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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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  • 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
  • 7 Reasons Why There Are So Many Bad Bosses
    The majority of people reading this article will share a similar story, one of working for a terrible Boss who was either incompetent or just plain rude and nasty and during that time work became miserable. Why is this Tory so common?
    Posted: Tuesday 1 June 2021
  • What Your Comments On Linkedin Say About You
    A good display of behaviour can always be found on social media by not only seeing what people post but more importantly how people respond and through these responses you can tell a lot about a person. In this article I want to share with you what your comments say about you.
    Posted: Tuesday 1 June 2021
  • How To Tell Your Team Bad News
    I know many Leaders who are part of businesses that are struggling and this has meant that very difficult decisions have had to be made including decisions on letting people go. Nowadays Leaders are seeking advice on how to convey bad news to their teams. In this weeks article I will share with you some tips and techniques that I passed onto my clients and leaders who have found themselves in these difficult situations of having to tell their teams bad news.
    Posted: Thursday 20 May 2021
  • Things That Bad Bosses Say (and what they really mean)
    You can truly identify a bad Boss by what they say because during my years of coaching I’ve seen a pattern of behaviour that the majority of bad leaders adhere to. They have certain sayings that unknowingly to them clearly demonstrate their inadequacies. In this weeks article I’m going to share with you what those common things are that bad Bosses say and I’m going to translate them to what those sayings really mean.
    Posted: Monday 17 May 2021
  • Why Emotional Intelligence Is Important In Business
    There are different types of intelligence in the workplace, there are the people who have the classic type of intelligence who have the ability to store and recall a large amount of data. Ask them anything and they will give you the right answer. These academics are highly intelligent and are an asset to any organisation but there is another form of intelligence, one which is much more important if you want to become successful and that is emotional intelligence.
    Posted: Tuesday 13 April 2021
  • How To Turn a Losing Team Into a Winning Team
    Last weekend, if you were watching Super Rugby Aotearoa you would have seen a major update when the Highlanders recorded their record win over the Crusaders. You might be surprised to learn that the principles behind their victory is connected to a Chinese military general who lived over two thousand years ago?
    Posted: Monday 12 April 2021
  • The Real Reason Why You Are Not Successful
    During my time of working with successful people I’ve identified a similarity between them. There's a key quality that differentiates them from the rest. It's a quality that successful people possess that others don’t and in this weeks article I want to share with you what this key difference is.
    Posted: Wednesday 10 March 2021
  • How Leaders Can Make Better Decisions
    As a Leadership Coach, it’s a common occurrence to receive phone calls from Leaders who have to make difficult decisions and want advice so in this weeks article I want to share with you some of the most common advice I give to Leaders so they can make better decisions.
    Posted: Wednesday 3 March 2021
  • The Ultimate Checklist For New Leaders
    Congratulations and welcome to Leadership. In this article I want to share with you some of the key things that every Leader needs to focus on a checklist that will help you navigate this difficult transition period.
    Posted: Wednesday 24 February 2021
  • Is Your Team Telling You The Truth?
    The only way to improve and get better is to be aware of what you are doing wrong and that is applicable for everyone in the workplace yet there’s an additional challenge when it comes to Leaders. In this article I want to explore just how honest your team is with you.
    Posted: Wednesday 17 February 2021

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