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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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  • 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
  • How To Start Saying No At Work
    Last week I was training a new Leader with a common problem. Whenever her Boss gave her more work she struggled to say “no” and as a result she now has way too much work on her desk so she’s working longer hours and she’s so stressed that she’s considering leaving
    Posted: Friday 12 August 2022
  • How To Influence People In Business
    Success is never a singular effort, success demands that you are able to influence those around you whether it’s your Boss, co-workers or clients. It doesn’t matter how good you are you will find many barriers standing between you and success and those barriers will remain unless you can persuade people to help you on your journey
    Posted: Thursday 11 August 2022
  • Business Lessons From The All Blacks Decline
    You can find valuable lessons in successful teams but you can also find equally valuable lessons in teams that are failing and unfortunately at the moment by anyone’s standards the All Blacks are failing. At the time of writing this article they have lost five of the last six games and have a world ranking of 5th, the lowest since the ranking system began and it’s likely to get worse, a lot worse
    Posted: Wednesday 10 August 2022
  • How To Effectively Receive Feedback
    In order to be successful in the business world, both as an individual and as an organisation, you need to be able to constantly improve and the best way to identify the necessary areas of improvement is by receiving feedback. This isn’t always as easy as it may initially seem. It’s a challenge to get quality feedback and then sorting through that feedback in order to ensure you are working on the right areas, the ones that will help you progress your career which is why, in this week’s article
    Posted: Monday 13 June 2022
  • The Secret of The Top Performers On Wall Street
    Wall Street in the United States is the financial Centre of the world. It’s the home to the New York Stock Exchange as well as NASDAQ and the people who work on Wall Street, especially the traders, are expected to operate at a very high level of performance, in roles where a good decision could make their company millions while bad decisions could detrimentally impact the future of businesses
    Posted: Friday 10 June 2022
  • The 4 Fundamental Duties Of A Leader
    When you are in a managerial role, you typically have to perform the duties of both a Manager and that of a Leader. They are very different yet specific duties and you need to be able to complete both if you want to be successful.
    Posted: Thursday 9 June 2022
  • Are You Achieving Your Full Potential
    Do you feel like you could be doing more? Maybe you are looking at people who are in more senior positions than you at work and you feel that it could be you. Maybe your business is doing well but it’s not doing great. It’s okay to have that feeling of wanting more, more money, more success or a more rewarding career. What you really want is to fulfil your full potential. The question is how?
    Posted: Wednesday 8 June 2022
  • How To Change Someone’s Behaviour
    One of the most challenging aspects of Leadership is the ability to change someone’s behaviour at work. Whenever you have someone within your team who is not demonstrating the correct behaviours, whether it’s their poor attitude or repeated mistakes that are having a detrimental impact on the team, it’s ultimately the responsibility of the Leader to intervene.
    Posted: Wednesday 11 May 2022
  • 5 Tips To Become More Successful
    Everyone’s journey is unique and requires very specific advice and guidance but there are some general tips that will apply to everyone and in this week’s article I want to share those tips with you so that you too can become successful.
    Posted: Tuesday 10 May 2022
  • How To Lead When So Many People Are Absent From Work
    The coronavirus pandemic has hit the business world hard with not only losses in revenue but also with its levels of staffing due to so many people being sick and unable to work and it’s this area that I want to discuss this week. I’ve recently had several Managers contact me for advice on this problem. They have the vast majority of their team off sick and they wanted to know how to lead their team or what’s left of it during these difficult times
    Posted: Wednesday 20 April 2022

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