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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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  • 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
  • How Collective Leadership Can Save The Blues by Mark Wager
    The Blues are a New Zealand professional rugby team competing in the Super 15 competition. They have a successful history winning the competition three times and the semi-finals three times, yet their recent history is poor, with them coming near the bottom in the last three seasons finishing 12th, 10th, and 10th respectively and this season is no better with the side currently 13th on the ladder. So what is going wrong?
    Posted: Tuesday 19 May 2015
  • How to Stop the Epidemic of Bad Leadership
    Imagine the following scenario. You go to work everyday and you do what you believe is a good job. You get on well with your boss and you enjoy your work, that is until a new boss arrives who has very different ideas of the workplace and your role within it. Then day by day you start to enjoy your role less and less until you come to a day when you feel that either you leave or your new boss does. This scenario is not difficult to imagine as it either happened to you or someone you know.
    Posted: Monday 11 May 2015
  • The Biggest Mistake When Recruiting(and how to fix it) by Executive coach Mark Wager
    Finding the best candidates for your organisation can be difficult. The recruitment process can be time consuming and expensive but the rewards can be huge if you can get that ideal candidate with the perfect combination of skills and attitude. Yet there are many organisations that make a fundamental mistake when recruiting that not only costs them that ideal candidate but all the financial rewards that come with them.
    Posted: Monday 4 May 2015
  • Which Avenger Are You?
    The Avengers find a way as unique Individuals to come together and work effectively.

    Within workplaces around the world, teams struggle with this concept. In many teams people's unique personalities, skills and experiences are not appreciated and managers want their team to fit a particulate mould. They have an idea of what type team member they want and they hire people to try and fit that pre-ordained idea. In doing so they miss out on many exceptional candidates and the ones they do hire a
    Posted: Monday 20 April 2015
  • 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

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