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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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  • Leading a Business Through a Recession
    In this time of uncertainty there is one thing that is absolutely certain and that is we are about to face an economic recession. In addition to the thousands of lives that the coronavirus pandemic has already taken, the economic damage is extensive. The necessary actions taken by Governments worldwide in order to reduce the spread of the virus, including closing businesses, gatherings and in addition to the sense of fear that most of us face, has meant that many businesses have been unable to continue and have permanently closed or are thinking about closing and it’s only going to get worse.
    Posted: Friday 3 April 2020
  • Leading With Confidence During Times of Uncertainty
    The Coronavirus pandemic is truly testing the Leadership decisions of many world leaders where the virus has not only resulted in the deaths of thousands of people but has caused economic damage which will be felt for many years in the future.
    Posted: Friday 27 March 2020
  • The Mindset of Highly Successful People
    In this weeks article I want to talk about the mindset of highly successful people. I’ve coached a range of people from many different industries and countries and I’ve noticed a consistent pattern in behaviour with my most successful clients. They tend to approach situations differently, they think differently- let me tell you how.
    Posted: Thursday 19 March 2020
  • Why You Should Never Win At All Costs
    Leaders are typically judged by results, whether it’s achieving the necessary sales targets, manufacturing a certain amount of products or even winning on the scoreboard it’s all about the end result. This is completely understandable because businesses exist to make money, non-profits exist in order to make a difference in society, sports teams exist in order to win yet when the end result becomes the sole focus of the Leader, this can encourage a winning at all costs mentality and eventually nothing else matters but the win. Unfortunately when this happens the Leader becomes unaware that regardless of the result they have already lost as a Leader.
    Posted: Monday 16 March 2020
  • Dealing With Self-Doubt At Work
    Have you ever been in a situation at work, when you feel you are not good enough in the Leadership role you are in? Do you feel that any success you have achieved is the result of luck? Do you feel that one day your Boss and co-workers will realise that you are not good enough? Do you feel that you only received your job or promotion because the company was short on candidates? Do you feel that the praise you receive at work is not deserved?
    Posted: Thursday 5 March 2020
  • How To Turn A Good Team Into A Great Team
    It is quite easy to make a good team yet making a great team is far more difficult which makes my job very interesting because this is the most common query I receive. Leaders contact me and want to know how to turn a good team into a great team - in this article is my advice
    Posted: Monday 2 March 2020
  • The 5 Essential Lessons Of Leadership
    There’s been a lot said about Leadership,. Just to give you an idea of how much there is out there, on average there are four to five books published every day. There’s not enough time in a day to read five books so no matter what a Leader does they will not be able to keep up to date with what people are saying about how to be an effective leader. So this week I want to help you out by highlighting the most essential lessons that every Leader needs to embrace on a daily basis.
    Posted: Thursday 20 February 2020
  • What To Do When People Make A Mistake
    No matter how hard people work, no matter how much preparation or training has been done, mistakes will always occur. No one comes to work to do a bad job but these days, it’s up to the Leader to talk to the employee about the what went wrong and what needs to happen in order to ensure that the same mistake doesn’t recur
    Posted: Monday 17 February 2020 , 1 Comments
  • Who Is The Real Leader In Your Team?
    Have you ever felt that you were a Leader in name only and it’s someone else that is really leading the team? If so then this article is for you
    Posted: Thursday 13 February 2020
  • How To Get Your Dream Job
    Life is too short to be in a job that you don’t like. In this weeks article I explore some practical tips that will help you get that dream job
    Posted: Monday 10 February 2020
  • 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

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