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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 Is Your Leadership Legacy?
    If you are reading this article then there's a high probability that you are a leader. You have already made the decision to influence people, to inspire people to become better as individuals and as part of a wider team. At the end of the day how will you be measured as a leader? Will it be by how much profit you made for your organisation, how many products you produce or awards that you receive?
    Posted: Monday 14 December 2015
  • Common Myths About Entrepreneurship
    The lifestyle of an entrepreneur is a tempting one. I should know as I'm an entrepreneur myself. I took the step of moving away from a safe but dull full time job and into the world of entrepreneurship. I created my own leadership development business and I started travelling around the Asia Pacific region delivering workshops showing people techniques and strategies in order to become inspirational leaders. It's a great life but it's a life full of misconceptions and myths.
    Posted: Monday 7 December 2015
  • How To Set Goals That Work
    It is universally accepted that goals form an important part of success. You can't walk into a workplace without some goals bring plastered on a wall somewhere Each employee will most likely have a set of individual goals as well as those set by their boss. When work ends, many people go home to a set of other goals, this time life goals. Whether they are documented or not, goals are everywhere yet the majority of goals are unrealistic.
    Posted: Monday 30 November 2015
  • How To Unlock Your Potential
    You either work to achieve your life's ambition or you work for someone who is chasing theirs. There are too many people I have met who are not just not chasing their dream but are completely unaware of what their dream is. A life without a dream is a life of living in darkness and the danger of living in darkness is that it's easy to spend so long there that they acclimatise to their surroundings.
    Posted: Monday 23 November 2015
  • The Deadly Sins Of Leadership
    During my twenty five years as a Manager I've had the wonderful opportunity to be placed in every leadership scenario you can imagine. This has resulted in some wonderful personal successes and yes some failures as well. When I look back and analyse my failures the reason behind them very rarely originates from a failure of leadership theory or technique but rather a failing of me as a person.
    Posted: Monday 16 November 2015
  • Business Lessons From James Bond
    One of the most successful movie franchises in history is back in the cinemas this month. James Bond has returned in Spectre the 24th film in the official series. Ever since Dr No hit our screens in 1962 James Bond has been thrilling audiences for over fifty years making it the highest grossing franchise in ticket sales in movie history once inflation has been taken into account. Many businesses would be proud of this level of success. So what lessons can be found when we analyse the franchise
    Posted: Monday 9 November 2015
  • Why Good People Can Turn Into Bad Bosses
    A recent survey revealed that one in four people have a boss that they consider to be a poor leader. The same survey also showed that even though their boss was a poor leader they were also considered to be hard working good people. How does this happen? How can good people who have good work ethics find themselves in a situation that they are considered by their team as a bad leader?
    Posted: Wednesday 4 November 2015
  • It's Time To Take A Break
    There no getting away from just how important work is in our lives. Not only does our work pay our bills and allows us to survive but it defines who we are in society. Whenever you met someone new one of the first questions they ask you is "what do you do?" It's not a surprise with work playing such a big part of our lives that many tend to fall into the trap of allowing work to consume us.
    Posted: Monday 2 November 2015
  • Are You Missing Out On The Next Big Thing?
    In today's competitive market every company is looking for every advantage they can find. Finding that next big idea that can improve efficiency, save money or produce a new product. Its these kind of ideas that can make a huge difference to any company. It could be the difference between being a market leader and going out of business. Companies are so focussed on finding these new ideas could they are actually in fact missing ideas that are right in front of them.
    Posted: Monday 26 October 2015
  • Top Tips For Young Leaders
    The path of leadership is not a set path. Some people actively pursue leadership while others have it thrust upon them. Some become leaders later in life while others step into this role at an earlier age. For me personally, I got my first managerial role at the age of eighteen and while I was confidant with the technical aspects of the role I wasn’t so confident with. While I had became a Manager I was still learning to be a leader.
    Posted: Wednesday 21 October 2015
  • It's Time To Think Differently
    Apple is one of the world's most innovative and influential companies in the world. There has been over 170 million sales worldwide of the iPad alone. It wasn't always this way. In the mid nineties, Apple was only known as a manufacturer of personal computers and sales were mid to low. In 1997 Steve Jobs, who founded Apple with Steve Wozniak returned to the organisation after being ousted a decade previously. With his return came a new philosophy, a new way of thinking. He challenged the company
    Posted: Monday 19 October 2015
  • How To Give Your Team A Purpose
    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 true purpose.
    Posted: Wednesday 14 October 2015
  • Business Lessons From The Rugby World Cup (so far)
    The Rugby World Cup reflects the business world. Every team is trying to perform the best they can with the resources they have available. They are all competing to be the best while overcoming the challenges in their way. So far some teams have performed well and their journey is continuing while others have fallen by the wayside. Just like business, the Rugby World Cup is a harsh competition and only the teams who have maximised their potential have progressed. Looking at the World Cup so far
    Posted: Monday 12 October 2015
  • The Importance Of Being A Perceptive Leader
    The biggest challenge facing anyone who wants to become an elite leader is the ability to authentically adapt their behaviour to suit the situation. This is difficult because in practice the majority of leaders find this difficult to do, so despite training due to their ingrained habits, values and beliefs. The leaders who have this ability have what I call Pre-cognitive genius. The ability to react at the subconscious level in a style and manner that is best suited for the situation.
    Posted: Monday 5 October 2015
  • The Simplicity Of Motivation
    Hoot: "When I go home people'll ask me, 'Hey Hoot, why do you do it man? What, you some kinda war junkie?' You know what I'll say? I won't say a goddamn word. Why? They won't understand. They won't understand why we do it. They won't understand that it's about the man next to you, and that's it. That's all it is."
    Posted: Monday 28 September 2015
  • Six Ways To Become A Better Leader Today
    The path to becoming the kind of leader that you always wanted to be is a long one. It takes a lot of dedication, a lot of self reflection, a lot of learning and a lot of time. I'm a Leadership Coach and I specialise in turning struggling leaders into good leaders and good leaders into world-class leaders. I know from experience just how long these personal journeys can be yet there are things you can do today to become a better leader.
    Posted: Monday 21 September 2015
  • Four Things Every Entrepreneur Needs To Know
    I have no illusion that I'm living the dream and it's a dream that I would love for other people to pursue, but the road is not easy. Based on my own personal experiences I've highlighted a few tips for any prospective entrepreneur to be aware of.
    Posted: Monday 14 September 2015
  • Why Leadership Will Decide Who Wins The Rugby World Cup
    The Rugby World Cup is about to begin. There are teams coming from all around the world to compete against each other for the Webb Ellis Trophy and the honour of calling themselves "world champions". Every team will be preparing to give their everything on the pitch, yet in this high pressure tournament environment, the difference between the two competing teams may not be the size of the players or their technical expertise. The difference may well be their leadership
    Posted: Monday 7 September 2015
  • How To Avoid Poor Performance Within Your Team
    Posted: Monday 24 August 2015
  • The Truth About Leadership & Power
    Leaders are human and as humans we are all flawed. People are corrupted by power yet we can't be a leader without power. So, what do we expect from our leaders and how can they reach the high levels we expect from them?
    Posted: Monday 17 August 2015

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