Celebrate our birthday – virtual coffee

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It’s our 20th birthday this year, we are proud of it and we would like our clients and participants, past and present, to celebrate with us.

In the last 20 years we have developed the world’s first remote and virtual teams training program and become thought leaders in matrix management, virtual teams and global working. We have worked with over 400 leading organizations, published over 60,000 copies of our books, trained over 100,000 people, and built a great team around the world.

One of the challenges of a global business is how to celebrate when people are in such widespread locations. On our training courses we often talk about “virtual coffee” – about creating that informality in communication that usually happens by the coffee machine or water-cooler and is hard to replicate remotely.


To celebrate our birthday we would like to invite you to join us in a virtual coffee. All you have to do is leave a comment or recollection about your experiences in working with us below and we will send you one of our “Virtual coffee” mugs.

Afterwards we would love to hear about where you used the mug – please send us a photo or let us know where in the world you were.

You can share the comments or images below, or send them to us:

(Or email!)

T&Cs: Mugs will only be sent for genuine comments from a past client or participant giving a valid corporate email address, and will be limited to the first 500 applications only.

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Many happy returns!

Name: Edwin

How Did You Hear About Us?

Gosh. It’s been more than 10 years since I attended some of Tony’s fabulous sessions.

Your Experience With us

Some lessons age quickly, but what I learned from Tony (and his anecdote about a boss at a chocolate company) have remained as true now as they were then.

Hope you can help many more people learn to work in a virtual environment: it may be bread and butter for some companies, but there is still lots to teach!

Happy 20th Birthday :-)

Name: Alex Stockbridge
Company: British Army

How Did You Hear About Us?

Many moons ago through a current employee

Your Experience With us

Was fortunate enough to gain a great insight into the views of how Kevan sees Social Media acting as a tool for the CEO and reputation management. Great interview and was extremely useful for my University Studies. Overall and invaluable experience.

A BIG congrats and well deserved celebration GI!!

Name: Shaun Rolls
Company: Nordea Bank

How Did You Hear About Us?

2010 on an excellent and enthusiam filled Remote and Virtual Management course run course by Phil Stockbrdige.

This course really changed my style and approach to how I work today. In instilling a more interactive and a bag full of new skills that I call upon often in working across the different Nordic offices, cultures and teams here at Nordea.

Your Experience With us

I have found Global Integration to be highly effective in providing solutions and training to unkown as well challenging problems that complex organisations such as Nordea face.

I particualry have found Phil's engaging and enthusiatic approach in delviering the GI's courses at the different offices in Nordea to be one of the most rewarding in terms of getting the most value that can applied in my complex assignments that I face across the bank.

Global Integration has assisted our remote and virtual structured teams to work more effectively across the new tools and techniques in the courses delivered. Where to complement Phil's effective training that we have benefited from, both Speed Lead and Making the Matrix Work are books commonly found at the different desks of us Nordea workers following the relationship we have since established with Global Integration :-)

I look forward to the next occassion when Phil and Global Integration will be back at Nordea to provided us with new round of training in helping us at Nordea explore new solutions, tools and techniques to guide us through new complex challenges ahead!

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…..

Name: Fiona Walter
Company: RBS

How Did You Hear About Us?

2011 across 2012. Phil and colleagues developed and delivered a host of sessions to our FInance teams which significantly helped us to work effectively across our global sites.

Your Experience With us

Very positive experience, Phil was always accommodating, positive and keen to do everyone possible to land our sessions in the best way. Great feedback and evaluation gthered, we continue to refer to the learnings.

Happy Birthday

Name: Rhys
Company: Competition winner

How Did You Hear About Us?

You sponsored me to go to Canada for an engineering course that I couldn’t otherwise have afforded.

Your Experience With us

Thank you - and a very happy birthday

HBD to the Young Adult!

Name: Mikko Huttunen
Company: Rovio Entertainment Inc.

How Did You Hear About Us?

Has it only been 20 years?

Feels like I’ve grown up professionally with your guys. It’s been 15+ years since started to work with Tony P. and many of the fundamental lessons have stuck with me from the first project together and helped me and the organisations I’ve worked for in a significant way. I’ve mostly appreaciated the attitude of not delivering the message the client wants to hear but the one the client needs to hear in order to improve.

Happy Anniversary to the Team!

Proud member of the Rovio FLOCK

You made it fun to work virtually in matrix. I am addicted to it after 15 years. Keep hooking people at least next 20 years!

Name: Mari Vuorre
Company: Accountor Group

How Did You Hear About Us?

I met Tony P in late ninetees in Espoo. It was amazing and after that we have met regularly in each company I have worked for.

Your Experience With us

I never panic when people are asking too tricky questions. I start looking around and see PHONE and relax. Thanks for that. Your technique has saved me in hundreds if not thousands of situations.

Great learning, great memories! Happy anniversary!

Angeliki-face Name: Angeliki Economou
Company: Janssen Romania

How Did You Hear About Us?

You’re famous in Janssen! Everyone who participated in one of your programs, keeps on talking about the fantastic experience. I had the pleasure as well, and since then i’m after the fat rabbits!

Your Experience With us

Be well and be strong!

I cannot believe it has been 20 years…..and you remain still the only consultancy I regularly refer people to! Congratulations!!

Mr-Gary-Heis-Anton-Shirinin Name: Gary Hays
Company: Valshebnik Consulting

How Did You Hear About Us?

A very long time ago – at Management Centre Europe in Brussels……and every so often ever since

Congratulations and many many many happy returns!!!!!

Name: Annette Schirmer
Company: Novartis

How Did You Hear About Us?

Your Experience With us

Rod created an outstanding program for us which we ran for maybe 2 years almost on a monthly basis all over the world - the TOP Teams meetings, covering remote and virtual teams management, matrix management, cross-cultural management. Each single session was excellent! I had the privilege to experience Kevan, John, TH, Tim, and above all Rod in action and still think it's one of the best training programmes I ever put together. Rod is an inspiration on legs with an admirable energy, the best sense of humour you can imagine, and an amazing understanding of what a global organization's and its culturally diverse teams' needs are. An unforgettable learning solution with long-lasting effect.

Happy birthday, keep up the good job, All the best for growth and wealth

Name: Francisco Herrera
Company: NEMAK

How Did You Hear About Us?

2012 while looking for Global Matrix Organization Authorities

Your Experience With us

Excellent learnings, very useful concepts, gratifing and enriching workshops with down to earth applicable best practices

Wishing you a very happy 20th birthday Global Integration!!

Name: Charmaine Fonseca-Hall
Company: Nissan

How Did You Hear About Us?

We had the pleasure of Rod running a session for our Nissan trainers at our plant in Sunderland and then Rod delivered a session in Barcelona to some of our newer HPPs

Your Experience With us

We learnt a lot and enjoyed the experience. We look forward to working with you again

Happy Birthday

Name: Terry Bateson
Company: Wood Mackenzie Ltd

How Did You Hear About Us?

…around 7 years ago was introduced to Tim Mitchell and that started the excellent relationship with Global Integration that has existed since. Great providers of innovative, first class learning programmes.

Virtual Coffees are really sth!!!

image Name: Christy Reckziegel Lopes
Company: Poyry Tecnologia Ltda

How Did You Hear About Us?

I participated of the Poyry Business Academy in 2012 – the trainning with you was very energetic and your tips are being used by me since then – with very positive results.

We are humans in evolution and it is great to have support from a serius and experienced company as yours!!!

I hope to participate on other activities with you guys!

Happy Bthday and all the best!!!

Warm regards from Brazil!!!!

Congratulations for completing 20 years and best wishes for the future

Name: Srivathsa M

How Did You Hear About Us?

John Bland gave a good guest lecture on remote management to management excellence community of practice at Novell, during 2006 when I was a leader.

Your Experience With us

Good and relevant content for the topic. Continue your research on these topics applicable to global organizations.

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