“An addictive and sumptuous mind explosion,‘Sav’ is a master at helping people to realise their potential.”
Leadership Collaboration Specialist
Specialising in Leadership and Collaboration I help good people do great things, which is also my business mission – these people are corporate managers, business leaders, community leaders, NGOs, educators, coaches and creatives alike, and I help them develop a human-centred approach to leadership that’s brain-based, highly practical and a dealer in possibilities. Above all, I promote leadership that is founded on integrity and authenticity.
Before this | From one world to another
Before arriving in New Zealand I travelled as a photographer. The camera has provided a gateway to some amazing experiences, some of which were deeply confronting, whilst others were hugely inspiring. My fascination has always been with people; who they are, how they operate and what they stand for. These questions are still with me, but now as a Coach and Trainer.
TO LEADERSHIP SPECIALIST
On the surface photography and leadership training are quite different worlds. However, what I was fascinated with capturing in images as a Photographer, is now what I help people develop insight around as a Leadership Specialist; ‘Who they are’ – strengths, values, drivers, ‘How they operate’ – leadership style, skills and abilities, and ‘What they stand for’ – vision and purpose.
Through the lens | Leadership in life
Good leadership is human-centred, not mechanical. As a photographer, I’ve met people who live in very different realities to our own, and leadership with it’s many different faces, can be seen playing out in many different ways. As a leadership trainer, my days as a photographer have taught me to keep it real and keep it human.
Speaking | Leadership, Purpose & Contribution
- 2016 Sustainable Business Network, National Conference - Chaos, Collaboration & Sustainability
- 2016 Auckland Kindergarten Association - Human Centred Leadership
- 2015 Bank of New Zealand, Digital Business Unit - Chaos & Innovation
- 2015 Housing New Zealand, Talent Development - Chaos & Innovation
- 2015 Laughter Yoga Wellbeing Convention - Diagnosis: Terminal Illness, Inheritance & False Alarms
- 2014 Hewlett Packard, NZ – Achieving goals, traps to avoid & strategies to use
- 2013 Project Management Institute NZ, Wellington – Project Managers as Leaders
- 2012 Leadership & Psychology Conference, Auckland – Leadership and the Social Brain
- 2011 Kindergarten Association, Napier – Leadership and the Environment
- 2010 Coachfest, Sydney – Coaching and the Social Brain
- 2008 Coach Mecca, Queenstown - Coaching and the Social Brain
- 2008 Project Management Institute NZ, Wellington - Leadership and the Social Brain
David is a knowledgeable, skilled and articulate presenter who is “quiet leadership” personified. We would thoroughly recommend him as a speaker for any organisation.Rose Coppen
“David’s deep understanding and respect for the human spirit creates real and powerful coaching experiences!”
Experience | Stats and commissions
Thirteen years of experience coaching and training people, teams and leaders.
446 people have joined our leadership, communication & resilience courses since 2011.
Over 300 people coached since 2003 using a goal-focused and brain-based methodology.
"David Savage uses the skills and tools he trains" 6% Agree
94% "Fully Walks-the-Talk"
Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team
Post earthquake, SCIRT was tasked to rebuild the city's infrastructure, specifically $3bn worth of horizontal infrastructure in four years. The biggest scale endeavour New Zealand has ever seen required a workforce expansion of skilled labour from 800 people to 2000 in a very small amount of time.
I was one of a small team of Leadership Coaches hired to develop, support and embed a high performance culture, initially within the Integrated Services Team and then one of the five delivery teams. I was with SCIRT for 18 months making regular monthly visits and providing 1-2-1 and team coaching , plus workshop facilitation.
"Every so often you meet someone who is truly remarkable – that is someone who is so incisive and insightful that you can’t help but remark about them to others. David is truly remarkable." S.C.I.R.T.Traffic Planning Manager,
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
Vision: The Pacific environment, sustaining our livelihoods and natural heritage in harmony with our cultures.
SPREP is a large NGO based in Samoa that brings to life a number of environmental initiatives. Hired a Leadership Specialist, I brought my leadership program over to Samoa and later Fiji to work with members of PEEL, Pacific Emerging Environmental Leaders (a SPREP project). These members were young leaders from a range of Pacific Island nations, all active within their own communities working on a range of projects. The goal was to develop their leadership further and give them tools to collaborate with on projects.
David is an excellent leadership facilitator, with the ability to be flexible in his approach, yet meeting the objectives of the programme. He is able to seemingly get into the minds of the participants and work with them in highly positive, inspiring and encouraging manner. David seems to have an ability to make people believe in themselves – an essential quality for any leadership facilitator.
Seema Dao, Communication Manager, SPREP (Samoa)
Statistics New Zealand
Statistics New Zealand
The longest running relationship in my portfolio is with Statistics New Zealand, who since 2005 have sent have sent over 150 people on leadership and coaching training programs, with many more attending team coaching workshops.
I have had David involved in training and mentoring all my management team. I have also used him to mentor and coach myself. He has also facilitated and lead workshops for different areas in our organisation. He just fits in and manages to get the best out of each person, giving them the tools and confidence to go on and be great. He manages to get into those areas that challenge you and make you step outside your comfort zone all the while feeling ok because you have the tools to do it. I highly recommend David as a leadership development specialist and continue to use his services at every opportunity.
Memorial Park Alliance
From MCH: Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington was created as the Government’s key project to acknowledge the centenary of the First World War. This was completed in time to be the centrepiece of Anzac Day commemorations in 2015. WW100, the centenary of New Zealand's participation in the First World War, will be marked over several years through a variety of commemorative activities and projects. More
Hired as the Alliance Coach, I joined the programme of work once it was well underway. My role was to work with the Alliance Management Team and individual Managers with a focus on performance and leadership. The most driven team I've worked with to date!
After testing the trainings via open courses, a combination of leadership trainings were commissioned for 43 Managers by the Project Management Office. Due to the significant results and benefits, the training was then further commissioned twice more for another 33 staff and managers, with 20 plus attending various open courses.
"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 and has been exceptional and the results immediate."
Housing New Zealand
Housing New Zealand
As part of their Talent Development Program, HNZ commission Leading Innovation, an extensive end-to-end innovation program that develops leaders and produces real ideas with an ROI appetite.
"Fantastic facilitator, so skilled + personable. The best training experience I have had. So grateful for the opportunity. Absolutely fantastic!"
Since 2003 | Clients from many organisations
New Zealand Post, Transpower, Statistics NZ, Reserve Bank, Connexis, Housing New Zealand, Adscale Labs, XERO, Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team, WWF, Forest & Bird, S.P.R.E.P. (Samoa), Pharmacy Guild NZ, Diligent, The Blue School, Gap Filler, Land Information NZ, Parliament, GNS Science, Sports NZ, Memorial Park Alliance, Kindergarten Association NZ, Sustainability Trust, Ministry of Business & Innovation, Birthright, South Wairarapa Vets, City Care, Napier Kindergarten Association, Downer, Christchurch City Council, Department of Internal Affairs, ACC and numerous small businesses and individuals.
Feedback | What people say
David is a fantastic coach! He is fully committed to you and provides a great support as a coach. He inspired me, challenged me and most importantly believed in me. If I am where I am now, it is thanks to David!Lena Arnera
David is a top quality coach. After every session I felt like my brain had been scrubbed and I was inspired each step of the way. David drew out the knowledge I had, and gave excellent input at the right times.Jesse Pirini
Sav has an amazing ability to get the best out of people. His genuine listening skills help him tune in to what makes people tick, and his coaching skills empower people to set and achieve lofty goals. He's a fun and inspiring person to work with, and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him to anybody who wants to turbo charge their performance.Paul Roberts
David is an amazing coach, He has helped me to clarify my business and generate a fantastic business plan. He challenges and supports me and is incredibly creative to work with.Michele Frank
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
An addictive and sumptuous mind explosion … Sav is a master at helping people to realise and reach their potential.Heather Ritchie
David is an excellent leadership facilitator, with the ability to be flexible in his approach, yet meeting the objectives of the programme. He is able to seemingly get into the minds of the participants and work with them in highly positive, inspiring and encouraging manner. David seems to have an ability to make people believe in themselves – an essential quality for any leadership facilitator.Seema Dao
David is a committed coach and is responsible for enabling myself and many other coaches. He has a passion to see people succeed.Carl Jarnell
Every so often you meet someone who is truly remarkable – that is someone who is so incisive and insightful that you can’t help but remark about them to others. David is truly remarkable.Angus Bargh
David has worked very closely with my team and individuals, including myself. He has provided us with the tools, mindset and drive to succeed, both as individuals and as a team. He is well respected and trusted across the team, delivering outstanding results time after time!!Chanelle Becker