
support the central purpose of the organisation.
Organisations where subordinate teams are not encouraged or equipped to make
What will you get?
Leaders and teams that are more motivated, informed and aligned to achieve the
goals of the business.
A more nimble organisation that can implement strategy quickly in response to
the changing demands of the market.
Succeeding in Chaos is tailored to the client's needs. It can be a
once-off 40 minute motivational talk with Q & A or it can be developed into
a number of sessions with interactive exercises, thereby anchoring the concept
more surely in people's minds. Succeeding in Chaos offers
original, absorbing, thought provoking lessons drawn from the searing
audit of war which offer valuable insights for all business
leaders which will help them get the very best out of their people.
Ian Gardiner is a Visiting Lecturer at the UK Defence
Academy. Drawing on extensive
experience in the Royal Marines, and as chief executive of a £25 million
charity employing 240 people, he is well qualified to explain how military
thought and practice offers improved competitiveness in business.
" Ian Gardiner was excellent. I could have listened to him all
day. The content was completely relevant and transferrable to our working
practices"......."very motivational and inspiring. I will take so
much from his talk to my practice" ..."an excellent captivating
General Practice Managers' Masterclass, Grantham
"Fascinating talk drawing on some truly incredible experiences.
Definitely setting a standard in leadership and team performance for us to
aspire to. Of direct relevance to decision-takers and leaders in all commercial
Brand Manager, Nestlé
"Ian Gardiner ignites his audience. He has a highly motivating,
inspiring style of talking and presenting." Michael Goder, BakeMark Deutschland GmbH, Germany
"Ian's presentation was professionally delivered in a style
which captivated the audience. Ian's ability to link his real life experience
on the battlefield to challenges and issues we face daily in the business
setting was first class." Finance Director, RBS Global Banking & Markets
“The feedback ….very positive. The lecture was encouraging and thoroughly
enlightening. Your professional insight into leadership left them with many
thoughts for reflection. I have learned a great deal from your presentations
which have influenced many young officers, providing them with an inspirational
role model." The Director, Junior Naval Staff Course, UK Defence
"...absolutely brilliant....educational and inspiring." "The
way Ian uses stories and history was captivating and allows us quickly to
compare his experiences with our business." "I really enjoyed Ian's
lecture today and have spent the evening telling my husband about it."
...... "one of the best leadership sessions I have attended."
Bank of America
"Ian's lecture style is natural, humorous, and packed with
knowledge and first hand experience."Andrea Lowde, Cruise Director, MV Discovery
"Powerful, passionate, professional and original: Ian Gardiner
gave us a most valuable and relevant tool to help us raise our corporate
leadership and decision making to a new level."
Simon Crowe, Vice President Corporate Planning, Transocean Inc
"The quality and professionalism of Ian's content and delivery were
superb." Des Diamond, RFU
Coaching Development Manager
"Ian provided a most enjoyable session. His historical and business
leadership examples made the link clear to the delegates what they require for
successful leadership and communication." Aileen Strachan, HR Training and Development, Talisman Energy
"Ian's message was very relevant and his observations
accurately bridged the Military and Commercial worlds. His delivery was
thoughtful and compelling. Ian provided a very worthwhile part of our
team-building and objective setting work."
Robin Watson, Director, Petrofac Facilities Management
“Thank you for such an eye opening talk...like most non-combatants,
I have spent any number of hours listening to grand plans, global strategies
and battlefield tactics…..but had no conception of….the sheer terror, the
unpleasantness and the confusion which is what the grand plans are ultimately
reduced to. An occasion which will live long in my memory...a stellar
“…..your lecture universally praised by the student
body….simultaneously thought provoking and entertaining.” The
Director, Advanced Staff Course, UK Defence