Leadership & Management

Lead the way to better business results

Developing your people – on any level – is good for the bottom line.

The faster you can get every single person in your business demonstrating leadership behaviour – regardless of position – the faster you will gain a competitive advantage.

Leadership can be learned, as Collaborative Innovations experience in working with leaders over the last decade demonstrates. It is often not easy, and takes time and commitment on the part of both the potential leaders and their organisations, but this seems a small price to pay when compared to the accelerated results gained by growing great leaders across your business.

Great leadership requires an elegant blend of intellectual and emotional intelligence. Effective leaders must provide, or at least facilitate, the strategic thinking that will guide the team and organisation towards continued relevance and success, but the heart of good leadership is high self awareness and emotional intelligence – knowing your own strengths and weaknesses and having the ability to recognise the emotional needs of others.

Sam Ware HR Manager, Hospice Waikato
Our Senior Leadership team had the incredible fortune of undertaking a module based leadership programme facilitated by Marie Richards-Hodge.

Finding a skilled and courageous facilitator capable of getting to the heart of what our team needed and developing a specific needs based programme was pivotal to the outcomes we were seeking. We found such a facilitator in Marie.

She skilfully led our team through the programme, which required us to challenge and review how we were operating, whilst also enabling us to develop greater cohesion as a team.

Facilitating at this level to achieve such outcomes is not an easy ask, however Marie was clearly very capable of operating in this space.

Marie is current and well versed in her own knowledge and expertise which is evident in the material she credibly delivers.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Marie as a highly capable and competent facilitator.

Leaders high in emotional intelligence are skillful at picking up on other people’s behavioural and emotional cues. They use this awareness to respond appropriately to the individual and the situation, thereby creating an environment which promotes healthy relationships and positively contributes towards performance, productivity and the bottom line. This creates a performance climate that increases your competitive advantage.

Collaborative Innovations uses a variety of tools to develop these leadership skills, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)®, Fundamental Interpersonal Relationship Orientation (FIRO-B)® and Individual Effectiveness® tools. These tools give leaders insights into their preferred behavioural styles and personality traits. Once aware of their styles and their associated strengths and weaknesses leaders can formulate a plan to build on their strengths and limit their weaknesses.

We also ensure there is alignment in your business and that the gap between being a strategic thinker and implementer is bridged, whilst providing the practical how to and tools to help with motivating, coaching, delegating, problem solving, making timely and effective decisions as well as having those difficult conversations.

Our leadership programmes are tailored to the needs of your organisation, and we offer a selection of strategies to meet your requirements including psychometric testing, best practice learning, learning sets, leadership projects (to bridge any gap between the learning environment and the workplace) and one-on-one coaching.

Contact us to experience the power of effective leadership in your organisation, or to discuss extending your leaders in the areas of strategy, emotional intelligence and leadership behaviours.

Richard Rowley Chief Executive, Tompkins Wake Lawyers
Marie Richards Hodge has worked with us in both a consulting capacity as well as a senior executive employee as H R Adviser to the Board and Chief Executive.

She has conducted training sessions with our senior professional lawyers including partners, and been successful in changing some habits with a focus on both better self awareness and around leadership and collaborative behaviours. This training has been supported by one-on-one sessions with some individuals. While accepting this was a significant professional challenge she has gained both respect and favourable outcomes.

Marie has decided to leave her employment with the firm, but will retain a close professional relationship at a strategic level working closely with the Chief Executive.