“ If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ”



ESSENTIAL COLLABORATION STRATEGIES FOR LEADERS | 4-Day intensive training | 11-14 AUGUST 2020 | 12 places only

Conflict Resolution Communication Training


Reduce silos, channel diverse thinking and doing away from conflict and towards greater collaboration.

Coaching Skills Communication Training


Take down barriers to performance that teams encounter and clear the way to achieve more.

Courageous Conversations Communication Training


Unlock people’s best thinking, engage the power of the collective brain, increase creativity, fast-track to solutions.

Rapport Building Communication Training


Reduce stress and avoid change fatigue by helping your team navigate challenge with a focus on solutions.

Real-world-ready skills and strategies to spark collaborative genius!

Drawn from sixteen years as a professional coach – including coaching high-performance Alliance teams – LEADING TEAMS is a portfolio of skills, tools and strategies designed for leaders who want to grow their team and get results. Through this training you’ll learn how to lead your team through change, increase performance, engage the ‘collective brain’ and put in to place the fundamentals of effective collaboration.


Wellington | 11-14 August 2020 | Registration Open

This training can also be commissioned to run as an internal training.


Brain-based. Interactive. Highly Practical.


Reduce silos, channel diverse thinking and doing away from conflict and towards greater collaboration.

Neuroscience of Collaboration

Essential foundations of what the brain needs to truly collaborate.

Partnering for Success

Setting each other up to succeed via needs-based negotiation

Focused Communication

Fast and efficient communication to increase information flow, cohesion and peer support. 

Nobel Purpose

Increase drive and commitment via ‘best for’ decision making and compelling shared goals.

Trust Economy

Build the trust economy with your team and open up communication, creativity and boost performance.


Take down barriers to performance that teams encounter and clear the way to achieve more.

Remove Interference

Using a tool from sports psychology, identify and remove interference that blocks your team from delivering their best work. 

Benchmark Goals

In the domains of delivery, customer and team capability, set benchmark standards to consistently achieve.

Performance Goal Setting

Understand your team’s performance ecology and set goals to improve essential areas.

Performance Feedback

Take the edge off feedback and make it as rich and rewarding as it should be via a performance coaching model.

Peak Achievement Mapping

Use a visual mapping tool to review projects, improve lessons learned and map pathways to continued achievement.


Unlock people’s best thinking, engage the power of the collective brain, increase creativity, fast-track to solutions.

Possibility Mindset

Develop a team mindset that focuses on possibilities and avoids derailing over problems.

Solution Sessions

Structure creative sessions to gain fresh thinking, innovate and increase potential.  

6-Step Solution Tool

Use a six-step process to put robust solutions to specific problems and include actions, owners and timeframes. 

Force-Field Analysis

Weigh-up dilemmas using a systems theory process and gain perspective over complexity.

Skilled Brainstorming

Put diverse thinking and doing to work, brainstorm with skill and shut down common factors that stifle creativity.


Reduce stress and avoid change fatigue by helping your team navigate challenge with a focus on solutions.

Managing Ambiguity

Change brings uncertainty, apply a simple strategy that supports focus and positivity by creating clarity.

Intentional Leadership

Through change, modelling key behaviours that count and being on message, guiding the team around you.  

Needs-Based Negotiation

Smooth out the implementation of change, understand practical needs and plan to get them met.


Avoid communication roadblocks when it comes to change, apply key principles that elleviate anxiety. 

Presenting Change

Present change using a format that gives people good information to work with and invites buy-in and collaboration.


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.

Learn more about our methodology and the results we get.


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

INVESTMENT | $2,950+gst.

  • 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

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.


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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