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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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  • Dealing with Conflict by Mark Wager
    It’s essential that a leader develops the skills to manage conflict. Luckily for everyone it’s a skill that can be learned. In this article I will touch on some practical tips that will help any leader through a conflict situation.
    Posted: Monday 28 April 2014
  • What's Holding You Back? By Mark Wager
    How many of us have the potential to do something more than we are doing yet we are being held back. How many of us are missing out on a better job, a better home or a better life because of something that we have been programmed to believe is able to hold us back. How did we fall into this trap of being mentality conditioned to fail?
    Posted: Monday 21 April 2014
  • The First Step Towards Success by Mark Wager
    This quest for a successful lifestyle is universal. The question is how do we achieve it. With so many different interpretations about what success looks like you can easily think that the path towards success is equally diverse but it’s not. To be successful you need to follow some simple principles which may be easy to comprehend but are extremely difficult to implement. This article looks at the first step you need to take if you have any aspirations at all to be successful.
    Posted: Monday 14 April 2014
  • People Just Want to Fly a Leadership Article by Mark Wager
    What is leadership? It’s a question that anyone with leadership aspirations will have to answer. There will be some of you reading this article that will have your own definition while there will be others who are still seeking an answer. In this article I will tell you my personal definition of leadership and how my personal leadership journey has led me to this conclusion
    Posted: Monday 7 April 2014
  • Inspirational Quotes from Confucius
    Continuing our season of inspirational quotes here are some from the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Even though Confucius was born two and an half thousand years ago his words are as relevant now as they were then.
    Posted: Monday 31 March 2014
  • Should you Sweat the Small Stuff? A leadership article by Mark Wager
    I was asked an interesting question last week at a leadership workshop that I was delivering. The question was whether you should actually sweat the "small stuff." This articles aims to answer that question.
    Posted: Monday 24 March 2014
  • Inspirational Quotes from Vince Lombardi
    Some of the most inspirational quotes come from sports people and none come more inspirational than the legendary Vince Lombardi. The head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960's where he won five National Football league Championships and two Super Bowl victories. Below is a list of some of his most inspirational quotes.
    Posted: Monday 17 March 2014
  • Inspirational Quotes from Sir Winston Churchill
    Widely regarded as one of the most influential leaders in the history of the United Kingdom. Sir Winston Churchill was Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. It was his leadership during the Second World War that confirmed his place in history. His inspirational speeches and radio addresses gave hope to a nation during a time of war. Here are some of his most memorable quotes.
    Posted: Monday 3 March 2014
  • Developing the Winning Mentality by Mark Wager
    The main reason for people not fulfilling their potential is the inability to react in the right way at the right time. Very often people put down their wrong mental attitude to ‘this is just who I am” and decide to have regret as company for the rest of their lives. It is sad to know that people are completely unaware of the techniques that are available in order to enhance mental performance.
    Posted: Monday 24 February 2014
  • Winning at all costs - is it worth it?
    Here is an updated version of an article I wrote last year titled "winning without honour"
    Posted: Monday 17 February 2014
  • Getting rid of the vampires in your life
    There are people in this world who look and talk like us but they are different. These people have unfulfilled lives. Where there should be self-love there are gaps. Where there should be light there is only darkness and they believe the only way to relieve this darkness is to take the light away from other people’s lives.
    Posted: Monday 27 January 2014
  • Developing Future Leaders by Mark wager
    What is the defining legacy of a leader? Is it the number of trophies that reside in his cabinet? Is it the number of people who miss him when he's gone or is it the quality of leadership lessons that he leaves behind?
    Posted: Thursday 23 January 2014
  • The Power of Leadership by Mark Wager
    In its simplest terms Leadership is the power to influence people. This ability to influence has been described as a form of power and in 1959 social psychologists did studies on the different bases of power and it’s in this work that you discover the fundamental forms of leadership
    Posted: Monday 20 January 2014
  • Top Tips for Millennial Leaders
    The path of leadership is not a set path. Some of us 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.This article details some of the tips that helped me through the beginning of my leadership journey and I hope will help you to.
    Posted: Monday 13 January 2014
  • The Four Layers of Leadership
    The difference between a company that excels and a company that is just good is found in the depth of leadership rather than the quality of leadership.
    Posted: Monday 6 January 2014
  • Why you should turn your management team into a leadership team
    People may change and positions are occasionally added and removed but the philosophy behind creating a management structure is not only untouched but never questioned. In today’s difficult economic market maybe it’s time we look at changing this fundamental managerial practice.
    Posted: Monday 23 December 2013
  • Six reasons why good people turn into bad bosses
    An unfortunate fact about a lot of people’s working life is that they have a bad boss. The kind of boss that demoralises instead of inspires. You dread to try anything in case you make a mistake because you know how your boss will react, but was this bad boss always like this and was he or she even aware that they are being perceived as a bad boss?
    Posted: Monday 16 December 2013
  • Be the Hero of your own story by Mark Wager
    We all live our own story but what role do we play? Are we the bystander, the victim, the comic relief or maybe we are the hero of our story. Learn how you can take control of your life and change your role in your life story
    Posted: Monday 9 December 2013
  • Inspirational quotes from Miyamoto Musashi
    Miyamoto Musashi was the greatest Ronin of all time. He fought and won over 60 duels he was the true definition of a warrior, an accomplished author, artist and poet Miyamoto Mushashi left a legacy that is relevant to anyone that seeks success
    Posted: Monday 18 November 2013
  • Common Leadership Myths by Mark Wager
    There are many of us who aspire to be leaders while others have the mantle of leadership thrust upon them but is leadership what we think it is? There are a lot of misconceptions out there and we need to be aware of those misconceptions so that we can truly understand what leadership really is. In this article I will be exploring some of the most common myths about leadership.
    Posted: Monday 11 November 2013

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