Who Am I?

Chris Taylor

I am a mindset and performance coach on developing and sustaining Winning Habits. I worked in engineering for twenty years in UK and NZ chiefly in consulting engineering and gave this away in 2011/12 to find another place. The place being driven by a calling to be more engaged with people and teams to enable them to perform, repeatedly, at a high level.

The habits idea is anchored in my belief system that we are all our habits, from how we dream, think, behave, talk and lead. Once a purpose focussed routine is established the sky is the limit. My purpose is for individuals, teams and organizations to be exceptional.

These days with coaching I focus on calling it early and core results. Coaching is all about change and results. Also, “How do we know we are done?” Yes the exit. Once we are there we are complete, unless another weed grows. Tangibility and validation is key here to avoid the twilight zone.

The majority of sector specific work has been in engineering, construction and professional services. Being a former engineer I have played in that sandpit – seen the good the bad and the ugly – and now play in the coaching sandpit drawing on this experience.

In the flow I have a challenging and progressive style so if you do not want to be challenged, I am not the one for you. Change requires challenge as part of the equation, without this there may be no breakthrough to reality.

Personal development is crucial for learning and experience expansion, with three key events and trainings in 2019.

Work is only one part of my life, having four children and a professional working partner. I prioritise quality time with the people I value to hang out with including getting outdoors, keeping fit and socializing.

Tony Wells


I am a coach/mentor with a passion for assisting individuals and organisations to excel in what they do. 

I am a qualified engineer and have worked as a Director and consultant in UK, Europe, USA, China, Japan and New Zealand, where I have managed the development of a number of organisations, growing high performance cultures.

Every business needs to have a sense of where it is going, this vision is made up of Ambition and Dreams, however all too often owners and Executives are constrained by time, capital and a variety of other business issues, meaning they have little time to work on their business to fulfill these ambitions. My passion is to apply my experience and provide an independent confidential ear for clients to help them see the bigger picture and formulate strategies for sustainable growth in an independent, safe and professional environment.

Regardless of sector, whether that’s manufacturing, engineering, service or not for profit, my experience has shown that the foundation for sustained success is to ensure that a culture of excellence, supported by strong values, is present in any organisation and this, without exception, starts with the CEO and Senior management. “Change for the better” requires challenge and my role as a coach is to guide and hold clients accountable for taking the necessary actions to “leap the chasm of mediocrity” 

I completed an executive masters degree in Leadership at Cambridge University where I was fortunate to be able to work with Meredith Belbin, Steven Covey and other industry icons who instilled in me the value of being a Thought Leader. My drive therefore is curiosity, personal development and an unwavering passion to understand how to improve people and processes so that they are the best they can be.

Work is a key component to my life, as is spending time with my wife, a holistic health practitioner and my three grown-up daughters. I love living in North Canterbury and am an avid tramper taking every opportunity to tramp around our beautiful island. 

Related experience:

  • Governance and risk management
  • Strategic visioning and goal deployment
  • Culture and Leadership
  • Business Excellence
  • Team Building
  • Continuous Improvement – Problem solving
  • Operational Management – Lean Productivity

Winning Habits Vision 2019 and beyond

Our vision is to organically build a team of like minded, values aligned coaches to serve businesses and individuals in their growth to excellence. Our purpose is for you to be the exceptional you.

We work together in the spirit of interdependence and team based learning to collaborate and share for a genuine 1+1=5.

We seek diversity in our coaches skills base to meet and exceed clientele needs be that in leadership, inner mind world, team, strategy, health and wellbeing space. We build and extend on skills already developed and / or seek to foster new skill areas. The development choice is team member motivated to fit with the skills diversity vision of Winning Habits.

We internally train coaches to a standard whereby they are equipped for the market to thrive and sustain value led client relationships. To build resilience and self learning to grow in the profession.

We have a business model based on fairness, for all to contribute, share in to and benefit. We get out of the model what we put in. A key value here is ownership and responsibility for each members growth, development and success.

We constantly develop our coaches by on boarding key learnings and trainings with each team member having an active personal development and experiential plan in place. We share training learnings to team learning to multiply value of any invested training. 

We select team members on values and attitude first.

Starting in Christchurch, we seek to build the brand and team throughout New Zealand and beyond.

If you are curious about becoming a Winning Habits Coach, get in touch with Chris Taylor on ++64+21-708751, Chris@winninghabits.co.nz

  • Live with courage and self discipline
  • Be true to yourself and those around you
  • Serve others

Some of my highlights

For you to be the the exceptional you.
  • Greatest life achievement – my four children
  • Career high – doing what I am doing now, every day
  • Acts of service – contact with my Age Concern community members.
I believe we are all our habits, the sum of our habits. What we enjoy, what we create, the partner we may or may not end up with. Everything. At the end of the day worthy lives and achievements are creating through habits, with often perseverance, self-discipline and resilience being the most important traits.

Academic Qualifications, Higher Education:

BSc (Hons), Process Technology and Management, South Bank University, London UK (1992)

MSc, Environmental Engineering, Newcastle University UK (1993)

Coaching, Leadership Certifications & Training;

Belbin Team Roles Practicioner (http://www.belbin.com/). https://youtu.be/N7PK2Ikbl2o

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practicioner c/o Dr R Bolstad, Transformations International Coaching and Consulting Ltd

Team Alchemy Facilitator-Coach (https://www.teamalchemysystem.com/). https://youtu.be/LwGgWvQKsaQ

Emotional Intelligence (EI) Accredited, Genos International Model (https://www.genosinternational.com) c/o Opra Psychology Group https://www.opragroup.com

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) c/o www.mindwise.co.nz

Dare To Lead™ Trained, https://daretolead.brenebrown.com, c/o Boma New Zealand Ltd

Landmark Forum, https://www.landmarkworldwide.co.nz