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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 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
  • Five Ways To Become An Authentic Leader
    The best leaders are authentic leaders, people whose inner compass guides their daily actions and enables them to earn the trust of their team and their colleagues. Forbes magazine described authentic leaders as people who are self-aware of their strengths, their weaknesses and their emotions and they show their real selves when interacting with their followers. These are the type of Leaders that people want to follow and people strive to become but it’s not easy to be authentic.
    Posted: Wednesday 13 April 2022
  • Why Leaders Need People To Disagree With Them
    I was working with a company last week where both the Manager and the team weren’t happy with each other. The team felt that the Manager wasn’t listening to them and wasn’t even interested in their opinions while the Manager felt that these accusations were silly because he actually thought the opposite was true.
    Posted: Wednesday 6 April 2022
  • Why Leadership Is About Serving Others & Not Others Serving You
    A common complaint I hear from workplaces is that the Manger in charge is too authoritarian, telling people what to do rather than asking them, taking credit for other peoples’ good work while at the same time distributing blame whenever anything goes wrong. Ultimately this kind of Boss places their own personal interests ahead of those of the team which is unfortunate because this behaviour is the complete opposite of what Leadership is meant to be about.
    Posted: Monday 4 April 2022
  • 5 Tips For Aspiring Entrepreneurs by Mark Wager
    During the past few years there’s been a lot of changes. Businesses that were once thriving are now struggling while those who remain have had to adapt and pivot their business and as a result careers are no longer as secure as they were previously. Yet in this time of uncertainty there comes opportunities and there are many people who have decided to embrace these opportunities and start their own business
    Posted: Thursday 24 March 2022
  • P&O Ferries - What Were You Thinking?
    This is more of an opinion piece rather than one of my traditional articles but something has happened recently that I have to talk about and that is the disgraceful behaviour of P&O Ferries
    Posted: Tuesday 22 March 2022
  • How To Lead Remotely
    As the workplace has changed so has the people within the workplace and this is especially true for Leaders. Having a team that is not in the same location as them creates a lot of challenges. So Leaders need to learn how to adapt to this new way for working. In this week’s article, I want to share some advice on how to lead remotely.
    Posted: Thursday 17 March 2022
  • 6 Ways To Become A Visionary Leader
    Every Leader has a vision of what they want the team to achieve but they soon realise that there’s a big difference between a Leader who has a vision and a visionary Leader. So in this week’s article I want to share the six main ways that will help you turn ideas into reality and become a visionary Leader.
    Posted: Wednesday 9 March 2022
  • 5 Ways Good Leaders Can Become Great
    Whenever I recall the story of Mack Robinson it reminds me that in business, just like in sport it’s not enough to be good at what you do, in fact it’s not enough to be very good. In order to win you need to achieve greatness and this is no easy feat. In this week’s article I want to share with you how you can become a great Leader.
    Posted: Wednesday 2 March 2022
  • How Leaders Can Avoid Making Bad Decisions
    Decision making is an important aspect of Leadership and it’s vital to get those crucial decisions right, so in this weeks article I want to explore how Leaders can avoid making wrong decisions.
    Posted: Tuesday 22 February 2022
  • The Lost Art Of The Apology
    During the past week we’ve seen several world Leaders apologise for their mistakes or at least attempt to apologise. Firstly, there was the Prime Mister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, who apologised to the Queen for the all night parties held at Downing Street the night prior to the funeral of her husband Prince Philip while in the United States President Joe Biden apologised to a reporter that he was caught on his microphone insulting.
    Posted: Thursday 17 February 2022

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