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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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  • How To Build Profits By Building Trust
    Let me start by stating the obvious. I'm sure you will agree that it's important for a leader to be viewed as trustworthy. That statement is beyond doubt. In fact it's difficult to imagine an effective leader who doesn't have the trust of their team but what is open to debate is just how important it is for a leader to be viewed as trustworthy. It's no longer just a desirable quality because it's the right thing to do. It's now been established that how trustworthy a leader is viewed by their team has a direct impact on the profitability of the business.
    Posted: Monday 20 February 2017
  • Inspirational Lessons From Batman
    Of all the superheroes in the world of fiction, arguably, the most popular is Batman. He's not from a different planet, he wasn't born with special powers or acquired them after a freak accident. He's just a man and I believe that is what makes Batman so special.
    The story of superheroes continue to inspire us and the most inspirational hero of all, Batman can provide us with lessons for all of us to live our lives better and maybe in some way become the superhero of our own story.
    Posted: Monday 13 February 2017
  • How To Receive Feeback
    The journey to become an effective leader is a long and difficult one. There are many barriers that prevent leaders fulfilling their potential which explains why there are such a few great leaders in business. Of all the barriers the most significant one to overcome is to close the gap between how leaders are perceived by their team as opposed to how they see themselves.
    Posted: Monday 6 February 2017
  • Are Your Goals Working For You?
    It's now the beginning of February and if you are one of those people that have already given up on your New Year resolutions then you are not alone. Research has shown that 75% of resolutions will fail by the end of January and 90% will fail by the end of the year leaving only 10% who will follow through with their resolution
    Posted: Wednesday 1 February 2017
  • The Secret of Continuous Success
    Any level of success is difficult if it requires a large amount of hard work, talent, determination and a fair share of luck yet no matter how difficult success is it's nothing compared to how difficult it is to have success time and time again. Success is difficult but continuous success is almost impossible.
    Posted: Monday 30 January 2017
  • The Leadership Philosophy of Jurgen Klopp
    Jurgen Klopp has one of the most challenging jobs in football. At Liverpool football club he has a club with a rich and successful tradition which has created an expectation for success both domestically and in Europe yet despite their rich history they have only won one trophy during the past ten years which was the League Cup in the 2011-2012 season. Jurgen Klopp is widely considered by the fans to be the man who is able to bring the glory days back to Anfield and his managerial history shows just why he is regarded so highly.
    Posted: Thursday 26 January 2017 , 1 Comments
  • Does Attractiveness Impact Your Judgement
    Our ability to reach a judgement on a person is vital for who we allow into our lives, who we believe in and who we trust. As a leader this judgement has even greater significance as a leader's opinion on a persons dependability, trustworthiness, sense of humour and even ability can influence the career path of that individual and for the success of the team or organisation they are working for. Yet your judgement may be influenced in ways that you are unaware of.
    Posted: Monday 23 January 2017
  • How To Build a Culture of Innovation
    It's the Businesses that have a culture of innovation that survive. Success is just an idea away, a new product, a new way of cutting costs or reducing waste that can be the difference between failing and succeeding. The world is constantly changing and to succeed you need to not only innovate to keep up with the changes but you need to anticipate where the changes are heading and innovate based on what could be rather than what is. If you can do this then your business will be successful
    Posted: Friday 20 January 2017
  • Three Things To Remember About Introverts In The Workplace
    The biggest strength and the biggest weakness of teams are one and the same. It's the complexity of people that make so many workplaces fascinating but it's also the same complexity that creates miscommunication and misunderstandings in the workplace.
    Posted: Wednesday 18 January 2017
  • Why Are There So Many Poor Leaders?
    The biggest challenge facing the business world today is poor leadership. When I'm talking about leadership I'm not just talking about decisions made at the top by CEOs. I'm talking about leadership at every level of a company and the inability to motivate and inspire people. This is costing the economy millions of dollars every year.
    Posted: Monday 16 January 2017
  • How To Become A Better Leader In 2017
    The New Year has started and with it comes your goals for the year. Businesses demand a lot from their leaders and with every year you are expected to do more with less. As expectations grow the resources required to meet those expectations reduce, so it's more vital than ever before for leaders to become better.
    Posted: Monday 9 January 2017
  • Why Now Is Not The Time To Quit
    The business world is a tough world and you will face obstacles, many obstacles and in fact you will consider quitting but the difference between the people who succeed in business and the people who fail in business is that successful people view these obstacles as feedback not as a signal to quit. Every obstacle provides you with feedback and opportunity, valuable lessons for you to know what you are doing wrong and an opportunity to correct that path.
    Posted: Monday 2 January 2017
  • What To Do When You Work For A Bad Boss
    Numerous studies from all around the world have shown that the number one reason that determines whether an employee stays in their job or leaves is their relationship with their boss. If you work with a boss who you respect and enjoy working with you are likely to stay in a position even if you don't enjoy other aspects of the job but if you work for a bad boss or someone who lacks the basic leadership skills then it's only a matter of time before you leave even if you enjoy the job itself.
    Posted: Monday 19 December 2016
  • Business Lessons From Marvel Studios
    In 1999 Marvel was facing bankruptcy with barely enough money to pay their employees, yet a mere ten years later they were purchased by Disney for $4.3 billion. This journey from failure to success offers many lessons that can help any business no matter what industry they are in.
    Posted: Monday 12 December 2016
  • When should A Leader Move On?
    Here in New Zealand we are reacting to the shocking news that our Prime Minister John Key has decided to resign. In politics you usually only see a leader resign when they have been caught in a scandal and even then a resignation is becoming more and more rare yet in this case John Key has decided to walk away from his leadership role while his party is polling at 50% of the popular vote, the economy is doing well in New Zealand and he stood a good chance of winning the next election
    This got me thinking, when is the right time for a leader to move on?
    Posted: Wednesday 7 December 2016
  • 5 Tips To Negotiate Better
    The success of a business can be determined by the quality of its negotiations. The ability to get the best deal possible can make or break a business which makes negotiating skills among the most valuable that any businessman can have. In this article I explore some of the key tips that will help out on any negotiating situation.
    Posted: Monday 5 December 2016
  • Business Lessons From Formula One
    Formula One is a multi-billion dollar business with major corporations such as Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull spending millions of dollars to compete for the Formula One constructors championship. The best drivers in the world in cars reaching speeds of over 350 km/h competing against each other in races held all around the world.
    Posted: Monday 28 November 2016
  • The One Lesson I Can't Teach You
    I've coached leaders at all levels, from young aspiring leaders to experienced CEOs and I've helped leaders oversee organisational change. I've guided them through dealing with sensitive poor performance issues but there are a few things that I make clear I can't help with. Certain aspects of leadership which are fundamental to becoming effective but are so personal that it's only the leader that can work on them. Without these qualities not only can't I help them but they will never become a great leader.
    Posted: Monday 21 November 2016
  • Change Your Mindset To Achieve Your Goals
    I'm honoured to be in the position of a Leadership Coach and I've helped many people reach their goals. After all these years of working with people and studying winners, a clear pattern of behaviour that is consistent in all circumstances has emerged. If we implement this pattern of behaviour into own lives then we too can achieve success
    Posted: Monday 14 November 2016
  • The DNA of Great Leadership
    Like DNA itself, great leaders have four main building blocks. They have the ability to lead themselves. The ability to lead people, the ability to achieve results and finally the ability to create a legacy. When all these abilities come together you have the DNA of great leadership. Let me explain in more detail.
    Posted: Monday 7 November 2016

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