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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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  • Programming Your Mind Towards Success
    Here’s an easy question - do you want to be more successful? No matter what a person has they always want more, more money, more confidence, more time. A question that is not so easy is how can you be more successful? Well that is where this week’s article can help you. I coach a lot of successful people who strive to be even more successful and they do this by programming their mind towards success.
    Posted: Wednesday 8 May 2019
  • The 3 Most Common Mistakes That CEOs Make
    It’s not easy being a CEO because every mistake they make can have a significant Impact on the organisation they are working for. This is a challenge because despite best intentions everyone makes mistakes and CEOs are no different. As a Leadership Coach I’m honoured to have several talented CEOs as clients and we spend regular time together analysing the current workload in order to identifying potential mistakes before they actually happen. In this week’s article I want to share with you some of the most common mistakes that CEOs make and we try to avoid them before they happen.
    Posted: Wednesday 1 May 2019
  • Leadership Lessons From Marvel Studios
    Marvel studios are one of the most successful movie studios in the world with Avengers Endgame being the latest in a long line of financial blockbusters yet twenty years ago things were very different. In 1999 Marvel was on the brink of bankruptcy, forced to sell the rights to their most popular characters. In this week’s article I explore the Leadership lessons behind this remarkable success journey
    Posted: Wednesday 24 April 2019 , 1 Comments
  • 8 Ways To Do More In Less Time
    In business you can buy many things, you can buy experts to give you advice, you can update your equipment and even hire more staff but the one thing you can’t buy is time. The most important factor to success is time because it’s limited, there are only so many hours in a day so it’s vital that you take advantage of every hour and minute available.
    Posted: Monday 29 January 2018
  • The Importance Of Values & Culture In The Workplace
    Values and Culture are the most discussed topics when it comes to effective teamwork but it is also the most misunderstood. Values and culture creates a framework which attracts the most desirable candidates, helps retain the most valuable employees and creates an environment which motivates and inspires the team. That is when it’s successful and done well.
    Posted: Monday 22 January 2018
  • Are You An Alpha or Beta Leader?
    Every team is different and is in some way unique but at the end of the day all teams consist of people and when people are involved there are specific things that work that turns a collection of individuals into a highly effective team. In this article I will share with you the most important aspect of teamwork and that is Leadership.
    Posted: Monday 15 January 2018 , 1 Comments
  • How To Make Your New Year Resolutions Work
    Every year millions of people around the world see the New Year as an opportunity to make positive changes to their lives. Whether it’s a desire to lose weight or to get a promotion at work, people welcome the New Year and the opportunities it brings, yet these resolutions are often empty promises that we make ourselves. On average only 8% of people will actually get to the end of next year with their resolution completed and the vast majority of around 80% will quit their resolution by the end of February. Why does this happen and how can we make sure that our new year resolution doesn’t become an empty promise and becomes a reality instead?
    Posted: Wednesday 10 January 2018
  • Why Businesses Need To Embrace New Leadership
    Every business has leadership but very few businesses have effective leadership. The leadership model that is most common in businesses today is an outdated model that is creating workplaces that are preventing employees from realising their full potential and as a result these businesses are quickly falling behind other businesses that have decided to lead in a new modern way.
    Posted: Thursday 16 November 2017
  • The Future Of Performance Reviews
    If you are a regular reader of my articles then you would already be aware of my opinion that the traditional model of performance reviews is outdated. The process in which Managers sit down with their staff every six months to formally record and evaluate their performance no longer works and the larger the organisation the more outdated the process is and it just simply does not work. So what's next?
    Posted: Monday 30 October 2017
  • Top Tips About Internships
    An internship programme if done correctly can be of great value to both parties, the intern and the organisation recruiting the interns. In this article I'm going to explore what needs to happen in order to make internships work.
    Posted: Monday 23 October 2017
  • How To Coach Your Team
    When you hear the word “Coach” you most likely think of someone in sport. Maybe someone like Ben Ryan perhaps, who guided the Fijian sevens team to Olympic Gold or Steve Hansen, the current Coach of the All Blacks. Both people who are regarded as World-Class coaches who have developed their players and achieved high levels of success. Now the business world is taking these valuable lessons from the world of sports and bringing these coaching skills into the workplace.
    Posted: Monday 9 October 2017
  • The Worst Mistake In Sales
    The sales team is the life blood of any business. They are like the wingers of a rugby team. No matter how much work you do around the park, you need your wingers to take the ball across the try line to get the points on the board. Sales is important, yet I'm always astonished at how many companies make the same fundamental mistake and this mistake is costing companies a lot of money in lost sales.
    Posted: Monday 2 October 2017
  • I coach several people who are highly successful in their respective fields so I was asked the team what they thought was the most important question that anyone who wants to be successful needs to ask themselves. To be highly successful then each and every day, one needs to ask oneself the question “what have I done today to become better than I was yesterday”
    Posted: Monday 11 September 2017
  • Presentation Skills For Leaders
    A leader who is unable to deliver an effective presentation is unable to express their ideas in a way that inspires people to act. For me a presentation is whenever you have a specific amount of time to communicate with people in order to achieve a specific result. This can be a meeting with your team to address undesirable behaviours, a sales pitch to clients or delivering a proposal to your boss. Presentation skills are highly desired by Leaders yet very few actually develop them yet it's a skill and like all skills it can be learnt and developed and here in this article are some practical tips for all leaders to develop their presentation skills.
    Posted: Monday 4 September 2017
  • How To Create A World Class Team
    In the sports world, it's the All Blacks, the most successful sports team in history. In the business world it's Netflix, the streaming entertainment company who went from the brink of bankruptcy to becoming a $60 billion global giant. Wherever you look there is always one team that stands above the others, the team that is world-class. It's these type of teams that every leader aspires to replicate within their own team, yet many fail to achieve this lofty goal.
    Posted: Monday 28 August 2017
  • The Five Best Interview Questions
    Recruitment is the most important job for any organisation. The probability of a leader achieving success can be greatly influenced by the quality of the people following them. I've worked with many teams who have good employees and a weak leader and have still achieved success yet I can't think of a successful team I have met who have a quality leader but poor employees. If you want success recruit the right people.
    Posted: Monday 7 August 2017
  • How To Delegate More Effectively
    It's an all too common scenario. A leader asking their team to do something only to find out later they have to follow up because it wasn't done. Teams not following the instructions of their leader is so common in businesses that in many places it's just accepted when with just an application of a technique that I've designed this can easily be resolved.
    Posted: Monday 31 July 2017
  • How Red Team Thinking Can Impove Your Business
    In this article I want to show you a technique that I've used personally with my own teams and I've also helped introduce with clients to improve the effectiveness of their team and that is Red Team Thinking. This technique is used to improve communication within a team, encourages proactive thinking and produces a more robust and effective decision making process.
    Posted: Monday 24 July 2017
  • What Does It Take To Succeed In Business
    One of the many perks of my job as a Leadership Coach is that the more I teach the more I learn. When I visit companies around the world to deliver leadership training it gives me an opportunity to spend time with a multitude of successful business people, many of whom have achieved the remarkable feat of turning an idea into a real successful business.
    Posted: Monday 17 July 2017
  • How To Find More Time In A Day
    It's one of the most common phrases in business "I didn't have enough time." The intention was pure and you wanted to complete the task but if only there was a few more hours in the day. Time management is one of the key barriers to success and the ability to manage your time efficiently in a way that allows you to compete more tasks can the difference between you and your competitor. So how can you find more hours in a day? Well! here are a few tips.
    Posted: Monday 10 July 2017

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