Jonathan Biss
New Plymouth

Jonathan is an experienced executive coach and facilitator having worked with all levels of management in the private and public sectors across a wide range of industries.

 

Areas of Expertise

 

  • Coaching individuals, groups and teams
  • Leadership development
  • Managing performance for results
  • Coaching for accelerated development
  • Leading through the chaos of change
  • Effective conversations  

 

Overview

 

Jonathan is an experienced executive coach and facilitator having worked with all levels of management in the private and public sectors across a wide range of industries. Jonathan specialises in working with front line and middle managers " providing a highly practical, engaging, "real-life" approach to development and change.

 

Business Background and Experience

 

Jonathan's coaching is informed by his early work experience as a Veterinarian in the NZ Livestock Farming Industry in the 1980s. This was a time of industry wide change as Agribusiness needed to compete in an increasingly competitive global market. These early experiences, and the support of some significant mentors, proved how successful change is possible at the individual level, organisational and industry level.

 

Through these experiences, Jonathan obtained an excellent education in people management, change management, privatisation, commercialisation, innovation and politics as part of the NZ government's reform of the public sector. Having discovered his passion for people management and leadership, he went on to success in several management and consulting roles in the NZ and Australian Meat Industries. In 1999, he became a full time executive coach and facilitator, continuing to share his passion and develop his understanding of management and leadership.

 

Approach

 

Jonathan's aim in both individual coaching and facilitation of groups is to deliver immediate and practical value for every individual. All meaningful development (professional or personal), is driven by increased awareness of one's self and/or one's situation (i.e. the "circumstances"). Increasing this awareness is the focus of Jonathan's approach. Successful coaching and leadership facilitation require intensely personal and "real" interactions with clients. Facades or pretention on either side severely limit the significant benefits that are possible. Fortunately, both coach and client can easily tell when the relationship is working and when it is not. There is nowhere to hide so, an effective working relationship is either quickly established or either party can gracefully "refer" the other on.

 

Qualifications and Memberships

 

  • Accredited Organisational Coach, Level Three, IECL;
  • Education: MBA.; B.V.Sc. (Bachelor Veterinary Science)
  • Diagnostics: LSI, Genos (EI), MBTI

 

Recent Client Engagements

 

  • CEO, Health Sector " worked with management and staff to develop a new Medicare Local, created by the Federal Government to reform the Health System at the local community level.
  • Management, Mining " leadership development program for all levels of management involving three training modules and follow-up group coaching.
  • Acting Director, Commonwealth Public Service " coached the acting Director for six months while "care-taking" the department during a time of significant industry reform with strong lobbying from industry groups.