Testimonials


Leadership training client testimonials.

I've been really impressed that my company has invested in this coaching. It’s the first time they have invested in across-the-board formal coaching for First Level Leaders and Managers. For me, this has been an opportunity for personal and in-depth coaching in an area that I've not had covered in any training previously, and where I'm not as strong as I need to be. I'm learning and practising new styles of communication, and working through ways to communicate issues with my managers as they come up. As well as helping me communicate better with my managers, the skills I'm learning are helping me to better communicate with my staff. I'm better able to put myself in their position if they are themselves having issues communicating with me or others. What I'm learning in the coaching is very transferable.

Kathy Gannon – Project Manager

I think the main value I have gained so far from our coaching sessions has been the sounding board where I have been allowed the head space to work through some challenges with my teams. I gained verification, acknowledgement, and confidence in each instance which was both useful and powerful. Also tying these situations back to the T.A. (Transactional Analysis) principles helped me to better understand the underlying drivers and where my focus was or needed to be.

Prescott Jones – IT Operations Manager

I've found the coaching sessions to be extremely beneficial. I have found far more confidence in myself as a leader as a result of the sessions we have had. I don't think I would have been as successful in turning around my relationship with one team leader without the sessions. I think the sessions I've had have proved extremely valuable in the recent round of performance discussions with staff. I've been able to have open and honest discussions with each of my staff around their performance and my expectations of them.

Graeme Simpson – Publishing Manager

Probably the most valuable thing that I have got out of the sessions is that they are an excellent way to step outside the day-to-day detail of what I do, and to think strategically about where my team is heading, and how we get there, and what I can do to help this. As a coach you bring a lot of clarity to my thinking on my leadership, as being external you have the ability to view issues simply.

Mike Douba – Senior Management Accountant

I do not think I would be gaining anything like this depth of understanding and experience in any other forum than 1-1 with a skilled coach. It is also great to have the ongoing sessions as that really means growth and consolidation of new approaches is possible. It seems like having something poured in a meaningful way helps to change the nature and quality of what can be given out.

Sue Riddle – Project Manager

The sessions have been very practical, focusing on the issues at hand. This has been where the real value has come, because the issues are completely relevant. Everything we have discussed is geared towards me becoming a more effective leader. A key theme from the sessions has been setting boundaries, communicating clearly, and learning to negotiate properly. These are essential skills for any leader (and to be honest, anyone in life!).

Brendan Mai – Business, Infrastructure, and Performance Manager

Sports coaching client testimonials.

As a professional rugby player I have constantly tried to find that 'edge'. That something that will give me an advantage over my opposition. Working one on one with Jason showed me the mental tools to call upon to enable me to perform to my best and I continue to use those today. Everyone knows how performance can vary significantly even though there has been very little change in your physical attributes or physical preparation. I truly believe the mind is the key that can unlock true potential, or conversely, hold you back.  From a team point of view, I noticed huge changes in our 'energy' and 'connections' from our sessions with Jase and I believe that alone got us through a number of games on the right side of the ledger.

Tim Bateman – Maori All Black and Hurricanes Super 15 player

Thanks so much for your guidance and support. I've learnt a lot off your teachings. thanks again for making me a better person and better coach.

Alama Ieremia – ex All Black and assistant coach of the Hurricanes

Jas I thought you have had a great influence over the Hurricanes over the last few years and as you know mental skills plays a major part within any professional sporting team and I saw the Hurricanes make significant advances in this area over the time you were involved. Mental skills can be a complicated subject but when it is explained in simple terms it can have a massive impact and I believe you were able to do this for the team. Cheers mate.

Conrad Smith Hurricanes captain 126 caps, All Black 94 caps.

Jason is very effective at communicating between the players and management and has the ability to bridge the gap that exist in a team environment which has at one end, players that think... “This mental skills is for mentally weak people through to players that recognise this as the MOST important skill set in a professional rugby players armour…". He moulded these two ends of the spectrum and those in between which lead to a number of benefits. These benefits were - 1. more confidence to speak up and demand in a positive way 2. More open and honest discussions amongst our leadership group 3. A collective agreement on how we deal with success and failure 4. The ability to harness a groups energy through success and adversity at the time needed e.g. in game. When working with a mental skills coach in a team environment it is important that the players can trust that the sensitive nature of some conversations are not being fed back to the management and vice versa. I always found Jason to be extremely professional in this regard. Mark Hammett – ex All Black and head coach of the Hurricanes

Mark Hammett – ex All Black and head coach of the Hurricanes

Our Clients

NZ Fire service, ThinkWell client.
Wellington free ambulance, ThinkWell client.
Wellington, ThinkWell client.
Victim support, ThinkWell client.
Trademe, ThinkWell client.
Statistics NZ, ThinkWell client.
NZ Police, ThinkWell client.
Wellington Phoenix, ThinkWell client.
NZ rugby union, ThinkWell client.
Wellington lions, ThinkWell client.
Hurricanes rugby team, ThinkWell client.
Fletcher building, ThinkWell client.