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What people say…

“I met Chris at a Toastmasters club meeting about six months ago. Since then, we have caught up on a regular basis where he has been mentoring me to become a better motivational speaker. With his many years of coaching and public speaking, I am amazed at what I learn at each meeting. He has helped smooth out my silly little habits that I did not even know I had and bit by bit I am becoming more professional. I am glad I bumped into him and I am excited to pick at his genius brain and steal every bit of knowledge he has to offer. Give him a call, you will not regret it. Thanks Chris for all of your help.”
“Chris is an experienced and energetic coach and trainer, with a great sense of humour. He understands the challenges professionals face when taking on leadership roles and has practical learning outcomes tailored for their development. I recommend Chris’s services to boost performance, culture and leadership.”
Julia Shallcrass, Owner, Kiwiboss Ltd
“Chris and I share a passion for mentoring, teamwork, and for the need to change our way of thinking. I have found Chris to be an honest, straight speaking, and deeply intuitive guy. I could not recommend Chris more highly as a business mentor and coach.”
“I have known Chris for about 10 years, firstly as a fellow design professional and more recently as a coach/trainer/team builder. I interact with Chris regularly in a business leaders forum which he has organized. Chris is unfailingly and relentlessly positive, easy to discuss all manner of topics with and a great lateral thinker. He is also unafraid of talking through difficult topics with the experience of having worked both sides of the fence. I recommend Chris to people who require those sorts of insight.”
“I engaged Chris in 2015/16 when I was running Arrows Christchurch business unit and he helped me meld the senior leadership team together. He provided challenging insight on the business, how I was operating and how I might improve. Made me think outside the box and to understand my people better. The Belbin team role test I found especially beneficial to understand individual team member strengths/weaknesses and build a plan to get the best from them. I recommend Chris as a business coach and mentor.”
“I have been working with Chris since starting my business Maison de Crepes 18 months ago. Chris has been an invaluable help as a business coach and has become a valuable friend. His coaching encouraged me to challenge myself, look at my my weaknesses and work on them, amplify my strengths and most importantly – hold me accountable for my actions or lack of action. Chris has a unique talent for reading people and situations; he has a high EQ and can somehow reach in and identify the things we are scared to identify ourselves. He then works with you to overcome shortcomings and maximise your potential. Because Chris effortlessly gets to know his clients personally, and to understand who they are as humans as well as business people, his results are magnified as he works with the whole picture, not just the business. We are after-all, people with frailties, insecurities, limiting beliefs and patterns and these affect our choices and decisions as business people. Chris connects with his clients at all these levels as well as fully understanding the financial, sales and marketing, HR and other business milestones that need to be analysed. Therefore he gets results other coaches, in my experience, cannot achieve. I would recommend that anyone work with Chris if they want real results on both a business and personal level. He cares. Genuinely. And will be in your corner at all times, but be willing to put in the work and commit to his coaching process. Because you need to match Chris with his 100% commitment and dedication for it to be a truly successful coaching relationship.”
“I am always wary of “coaches” however I have found Chris great at listening and cutting to the core of issues. This combined with his wealth of knowledge means a well rounded, professional service. I can recommend and endorse Chris.”
“Chris is a determined individual who will go to great lengths to get a result. He is honest and up front so prepare to be challenged as he won’t let you take the easy route and avoid the uncomfortable truths. If you want to be held to account he is your man.”
“Chris has vast knowledge on business development which ties in nicely with his specialty of helping teams embody transformations and grow to their greatest potential The unique thing I’ve realized about Chris and his coaching skills is that he doesn’t show up with the answers. He asks valuable questions and digs deep into their answers to help the client uncover their own solutions. I’ve seen Chris lead successful business leaders to high levels of performance as well as role modeling that behavior himself with his own business. Chris is a valuable asset to any leadership team or individual who wants to take their performance to the next level.”
“Chris’s energetic style and unique perspective has allowed me review my personal and professional goals. I have found this process incredibly valuable, and I feel it has left me a better person, team member and boss.”
Jared Lane, CEO, AP Design Ltd
“I didn’t know what I was looking for or wanting out of going to a business coach, but have found in the sessions with Chris very rewarding and it made me think outside of the square. He asked me questions to get me thinking this way, like never before actually. You have been a great inspiration for me.  Thank you Chris.”
“I invited Chris to present at our registrar conference on presentation skills and team work under our professional core competencies. Feedback from the team was excellent – Chris provided an interactive session balancing enquiry, content placement and interaction. The team particularly connected with the segment on the secrets and angles to presenting. The impromptu speaking got the blood flowing for those lucky enough to be selected! Secondly, Chris performed a Belbin Team Roles profile on three registrars. This was insightful for the registrars regarding how they viewed their team roles compared to other team members. It also provided insights in to how they work within a team environment. It is often too easy for doctors to focus on clinical skills and acquiring knowledge. However, having insight into our own personalities and how this may impact on others around us greatly impacts how health services can be delivered. Chris has an engaging, open style and encouraged active participation involving all those present.”
“I always thought coaching was for others, not me. Wow. Wrong wrong wrong. Chris opens your eyes and mind with awesome questions. Questions like no others. For me it was all about clearing my head and setting a direction for myself in terms of on the job growth and development, including how to manage conflict with staff and not being such a people pleaser. I thank my boss for supporting me with coaching, he was coached and loved it. I am excited now regarding my future whereas before meeting Chris I was uncertain.”
“Chris helped me see through the trees to the woods in a way like I have never experienced! This was mainly about how to grow my business, creating freedom and being less of a technician. Chris introduced me to Michael Gerbers E MYTH which he challenged me to work my way through. He said the answers are in there for me.I knew I had potential to build a great business but really I was not clued up on how to best go about this. Working with Chris is both educational and inspirational for you to really grow. We are now looking at expanding the network in to Australia. I would totally recommend Chris to anyone who wants to grow their business but is not sure how.”
“I connected with Chris after thinking about it for six months or so. Well, procrastinating actually. In fact procrastination was a real problem for me, both in business and in my personal relationships. It was confronting to start with however we worked through and clarified what was really blocking me. For me this was all mindset stuff. Chris worked this through with some processes and now I have clarity and an awesome daily routine for me to attack my days. Thanks Chris.”
“I feel I have come a long way in the last few months and I have not felt this positive and clear about my direction before. I really appreciate your time and input and helping me achieve this direction.”
Perrin Jones (2017), Owner, Peka Ltd
“Chris came in to run a workshop on “Habits” for our businesses – it was a highly engaging and stimulating session that allowed us to walk away with practical ways to apply what we learnt both within our professional and personal lives. Thanks Chris for challenging us to make changes to the way we think and act!”
“Chris came into run a series of workshops on values for our team. He challenged us to delve into our core beliefs, tested our thinking regarding our and organisational values – were we connected to them and did we feel they are relevant in our culture. This exercise helped us identify and realign as a team to drive an overall improvement in the effectiveness and harmony of the team. The journey of change through Chris has been really valuable for us.”
“From a personal point of view, the journey over recent months was not the easiest of my life but the outcomes are worth every bit of the pain and discomfort. As an individual the personal growth and also the regaining of the lost elements when life is in that downward spiral have been fantastic. Where I used to see problems, challenges, issues and blame I now see the way I used to, opportunity, ways forward, solutions and the confidence to lean forward into the unknown. Thank you Chris for shinning a light when the way looked dark, supporting in those frustrating times and laying out the challenges that move you from the familiar to growth”
“After reading Chris’ articles in NZ Business and Management magazine I realised that he could be someone to help me through a very difficult time in my career. Following many phone chats, a face to face meeting and a number of Skype sessions, Chris gave me the confidence I needed to take control of the situation. He helped me to remember what was important in my life and this resulted in me making some big decisions. Without Chris’ support I would have still been firmly stuck in that rut but now I am happier, significantly less stressed, and excited about the future. Chris doesn’t tell you what to do, rather he helps you to tell yourself what you need to do, which is incredibly valuable and far more powerful than any self-help book.”
“Working with Chris is thought provoking and insightful. He challenges you by poking in the dark recesses and allowing you to start bring light into those places. He is an excellent coach in that he makes you confront the brutal facts, gives you some points to consider and then guides you through the thought process. Would I recommend him and his skills, damn right I would. An all round good bugger that can work with many levels and the moods that coaching busy professionals entails.”
“Chris Taylor is one of those people who challenges your thinking and behaviours in a powerful and sometimes confronting way.  High Performance, we all want that, but achieving it takes the courage to confront “what is” and take your personal leadership to another level.  Chris’ knowledge in this area means he gets his message across very cleverly.  He doesn’t deliver the usual serving of “leadership” do’s and don’ts. Chris has the ability to quickly connect with people and the business.  His lively and fast paced style has engaged our leadership team and we are delighted with the enthusiasm and appetite for change we are seeing back at the leadership table.  The leadership team are keen to continue the relationship we have with Chris which is a huge credit to him.”
“I have attended 2 Winning Habits seminar sessions with Chris Taylor and first I thoroughly enjoyed sharing ideas and methods with similarly time-challenged business people, very enlightening. Secondly I have gained huge improvement in my own well being as well as that for my business by using techniques I have learnt from Chris. Thanks for all your help and I look forward to working together on a coaching basis for the future.”
“His dedication to doing things professionally and taking time to analyse a situation or a fast moving deal or tender has been a major plus for me. As an entrepreneur at times the rush to get your idea to market gets in the way of logical thought processes and Chris has been able to work with me at my level. He asks me the tough questions to get my ideas in the best shape for market. This has helped me avoid potential pitfalls that otherwise I would not have seen.”
“I have been working with Chris recently and in that time he has helped me to re-evaluate the way I look at my business and myself. Chris has the ability to understand what was holding me back from achieving my goals and saw ways to overcome this, providing weekly tasks and ensuring I followed up on these. He made it all about me which I have never experienced before. I’d recommend Chris to anyone who is willing to step out of their comfort zone and who wants to better themselves, not only in their business but personally as well.”
“Chris has helped me identify what I needed to work on to achieve personal and business goals and essentially have a happier work life balance. I have come along way in the last 12 months and have created a workplace I now actually enjoy coming to and a pathway for me personally so that I can have a happier life.”
Perrin Jones, Owner, Peka Ltd
“Chris has no barriers regarding how high you wish to aim and is motivational without being overbearing. He is able to pick up on any hesitation when discussing the possibilities ahead and then work through that. He will outline achievable steps, week by week, month by month. I have no hesitation in recommending Chris to anyone wanting to bring clarity and direction to their business.”
“With help from Chris, my business had an expert pair of eyes looking in from the outside, taking out the emotional view that one holds in their own business and clearly being able to see it’s true financial picture, what was working and what was a liability and needing attention.  Chris is a great sounding board for ideas and plans moving forward if you are serious about building your business.”
“Chris performs at a pace that suits our busy work week, and we absolutely see and feel the value in working together with him to help us deliver our dream business. He has a firm but fair way of driving our accountability which we need to keep us all on track and he challenges our thinking in a creative way. We would encourage anyone who is seeking to grow their business to take the time to talk with Chris.”
Nathan and Jenny Maxwell, Owners, CS Roofing Canterbury Ltd
“Chris Taylor is the kind of business coach who will quickly bring you to the place that will empower you to overcome long standing obstacles to growth. His keen focus enabled me to start the journey…and this is the best any coach can offer. We must all walk the path ourselves. It is the role of the teacher to show us the way with compassion and clarity. Chris possesses both, and I highly recommend his services.”