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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 Effectively Navigate Change
    Change happens whether we like it or not, the world and our place within the world is constantly changing. If we what to be successful in life or in business then we need to be prepared to effectively navigate change when it occurs.
    Posted: Monday 11 July 2016
  • How To Overcome Your Fear of Interviews
    This week I've received an email from someone in New Zealand who was just about to head to an interview and was incredibly nervous and wanted some advice on how to be successful.
    Posted: Monday 4 July 2016
  • 3 Ways That England Can Create a Winning Team Culture
    England's football team have just been knocked out of the European Championships. While being knocked out of tournaments is nothing new to English fans the way they lost this time reached new lows. England lost 2-1 to Iceland, a country with a population of only 330,000 and with less than 100 professional footballers.
    Posted: Thursday 30 June 2016
  • Why Every Business Needs To Develop Their Future Leaders
    Every business is looking for the right investment which will take them to the next level. A Manager considers whether to invest in new technology, new premises or new equipment but the best investment may be right in front of them. To take your business to the next level you need to invest in your people. Many successful companies have demonstrated that the better the people you have the more profitable your business is.
    Posted: Monday 27 June 2016
  • What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Lionel Messi
    I'm of the firm belief that success leaves clues, you just need to know where to find them. I travel around the world delivering leadership training to prospective and existing entrepreneurs. During this time I've seen many people from different countries, different backgrounds and different industries and one thing is completely clear and that is there are patterns of behaviour that successful people share.
    Posted: Wednesday 22 June 2016
  • How To Manage The Evolution of Your Business
    Between 65 to 245 million years ago Dinosaurs walked the Earth. They were the largest and the most powerful animals that ever walked the planet yet today the most dominant species is mankind . The difference between the two is evolution. Humans have evolved from their ancient ancestors into modern day Homo Sapiens while Dinosaurs bar some rare exceptions died out. The same is true in business.
    Posted: Monday 20 June 2016
  • The Five Essential Questions Every Entrepreneur Needs To Answer
    Approximately 90% of entrepreneurs fail within five years and 95% within ten years. It's not a lifestyle that is to be entered into lightly and you need to ask yourself several questions before you consider becoming an entrepreneur. Based on my personal experience of building a business from scratch here are the five most important questions an entrepreneur needs to ask themselves.
    Posted: Monday 13 June 2016
  • Leadership Lessons From The All Blacks
    One of the most consistently successful teams in sports history is the New Zealand national rugby team, the All Blacks. Ever since their first game in 1903 they have maintained a winning percentage of over 76% with three World Cup victories including the last two tournaments in 2011 and 2015.
    Posted: Thursday 9 June 2016
  • Preparing For The Unexpected
    Considering how much work it takes to prepare for what we expect to happen in business it's not a surprise that we find it difficult to deal with the unexpected yet it's when we have to deal with the unexpected that we look to our leaders for guidance.
    Posted: Monday 6 June 2016
  • What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Donald Cerrone
    The person I chose next to be the subject of Entrepreneurship lessons will surprise you but by the end of the article you will understand why I chose him. I'm writing about the UFC fighter Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. I'm sure there will be some UFC fans thinking why a leadership consultant is writing about Donald Cerrone and I'm sure there are entrepreneurs reading this thinking what does a UFC fighter have to do with entrepreneurship. Let me explain the connection.
    Posted: Wednesday 1 June 2016
  • How To Make Memos Work
    We've all either received memos or are responsible for generating memos. They are the lifeblood of the company, making sure the right people get the right information. The question arises, is there a best practice for producing memos? The short answer is no, because the purpose of the memo is to inform the reader about something and different people have different preferences in relation to how they receive information.
    Posted: Monday 30 May 2016
  • Why Jose Mourinho Is The Right Leader For Manchester United
    What makes Manchester United so convinced that Jose Mourinho is the one that will succeed where others have failed. Is it his track record of success? Not necessarily as football is filled with managers who have failed at one club despite having previous success elsewhere. The factor that will ensure Jose Mourinho will be a success is the same factor that has brought him success during his career and that is his leadership ability.
    Posted: Tuesday 24 May 2016
  • Poor Leadership is Costing New Zealand $5bn a Year
    In New Zealand there is a big disconnect between what we know leadership can be and the leadership employees experience in the workplace everyday. It's this disconnect that is costing companies money everyday and costing New Zealand as a country $5 billion dollars a year in lost productivity.
    Posted: Monday 23 May 2016
  • Leadership Lessons From Iron Man
    Quality leaders never stop learning and are always on the look out for the next leadership lesson wherever it may be. I was at the movies recently were I watched Captain America: Civil War. In the summer blockbuster Captain America Civil War, Iron man and Captain America take opposite sides of a philosophical argument.
    Posted: Wednesday 18 May 2016
  • Leadership Lessons From Captain America
    Captain America: Civil War, the biggest movie of the year has hit the cinemas and has recorded the fifth biggest box office opening weekend in history. In the three Captain America and the two Avengers movies Captain America has effortlessly become the leader of the Marvel universe, he's the hero that other heroes look up to, the leader of leaders.
    While none of us will ever get the superhuman powers that Captain America has we can however become a superhero leader.
    Posted: Monday 16 May 2016
  • Five Things That Highly Effective Leaders Do
    They are the people we admire, they inspire their teams and take their organisations to levels that their competitors can't. We put these leaders up on a pedestal but they are just like the rest of us, I know this as I have the honour of working with world-class leaders and they have the same fears, concerns and self-doubts like the rest of us. They wake up, go to work and come home again but what they do while at work is different to other leaders.
    Posted: Monday 9 May 2016
  • How Leicester City Shows Us The Way To Achieve Success In The Workplace
    Leicester City football club have just caused the greatest sporting upset of all time. Against all odds Leicester City have won the English Premier League. Last season, they barley escaped relegation and at the start of the year, were listed as 5,000 to 1 outsiders by the bookmakers to win the Premier League
    Posted: Tuesday 3 May 2016
  • The Four Stages of Success
    I'm honoured to be able to coach people to achieve success in their lives. While everyone has different goals and ambitions I've seen a similarity in what stages people progress through when they start their journey to success. There are four crucial stages known as the hierarchy of competence designed by Noel Burch in the 1970's. Each stage has their own challenges for the individual to overcome. In this article I want to explore each of these stages and what you can expect to face
    Posted: Monday 2 May 2016
  • Five Ways to Make Your Meetings More Effective
    What is the biggest waste of time during your working day? If you think meetings are so then you are part of the 47% of the workforce who listed meetings as the biggest waste of their time in a recent survey. Meetings are one of the oldest tools in a Manager's toolbox but it is also one of the most misunderstood and misused. Every Manager holds meetings but very few hold effective meetings.
    Posted: Monday 25 April 2016
  • Communicate Like A Leader
    Managers communicate in a way that informs yet leaders communicate in a way that inspires. The best leaders communicate in a way that connects with their team. They empower their team and install a sense of belief and power that enables them to reach a level of performance that they didn't believe was possible. How do the best leaders do this?
    Posted: Sunday 17 April 2016

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