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28th Sept - 1st Oct 2021, Wellington | FULL

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Conflict Resolution Communication Training


Set the foundations for collaborative genius.

Courageous Conversations Communication Training


Engage the collective brain for better solutions.

Coaching Skills Communication Training


Take the lead on peak performance.

Rapport Building Communication Training


Lead change and have everyone in the Waka

Why ‘Leading Teams’ is an essential training.

Collaboration is not a buzz word. Teams fail when they don’t work together, and many of us have experienced the pain of a team that operates in silos. Collaboration needs to be something you do, not just say. Don’t assume that people simply know how to work best together either – it’s a skillset that needs to be developed.  

A teams power is in its ‘collective brain’. Let’s not leave collaboration to chance, lead in a way that capitalises on a teams diversity of ideas, strengths and approaches. This training provides tools and strategies to engage the collective brain and create new possibilities.

Whether you’re a CEO, business leader, emerging leader or simply aspire to lead, Leading Teams is a training for those intent on sparking collaborative genius!


We understand how the brain learns and so we structure our trainings to ensure quality. This means the approach taken is more comprehensive and designed for life-long learning as opposed to 'tick-box-leadership-training'.

No Half Haircuts

Squeezing our bigger trainings into half-the-time, is a little like giving someone half a haircut. We just wouldn't do it! The brain is complex, sustainable results require a comprehensive approach that understands how the brain wires new information.

No Broad Brush

Broad brush leadership trainings attempt to cover too many themes and lack depth, meaning the application gets lost. Our trainings focus on specific leadership themes, so we can deep-dive into skills, methodology and robust application.

No One Gets Lost

Our open trainings have a maximum of twelve people on them, so no one gets 'lost in the crowd' and everyone gets the space to deepen their learning, have their needs met and engage fully in the training.


Operating since 2003 and an expert in brain-based leadership, David Savage delivers programmes that meet the practical needs and aspirations of his clients, over 95% of which arrive via recommendation.


Leading Teams an intensive and highly practical training, which will grow your knowledge of the collective brain, allow you to create your own action plan to enhance collaboration, learn strategies to engage the ‘collective brain’ and walk away with practical tools to use with your team now and into the future.

Conflict Resolution Communication Training


Set the foundations for collaborative genius. A team is made up of different thinking maps, ideas and approaches, so how does a leader channel this away from conflict and into creativity? In part one of this training we tap into an interactive exercise on Chaos Theory to pick out principles essential for collaboration. Then we look at how these principles feature within your team and how to apply them. In addition, we look at collaboration mechanics, (how collaboration happens) and culture.

Conflict Resolution Communication Training


Engage the collective brain for better solutions. How is the collective mindset of your team geared? In part two we look at what it means for a team to have a solution focus. We look at specific tools a team can use to problem solve more effectively, how to foster a healthy contest of ideas and shape a mindset that’s solution focused.

Conflict Resolution Communication Training


Take the lead on peak performance. Drawing from Peak Performance plans used in large scale Alliances, we look at the conditions needed for people to perform at their best. We add to that a very simple ‘Force Field Analysis’ tool that pulls out performance roadblocks and then create a roadmap for your team to lift performance.

Conflict Resolution Communication Training


Lead change and have everyone in the Waka. Change is the one constant and very much the landscape of leadership. So what’s the difference between a team that resists change and one that leads it? In this part of the training, we look at the role of a leader in change and some of the resistances leaders can encounter. We then switch into ‘visionary leadership’ mode for you to map out a leadership change journey relevant to your work and how you’d communicate it.



  • Full Four Day Training
  • Post Training Resources
  • Fully Catered

  • 200+ Page Workbook
  • Management Feedback Loop
  • Skills-Check List

  • Embedding Strategies
  • Completion Certificate
  • Take-away Tool Templates

#2: TRAINING + TEAM COACHING| $6,800+gst.

  • Full four-day intensive training with all the features as above

  • Three 1-2-1 coaching sessions post-training to support your implementation action plan

  • Full-day team coaching session to install key collaboration tools from the training

DISCOUNTS: 5% Early-bird discount when registered and paid two months in advance, 10% multiple person discount for three of or more people attending the same training from the same business, 20% discount when commissioning the course internally for a group of ten to twelve participants. Ask for more details.


How people describe Communication Leadership training.

An addictive and sumptuous mind explosion, Sav [David Savage] is a master at helping people to realise and reach their potential.

Heather Ritchie

Transpower, Project Systems Manager

Recognising the leadership role that today’s Project Managers have, we commissioned a fusion of David's trainings to run in-house for 43 Managers. The feedback has been exceptional and the results immediate.

Christian Carter

Transpower, PMO Manager

Blow your sox off – Another great course and positive experience again… Lots of practical, useable, understandable tools that you can take away and use. Excellent content and delivery. Empowering, excellent tools, grow your leadership skills in a practical and energetic way. Thanks Sav – another great course and positive experience again.

Prescott Jones

Statistics New Zealand, IT Manager

An amazing growth experience that will leave you with all the skills you need to ROCK!

Jay Devlin

Architect, Enterprise Architecture, Statistics New Zealand

David Savage is a compelling, approachable, effective leadership trainer, one who I can only recommend and do so without hesitation or doubt. I hope to work with David again.

Phil Bilbrough

Group Manager Marketing and Communications, Forest & Bird


Is this training the right for me?

This is one of a few trainings I run, so do look at the others to make sure you select the right one for you. For COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP, do this training if you want to advance your skills to create both positive and innovative relationship, support others to excel and resolve conflict with confidence.

What's the value for my employer?
The research is clear, conflict in the workplace has a huge impact on performance - it dilutes task focus, people avoid each other, it hijacks others and has people looking for other employment. Communication Leadership gives individuals the skills and confidence to change this by turning conflict into collaboration. The value to employers is huge.

Will I find this training a challenge?
In short, if you're not challenged by this training, I'm not doing my job. However, challenged to 'stretch' not 'stress'. The goal is for you to leave this training excited by what you can achieve, which will potentially be more that you thought!

Why four days?
Four days is a chunk of time to be out of the workplace, but as with all my courses, I provide a quality experience not a tick box exercise. Leadership training works with the brain's hardwiring and your hardwiring has be forming since birth (actually just before), and so if you want to achieve real development that's sustainable, you need focused training that understands how the brain wires and rewires. A shorter training may tick the box, but I'd seriously question the quality.

How is the training structured?
Great question! Let me answer that using key principles that make up the structure...

1: Science base - You'll hear the science behind each part of the content, not so much to feel lectured and academically drowned, but just enough to add to your insights and relate what you hear to your real life experience.

2. Form - As a leadership specialist, my training also includes Neuro Linguistics and brain-based training methodology. Broken down, it means I train according to how the brain learns ... each part of the content is presented in terms of why it's important, what the tool (or model or skill) is, how to apply it and how versitile it is. There's a method here that makes it simple and accessible for you to have a comprehensive understanding of how a tool works and how to apply it.

3. Practical - Learn by doing. On my trainings you'll be busy; I aim to minimise the 'sit and listen' parts and maximise 'go do' parts.

4. Layered training - This means that each part of the training connects to and builds on previous parts.

5. Meta training - In short, I model what I train as I'm training it ... maximum sensory congruence!

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