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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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  • What Don Draper Taught me about Leadership
    The multi award winning TV series " Mad Men " is back on our screens for its final season. Along with the series comes its main character the charismatic but flawed Don Draper. For ten years now we've been watching Don Draper win accounts, charm women and self destruct on our TV screen but are there any lessons to be learned here and of so what are they?
    Posted: Monday 13 April 2015
  • How To Deal With a Difficult Boss
    One of the saddest aspects of the workplace today is the amount of bad leaders that still exist. Despite the mountain of evidence that articulate the impact that bad leaders have on the engagement of the workforce it's still common to see people demoralised because of their relationship with their boss.
    What can you do? Read this article and find out
    Posted: Monday 23 March 2015
  • Why Do We Avoid Conflict?
    The most common request I get for coaching is to assist people in dealing with conflict. People find conflict difficult and will sometimes go through great lengths in order to avoid it or they get themselves so worked up that by the time they deal with the conflict it’s escalated into something much bigger than it originally was. The end results are very rarely satisfactory. Why does this happen why do people tend to avoid conflict?
    Posted: Monday 16 March 2015
  • The Roadmap  to Success
    When I share a success story, I get two kinds of reactions from people and it's in this reaction that I know instantly if this person has a chance of reaching their full potential. So when I talk about a new client or about a new book coming out I hear either a defensive reply or a proactive reply.
    Posted: Monday 9 March 2015
  • Communication Secrets of World Class Leaders by Mark Wager
    There are leaders and there are leaders. Some leaders inspire us to do our job yet there are others that inspire us to reach levels we never thought imaginable. These are the world class leaders. It’s these leaders that create an environment that can change an organisation from loss to profit and from good to great. An essential element of any leader is their ability to communicate with their team, but how do they do this? How do they communicate in a way that inspires people? This article
    Posted: Monday 2 March 2015
  • Why Are Good Leaders So Rare? by Mark Wager
    Regardless of the industry within which a leader performs, people have a similar idea of the type of leader they want to work alongside, yet with this being the case why is it that we so often hear people complaining about poor leaders and managers they have to tolerate working with just to keep their jobs? Why are good leaders so rare?
    Posted: Monday 16 February 2015
  • The Essential Leadership Values
    Leadership is the ability to instil power and belief into individuals and teams in order for them to reach levels they didn’t realise could be possible. Leaders create strong emotional connections which build loyalty, trust and engagement. These can only be created through honest open interactions through which the leader’s values are demonstrated. It is these very values that determine the effectiveness of a leader.
    Posted: Monday 8 December 2014
  • Fixing the Fatal Link in Your Employee Enagagement
    A common trend that occurs with Employee Engagement results is when the results show a strong connection within the immediate team level but a weak connection with the wider organisation. This can be fatal to an organisation because when employees only feel a sense of identity with their immediate team but not with the wider organisation it’s difficult to maintain alignment between the team's objectives and the organisation's objectives.
    Posted: Monday 1 December 2014
  • Inspirational quotes from Muhammad Ali
    Here is a collection of motivational quotes from Muhammad Ali
    Posted: Monday 24 November 2014
  • Understanding
    Recently, I delivered a workshop on dealing with conflict within the workplace. At the workshop someone asked me my opinion on a situation they faced at work. It seemed that they had a member of the team who was constantly getting involved in conflict and was very difficult to communicate with and was almost obstructive when it came to resolving conflict. This was my response.
    Posted: Monday 17 November 2014
  • One of the key elements of a team philosophy is establishing the ground rules for how the team communicates with each other.This article explores how to deal with this tricky issue.
    Posted: Monday 10 November 2014
  • How To Give Your Team Purpose by Mark Wager
    We all need a purpose, something which clearly defines our existence, the reason why our heart beats faster than normal, the reason why we feel hours pass like minutes, the reason why we say no when our inner voice tells us to quit. We have a fundamental human need to find our purpose and we will feel unfulfilled until we find it. Teams are no different. They will never reach their full potential until they discover their purpose.
    Posted: Monday 3 November 2014
  • Interview with Mike Hesson, Head Coach of The Black Caps
    This is the first in a series of articles in which I sit down and interview some of the most prominent leaders in New Zealand's sport. I want to see how important leadership is in sports and if the principles of sports leadership can be successfully applied within other organisations.
    Posted: Monday 20 October 2014
  • Dealing With Your Engagement Results by Mark Wager
    So you've received your employee engagement results and they are not good, so what do you do next? This is a scenario facing Managers all across the world and as employee engagement surveys become more popular, the challenge of dealing with the results will grow. I regularly coach leaders and help them avoid the common mistakes that not only fail to improve employee engagement but actually make it worse.
    Posted: Monday 22 September 2014
  • Development for Small Business Leaders
    I work with small business leaders to develop their leadership skills which in turn improves the motivation of their team, their productively and ultimately the profits of their business. In this article I will highlight some of the key development areas that small business leaders require.
    Posted: Monday 1 September 2014
  • The Common Traits of Successful People
    I'm fascinated by people who are successful, who are at the top of their field, whether that's building a business, sports, or entertainment. I read books, I have studied videos and even had the opportunity to interact with some of these successful people and the combination of all that research and experience leads me to believe that each and every single one of these truly successful people share some common traits. In this article, I plan to give you an overview of some of those traits.
    Posted: Monday 25 August 2014
  • How To Manage Organisational Change
    An understanding that what worked yesterday may not work tomorrow is essential for any ambitious organisation. Change needs to occur and without a doubt, the issue is how a leader manages the change process. The “how” the change occurs is almost as important as the “why” and if managed incorrectly you can undo the level of employee engagement you have which negates any benefit that will come from a new organisational structure.
    Posted: Monday 18 August 2014
  • Dealing With Failure A Leadership Article by Mark Wager
    Failure is that horrible experience that we try desperately hard to avoid. In fact most people are so desperate to avoid failure that it prevents them from trying in the first place. It’s this feeling that forces us to look at ourselves and face the disappointment of what we see, the reality that we are not as good as we thought. You might not feel it at the time but failure is the best thing that could happen to you.
    Posted: Monday 28 July 2014
  • The Many Faces of Leadership
    The art of leadership fundamentally breaks down to having the ability to be the person that people need you to be while still staying authentic to yourself. This is difficult as with most people there are some aspects of leadership that are more comfortable than others
    Posted: Monday 21 July 2014
  • The Art of Communication by Mark Wager
    We can’t achieve anything of significance without effectively communicating with other people. Every minute of the day we are communicating even if we are not conscious of doing so. Communication seems so easy. We just tell people what we want, they listen and go-ahead and do it, but how often does this actually happen. How many times do two people communicate and walk away with a different understanding than what was intended.
    Posted: Monday 14 July 2014

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