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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 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
  • Leading a Business Through a Recession
    In this time of uncertainty there is one thing that is absolutely certain and that is we are about to face an economic recession. In addition to the thousands of lives that the coronavirus pandemic has already taken, the economic damage is extensive. The necessary actions taken by Governments worldwide in order to reduce the spread of the virus, including closing businesses, gatherings and in addition to the sense of fear that most of us face, has meant that many businesses have been unable to continue and have permanently closed or are thinking about closing and it’s only going to get worse.
    Posted: Friday 3 April 2020
  • Leading With Confidence During Times of Uncertainty
    The Coronavirus pandemic is truly testing the Leadership decisions of many world leaders where the virus has not only resulted in the deaths of thousands of people but has caused economic damage which will be felt for many years in the future.
    Posted: Friday 27 March 2020
  • The Mindset of Highly Successful People
    In this weeks article I want to talk about the mindset of highly successful people. I’ve coached a range of people from many different industries and countries and I’ve noticed a consistent pattern in behaviour with my most successful clients. They tend to approach situations differently, they think differently- let me tell you how.
    Posted: Thursday 19 March 2020
  • Why You Should Never Win At All Costs
    Leaders are typically judged by results, whether it’s achieving the necessary sales targets, manufacturing a certain amount of products or even winning on the scoreboard it’s all about the end result. This is completely understandable because businesses exist to make money, non-profits exist in order to make a difference in society, sports teams exist in order to win yet when the end result becomes the sole focus of the Leader, this can encourage a winning at all costs mentality and eventually nothing else matters but the win. Unfortunately when this happens the Leader becomes unaware that regardless of the result they have already lost as a Leader.
    Posted: Monday 16 March 2020
  • Dealing With Self-Doubt At Work
    Have you ever been in a situation at work, when you feel you are not good enough in the Leadership role you are in? Do you feel that any success you have achieved is the result of luck? Do you feel that one day your Boss and co-workers will realise that you are not good enough? Do you feel that you only received your job or promotion because the company was short on candidates? Do you feel that the praise you receive at work is not deserved?
    Posted: Thursday 5 March 2020
  • How To Turn A Good Team Into A Great Team
    It is quite easy to make a good team yet making a great team is far more difficult which makes my job very interesting because this is the most common query I receive. Leaders contact me and want to know how to turn a good team into a great team - in this article is my advice
    Posted: Monday 2 March 2020
  • The 5 Essential Lessons Of Leadership
    There’s been a lot said about Leadership,. Just to give you an idea of how much there is out there, on average there are four to five books published every day. There’s not enough time in a day to read five books so no matter what a Leader does they will not be able to keep up to date with what people are saying about how to be an effective leader. So this week I want to help you out by highlighting the most essential lessons that every Leader needs to embrace on a daily basis.
    Posted: Thursday 20 February 2020
  • What To Do When People Make A Mistake
    No matter how hard people work, no matter how much preparation or training has been done, mistakes will always occur. No one comes to work to do a bad job but these days, it’s up to the Leader to talk to the employee about the what went wrong and what needs to happen in order to ensure that the same mistake doesn’t recur
    Posted: Monday 17 February 2020 , 1 Comments
  • Who Is The Real Leader In Your Team?
    Have you ever felt that you were a Leader in name only and it’s someone else that is really leading the team? If so then this article is for you
    Posted: Thursday 13 February 2020
  • How To Get Your Dream Job
    Life is too short to be in a job that you don’t like. In this weeks article I explore some practical tips that will help you get that dream job
    Posted: Monday 10 February 2020

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