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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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  • Four Ways To Negotiate A Better Deal
    If you want to be successful in business or in your career then you need to know how to negotiate, whether you are trying to negotiate a deal with a supplier or wanting to get a pay rise you need to know how to ask people in a way that makes them more likely to say yes to what you want. The art of negotiation is a complex one but in this week’s article I want to share with you some practical tips that will help you get what you want.
    Posted: Thursday 6 February 2020
  • Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions
    Have you ever been In a room with a group of people who you believed to be smart but they end up making very stupid decisions? This week I want to explore the psychology behind why smart people make bad decisions
    Posted: Monday 3 February 2020
  • How To Get Your Boss To Give You More Staff
    It’s a situation that many Leaders find themselves in - they just don’t have enough staff. If you have tried to get your boss to give you more staff and it hasn’t worked then this article is for you
    Posted: Monday 20 January 2020
  • Why Your Company Values Are Losing Your Money
    Almost every company has a set of values usually hanging on the wall or popping up on your screensaver but very few companies actually use their values in the right way. For most companies they don’t realise their values are losing them money
    Posted: Thursday 16 January 2020
  • The Lessons That Every New Manager Needs To Learn
    When you first become a Manager you are starting at the bottom of a new ladder. There are lots of lessons to learn and here are the most important
    Posted: Monday 13 January 2020
  • The Four Most Common Ways Managers Annoy Their Team
    Have you ever had an annoying Manager? Here are the four most common ways that Managers annoy their team - let me know if I’ve missed any
    Posted: Thursday 9 January 2020
  • How To Deal With Conflict & Still Maintain Good Relationships
    You know you need to say something but you hold yourself back. You start telling yourself that saying something will upset people and even damage relationships so you remain silent, yet over time to silence eats away at you inside.
    Posted: Monday 6 January 2020
  • How To Delegate More Effectively
    When Im coaching one of the most common challenges I help Leaders overcome is delegation. Most leaders are technical experts and while this brings a lot of benefits it also creates problems when trying to get other people to do work to their Hugh standards
    Posted: Thursday 19 December 2019
  • Do You Find It Difficult To Say No
    The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair once said “The art of leadership is saying no. Its very easy to say yes” For a lot of us saying No is difficult, it’s not within our nature, its not part of our culture yet we need to learn.
    Posted: Monday 16 December 2019
  • Why You Are Never Too Old To Be Successful In Business
    Did you know that Ray Kroc, the fast food tycoon who was instrumental in turning McDonalds into one of the worlds successful brands was 52 years old when he opened his first McDonalds store? Too often we believe that business is for the young yet there are many examples that prove you are never too old to be successful
    Posted: Thursday 12 December 2019
  • How To Get The Best Out Of New Employees
    It’s a big challenge to recruit the right people but its just as much a challenge to get new recruits to a stage that they are adding value. From an organisational perceptive, a new employee needs to be up to speed as soon as possible yet the reality is that on average it takes a minimum of six months for a new employee to get to the same level of productivity as an experienced co-worker and in several cases it takes much longer.
    Posted: Thursday 22 August 2019
  • Leadership & Ego: The Bridge Between Humility & Arrogance
    The relationship between Leadership and the Ego is a strange on. The ego is best described as “a persons sense of self-esteem or self-importance.” This is important for a Leader to possess as they need to have a level of confidence in order to inspire people to follow yet when that ego gets out of hand then the Ego becomes the enemy of good Leadership and often leads to a downfall
    Posted: Monday 19 August 2019
  • What To Do When You Have Too Much Work
    It’s a story that I hear far too often, a Leader that is drowning in work. They have far to much work that can’t reasonably be completed in the time available. Typically in these situations the Leader tries to deal with the situation by working longer hours. This is incredibly short term thinking as the longer hours you work the less effective you are and the less effective you are the more mistakes you make which then results in even more work.
    Posted: Thursday 15 August 2019
  • How To Motivate Your Team After A Bad Week
    It’s easy to motivate a team when everything is going well because people like success and the feeling that winning brings but when things go wrong, it's different. It's much more difficult to motivate a team when things are not going well. No matter how good the team may be everyone at some time has a bad week, when a mistake is made its just takes the wind out of the team’s sails leaving it deflated. When the team was once loud, now it’s quiet, when once it was supportive, now people are blaming each other
    Posted: Monday 12 August 2019
  • Five Leadership Lessons From Sir Richard Branson
    Sir Richard Branson, best known as the founder of the Virgin Group of companies is one of the world’s top entrepreneurs. With an estimated net worth of $5 billion Richard Branson has taken Virgin from being a single record shop in Oxford Street in London and transformed it into a global brand with investments in over four hundred companies ranging from Books, Trains, Airlines and even potential space travel with Virgin Galactic. Over the years Sir Richard Branson has been recognised as a successful leader turning Virgin into one of the worlds most successful companies. When we look into these successes we can find Leadership lessons that every leader can benefit from.
    Posted: Thursday 8 August 2019
  • How To Deal With A Stressful Job
    At one stage or another you will feel stressed at work and while a little bit of stress is good when that stress gets too much then it can have a detrimental effect not only on your work but also on your personal life. Instead of leaving work behind, you end up bringing it home with you, talking to your partner and friends about how stressful work is and before you know it your whole day is completely filled with thoughts about work, you find it difficult to sleep and you find yourself in the situation that you are living to work instead of working to live
    Posted: Monday 5 August 2019
  • How To Improve Your Presentation Skills
    There are a particular set of skills needed in order to deliver an effective presentation, all of which can be learned over time. I coach several Leaders with the specific aim of making their presentations more effective. If you are interested in coaching then get in touch with me, but regardless here are some practical tips that will help any Leader make their presentations more effective.
    Posted: Thursday 1 August 2019
  • Are You Mothering Your Team?
    This past week I’ve had to address the same scenario with two very different leaders. They are both highly regarded by their organisations, both very smart and have a lot of technical knowledge and both have recently taken over teams and while the industries they work in are very different they share the same problem, which is, they don’t feel like a Leader to their team they feel more like their Mother, constantly reminding them, constantly chasing them up and tidying up after them both in terms of poor work but also just tidiness around the office.
    Posted: Monday 29 July 2019
  • Leadership & The Power of Listening
    In my experience the best Leaders are also the best listeners. The ability to listen is one of the most underestimated qualities that Leaders require in order to be successful, we spend so much time focusing on communication, learning what to say, how to say and when to say that it’s easy to forget that communication is worthless unless we are willing to listen.
    Posted: Thursday 25 July 2019
  • The Entrepreneurial Mindset
    When I was in Fiji last week I had the honour of spending time with a couple of young entrepreneurs with a very exciting future ahead of them and it made me think about what it takes to be an entrepreneur. During my time coaching people in business I’ve found that it’s not the smartest, it’s not the richest and it’s not the people with the best ideas that end up being successful entrepreneurs, it’s always the people with the right mindset, the right attitude, the right desire in short they have the Entrepreneur mindset.
    Posted: Monday 22 July 2019

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