Training Methodology | Designed with the brain in mind



Learning by doing works, (sit-and-listen doesn't). We'll present a tool, demo how to use it and then get you to 'take-the-wheel'.

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! Quality comes first.

Layered Training

Each training module is layered into other modules giving you a package of tools that embed key leadership principles.

Brain-Based Training

Tools and skill-sets trained are partnered with an understanding of the brain, giving deeper insights without an academic overload.

Client Centred

These trainings are about you not a textbook,  your own experiences help you make sense of the content.

No One Gets Lost

Our trainings have a max. of 14 people, so no one gets lost in the crowd and everyone gets the space to engage.

Visual Workbooks

Our workbooks are styled on the slides you'll see as the training unfolds. This makes for easier referencing and 'glazed-eye' prevention.

Business End

The tools and skills we train have a business-end... i.e. they lead into clear actions, owners and timeframes so that things get done.

Embedding Strategies

It's not over when the training ends, we've added embedding strategies to help people leap in to action and apply their learning.

... a REAL understanding of how the brain 'wires' and people develop ...

Experience | Fourteen Years of Experience



Fourteen years of experience coaching and training people, teams and leaders.

People Trained

549 people have joined our leadership,  & communication trainings 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" 5% Agree
95% "Fully Walks-the-Talk"


Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild TeamSCIRT-vision-300x225

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." Angus Bargh, Traffic Planning Manager, S.C.I.R.T.


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.

Sharon Hastie, Divisional Manager, Statistics New Zealand


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."

Christian Carter, Transpower, PMO Manager

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!"

Ingrid DowneySenior Analyst

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