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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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  • 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
  • The V.A.L.U.E of Complaints
    Dealing with complaints effectively is a complex topic but I wanted to write this article in order to give you a brief overview of the VALUE model that I use. When I train people I ask them to remember the V.A.L.U.E of dealing with complaints. This model has been developed by myself purely based on my own experience.
    Posted: Monday 7 July 2014
  • The Best Leadership Quotes
    If you are short of inspiration then check out this collection of leadership quotes
    Posted: Monday 2 June 2014
  • How to Develop Emerging Leaders by Mark Wager
    During difficult financial times companies tend to look at every area to cut costs. One of the most common areas that suffer economically is training. When money is tight it makes sense to cut back on what a lot of Managers may consider a luxury. This logic is flawed which is why many top companies are doing the opposite
    Posted: Monday 26 May 2014
  • Your First Few days as a Leader by Mark Wager
    You’ve got the news that you’ve been waiting for. The panel was so impressed with what you had to say at the interview that you’ve just been informed the job is yours. Congratulations! You are now the new Team Leader. After the hugs and high-fives the focus switches from celebration to the harsh cold reality of what’s ahead of you. What do you do know?
    Posted: Monday 19 May 2014
  • Why We Follow by Mark Wager
    A leader is nothing without followers. I recall a quote by Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari who said ‘Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea, it’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference” When I read that quote I’m reminded that we all have ideas we all have a message but without that spark of leadership skill we will always be voices in the dark. We need people to believe in us and share our passion
    Posted: Monday 12 May 2014
  • The Secret of Employee Engagement by Mark Wager
    Employee engagement surveys are a vital tool for any business but over-analysing each line of data can steer you away from the simplicity of employee engagement that is make your company a mechanism to help staff achieve their ambition to be happy rather than the barrier that prevents them from becoming happy.
    Posted: Monday 5 May 2014
  • 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

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