Meet the team - with an approach of abundance, we prefer to connect prospective clients with the coach/advisor that will be the best fit.
We know that this may change over time or require talent, advice or insight from our one or other of the team to effectively fulfill on Exceptional Outcomes for our clients.
Darren has over 20 years experience as a business owner, investor and coach. Darren truly understands the perspective of business leaders and
entrepreneurs, he's been there.
He is the ultimate strategist that can see five steps ahead, uncover hidden assets, develop new business models and have bold or uncomfortable conversations.
He can somehow translate what clients want into what they need.
For Darren, coaching comes down to relationship. Despite his notable skills as a negotiator, strategist and leader, he is primarily driven by integrity.
His down-to-earth, honest, no-bullshit personality - is immediately apparent. He has the ability to cut through formalities and get to the root of
what the leader or business requires to succeed.
Darren has led teams that established new markets throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, the UK and USA.
He has served in State and Federal Government Ministerial Advisory Roles and on numerous boards. He has been an industry partner in two successful Australian
Research Council Linkage projects and been recognized in business awards for financial and strategic planning with his companies receiving many industry
based sales and achievement awards.
As a business coach and consultant, Darren has worked with a diverse range of clients from start-ups to large private companies and all three tiers of government. ITC, health, infrastructure and planning, manufacture, innovation and design, hospitality and entertainment, NFP and community development.
Darren is passionate about greater good organisations and business as a global agent for change. He dedicates a significant amount of his own time to assisting
charities, Not for Profit’s and small business owners in need. He is often found taking up the fight against business bullies.
Darren will leverage and share openly his past experiences, good and bad, to help you see where you’re at and show you where you could go. more...
Darren is like the Gordon Ramsay of Business.
Darren has the most amazingly warm heart and solid moral foundation. We have worked with numerous coaches in the past and find something truly unique in Darren's ability to see straight through to the core of the problem at hand. We gratefully welcome all the proverbial kicks-in-the-bum he can provide.
Ashley Jubinville, The Kitchen School
Darren has been an integral part of my development over recent years. Through his coaching he has been able to provide me with the knowledge and insights to see things from a different perspective, which has helped me to be able to make the best decisions possible. He always seems to know the things that I need to hear at the time I need to hear them.
Petrina Stamos, Snelleman Tom
Darren is the most authentic and selfless person in my network. His genuine approach to every person he comes into contact with is not only very rare but means that he gets more out of businesses in return. I am lucky to have him part of my network and wish I could have his advice on tap.
Jo-Anne brings together her training in Neuroscience, Ontology (who people are BEING and how they SHOW UP), Integrity as a source of performance and 14 years of performance coaching to enable people to produce breakthrough results in business.
With a deeply connected network of aligned experts and other talented individuals, collaboration comes easy for the benefit of her clients and partners.
Jo-Anne’s real strength lies in her ability to connect and build deep relationships; starting from a place of vulnerability and a desire to be of service to people’s pursuit of fulfilment, leadership and performance in any field.
A mother of two and married to a dedicated ultra marathon runner, like most people Jo-Anne grapples with finding time for other passions; like food, learning, relaxing with a good book and playing team sports.
I had known Jo for many years and she became my coach and mentor about 4 Years ago. The business results have been remarkable, with massive increases in our sales - this financial year is 25% higher than our best year ever.
More importantly is Jo’s style of coaching and her personal attributes. Coaching is done with love and compassion, even when it means that she has to persistently stand for something that she knows will make a difference to the business that I grapple with. This can takes months and she doggedly stands for it until it becomes my own thinking, and then I fly and the business flourishes.
I imagine that it takes confidence in what she stands for and a lot of patience to do this and I am so grateful to her.
Seán engages with business leaders to simplify the complicated (or perceived complicated) challenges in their business.
He focuses owners, management teams and staff on their desired outcomes, while clearly identifying the correct next steps – removing the hurdles that stop businesses moving.
Seán is a successful business owner and entrepreneur in his own right, having setup and run many different companies over the past 17 years; and continues to do so. He likes to think outside the box and has a strong record of leadership throughout his career.
Seán’s ability to bridge the gap between business and technology conversations is a perfect complement to successful business owners/teams, whose focus is to achieve better financial outcomes and innovation in their business.
Seán is an energetic and enthusiastic person who enjoys working with leadership teams, who are open to a new perspective and seeking to accelerate sustainable growth in their business.
His expertise in strategic business consulting has provided him with a broad range of experience across many different industries.
Don’t be alarmed to see him nursing a large cappuccino – he openly admits to drinking too many of them!
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For over 25 years in the private sector, public sector and in consulting I’ve seen many good small and medium sized enterprises in the Transport Engineering and Construction fail to become great businesses. I've also seen successful tenders badly transitioned into the project phase and a host of major projects fail to get off the ground quickly enough. The cost to business in in terms of lost time and opportunity cost translates to tens of millions of dollars.
What’s the common thread in turning all of this around? It’s all about Strategy. Knowing what needs to be done, but more importantly knowing the order
in which each task or project needs to be done, is the essence of a successful and well-executed strategy.
My experience in this sector spans over 25 years, working in roles as a consulting engineer, project advisor, executive manager and in recent years as
an encite business coach.
Business, like many of life’s challenges, is all about luck. Successful entrepreneurs implement the right business model, work hard and smart and are well
prepared for when they get lucky.
Most small to mid-sized businesses competing for work in Engineering and Construction are forced into an environment where they are small fish in a very
large pond. While potentially a hostile environment and one where most business owners feel a lack of power in the supplier relationship, these lucky
breaks are constantly bubbling away.
As a business coach and advisor specialising in this sector (working on both sides of the fence), I have a unique perspective with practical insights to
identify the opportunities in the sector, structure businesses appropriately to scale and benefit from the opportunities on offer and create successful
enterprises that are sustainable into the future.
Dan has had a career in science and private equity supporting development of numerous financial, technology and food businesses.
He currently supports the Leaders of business to be courageous with their goals, themselves and their teams.
Dan has a track record of being very effective with organisations in the $1M-$50M turnover space and splits his time between coaching engagements where he is helping people to grow, fund and exit while also operating NSW Leaders, a knowledge sharing, mentoring and leadership group that support the next generation of leading companies with access to know-how, connections and capital.
We have been working with Dan and Encite Partners for approximately 9 months. We decided to invest in this coaching program as a means of challenging our thinking and helping us move to another level. As a smaller organisation we felt we lacked the insight of someone who had successfully worked through the business growth issue. Having Dan’s expertise available provides us with an independent expert who questions, challenges and hold us accountable for our actions. He also provides clarity of thought around our business strategy and is able to keep us focused on the key business issues. He is not afraid of challenging our thinking and asking the ‘tough’ questions. His network of connections has been valuable to us.
We have no hesitation in recommending Dan to any business owner who is seeking to grow their business in a sustainable manner. He understands business and, in particular, the day to day anxieties any business owner manages. His objective is to work with you and assist you in building a business where some of those anxieties are removed by building robust business systems. He has enabled our business to mature and function successfully without the owner being involved in all aspects of the business. As the owner of the business, this provides you with satisfaction that the business has its own personality and not solely reliant upon the owner. I can spend more time working on the growth of the business and less time on managing day to day operations.
Damian Menzies - CEO/Director of Choice Career Services
David enjoys working with leaders and their teams to create more purposeful working relationships, and build strategic alignment to achieve exceptional lasting results.
With over twenty years’ experience in corporate leadership roles, and twelve years coaching, consulting and running his own businesses, he draws from a broad spectrum of resources and learning experiences to inform a practical, down-to-earth approach to his work.
He enjoys working with teams, and has a passion for helping then navigate through complex situations. He focuses on practical, research-based ways to upgrade thinking and behaviour and bring about a more collaborative, effective and sustainable way of working that delivers great outcomes.
David plays an active in local community organisations and a loves spending time to relax in the great outdoors.
“… the business was in poor shape with a number of significant people and operational issues, and some reluctance amongst the team to move forward. I lacked clarity in terms of the strategic direction for the business, and how I should manage difficult but essential team members. David provided particular help in crystallising my own desired outcomes, and acting confidently and appropriately with sensitive management issues. This progress allowed me to lead a turnaround in the business, despite some stressful surprises on the way. “ C. Wright, General Manager