The Programme for Senior Leadership Teams

Why is a high performing leadership team so pivotal?

The culture and performance of an organisation almost always mirrors what is happening at the top table. Show me a dysfunctional or low performing leadership team – and I’ll show you a dysfunctional and low performing organisation. At the very least, it will be one which is struggling to fulfil its true potential.

Conversely, if a senior leadership team is a high performing and functional one, one where there is high trust, mutual accountability, laser like focus on the things that matter and a healthy culture, it will have an exponentially positive ripple effect on the rest of the organisation.

A highly customised programme

Pivot High Performance Programme for senior leadership teams is a highly customised programme which identifies your senior leadership team’s current strengths and weaknesses and through a series of interventions, workshops and ongoing support and development, drives your senior leadership team to become a high performing one.

Drawing upon proven leadership methodologies such as Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, The Wilson Learning Social Styles Inventory and other leadership research, as well as Suzi’s 20 years’ own methodologies and experience working with senior leadership teams, Suzi works with your leadership team over the course of 12 months.

Through the Pivot Programme, you will

  • Define your senior leadership team’s purpose and ensure buy in and clarity to that purpose for each member
  • Identify individual and group strengths and ensure your senior leadership team is working to capitalise on these strengths
  • Work with the team to identify and address group and individual weaknesses and unproductive behaviours
  • Build trust within the team, the cornerstone of high team performance
  • Implement positive team processes, norms and principles.
  • Build strong, trusting and productive relationships between team members.
  • Provide ongoing support and group coaching – Suzi acts as your leadership team’s ‘challenging cheerleader’ as you make your journey towards being the high performing team you aspire to be

If you want to see your leadership team improve cohesion, effectiveness and performance, contact Suzi to discuss your needs.

Suzi McAlpine Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

Phone: +64 21 839141

Email: [email protected]

Website: suzimcalpine.com

Blog: The Leader’s Digest

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Our organisation has utilised Suzi’s services, both in her capacity as a one-on-one Executive Coach and as a facilitator with our Senior Leadership team. Her approach is engaging, thought provoking and refreshing and we highly recommend her to any organisation seeking to aid the development of their Senior Management teams.

Martin Byrne

CEO, Port Nelson

Having worked for Suzi for over five years now I have found her very engaging and grounded. Leadership is not a one-dimensional construct and Suzi's guidance allows oneself to navigate to new areas to explore as we develop our leadership skills. Suzi is a very important part of our wider leadership team development programme.

Parke Pittar



Weta Workshop has worked with Suzi over the past 5 years in a variety of leadership development activities. She provides individual coaching for a number of our senior and upcoming leaders. She has also been key to the development and facilitation of leadership workshops and seminars for our senior crew. We have seen demonstrable results from the crew she has interacted with directly, and also from the workshops she’s run with us.

David Wilks

General Manager, Weta Workshop


I find my regular catch-ups with Suzi hugely beneficial. I constantly have too much on my plate resulting in feelings of being overwhelmed and out of control. Suzi is a breath of fresh air, and has the ability to ask questions that cut through any confusion, getting me back on track and arming me with tools to take on the next challenge! I thoroughly recommend her as a mentor/coach to dramatically increase the effectiveness of any busy executive or person.

Shane Anselmi

Managing Director, Overland Footwear Ltd

Gerry French

I have the good fortune of working with Suzi for our Leadership Development Program. My CE at the time put me in touch with Suzi to help support this project. That was a great recommendation. Suzi brings a range and depth of experience to know what works, a partnership approach to ensuring content was fit-for-our business + enthusiasm that builds trust and gets the very best out of participants. Participant feedback has been extremely positive and seeing people starting to lead differently incredibly rewarding.

Gerry French

People and Safety Leader, Nelmac


I have been coached by Suzi and have engaged Suzi with members of my team. Suzi is fantastic in that she has real world experience, is real in her approach and transcends organisational levels. She certainly doesn't always tell you what you want to hear but gives you good tools and great support. I literally wouldn't have survived some times in my career over the last 9 years without her wise council and support.

Lee Babe

Chief Operating Officer at Smart Environmental Ltd


Suzi has been working with Nelson Airport for over three years in areas of senior management leadership training, staff engagement and social styles and 1:1 mentoring. Suzi possesses a wealth of leadership and executive training knowledge and has made a real improvement to our team and individuals.She researches and understands who she is working with and the core interests of our business. We will continue to use Suzi as we see the real benefits she adds to our organisation and its people.

Robert Evans

Chief Executive Officer, Nelson Airport


Suzi took the time to understand us and our business philosophy, our values and our people before she went to work on helping us become better leaders and a better team. Suzi has the ability to engage at many levels within the organisation and we have utilised her unique skillset and expertise with myself, my fellow 3 suite partners, members of our Senior Management team and together as Senior team.

Scott Gibbons

CEO / Managing Director, Gibbons Holdings Ltd


I have had the good fortune of working with Suzi over the past 12 months. Her ability to coach me through many aspects ofleadership has been invaluable to me, my team and board.

Mark Rawson

Board Member at i-SITE NZ, CEO NRDA


We have been working with Suzi for a number of years for individual coaching as well as ongoing coaching and facilitation for our Executive Leadership team and most recently for the creation and delivery of an Emerging Leaders Programme over the last couple of year. Suzi has picked up very quickly how our company ticks and this has really helped with the level of comfort that our Crew feel when in her presence.

Di Cran

HR Manager at Weta Workshop Ltd


Suzi has helped me get a whole new perspective on how I operate. Practical when I need it, reflective when it's good for me, and always supportive, I really enjoy working with Suzi.

Kay Booth

Deputy Director, Te Papa Atawhai