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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • The 5 Essential Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs
    There will be many businesses that will be forced to close during the next twelve months as a result of the global economic downturn but there will also be people who decide that now is the time to become an entrepreneur and start a new business and while many businesses will fail there will be some that will grow and soar. What is the difference?
    Posted: Thursday 19 November 2020
  • How To Become More Presidental
    I have waited four years to write this article. Unfortunately the last four years has been an exception as the world has seen a void of Leadership, a void that has been filled with lies, fear and hate but now as the United States has decided to move on its time to look at what a President should be
    Posted: Wednesday 18 November 2020
  • 8 Differences Between a Boss & a Leader
    If you are lucky enough to be placed in a position where you have responsibility for a group of people then there are many decisions you are going to have to make but the most important one is whether you want to be a Boss or a Leader?
    Posted: Tuesday 17 November 2020
  • How Great Leaders Can Double Your Profits
    If you improve the quality of your Leaders, improve their ability to quickly address performance issues and motivate their teams then that directly translates into increased quality of work and increased productivity which means more revenue and more profits. In simple terms better leaders means better profits so this week let me explain to you how by developing your Leaders you can double your profits.
    Posted: Thursday 3 September 2020
  • The DNA of Successful Teams
    One the most wonderful aspects of my job as a Leadership Coach is that I have the privilege of working with many different types of teams, showing them how to achieve their goals and become more successful. After many years of working alongside teams of different sizes, from three to three thousand and from many different industries ranging from law firms to rugby teams, working with people from different roles, builders to ballerinas and from many different countries I can say that without any doubt there are commonalities that all successful teams share. So this week I want to share with you the DNA of successful teams.
    Posted: Wednesday 2 September 2020
  • How To Deal With Pressure At Work
    The business world is in a state of uncertainty and this brings with it new levels of pressure that we have to deal with. The plans that many businesses had are now worthless and need to be completely rewritten. I know that personally I had several Leadership workshops that I was due to deliver in Fiji but they had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and now with many countries experiencing second waves of the virus, the normality that we once knew doesn’t seem like it will ever return, so how can we live with this uncertainty and the pressure it brings
    Posted: Tuesday 1 September 2020
  • Why Leadership Matters Now More Than Ever
    Without doubt 2020 has been a terrible year for the business world, the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic recession has made life incredibly difficult for businesses everywhere however I have always believed that you need to look for the positives in any bad situation and while it may seem at the current time difficult to highlight any positives whatsoever I think there is one bright spark that we can’t ignore and that is 2020 has highlighted why Leadership matters now more than ever.
    Posted: Monday 31 August 2020
  • Why Your Boss Isn’t As Good As They Think They Are
    Do you have a boss who doesn’t listen to feedback? Do you have a Boss who believes it is never their fault when things go wrong? Have you ever wondered why there are such a few good leaders? If you have then you are not alone. In a survey conducted by the Australasian Leadership Institute, less than one in ten (9%) of employees felt that they worked for an excellent leader and nearly one in three (32%) believed they worked for a poor leader.
    Posted: Thursday 23 July 2020
  • Why Failure Doesn't Mean You Have To Give Up
    This week I want to share with you the story of Adrian McKinty. If you are wondering who he is, that is fine because not many people have heard his story which is very relevant to many people at this particular time. Dealing with failure is difficult at any time but when failure comes despite hours and hours of hard work and commitment, it can be demoralising and it’s understandable if your natural reaction is to give up which is why I what to share the story of Adrian McKinty.
    Posted: Tuesday 7 July 2020
  • Leadership Analysis: How Jurgen Klopp Ended 30 Years of Hurt For Liverpool FC
    This is the first in a series of articles in which prominent Leaders from a range of industries are analysed and we break down what has made them successful. This week we look at the work of Jurgen Klopp, the Manager for Liverpool Football Club who recently after an absence of thirty years has returned to win the English Premiership title. So what makes Jurgen Klopp different from the eight previous Managers who tried and failed? How did Jurgen Klopp end thirty years of hurt for Liverpool FC?
    Posted: Tuesday 30 June 2020

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