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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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  • 6 Ways To Improve Your Chances Of Getting A Promotion
    People often believe that a promotion is something you shouldn’t chase after. It is something that should come to you naturally as a reflection of the work you have done. That is great if only life was fair, but unfortunately we all know that it is not. Sometimes good work goes unnoticed and often there are times when the promotion doesn’t go to the most deserving. So this week I want to explore with you some tips on how you can increase the odds of getting the promotion that you rightfully deserve.
    Posted: Wednesday 16 February 2022
  • How To Retain Your Best Employees
    Does this scenario sound familiar? You hire someone smart and ambitious and you invest a lot of time training and developing them and just as the moment arrives when they are at the level you want them to be they present you with the news that they are leaving. So now you are back to square one, looking to hire someone new that you have to spend valuable time training them again as well while costing your business more money in recruitment, training and lost productivity.
    Posted: Tuesday 15 February 2022
  • How To Achieve Your Goals In 2022
    Now that we are in a New Year, there’s a good chance that you have joined millions of people around the world and have set some New Year resolutions taking the opportunity to make positive changes to your career and your life. In this week’s article I want to explore how you can avoid the mistakes that the majority of people make so that you can achieve your goals in 2022.
    Posted: Tuesday 18 January 2022
  • Leadership Lessons From Spider-Man
    In a sea of superheroes, what makes Spider-Man so special and what does this have to do with Leadership? In this weeks article I want to explore the story of Spider-man, it’s enduring popularity and the lessons that can help everyone become a superhero leader.
    Posted: Saturday 18 December 2021
  • Leadership Lessons From Formula 1
    The best Leaders are learners, they have a desire to discover ways in which they can become better leaders and they are the most passionate. Learners look for any example of excellence regardless of the industry in which that excellence occurs because they understand that where you find excellence you will find valuable lessons. In this weeks article, I want to explore the world of Formula One
    Posted: Saturday 18 December 2021
  • The Best Advice For Young Entrepreneurs
    I was contacted this week by a young entrepreneur, Markos from South Africa who is currently writing a book to help fellow young entrepreneurs and he asked me “What’s the single greatest mental strength you believe young people need to possess? (Eg Confidence, Discipline, Self-Awareness etc)”. In this week’s article I want to share with you the answer I gave Markos.
    Posted: Thursday 16 December 2021
  • Why Performance Reviews Don’t Work
    It is the time of the year that no one in the workplace looks forward to. It’s when Managers everywhere sit down with each of their staff and perform the dreaded performance review which typically staff don’t like participating in and Managers don’t like doing them yet there are many organisations around the world that still engage in this outdated practice. In this weeks article I want to explain why the traditional performance review process just doesn’t work and soon will be a thing of the past.
    Posted: Wednesday 15 December 2021
  • The Top 10 Qualities Of High Performing Leaders
    In this week’s article I’m going to explore some research that shows just how much of a difference a quality leader can make to an organisation’s profits in comparison to a poor leader and what precisely is the difference and what are the top ten qualities that the highest performing leaders possess.
    Posted: Thursday 2 December 2021
  • Why Humility Is The Most Important Leadership Quality
    Have you ever wondering about what the most Important quality a Leader needs in order to be successful - have a read of this article and discover why Leaders require humility above all else
    Posted: Wednesday 24 November 2021
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Of Leadership
    I am often contacted by the Human Resources departments of companies that want me to help address a Leader who has made a mistake and there has either been a series of complaints made about the Leader’s behaviour or the team they are responsible for is just not performing at the required standards. Here are the common mistakes that Leaders make
    Posted: Monday 22 November 2021
  • Five Ways To Negotiate A Better Deal
    If you want to be successful in business or in your career, then you need to know how to negotiate. Whether you are trying to negotiate a deal with a supplier or wanting to get a pay rise, you need to know how to ask people in a way that makes them more likely to say yes to what you want. While this is a detailed and complex topic, in this week’s article, I want to share some practical tips with you on how you can get a better deal for yourself.
    Posted: Thursday 23 September 2021
  • How To Manage Remote Workers
    In these uncertain times organisations have had to change how they work in order to continue and one of the most common changes is the ability to allow people to work from home. This is a big change for a lot of people and especially for Managers who are used to direct supervision and having their team around them. In these changing times Managers have to change as well and start leading their teams in different ways. In this week’s article, I want to share with you some practical tips on how to manage remote workers.
    Posted: Wednesday 22 September 2021
  • Leadership Lessons From The £100,000,000 Man
    It’s August, which means it’s the time of the year that the football season starts in the English Premier League. Like the start of every season, the focus is on each club’s new signings and this year, the most expensive player is Jack Grealish who Manchester City signed from Aston Villa for an incredible £100,000,000 pounds making him the most expensive English player in history
    Posted: Tuesday 21 September 2021
  • Why You Are Holding Yourself Back by Mark Wager
    It has always fascinated me just how many people hold themselves back, people who are clearly capable to achieving far more than they are doing yet for some reason they are not living up to their potential. In this week’s article I want to explore why this happens and if you are one of those people, what you can do to fulfil your potential.
    Posted: Monday 16 August 2021
  • When Senior Management Just Wont Listen
    These are phrases that I hear all too often “management don’t understand,” “management are too disconnected from what’s really going on” and “there’s no point in saying anything because management just won’t listen,” are some of the most common frustrations people have in the workplace with Senior management and the larger the organisation the more layers of management exist and with each layer the higher is the probability that these frustrations are present.
    Posted: Thursday 12 August 2021
  • How To Become A Gold Medal Leader
    Despite many obstacles, the Olympics have started and during the next month the best athletes in the world are coming together in order to compete for the most prized item in all of sports, the Olympic Gold medal. In order to reach this level you have to possess certain qualities that seperate you from the rest making you the best of the best in your field of expertise.
    Posted: Tuesday 10 August 2021
  • Business Lessons From The All Blacks
    Sport is a lot like business. You have to work together as a team to complete against other competitors in order to achieve victory, yet no matter how hard you work that outcome always has an element of uncertainty. The question is, how can you move the odds in your favour so that you win more than you lose? The answer may be to look at how successful sports teams perform.
    Posted: Saturday 3 July 2021
  • 7 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs To Know
    In these dark times during a global pandemic, it’s difficult to see any positives. People are getting sick, the economy is getting worse and many good people are finding themselves without a job. However, this state of forced change has given some people an unexpected opportunity, which is to live the life of an entrepreneur.
    Posted: Wednesday 30 June 2021
  • How To Deal With Annoying People At Work
    Here’s an interesting fact about the people you work with. The chances are that you spend more time with your co-workers than you do with your partner. Think about that for a moment. It’s no wonder that disagreements occur. In this article we explore how to overcome those difficult discussions at work
    Posted: Tuesday 29 June 2021
  • Leadership & The Ship of Theseus
    The best Leaders are also the most authentic. The type of Leaders who are not copying other leaders but instead are being true to themselves. Their honesty and passion are obvious for all to see and they just seem to make leading a team so easy and natural, but is it?
    Posted: Thursday 3 June 2021

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