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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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  • 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
  • Why Is Jose Mourinho So Successful?
    Chelsea are the reigning English Premier League Champions and at the head is their Manager Jose Mourinho. He is now widely regarded as the best football manager in the world and one of the all time greatest. What is it that makes Jose Mourinho so successful?
    Posted: Monday 10 August 2015
  • How Much Is Poor Leadership Costing Your  Company?
    Companies in New Zealand are losing millions of dollars in lost productivity every year due to poor leadership and the majority of these companies don't even realise it is happening.
    Posted: Monday 3 August 2015
  • The Secret of a Successful Team
    I've been involved with teams from the public sector and the private sector, teams of three people up to teams of three hundred, teams of one nationality and teams of many nationalities. With all this experience I would have to be a complete idiot not to see the the key differences in behaviour that separates the good team from the world class level teams. In this article I will share my observation of this key factor that separates the world class teams from the good teams.
    Posted: Monday 27 July 2015
  • Self Leadership by Mark Wager
    If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
    Sun Tzu, The Art of War
    Posted: Monday 20 July 2015
  • How To Create A Winning Team Mentality
    A fundamental requirement of any successful team is the undeniable belief that they can succeed. Without this belief no success will ever be sustainable and they will just have fleeting moments in which they think the team has turned the corner when in reality it's only a brief respite. A winning team mentality is required for ongoing success.
    Posted: Monday 13 July 2015
  • Business Lessons From The All Blacks
    I've delivered team building workshops for teams in different countries and industries for many years and I've seen clear similarities in what makes a team successful regardless of where the team is bested or whether it is a rugby team or a team of architects. If you look into what has made the All Blacks so successful you will find valuable lessons that can help your team achieve ongoing success.
    Posted: Monday 6 July 2015
  • Are You A Boss Or A Leader?
    A survey in New Zealand showed that many people believe that their boss is not a leader. The survey showed that 26% of people believe that their boss is a poor leader and 49% of people rate their boss as fair or poor.. So the question is which one are you, a leader or a boss?
    Posted: Monday 29 June 2015
  • Are You Ready For A New Model Of Leadership
    The world requires a leadership model within which leaders must influence a wide range of groups over which they have no direct authority, while those groups typically command much power of their own through their access to information and their ability to communicate with practically anyone.
    Posted: Monday 15 June 2015
  • What Makes Lionel Messi So Successful?
    Every generation has that one special footballer who out of the millions of footballers around the world, stands out as something special. For this generation, the greatest player in the world is Lionel Messi. Currently playing for F.C. Barcelona in Spain and as Captain for the Argentinian national side, Lionel Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or four consecutive years and is the only player to do so. Whenever we find excellence we can find lessons that can be useful in our own lives.
    Posted: Monday 1 June 2015
  • How To Get Your Team Out Of Dire Situations
    If you believe your team is in trouble or just under performing then this article is for you. Learn the secret of Sun Tzu and the "death ground"
    Posted: Monday 25 May 2015

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