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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 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
  • The Ingredients For Successful Organisational Change
    The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said The only constant in life is change. In business if you are not changing then you are falling behind because the business world as in life is constantly changing and with the recent coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent world-wide economic recession, many, if not all business are finding themselves in the position that they have to implement change very suddenly and very quickly
    Posted: Thursday 18 June 2020
  • How To Turn A Negative Team Into A Positive Team
    Have you ever worked in an environment where everyone seems to be unhappy, people are just constantly moaning, your job is difficult not because of the nature of work you do but because of the people you work alongside, the unnecessary office politics and back stabbing? If this sounds familiar then you will be fully aware of how such a work culture can impact the quality of your work.
    Posted: Monday 15 June 2020
  • Leadership Skills: How To Become An Effective Storyteller
    Throughout history and across civilisations people have shared stories. It’s been a mechanism to share experiences, ideas and provides people with an opportunity to explore what is right and what is wrong. Leaders are now utilising the power of storytelling to inspire and motive their teams, portray a shared vision and highlight the desired culture and values of the organisation and companies are starting to see the benefits of storytelling.
    Posted: Thursday 11 June 2020
  • Guest Blog: COVID-19 Lessons Learned!
    Covid-19 has thrown up many unusual, complicated and unprecedented legal issues!

    From what I have seen, Covid-19 has had a huge negative impact on businesses. But being the optimist that I am, I am hoping that the business community can use these lessons to review their practices and put certain safeguards in place in the event of another “un-precedented” event.

    Here are my top six tips and recommendations which are largely based on my recent professional experience:
    Posted: Thursday 11 June 2020
  • How To Rediscover Your Confidence
    Life brings with it a series of setbacks, whether it is losing your job, seeing your business close down or any number of failures that damage your confidence. Life is easy when things are going well but it is during our darkest times that we are truly tested and it is in these times that winners are made.
    Posted: Thursday 21 May 2020
  • How To Spot An Insecure Manager
    There are many reasons why a Manger can fail as a Leader and in this weeks article I want to explore one of the most common which is insecurity and here’s how to spot if you are working for an insecure Manager.
    Posted: Wednesday 6 May 2020
  • Do Women Make Better Leaders Than Men?
    I was asked a very interesting question this week which was Do women make better leaders than men? This question was as a result of a client of mine reading an opinion piece by Leta Hong Fincher for CNN in which she explored how countries like Germany, Taiwan, Finland, Iceland and New Zealand have successfully dealt with the coronavirus outbreak and highlighted that these countries have one thing in common, they are all led by women. So do women make better leaders than men? Well! in this weeks article I will explore this emotive topic
    Posted: Wednesday 29 April 2020
  • How To Lead Post Covid-19
    In this time of uncertainty the only thing we can count on happening is that the pandemic will pass and when it does how will it’s impact have changed the world and what does his mean for Leaders who have to navigate this new world over.
    Posted: Friday 24 April 2020
  • Why Some People Cant Follow Simple Instructions
    While countries have experienced different levels of success while dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, their approach has been consistent. All around the world Governments have been asking people to social distance and in many cases self-isolate. It's a very simple instruction in order to save lives . All people have to do is to stay home yet what is also apparent is that there are some people who are incapable of following this simple instruction. This is not just a problem for a particular country. It's becoming a serious problem worldwide.
    Posted: Tuesday 14 April 2020
  • Six Ways To Work Effectively From Home
    As a Leadership Coach I work a lot from home doing my coaching sessions with Leaders mostly via Skype or on the phone. At first it was a difficult transition for someone who has spent his whole career in a traditional office workspace so I thought this week I should share some practical tips on how you can easily manage this transition
    Posted: Wednesday 8 April 2020

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