Gary Blair

Gary is passionate about motivating people to lead and live better than they did yesterday. With over 15 years’ experience, Gary has enjoyed writing and facilitating leadership and
management material for top companies.

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We are trusted by some of the biggest companies in Australia and beyond

Full bio

Gary has over 15 years’ experience in facilitating transformational learning experiences for leaders in the private and social sectors. He holds a Masters in Organisational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia, USA. A career highlight has been the four years he spent at an international NGO in the Middle-East, running learning and leadership development programmes for crosscultural groups. This work resulted in speaking engagements on four continents. Recently, Gary has enjoyed writing and facilitating leadership and management material for top companies and government regulatory bodies. Gary is passionate about motivating people to lead and live better than they did yesterday.

What Our Clients Say

Improved the development of talent and depth of Leadership | Coaching for Leaders

Kina Bank originally engaged Peopleconnexion to run an Engagement Survey to set benchmarks and help us identify Learning & Development needs. As a result, we identified an opportunity for growth by narrowing the gap between the leaders and managers within Kina and our junior employees. Additionally, we wanted to improve our internal development of talent and depth of leadership within Kina Bank. Together with Peopleconnexion we identified the Coaching for Leaders program as an intervention that would accomplish both of these objectives.

The program ran over 12 months, from August 2021 to April 2022 with 100 participants. It provided highly-practical, structured introduction to the skill of coaching, enabling those who had never coached to feel confident and identify the skills and process they needed to employ throughout the program to achieve the program objectives and see results. The result has been over 100 coaching relationships developed with Kina Bank’s younger, key staff.

Peopleconnexion were highly professional and supportive throughout the process, rescheduling training when necessary and even running an additional round of training for those delegates who missed sessions due to the impact of Covid at their own expense. We have engaged their services for recruitment and surveys, and they are the same committed, passionate service providers when it comes to training. They contextualise the content excellently for PNG. Gary communicated with us regularly throughout the process, Maria supported us excellently when it came to organising and scheduling, and Anne facilitated superbly.

I have no hesitation to recommend Peopleconnexion for your Learning and Development needs.

Akino Wano

General Manager, People & Culture, Kina Bank

PNG

Depth of research and practical tools incorporated

“The team have a greater understanding of the context of the changing world of work, their own strengths and emotional intelligence, and how these professional skills and insights can positively impact their work and career. Our management is now looking forward to the completion of workshop two within the very near future, focused on Strategic Change Management and Leadership Skills.

Our positive experience with Peopleconnexion is a testament to the research and practical tools incorporated in their workshops. I would not hesitate to recommend the team’s work for any organisation looking to genuinely invest in their teams and partner with a provider that takes the time to understand, consult and go the extra mile to deliver results.”

Zanie Theron

Managing Partner, KPMG

PNG

Many valuable learnings

“I took many valuable learnings that are immediately applicable. I recommend this workshop especially self-discovery and team awareness. It opens up better possibilities of working together.”

Participant

British American Tobacco

PNG

The best coaching session!

“This is the best coaching training session I’ve had. I have learnt
completely new ways of coaching.”

Manager

Manager, Leading Agricultural Producer

PNG

The best way to achieve targets!

“Coaching is such a useful method to develop our team, and it’s the best way to achieve targets. [After the workshop], I feel confident and willing to implement this skill.”

Manager

Manager, FMCG Market Leader

PNG

Highly interactive and engaging workshops

Peopleconnexion delivered a series of career transition workshops to over 130 Abt Associates staff in its PNG office. It was a tremendous success and rather than staff feeling nervous about their future careers as Abt’s current program comes to an end, they became invigorated and enthusiastic about their potential. Kristine and her team of Papua New Guinean colleagues facilitated a highly interactive and engaging workshop, demonstrating a strong appreciation for PNG culture whilst also recognising the expectations of an international employer. We will definitely look to work with Peopleconnexion in the future.

Sarah O'Connor

Director People, Culture & Diversity, Abt Associates Inc

PNG

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