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Capable, passionate, and creative – all words that describe Michael perfectly. He is a consummate professional and has impressed every time I have used him”

Organisational & Development Manager,

Michael is an outstanding trainer and an expert in his field. His ability to relate key concepts to my team led to significant breakthrough moments for each and every individual in their respective roles. He is an absolutely fantastic individual to work with and I highly recommend him.”

Head of Product Service
Design & Delivery for major Telco,

Mike Fooks

Michael has spent a career helping organisations create deeply engaged, aligned and skilled teams. His focus on mindset, motivation, and resilience gives individuals the tools they need for self-leadership. His expertise on influential face-to-face communication equips his clients become better salespeople, negotiators, internal influencers, and presenters. His work with leaders develops their emotional intelligence and helps them get more out of their teams by firing up intrinsic motivation.

Working primarily in the New Zealand market since 2004 Michael has worked in every major industry including Banking and Finance, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Construction, FMCG, and many more. He has worked at all levels of organisations from coaching at the C suite to designing and delivering components of graduate programs. Michael spent 10 years at global performance consultancy RogenSi where he was a senior consultant and one of five specialists across the ANZ region in mindset development. His experience builds on his 10 years in the ICT industry where he was a business developer and leader. Leading teams including the Microsoft and Networking teams at distributor Renaissance and acting as Sales Executive for the northern territory for Borland Software.

Outside of his direct corporate work Michael has a private therapeutic practice working with individuals on overcoming limiting beliefs and behaviours and creating more choice in their lives. He also runs two other businesses in the martial arts industry. Along with his partner Carleen he runs community-based courses focused on peaceful family communication and conflict management.


Michael’s approach to coaching and training is characterised by insight, pragmatism and humour. His approach hones in on the importance of having clients experience new approaches rather than just learn about them. He has a particular strength in being able to quickly diagnose the most important aspect to focus on to make the most dramatic shift for a client.


Michael has a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University in Psychology and Philosophy and is qualified as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). He is certified in a range of profiling and personal development tools including DiSC, Tetramap and LAB (Language and Behaviour Profile).

Personal Insights

Michael is also a keen martial artist and trainer holding black belts and Aikido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu where he has won multiple gold medals in New Zealand and Australia. As a coach he has trained multiple local and regional champions. He is owner and head coach of GroundControl Martial Arts. He is also a qualified clinical hypnotherapist, an avid movie buff and father to three teenagers.