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It is with pleasure that I, Kate Cousens, invite you to listen to my podcast show ‘Ladder Down’ where I chat all things business and career along with other people who do interesting things!

Sending the ladder down is the concept of someone sharing their success to help raise others up and, in this podcast, we will explore the ups and downs of climbing the career and business ladder.

This concept is one that is close to my heart as back in 2018 I wrote and self-published a book called ‘Ladder Climbing in High Heels’ where I shared a number of what I called ‘Ladder Lessons’ that I found useful during my 20+ year corporate career.

Since then, I have gone on to become an advisor, director and shareholder at a Chester based firm called HM bamboo helping owners and senior leaders with their personal development and business growth goals.

I love listening to people tell their story, and how they progressed in their career or got to run their own business. I hope that listeners will find these stories helpful and can apply the things they learn along the way in their own lives.

Please let me know what you think of the Podcast - I am a total newbie to it so we will be learning lessons together along the way....but hey, that's what life is all about! Connect with me:  

May 18, 2021

In this episode Kate meets Nigel Taberner who spent 30 years in the UK Police working in a wide variety of front line, protective security, asset coordination and investigative roles. Perhaps his most interesting role was as a Hostage Negotiator.

He successfully negotiated over 130 high-risk armed sieges, domestic and international kidnaps, suicide interventions and was deployed during high profile counter-terrorism operations.

He says that as well as saving lives, the skills that he learned made him a more effective leader and a better colleague, husband and father. Since retiring from the Police force in 2019 he has started up his own business called Level2Communications where now helps people transform their businesses using the skills that he honed in his words ‘the murky world of hostage negotiation’  as a power for good. He says that these skills can enhance your workplace, develop your teams, increase your productivity and give you a competitive edge.