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When Roger LaSalle Drops By For A Visit

Rachel Doherty - Friday, February 24, 2017

We recently had a surprise visit from the creator of Matrix Thinking, Roger LaSalle, who presented GES with an award for our win at the Training Journal Awards, and delivered a workshop to the team on Innovative Thinking.

L-R: Dennis Laverty, Ingenuity, Richard Paul, GES Group, David Moore, GES Group, Roger LaSalle, Innovation Training, Tom Grant, GES Group, Ian Laverty, Ingenuity.

GES Group have invested heavily in delivering an Innovation Programme to their Management Team, and employees, in collaboration with their training partner, Ingenuity.

Innovation is defined as "change that adds value", and we began this significant training and development journey to introduce creativity and innovation into the Management Team, company strategy, and culture. The programme, which started in August 2015, included: 360 Feedback, Psychometric Profiling, One-to-One Mentoring, Training Workshops delivered over Residential Weekends, and the use of LaSalle's Innovation Matrix to develop Business Improvement Projects chosen based on their likelihood of success, and their potential impact on the organisation. These were used as the vehicle for implementing change and embedding a culture of innovation in the Company.

Ian Laverty, Managing Director of Ingenuity, said:

"We work with many clients across Northern Ireland, and further afield. The organisations who benefit the most are those that take training and development, and commit to the implementation of the learning in the workplace. GES Group have excelled at exactly that, and we were delighted that we all got the recognition that our efforts deserve in winning the National Training Award in London in December 2016 (beating some significant national corporates such as BT in the process).

The team's hard work and the recognition received, caught the attention of one of the world’s leading thinkers and speakers on innovation, and he couldn’t help himself but come and see what we’ve been doing. It’s a great story and an even greater achievement. Well done to all at GES."

The initial Programme has developed into a permanent and continuous Business Improvement Strategy, with significant tangible outputs. Employing more than 80 people across our County Antrim facilities, we service a range of industrial, manufacturing, and power generation sectors across Northern Ireland, and beyond. Currently participating in a Growth Programme supported by Invest NI, we extended our Mallusk premises in 2015, achieved 23% growth in 2016, and will shortly celebrate 45 years in business.

We've recently announced at least 20 new job opportunities becoming available in 2017 across both of our sites, and we look forward to releasing more good news in the near future as we continue to achieve, and exceed, our growth targets, expand in to new and exciting markets, and develop our innovative and creative approach to modern engineering.

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