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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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  • 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
  • The 6 Steps To Effective Delegation
    I know I should delegate but it’s easier if I do it myself

    Delegation is one of the main challenges for new Managers, especially those who have a lot of technical expertise in their industry. This is without doubt, one of the statements that I will hear whenever I talk to a Manager who’s been in their role around eighteen months or less.
    Posted: Wednesday 27 January 2021
  • The 8 Sides of Leadership
    To become a true Leader you can’t just be a master of one skill you have to become a master of several of which there are eight fundamental skills. There are eight sides of Leadership, which are known as the Leadership Octagon. In this weeks article I want to explain to you about these eight sides of Leadership and how by focusing on these different aspects you can become a complete Leader.
    Posted: Friday 15 January 2021
  • Why 2021 Will Be The Year Of The Entrepreneur
    It will be difficult to predict what will happen in the business world in 2021 especially after the uncertainty of the 2020 pandemic but what history has shown us is that during times of economic uncertainty, there will be people who find opportunities that others can not see. This is why I believe 2021 will be the year of the entrepreneur.
    Posted: Friday 15 January 2021
  • Why Leaders Need To Tell The Truth
    During the past week the world has been shocked by the events in the United States where a deadly riot took place in the Halls of Congress and while the political situation in America is a complicated situation and would require more time to explore than this article would allow there’s no doubt that the disgusting actions last week occurred because of one reason, there was a Leader who refused to tell the truth.
    Posted: Thursday 14 January 2021
  • How To Achieve Your Goals in 2021
    Every year millions of people around the world see the New Year as an opportunity to make positive changes to their lives. Whether it’s a desire to get a promotion, start a new business or even something more personal like losing weight, there are people who desperately want to achieve success in 2021. However, these resolutions are in reality, empty promises
    Posted: Wednesday 13 January 2021
  • Lessons In Leadership From The All Blacks
    Wherever you find success you will also discover valuable lessons that will help you on your own personal journey. If you are a Leader responsible for a team then when you look around for a team that has found continuous success you can’t look any further than the All Blacks
    Posted: Wednesday 2 December 2020
  • Why Do People Follow Bad Leaders?
    For some people it seems no matter how bad the Leader is, how unethically they may conduct themselves it’s never enough to deny their commitment towards their Leader. So how and why does this happen? In this weeks article I'm going to attempt to answer the question why people follow bad leaders.
    Posted: Wednesday 25 November 2020
  • How To Deal With a Horrible Boss
    One of the saddest type of calls I receive is from people who are working with a horrible Boss. If you are in this situation and you are thinking about resigning or you know somebody who is then I encourage you read and share this article because there is hope.
    Posted: Monday 23 November 2020
  • Taking Charge Of A New Team
    It is your first day as a Leader. After all the hard work you have completed in order to get this role you are now faced with the realisation that the truly hard work starts with your first day. You only have one chance to make a first impression so your first day is important. Here are some practical tips on what to look out for on your first day as a Leader.
    Posted: Friday 20 November 2020
  • How Can A Lawyer Help Your Business
    Recently I caught up with Dasha Kovalenko-Gormack a Lawyer at Shieff Angland, the meeting started with us discussing Leadership but it soon turned to the current economic climate and what role could a law firm play in helping businesses through these difficult times. In this article I want to provide you with a summary of our conversation and in the process hopefully provide you with some useful advice.
    Posted: Friday 20 November 2020

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