After taking on a role that involved unexpected radical change in the organisation - much more than anticipated, Michael was the perfect guide. Through both challenge and affirmation he helped me navigate my pace and priorities in the complex and complicated world I entered – a new industry, a bigger role, major immediate strategic risk, and more. Somehow he always manages to pitch the questions and conversation at the right level for the right time which is something of an art.
Michael engages his clients from a place of curiosity and genuine, appreciative compassion. He believes that excellent leadership is incredibly hard to do, but every person in an organisation has the right to expect that from the top, and that leaders need to do all they can to provide it. He helps his clients reach to this.
Whether he is coaching a senior executive or supporting an executive leadership team, Michael works with his clients to find the unexpected route to becoming more effective and more deeply engaged. Through clear and gently held observations and questions, Michael enables his clients to honestly reflect on their beliefs, assumptions, and actions. His commitment is to helping them uncover the ways to be better today and tomorrow than they were yesterday. For the past eight years, Michael has been working at the executive and C-suite levels of both public and private sector organisations in New Zealand. Prior to that, his work was based in Washington DC, working with businesses across a range of industries, mostly in New York City and in the DC area.
Michael has a Masters degree in Organisation Development and a Bachelor of Arts in English. Hel earned a certificate in Executive Coaching from Georgetown University in 2003 and has been coaching teams and senior leaders ever since. He is a Growth Edge certified coach, uses a wide variety of assessment tools (the Leadership Circle 360, the Hogan, the MBTI, etc.) to fit the needs of the client.
When he’s not working somewhere in the world, he gets to keep living the good life in Wellington, New Zealand with his family and awesome dog.