Jon Laughton came to our laminate flooring manufacturing plant Belgium in January 2007 to help us improve the performance of our profiling lines. I very quickly realised that Jon’s vast experience in running factories coupled with his ability to speak French made him an ideal candidate to take over the factory on an interim basis. From February to September Jon ran our factory and delivered a 20% increase in output compared to the same period in the previous year.

It has become clear to me that Jon not only has an excellent understanding of and a pragmatic approach to the implementation of lean manufacturing but also is an empathetic & strong leader who thrives on building effective teams. A key part of this was our introduction to ‘Hoshin Kanri’ (Policy Deployment) to rationalise and focus our actions and Jon also took our embryonic Kaizen process and completely revamped it into something much more effective. He developed / delivered training materials in French & facilitated events that allowed our shop floor operators and supervisors to really understand how to make key improvements without waiting for the ‘green light’ from management.

I also found that I could talk to Jon about a very broad range of business issues and always received good advice in return.

Peter Le Roy – General Manager – Balterio Laminate Flooring

Jon is an ideal person to develop businesses as he is a thorough business professional who has studied Leadership extensively. He is very current in his thinking and behaviours. He is a strong yet compassionate coach and creates a high level of relevance and context with the groups he is involved in. He brings a wide variety of relevant examples and Leadership concepts to help people understand and improve their performance in the work place.

Jon has great insights into the strengths and talents of others & has supported us in our assessment centres when recruiting new associates to our team. He has a great balance between business and fun. He brings spirit to meetings and social situations, and we view him as a valuable member of our team. We are happy to recommend Jon to any organisation and feel he will add value where ever he operates.

Mark Fitzmaurice – MD – Dale Carnegie Training

Jon is one of those unique senior people who possesses considerable experience and skills in delivering business improvement but who also appreciates the complexity of the human dimension in organisations. This enables him to adopt a holistic approach when tackling performance issues at both an organisational and functional level.

Jon is a values-driven, enthusiastic and decisive individual who is also highly committed to working in teams and developing a team-based ethos.

Gary Denham – MD – Next Step Consulting

A focused & talented leader with a demonstrated ability to deliver time-based and financially robust results. He is a team player with first class analytical & decision making skills combined with a personal integrity that inspires respect from all stakeholders.

Mike King – Former Project Director – BAE SYSTEMS

I’ve worked with Jon Laughton on a number of different occasions over the past ten years and can wholeheartedly recommend him as an extremely resourceful and committed manager / consultant. Jon has accumulated a considerable amount of experience at a senior level in the aeronautical industry both within and outside the UK. He has experience working at both a strategic and operational level and has strong personal values and an extremely high work ethic.

Gary Denham – Managing Director – Next Step Consulting
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