The power of people

Great things start happening when people find their purpose and perform at their peak.  We help people see possibilities, take action and reach their potential.

What we're all about

Unlocking potential, raising performance

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Clear Direction

Getting you clear on your strategy, thinking critically and constructively, being innovative and future oriented, and enabling more effective decision making.

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Goal Driven

Helping you set and relentlessly strive for meaningful goals; seeking feedback, managing setbacks; maintaining mental toughness and embodying a growth mindset.

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Fully Engaged

Prioritising your well-being, seeking positive experiences; applying strengths; better connections by developing social and emotional skills; acting with purpose in all pursuits

How we work

A combined approach

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Coaching

Learning the right way by ensuring individual and shared goals are set and achieved
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Consulting

Allowing change and ongoing learning by creating the right strategy and culture for you
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Training

Instilling a shared understanding of important evidence-based principles and concepts

Our Most Popular Training courses

Discover the definitions, misconceptions and a five step approach to developing and launching successful strategies.

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An exploration of how we can all build our resilience levels through proactive and deliberate routines and actions.

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A practical guide to having consistently better quality conversations, based on proven psychological concepts.

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Who are the Mandarinos?

Like the A-Team but easier to find

At the start of each engagement we assemble a core team of experts, drawing on their unique skills, industry knowledge and wealth of experience to deliver real value and ensure success.

Charlie Curson

Strategy and Performance

Chief Mandarin, dynamic coach and strategist with a proven track record for driving high performance in organisations, teams and individuals.

Purpose: To help you realise your potential, plan for success and smash your goals.

Weapon of choice: An arsenal of anecdotes for every occasion.

Weakness: An unhealthy (but useful) obsession with Lego.

Karen Callaghan

People and Culture

An experienced coach and developer, Karen is passionate about the process of learning, whether it be to dial up performance or shift culture.

Purpose: Helping people to work, lead and live better.

Weapon of choice: Disarming northern candour and a catalogue of concepts.

Weakness: Naïve optimism about what can be achieved in a day.

Steve Williams OBE

Teams and Behaviour

Double Olympic Gold medallist and four times World Champion rower. Accelerates teams to the next level with high performance practices.

Purpose: Help leaders and teams discover the confidence to perform at their peak.

Weapon of choice: Unwavering belief in human potential.

Weakness: A sucker for extreme temperature challenges.

Jack Milner

Persuasion and Communication

A serial comedy, film and theatre creator, he explains how to take dry, technical info and make it clear, memorable and engaging.

Purpose: Arming you with the tools to influence, persuade and engage, having a laugh along the way.

Weapon of choice: A killer punchline.

Weakness:Twice daily compost checking obsession.

Sally Curson

Psychologist - Positivity & Wellbeing

A psychologist, designer and deliverer of training programmes, advisor on all things people, wellbeing and development.

Purpose: To help improve your performance and wellbeing.

Weapon of choice: A well timed coaching question and a water based analogy.

Weakness: Prone to taking trips down a random rabbit holes.

Stuart Harris

Brand and Design

A multi-disciplined, highly creative individual who is passionate about finding simple design solutions to complex problems.

Purpose: Helping organisations authentically articulate their purpose to create meaningful relationships.

Weapon of choice: A half chewed pencil and a scrap of paper.

Weakness: Absolutely no sense of rhythm.

Dickie Farrelly

Crisis Management and Decision Making

A Naval Officer that applies military leadership and high performance methods to business organisational challenges and opportunities.

Purpose: To build individual character and foster positivity and trust in teams.

Weapon of choice: Doing the right thing even when no-one is watching.

Weakness: DIY - if the task involves tools it won't end well


Simon Owen

Strategy and Market Analysis

A strategy and business transformation master specialising in developing and implementing propositions and go-to-market approaches.

Purpose: To help you execute tough strategic decisions with confidence.

Weapon of choice: A ninja researcher and  spreadsheet manipulator.

Weakness: Forgets that he's no longer 22 (especially on the football pitch)


Freddie Tilbrook

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

An innovator and entrepreneur with a passion for designing, trialling and launching new human experiences.

Purpose: Create islands of innovation - to create, trial and evolve ideas ready to sell into corporate leadership.

Weapon of choice: Insight from customers, employees and tech to generate exciting and feasible ideas.

Weakness: Unwavering belief that anything is possible.

Case Studies

Proven results

Communicating compelling strategy with confidence Global FMCG company Read the full case study Driving sector-leading ambition into action Global data company Read the full case study Getting managers thinking more strategically Global Technology Company Read the full case study Embedding fit for purpose culture Growing FMCG company Read the full case study Guiding a pioneering insurtech business Tech company Read the full case study Instilling high performance team practices Global energy leader Read the full case study Engineering organisational behaviour change Premium car producer Read the full case study

Our clients

Who we've helped

Here are some of the organisations that our team has supported over the years.

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What they said

Don't just take our word for it

First “ Facilitation of cross-functional and diverse groups requires the enthusiastic, motivating and natural leadership style delivered confidently by Charlie. He is a must-have asset when targeting success. ” Dr Oliver Taylor
Chief of Staff - BP
Second “ I can attest to our culture being stronger than ever. Your approach to L+D and crafting of training experiences added hugely to how the company runs and it's intellectual and emotional intelligence” Richard Reed
Founder – innocent Drinks
Third “ Due to Charlie's wide experience and varied techniques, he brings the appropriate structure and methodology to each strategic requirement which is always engaging and fruitful ” Nina Jones
Director – Microsoft
Fourth “ Thank you for your excellent session that kick started our strategy workshop. It stretched our thinking whilst also feeling very relevant. ” Jon Roughley
Head of Strategy - Experian
Fifth “ Extremely knowledgeable on the subject and very engaging facilitators, able to successfully deliver the training objectives and inspire the leadership team to play their part in the programme. ” Steph Tallent
Senior HR Consultant - JLR
Sixth “ Charlie has been an amazing help over the years, supporting us through our ‘storming and forming’ period, through to defining and refining our strategy and coaching the leadership team. He brings a humility, intelligence, and energy to the room that brings out the very best. ” Andy Yeoman
Founder - Concirrus

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