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When I created Ian Strickland & Associates Ltd this last year, I did it with the full intention of providing something different. In returning to the UK after18 years abroad, I carried out research as to who was providing a Business Enhancement, Management Development and Self-Improvement practice in the way I wanted to do it. The answer; Nobody! Good News I thought!

I am the first to realise and understand that change is not always easy. Since 1999, I’ve been helping companies of all sizes. Businesses such as Kingfisher, and namely B&Q, by establishing themselves and grow with significant success in China, and also the German giant OBI, make significant headway in Russia. All the time I kept those businesses lean and able to respond to industry transitions in order to stay competitive.


I have also assisted strongly in start up companies and establishing them in many markets. I have identified, mentored and developed many people to grow and to become dynamic business leaders through engaging, motivating and challenging them. Many have benefitted from my guidance and support and have not looked back, I am proud of their achievements. The outcome leads to undoubted business success, personal satisfaction and self improvement.

I am really enjoying my new life back in my home country, establishing my new practice and as always meeting new people, and I am ready to help you develop strategies for not only surviving, but thriving in the future. Give me a call today to set up your first consultation and experience the difference!

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My Philosophy and Approach

In setting up my practice and consultancy I work closely with senior management teams in coaching and mentoring them, building their self confidence and helping them improve dramatically their EQ, which is an essential ingredient in leadership in these modern times.

I have identified talent, selected high performers, nurtured, coached, developed and pushed high performance teams to achieve more and to be highly effective.

I have had considerable success and recognition for leading through employee engagement, through building rapport at all business levels and showing true leadership that is directly linked to stimulating growth.

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My Background

When I first sat within the CEO chair some 20 years ago I will admit it was a daunting task. The experience was full of joy from the achievement and business success but also one balanced with fear of the unknown and a tinge of self doubt. 

The saying always goes 'If only I knew back then what I know now'. 

I embarked upon a journey of self evaluation and improvement working relentlessly on reading all the latest business books, putting learning and knowledge into practice and covering an Executive MBA in Leadership with INSEAD in Singapore.

That learning, together with my practical experience gained within my Senior Management roles, was invaluable. Combine that with the richness and diversity of life and cultural experiences of working and living in many Asian countries, most importantly China and most recently Russia, my self-confidence grew and my leadership ability blossomed.

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Winning Mentality

In life you will experience hard work, you will need persistence, you'll make sacrifices, have to accept criticism, take risks, work many late nights and suffer rejection if you have ambition and a desire for success. As the saying goes "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger".

I can honestly say I have experienced all of the above and they now form the ingredients of my DNA. However knowing what I do now I can help you to the next level and beyond without the challenges I faced. 

I'd be delighted to listen to where you are on your journey and how my own journey could benefit you. I think I might be able to help! 

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Reviews & Testimonials

Word on the Street

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“Ian is a people's person, is able to explain even difficult concepts in a way that is understandable to different audiences, and at the core, is someone who people want to be around and discuss with.

Drawing from his superb strategic, execution, and interpersonal skills, I am sure that Ian will bring significant value to any business or setting he will be involved with

Giulio Finzi - Former Managing Director, OBI, Ukraine

"Ian is an excellent Managing director, mixing strong leadership skills with high competence and advanced human management. In working directly with him I could improve myself and move forward. As a Member of his Board team I had the chance to participate in one of the most exciting business developments in my career"

Philippe Lemaire - Managing Director 

“In terms of personal cooperation it was a real pleasure to work with Ian. His engaging style of management is unique, and he shows huge respect to each person in his team focusing on results rather than politics. His is adept of winning mentality and manages to win over the hearts in a short period of time making all others believe and follow his ideas and philosophy. He is a true leader and an expert in various areas of management"

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My company is struggling in a changing marketplace. Can you help us stay relevant?

Staying relevant and 'Ahead of the Curve' is essential in today's fast moving and competitive world. I have witnessed many circumstances where a company has plateaued and is struggling for fresh impetus, direction and energy. I have always been able to provide a different perspective to advise and substantiate why there is the need for change and to help guide management teams in identifying the key prerequisites to strive for the next goal. However it doesn't stop there! I always adopt a partnership and review approach in holding those targets to account, and ensure what was developed in the brainstorming session actually delivers the desired outcome. 

How do I know that Ian Strickland & Associates Ltd is the right consulting agency for me?

There are obviously many to choose from but what is my USP and differentiators? Many consultancy's have an 'Off the Shelf' approach in looking for solutions. However as we know a one size does not fit all and there is no point trying to fit square pegs into round holes.

I offer a full bespoke service and take your challenges completely onboard. Listening, evaluating, probing and challenging the main players and stakeholders, I get to what is the root cause of current business pain by a uniques series of insights. We then put the content back together in a more robust way which will serve you through fulfilling your next set of objectives, but without any further battle scars and moreover ensuring everyone is well prepared. It works like a dream!

How do you customize your services for niche companies?

Niche companies present golden opportunities to show my expertise. I have worked across many sectors and dealt with small, medium and large corporations. However niche companies are fun and rewarding and bring out the best in me., non more so in once setting up a boutique lifestyle business once in Shanghai. I offer a bespoke approach mapping existing practice to the desired goal and ensuring the gaps are clearly defined and addressed in strengthening the proposition. Bring it on! 

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Ian Strickland & Associates Ltd

Ian Strickland & Associates Ltd exists to solve the critical issues facing our clients, both large and small. Our unique approach is not only what differentiates us, but also what makes us successful. We provide a broad range of services and solutions to help organizations facilitate change, achieve their vision and optimize performance and productivity.

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269 West End Rd, Southampton, Hampshire SO18 3BW, UK

+44 (0)7804708981

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