Better leaders / Better teams / Better individuals
Welcome to Kākāpō
Work is a big part of our lives. It should be as purposeful, enjoyable and fulfilling as it can be. Kākāpō is about making this real for as many organisations as possible.
Sarah Cross is an expert facilitator, communicator and coach with a proven history developing effective leaders and connected teams. She provides guidance, support and expertise at every level to make work better. And by doing that, she gets better results for her clients.
Kākapō Consulting develops and delivers programmes in emotional intelligence, communication, resilience and wellbeing, performance, culture and leadership. All programmes are grounded in the theory of Western psychology and human development but align well with concepts within Te Ao Māori such as manaakitanga, whakawhanaunatanga, hauora, reciprocity, and authenticity.
Every organisation is under pressure right now: technology is disrupting the status quo; budgets don’t go as far as they used to; there are more competitors in the market; and staff have too much life in their life. And still, in this context, organisations need results.
Those results come when:
Organisations are clear on why they exist and where they are going.
Leaders offer a compelling vision, communicate with clarity and build strong relationships.
Teams are connected, collaborative, focused, and self-managing.
People know how to take care of their wellbeing, are connected to the purpose of their work and feel valued by their employers.
Sarah is an experienced keynote speaker able to add value and humour to your conference or dinner. She may also be able to help with that project that doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else. Select below for more information.
"I had the amazing experience to attend the leadership course facilitated by Sarah. She is a very knowledgeable, kind and down to earth person who makes everyone in the group comfortable to just soak in the whole experience. This was the best leadership training course in my whole career. The weekly modules with different topics and subsequent homework enable you to discuss with your work teams and to integrate the new learnings into your working life."
Project Manager, Aurora Energy
"Sarah was one of two keynote speakers at the Association for Administrative Professionals of NZ(AAPNZ) national professional development forum. Sarah's style was engaging & relaxed; she spoke openly about her own experiences and was clearly, very knowledgeable about the subject. We have received excellent feedback about Sarah as a presenter and as a participant, I was grateful to be able to experience hearing Sarah first hand. Ican highly recommend Sarah for any training needs you might have.."
President, AAPNZ Dunedin
"We engaged Sarah to undertake a project for Enterprise Dunedin to look at our team values. Sarah was excellent in facilitating this process. She was well prepared, engaging with the team and delivered to our brief. I would definitely utilise Sarah’s skill again for working with us and I can recommend her to any other clients without hesitation"
Director, Enterprise Dunedin
"These were the best team coaching sessions I have participated in. The content of the course was interesting, self reflective and challenging (in a good way). However what stood out the most to me was Sarah's ability to draw on our personal narratives, our personalities and preferences to build a series of workshops tailored to our team. This created a trusting environment where we could explore what was working and what wasn't and how we could challenge ourselves to be better. Sarah is a highly skilled facilitator and this is what sets her apart."
Associate, Mitchell Daysh ltd
"It would be fair to say I thought this was going to be just another course that I had to endure and I am very pleased to say I was very mistaken. Great course, well delivered."
Network, Catchment and Maintenance Manager, Dunedin City Council
"Sarah is an amazing trainer, very insightful and practical in the way she presents her course. I now have a lot of tools in my tool box to call on whenever I need them in my business and personal life. I am sure there will always be a friendly relationship with Sarah well into the future."
"Sarah is insightful, practical and very patient! I believe that Sarah's coaching style has helped me gain some insight into areas that I continue to develop further in terms of leadership strengths. Sarah has also helped facilitate some team workshops so together as a team we could develop our vision and purpose. I have seen members of my team grow in their roles through the skills and knowledge they have gained and then put into practice. Sarah is a delight to work with and I am sure we will work with her again in the future"
Manager Customer Solutions, Dunedin City Council
"Our team had the fortune of attending a Team Building workshop facilitated by Sarah. All in the team thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, the insights gained and the facilitation by Sarah. Her observations of team members and considered feedback ensured that all in attendance participated and felt heard. Sarah’s presence and manner ensured that everyone left the workshop both more self-aware and knowing how to ensure their interaction with others are more positive and productive."
Manager Operations and Finance at Cancer Society
of New Zealand, Otago and Southland Division