We’ve been on this journey since the early ’90’s. It’s taken us through numerous roles in a wide variety of organisations in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. We’ve worked with all sorts, from mega multi-nationals to one-man bands, public and private sectors, and across all sorts of industries.
The common theme for this journey is PEOPLE. How to help people to behave in alignment with their organisations strategy, and for these same people to achieve personal fulfilment as well as high job performance.
In simple terms we help leaders and managers become GoodBosses, because the Boss creates the environment that enables people to achieve fulfilment and performance while aligning their behaviour with strategy.
Hi I’m Harry.
My journey in management consulting really started in my early 30’s after the initial part of my career in horticulture. I had a business development role with what was then the Ministry of Agriculture Advisory Services Division. This science extension service was being commercialised and ultimately became Agriculture New Zealand, a fully commercial consulting business. We accessed the Counsellor Salesperson programme from Wilson Learning Worldwide and I was trained and accredited to deliver this for our people. Through this experience I became aware of the potential to use learning and development as a tool to help people think differently and re-purpose their existing skills. Through this experience I developed the concept of “Helping Organisations Align Behaviour with Strategy” and a passion for the role of management consultant.
From there it’s been a varied journey. I went back to the University of Canterbury in 1994 and completed a full-time MBA programme. In 1998 I moved to Sydney and spent eleven years there with two blocks of three years with Wilson Learning and two General Manager roles. I returned to NZ in 2009 in time for the Christchurch earthquakes and after a period with NZIM Southern I established Fox Management Solutions Ltd in 2012.
On the personal front I’ve been on a journey of change for the past few years. My relationship with Marie has focused me on improving my health and wellness and making sure I have the balance I need to enjoy all aspects of my life. I’ve discovered swimming and kayaking and even take the odd bike ride. Our property at French Farm makes it easy to maintain these routines when we’re not traveling and the garden and house regeneration programme provides tangible and hands on projects that balance the often intangible professional work we do.
Hello – I’m Marie
I recently joined Fox Management Solutions Ltd as a Management Consultant which is a significant change from my work as a veterinarian. I’ve arrived at this phase of my career via some interesting, varied and challenging pathways. Along the way I’ve discovered and unfurled a passion for working with people and making a difference to both individuals and the organisations they work for or belong to. It is the desire to extend this passion that has led me to my new role.
At a very young age I fell in love with the idea of becoming a Veterinarian, a “James Herriot”. Through the years of study, the romantic ideal gradually transformed into an appreciation of the rigorous scientific approach and wide range of roles that veterinarians perform.
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1990 I taught veterinary students and researched Equine Grass Sickness disease. This was followed by several years in clinical veterinary practice in the heart of the Scottish Borders. In 1998, after child number two arrived, I became an official veterinarian within the UK meat industry. This work involves verifying and certifying compliance with both animal welfare and food safety standards in meat processing plants.
2005 hailed a change of scenery when we emigrated to Invercargill, New Zealand with four small children in tow and joined the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI, previously NZFSA). The positions that I have held with MPI (from frontline Meat Industry vet to regional and national leadership roles) have provided me with a wealth of experience across a broad range of people and businesses. I’ve been able to take up many opportunities to grow and develop myself as a people leader.
While my technical expertise has been in verification, navigating the regulatory environment, strategy, management, food safety, animal health and welfare, I’ve found that these are all rely on people doing the right things for the right reasons. As a result, I’ve developed a passion for inspiring and influencing people to become more aware of themselves, and those around them, thus enabling them with the skills and tools to develop fulfilling and productive working relationships.
I’m mother to four awesome (grown up) children and partner to Harry. My youngest son, Lachlann, died tragically three years ago aged 14. For me a healthy body and a healthy mind are paramount to be effective both in the workplace and at home. Over the years I have competed in running and cycling. I once even survived a half ironman, but that is not an experience I want to repeat in a hurry! I have a keen interest in public speaking, creative writing and any form of verbal art. My favourite outdoor activities are now kayaking, ocean swimming and vegetable gardening with Harry at our home at French Farm on Banks Peninsula.
FMS facilitated the Social Styles and Versatility workshop for the team. The facilitation was fun, engaging and informative. We got insights into the perception of our behaviour by others which has helped us to understand each other better. This has enabled us to effectively manage the group tension levels bringing out the best performance in people.
The practical nature of the FMS tools, along with Marie and Harry’s expert facilitation and deep knowledge of the material, have enabled us to use these to get the best out of myself and my team!
Harry has a unique ability to really listen and ask questions that help me, and the team get to the nub of the issues. He doesn’t have a preconceived agenda and uses reflection and sound structured thinking to enable us to focus on and solve the real problems. This is what is different about FMS – it’s the specific focus on our needs.
Harry’s years of experience with people and organisations have given him valuable insights into behaviours and relationships that enable him to really understand what is going on.
When you sit down with Harry, he asks you questions, and you find yourself thinking about your issues and the things you do in a different way.
Harry recommended a no-obligations meet and greet so that we would both be sure we were a good fit at the start. This fit has been a key to the success of our coaching relationship.
As a coach, Harry brings a balance of theory and pragmatism that provides me with invaluable support to focus on the right direction for my business and to work on both my strengths and weaknesses. His extensive knowledge of business and sales means that he understands the field that I work in to be able to coach me effectively.
Leadership can be a lonely place where you are always giving. The coaching sessions give me the time to focus on me and the space to fill my bucket.
The regular conversations that I have with my coach help me to realise what I am capable of if I apply structure, focus and control. They help me to gain a better perspective and keep me accountable for what I need to do to deliver on our strategy. He genuinely listens and this sets him apart.
Their skills and knowledge in people leadership and management have helped to stretch me and to grow my capacity as a leader of people.
I see a great opportunity to integrate the FMS tools across the wider education sector and also within our own school to assist in the development of student leaders.
I spend time after our one on one conversations reflecting on how I could do things differently. Through our coaching sessions – I am gaining a conscious awareness of what I am doing in the workplace.
If you’ve got a problem – FMS can come in and quickly analyse the issues with you and help you to get results quickly. The solutions come from us. They don’t tell us what to do, they guide us, and we own the decision.
FMS are professionals. Every conversation adds value. The results are tangible, not “airy-fairy”. They don’t tell us what to do but ask great questions that get us doing the hard thinking.
FMS facilitation style is more practical and effective than classroom teaching. The results are immediate, and they are permanent. There is a real stick-ability, because the people are encouraged to come up with the solutions themselves. This creates a great positive vibe.
FMS relate well to all levels in our organisation. They can talk to everybody with respect and are not like teachers at the front of a classroom. They become part of the team and have achieved better results than any other consultants. Our people like them.