Put simply Annette was my anchor during a critical and challenging time.
Not only was she central to developing and delivering our new Corporate Affairs’ model, she also challenged my thinking throughout, ensuring we delivered a truly strategic capability, able to play a critical role in delivering O2’s future business goals and ambitions. No matter how uncomfortable the conversation, she was the voice of reason, providing me with the clarity and confidence I needed to help me make some difficult decisions.
Annette has a great ability to work with everyone; she was a trusted advisor to the entire Corporate Affairs Team. If you’re looking to make a real step change in your organisation, whatever the reason, I recommend having Annette in your corner.’
Working with Red Thread Connection and utilising their skills and experience, coupled with the DiSC modelling has been invaluable. The work we undertook helped us understand our behaviour, both as individuals and as a team.
I believe that in a couple of days we made more progress in defining our communication/engagement strategy, compiling a plan and identifying the key next steps, than we would have done in many months without engaging Annette’s support.
I worked with Red Thread Connection at Tesco and what a positive difference it made. A consultancy that helped shape our communications strategy, manage complex change programmes and provide practical solutions that the business trusted.
In Annette, I also found a strategic advisor, coach and ally who helped me think outside the box and look at challenges in a fresh light. Innovative, intelligent, value-adding and highly recommended.
Red Thread Connection’s communication and engagement experience has been invaluable. Their insight into the type of challenges we’re facing as an organisation has meant they’ve been able to understand and quickly translate my thoughts, ideas and strategic vision into a sound and practical ‘brand led’ engagement strategy.
Working with Red Thread Connection means I’ve also been able to relieve some of the pressure that comes with trying to juggle a raft of day to day business challenges demands while leading the drive for new behaviours across the organisation. With the strategy work progressing safely in Red Thread Connection’s hands, I’ve been able to achieve both.
Red Thread Connection have provided us with a unique blend of support over the past twelve months – strategic insight coupled with a ‘hands on’ can do/will do attitude. They’ve been an organisation who’ve known what it takes to deliver in a complex organisation undergoing a period of significant change and transformation.
As a consultancy they’ve cut through ambiguity and jargon to provide us with clear, practical solutions that work for all parts of the business, playing a key role in achieving support and approval for the programme across a broad range of stakeholders.
Personally, I’ve found Annette’s counsel can always be relied on during challenging situations, always extremely clear sighted and constructive. The voice of reason, she’s helped me and my leadership team move forward to deliver a Global strategy and organisational model far quicker than I thought possible.’
A strategic brain, years of valuable experience and incredible depth of knowledge (and patience). Annette was integral in the development of both myself and the team, undoubtedly helping push us on to bigger and better things.
A cool head and clear, objective voice – plus a veritable encyclopedia of strategic metaphors; if you’re unsure what an elephant burger is, you probably need to get Annette on board….she’ll give you the answer to that and a whole lot more.
When I urgently needed someone to parachute into one of my departments at RBS, Annette was the obvious choice. Stakeholders were managed, work was re-prioritised, the team became re-engaged.
I highly recommend Annette if you have your feet to the fire and your back against the wall. Her depth and breadth of experience will be invaluable.
From Day 1 Red Thread Connection hit the ground running and delivered exactly what we needed – a company who quickly grasped both the business environment and complexities of the programme, created a compelling communication strategy that secured critical operational support and buy-in at a difficult stage and helped us introduce the new ways of working quickly and effectively. They have a no-nonsense, common sense approach that’s invaluable when you’re trying to deliver far reaching change at pace.
Red Thread Connection has helped us see the bigger picture when introducing our global cultural change programme. Not only have they identified a broader range of engagement areas and activities we need to focus on, but, thanks to their open and approachable style, they’ve also helped us collaborate more effectively with our key stakeholders and hard to engage audiences. As a result, we now have more people actively committed and involved with what we’re trying to achieve.
From strategy and planning, through to the delivery of innovative and creative campaigns, Red Thread Connection has been invaluable, providing us with a wealth of practical advice, guidance and experience as well as hands on support.
With their vast experience, Red Thread Connection brought a new level of robustness to internal communications, built excellent relationships with key stakeholders and to me personally, were great mentors and coaches. It’s been a few years since I worked with Red Thread Connection, but I still often recall their words and even say them to others myself!