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I am a former Broker Sales Manager and an Operations Manager who is now working as a leadership coach, consultant and strategist across four key areas:

  • Leadership of successful teams
  • Optimisation of mental performance 
  • Leadership psychology
  • High performing teams

Within these areas, I design, coach and facilitate bespoke leadership development programmes for individuals and teams including managers of all levels, directors, executives, professional athletes and aspiring leaders. My clients include the Delegates of the European Union, The Fred Hollows Foundation in Timor-Leste, the Fiji Sun newspaper, Lakes DHB, Kmart and Foodstuffs.

I am listed by Evan Carmichael as one of the top 100 leadership experts in the world to follow on Twitter.

When I design leadership programmes I draw from my twenty five years of managerial experience across a range of industries in the United Kingdom and here in New Zealand. I am accepted in the MBTI suite of tools and I am a professional member of NZAPT (New Zealand Association of Psychological Type) NZIM (New Zealand Institute of Management) and NZATD (New Zealand Association of Training & Development). I am a published author of two leadership books and I've had articles published in a range of magazines including Lifestyle for Men Magazine, M2, New Zealand Management Magazine as well as having a weekly business column with the Fiji Sun Newspaper. I am the current editor of Elite Leadership magazine.

If you want practical effective coaching and facilitation based on a foundation of modern leadership theories then get in touch via Twitter, the enquiry form below or call me direct on 021 354 831 (New Zealand)

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  • Are You An Ethical Leader?
    Every Leader believes they are ethical but it’s worth asking yourself the question just how ethical are you? The answer may not be what you originally believe. A survey by the Institute of Business Ethics looked at 6,019 employees across eight countries and asked about their attitudes and perceptions of ethics in the workplace.
    Posted: Thursday 13 April 2023
  • The 7 Deadly Sins Of Leadership
    It seems that Leaders, no matter the industry they work in or the country they are from, always seem to make the same mistakes. I call these the seven deadly sins of Leadership and once you are aware of these common mistakes that Leaders make you can take steps to avoid them.
    Posted: Wednesday 5 April 2023
  • Understanding The Leadership Octagon
    To become an effective Leader you can’t just be a master of one skill you have to become a master of several of which there are eight fundamental skills. There are eight sides of Leadership, which are known as the Leadership Octagon. In this weeks article I want to explain to you about these eight sides of Leadership and how by focusing on these different aspects you can become a complete Leader.
    Posted: Wednesday 29 March 2023
  • Four Things That Managers Need To Stop Doing
    The sad realty for today’s workforce is that the a significant number of the workforce are not happy with their Manager. A study by The Australasian Leadership Institute discovered that approximately a third of all employees rated their Manger as being a poor Leader. Everyday Mangers do things that annoys their team and a lot of time they are unaware they are doing so. In this article I want to shine a light on the top four things that Managers do that annoy their team.
    Posted: Thursday 23 March 2023
  • What Is Your Leadership Legacy?
    The role of a leader is to provide people with the belief and power to take them to a level that they've never been to before. This kind of empowering leadership is not measured by the amount of glory the leader receives. Leadership and ultimately the leader's legacy is measured by the quality of leaders that they produce.
    Posted: Tuesday 21 March 2023
  • How To Get People To Speak Up At Meetings
    Have you ever been in a meeting where you asked the team for feedback only to be faced with a wall of silence? No-one says a word then in the subsequent days you discover people did have an opinion but they didn’t want to share it during the meeting. This is a frustrating situation that many Leaders have to deal with but it doesn’t have to be this way.
    Posted: Friday 10 March 2023
  • How To Lead Through A Crisis
    Leader will eventually reach a stage in their career when they and find themselves in a crisis situation and are faced with the challenge of leading their team through it. In this week’s article I want to provide you with some practical tips on how to lead through a crisis.
    Posted: Wednesday 8 March 2023
  • What Every New Leader Needs To Know
    A recent study by the Psychological Society showed that starting a new role is one of the top ten most stressful life events that people go through. It’s strange to think that what is meant to be a reward can easily become a punishment. Management can be difficult especially if this is your first time in such a responsible position. So here is a quick guide on what to do in your new managerial role.
    Posted: Monday 6 March 2023
  • The Leadership S.E.C.R.E.T
    There’s no doubt that Leadership is a very large and complex topic and it may seem that there’s some hidden secret of Leadership who’s is difficult to find but I’ve always believed in the quote by Albert Einstein who once said “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”
    Posted: Saturday 4 March 2023
  • Why This Is The Year Of The Entrepreneur
    It’s been wildly reported that 2023 will be a difficult year economically, the world is recovering from the past couple of years of coronavirus & lockdowns and is now is facing new challenges with borders opening around the world the brain drain has begun, with energy prices rising cuts of living is becoming a significant issue for families everywhere. It’s going to be a difficult year but it doesn’t mean it’s going to be a difficult year fir everyone for some it’s going ti be a great year
    Posted: Thursday 2 March 2023
  • Life Lessons From Lionel Messi
    The greatest player in the world has just won the greatest football tournament in the world. Lionel Messi at the age of 35 has led Argentina to victory in the World Cup Final in a remarkable display of skill, mindset and leadership. Even if you are not a fan of football you can still admire what he has achieved and how he has achieved his success because success leaves clues.
    Posted: Monday 19 December 2022
  • What’s Your Leadership Philosophy?
    If you want to become a successful Leader then it’s essential that you possess a Leadership philosophy. There are many types of Leaders some quiet, some loud some authoritative some consultative and the list goes on and when you consider the different types of teams and industries in which they sit then the permutations are endless which is why you need to make it clear to the team the type of Leader you are and the best way to achieve this is to have a clear philosophy.
    Posted: Sunday 30 October 2022
  • Are You Leading Or Mothering Your Team
    A Leader calls me asking for advice because they don’t feel like they are leading a team instead they feel more like everyone’s Mother. In these scenarios the Leader typically has a lot of technical expertise and have been performing well in their job and as a result they have been promoted and now find themselves leading a team.
    Posted: Saturday 29 October 2022
  • What It’s Important For Managers To Listen To Their Team
    The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. - Ralph Nichols
    Posted: Friday 28 October 2022
  • How To Lead A Winning Sports Team
    Over the years I’ve coached Leaders in many different industries and I’ve learnt that there’s never a unilateral approach that works. Every industry and every country brings its own unique challenges and Leaders need to be able to adapt in order to build a winning team.
    Posted: Wednesday 5 October 2022
  • Are You A Boss Or A Leader by Mark Wager
    If you find yourself in a position in which you have responsibility of a team then you need to decide which one you want to become, a Boss or a Leader because they are very different. A Boss is an outdated philosophy that was effective in the past but in modern workplaces it’s an approach that can cause unnecessary disruption and discontent. In order to become successful a team requires a Leader and not a Boss so it’s important that people fully understand the differences between the two
    Posted: Tuesday 4 October 2022
  • Five Ways To Inspire Your Team
    The aim of every leader is to inspire greatness in others, there’s many leaders who tell you what to do but there’s not many who are able to inspire you to become a better version of yourself but when you meet those leaders their memory stays with you, the feeling of empowerment, self belief and loyalty that was instilled into you.
    Posted: Monday 3 October 2022
  • How Your Business Can Break Through Barriers
    Everyone who has business regardless of whether it’s a start-up or has been around for generations, share the same vision. They want the business to grow and get bigger and better but there are always barriers in the way. The barriers that stand between where a business is today and where it wants to be are many and varied.
    Posted: Wednesday 17 August 2022
  • How To Stay Authentic When Leading
    Whenever someone moves into a Leadership role, their aim, whether they are aware of it or not, is to stay authentic and not allowing the new role to change them and to lead people while staying true to themselves.
    Posted: Tuesday 16 August 2022
  • How To Improve Communication In The Workplace
    One of my favourite quotes is by playwright George Bernard Shaw who once said “The biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” I love this quote so much because It perfectly describes what happens in workplaces everywhere. I see people who believe they are communicating with each other but in reality everyone is talking and no one is listening
    Posted: Monday 15 August 2022

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