CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

HERE IS WHAT OUR VALUED CLIENTS HAVE SAID ABOUT US

From Executive Leadership Coaching, Velocity Leadership CheckPoint profiles and debriefs, Leadership Programs and management workshops, we have strived to deliver the best, practical and useful leadership interventions possible.

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John Ratten Chief Executive Officer

/ 4 Legs Petfood and Rawbone Petfood


'Following the coaching I'm now more confident with running the business and knowing I'm fulfilling all aspects of my role.  The outcomes from the coaching work has increased the whole teams confidence and improved their interactions with one another too. As an example, we now inoculate a person in our team to make sure they are are ready for a difficult conversation - its efficient and has a known outcome: to lift the team. One specific thing I liked was the AIR/BLEED model - everyone can be above and below the line at times but this is a fantastic model to hear and catch yourself being below the line. This realisation is the key to changing your approach and owning your responsibilities.'


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Francesca MacPherson General Manager CIC Higher Education


'Leadership coaching with Michael Peiniger has helped me more than I thought it would, I wasn't sure what to expect but his coaching brought out the leader who was always in me, but perhaps was a little afraid. Michael has taught me to be assertive, organised and efficient, he also guided me to be more open with my team which sometimes means being vulnerable which is a strength I never recognised. I could list the different models which helped me (which are many) or what I now do differently every day, instead, I just urge you to let Michael into your office and chaotic mind, because being a leader is difficul. Michael will help you tidy it up, sort it out and lead your team to achieve your organisations goals.'



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Sean Corby Regional  Executive Manager/ Scania Trucks


'During the 12 months that I worked with Michael I found him to be a extremely effective Leadership Coach and would highly recommend him. Through safe and thought provoking sessions, Michael demonstrated a unique ability to accurately hone in on areas we needed to develop. Michael’s insightful coaching, together with an array of practical tools such as the ‘inoculation’ have enabled me to become a more balanced leader.


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Nicola Crocco Director

/ People Equity


'I attended Michael's High Performance Team Workshop with the team here at People Equity and found the experience to be profound. Michael created an environment where it was safe to explore the role of each individual in the team, the perceptions that we have of each other and how we can better understand each other in order to move forward. He facilitated a robust discussion around how we thought we were performing as a team and where we would like to be performing. Most importantly, he cracked open the door on having candid and honest discussions with each other with the aim of creating 'team lift'. We are on the journey of walking through that door now, with strong on-going support in the background. For anyone considering a team performance enhancing workshop - this is the real deal.


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Annie Vassil Campus Coordinator

/ 4 Southern Cross University


'It was a great journey going through the Executive Leadership coaching with Michael. I was able to explore a lot of new ideas and look at situations from a new perspective. The most important lesson for me was “Don’t assume”. Differences arise because we assume rather than ask questions and Michael helped me recognise all the different ways we assume instead of getting curious and asking questions.'


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Omar Hammam Sales Director Peerless JAL


'Michael and I worked together for approximately four months. Over that time I found Michael to be very flexible to what my existing needs were and could mould the course content to be relevant to what was happening that week or at that time. Michael was able to provide on the spot advice that made the course content applicable to real situations and therefore more meaningful. I found the IDESC / DRIFT method very helpful and continue to use this in difficult conversations.'



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Tony Cooper General Manager Corporate Services

/ Department of Justice & Regulation


'It was a great journey going through the Executive Leadership coaching with Michael. I was able to explore a lot of new ideas and look at situations from a new perspective. The most important lesson for me was “Don’t assume”. Differences arise because we assume rather than ask questions and Michael helped me recognise all the different ways we assume instead of getting curious and asking questions.'


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Ben Nicholson National Parts, Logistics & Inventory Manager Scania Trucks Australia


'Michael facilitated a leadership and values program over a 12 month period at Scania. I found Michael to be engaging and effective in delivering powerful lessons to our group of senior managers. 
I learnt how to be more assertive whilst engaging with my team, and how to connect with people on a better level to ensure buy-in and loyalty.  
Michael’s facilitation style allowed for honest, open and powerful conversations amongst our group, often taking people out of their comfort zone to gain a deeper understanding of what drives their own behaviours and thoughts. I rate Michael 10/10 for his facilitation style and would recommend Michael's skills and teachings to any organisation looking to build on their current leadership base.'



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Paras Georgoulos National Human Resources Manager

/ CSIRO


'Michael Peiniger provided executive coaching utilising the latest behavioural and leadership development methodologies which improved our leadership impact within CSIRO's Mineral capability area. We had the pleasure of working with a coach who truly understands our strategic and operational drivers as well as how to unlock potential in our employees in a time of great change. I would highly recommend Michael for coaching and learning interventions.'


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Chris Anderson Site Security Manager Note Printing Australia


'Michael has provided team building and personal development training on two occasions for our organisation. The content and presentation of the training was targeted at the appropriate level for the group and Michael was therefore able to engage their participation. The training certainly made everyone more aware of their areas for improvement and I believe provided a positive team building outcome through a better understanding. I believe this training was a worthwhile commitment.'



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Sarah Gafforini Head of Strategy

/ Marie Stopes Australia


''I highly recommend the Kameleon's leadership program. This program helped me rediscover what I am passionate about and my tolerances. Michael's uncanny ability to know how to challenge you as a leader just when you need it positively changed my worldview.'


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Jeffrey Koit Senior Vice President, Group Human Resources CIMB Bank 


'A trainer, facilitator and presenter extraordinaire - that's Michael Peiniger for you! He prepares well for his lessons; is very sensitive to the local context and surroundings; and make adjustments willingly and carefully along the way, always making sure that the key lessons of each session/class is indeed taken away by the class. I will recommend Michael for any contract or long term job offered by him in whichever manner and culture. He has what it takes to do a fantastic job for a guaranteed ROI.'



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Warren Fowler National Operations & Clinical Resourcing Manager

/ Marie Stopes Australia


'Making the transition from a clinical background to the corporate world was full of challenged. As a nurse learning to navigate the world of business I was looking for advice and guidance in order to succeed in the new environment.  Through one on one leadership mentoring and coaching combined with facilitated group leadership coaching, Michael enabled me to develop the tools and skills to succeed in the corporate environment. Michael has enabled me to develop my analytical and business navigation skills and how to manage a variety of diverse situations and people while encouraging lateral thinking. Through the group workshops Michael is able to engage his audience and bring out the strongest qualities, facilitating productive conversations in a safe space while challenging the status quo. I highly recommend and thank Michael for the time he spent developing my own leadership skills.'


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Christine Tan Executive Assistant Marie Stopes Australia


'There are many leadership programmes out there, but Kameleons is a cut above the rest. Previous programmes I've been involved with simply discuss your strengths and weaknesses, but don't really give you anything to build on. Michael shares information on your strengths and weaknesses with you, but also discusses how your traits interact with each other. Under his coaching, I've become more aware of my behaviours both personally and professionally, which has resulted in my being better able to handle problems when they arise. I highly recommend Kameleons to any business or team leader who wants to learn how to build a strong, resilient, high functioning team.'



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Dixie Villaneuva Human Resources ManagerNote Printing Australia


'Michael delivered a 2-day Performance Management program to our Managers. Michael delivered the training based on a detailed brief provided by us, and designed the course specifically to ensure the course would suit his target audience and was aligned to our organisation’s current practices. The feedback received was very positive and having attended the program myself, I found the course to be practical and invaluable. Michael is an experienced facilitator with an engaging communication style. I have no hesitation in recommending Michael; his courses have been comprehensive and practical, while focusing on key outcomes.'


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Craig Honey Operations Manager Note Printing Australia


'Recently my organisation engaged Michael Peiniger to run a Performance Management Essentials course. I have completed a number of these courses in my time and found this course to be one of the best. Michael’s facilitation style was professional, yet relaxed, and as a result put our staff at ease. Michael created a great learning and networking environment. I do not hesitate in recommending Michael Peiniger as a course facilitator.'



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Suhaila Zainol Manager & TrainerCIMB Bank


'Michael is someone who can make learning fun and yet very effective. He walks the talk. The training manual isjust a reference to me, but my learning comes mostly from what he said and practiced in the session. His action and behaviours in the class reflect exactly what he preached in the programme. The activities done in the programme are all relevant to the topic and it makes the topic easy to remember and apply back at the workplace. He is such a great facilitator and he inspired me a lot! My learning experience in the programme is so much different from other programmes that I have ever attended before.'


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Chris McKee Quality Control Manager Note Printing Australia


'I attended a brief performance management course facilitated by Michael recently. We all hear many words of wisdom through peers and academia explaining why it's a good idea to use performance management but this was the first time anybody had offered me effective, practical advice on how to apply it. I found Michael's style to be direct and informal, using practical language backed up with minimal theoretical frameworks. The role plays with actors were high impact and a great twist on an old topic. Highly recommended.'



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Doug Hawkins L&D Manager  City West Water


'Michael is easily one of the best facilitators I have ever experienced. Michael's training style immediately won me over. His delivery was highly engaging and interactive, insightful and entertaining. I have incorporated many of his lessons into my own classes and programs. I found Michael to be highly intuitive and respectful which was demonstrated by how quickly he built a strong rapport with our entire class, which itself was made up of both men and women from a variety of ages, career backgrounds and cultural heritage. Without hesitation, I would recommend Michael to any prospective clients.'


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Lauren Thomas Program Manager Australian Childhood Foundation


'Michael is an extremely personable trainer who tailored the training content to deliver desired outcomes whilst reflecting the varied experience of participants. He was always punctual and respectful of the particpants knowledge base, and extremely supportive in the assessment process. I cannot speak highly enough of the training he delivered - from content to delivery - and would happily recommend his training to anyone.'



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Marina Mildenhall Head of ProcurementMarie Stopes Australia


'Having been involved in Michael's leadership program for the past 11 months, it has given me the tools to engage my team for better outcomes, adopt new skills into my personal and professional life, learn to self-reflect and understand how I work best and to better engage colleagues. He is interested in you and challenges you to be open to new ideas and ways to look at things. He also keeps you in line when you need it. He is honest and engaging and I really enjoyed the program.'


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Barry Tomlin Operations Training Manager Lyondellbasell Australia


'Michael's professional approach and experience regarding training has allowed him to be selected to deliver the Diploma of Management, and leadership modules, to 21 of our employees.Michael is able to deliver the training topic(s) whilst relating to the individual's experiences. This approach has allowed the participants of the course to achieve the most out of their training - a truly remarkable skill. It also brings out an enthusiasm within the participants that I have not seen.'



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Tori Paterson Program Manager  TP3


'Michael is a highly effective leadership facilitator and coach. I have had the pleasure of working with Michael on a number of programs and he has always been professional and committed and the impact he has on leaders goes well beyond the agreed content. His success lies in his ability to deeply understand people and his commitment and dedication to developing leaders to achieve success both in their businesses and also in their lives.'


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Robyn Goodwill Director Apprentice Employment Network


'I worked with Michael Peiniger as he helped me to confront some career challenges I was then facing. He stretched my thinking, was kind and considerate, and he really made me work hard! In the end, I have been able to move to that next stage in my career, and I am so grateful for his sage advice at the time and pragmatic approach. I would recommend Michael to anyone who asked me - he is a great mentor!'



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Christina Benson HR Manager  Coleman Brands & Pure Fishing


'Michael led a leadership and culture program within my organisation throughout 2017. He was very relatable and effective with our group of leaders, who were each from diverse backgrounds and professions. Michael’s facilitation style unified the group and broke down any actual or perceived barriers. Personally, Michael gave me the confidence to share my vulnerabilities and learn and grow from them. He taught me to share my stories with people to enable a genuine learning experience. I would highly recommend Michael to any organisation who is looking to create a culture of integrity, accountability and transparency.'


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Julie Zumpo National Org. Development Manager Sensis


'Michael facilitated the Diploma of Management for a group of managers at Sensis. He was a very engaging facilitator, and was incredibly creative with his activities and delivery style. He had a sound knowledge of management and frequently used incidents that had happened to him to bring life to the training. He always encouraged discussion and was great at summarising the group's responses. I really enjoyed Michael's sessions and would highly recommend him as a trainer.'



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Sin May Leong Manager, People & Culture  Jetstar


'Michael effectively led a leadership and culture program within my organisation. Michael has been great to work with in past and present training projects for our business. His sense of humour and natural rapport with people is outstanding.”


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Doug Hawkins Learning & Development Lead Bunnings


'Easily one of the best facilitators I have ever come across. His depth of experience and ability to get straight to the heart of things is first class. I still use a key facilitation and reflection technique I learned from Michael over 10 years ago. I can't recommend him highly enough.'



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Sue Stone Organisational Development Manager  Lonely Planet


'I use Kameleons for a Train the Trainer course and have done so for many years now at Lonely Planet in Melbourne. I find Michael great to work with and I receive wonderful reviews about the work that he does with our teams. His courses are always engaging, thought-provoking and above all memorable.'


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Roxanne Addley Organisational Development Manager REA Group


'Michael worked with us at realestate.com.au facilitating Management Development programs for our managers and team leaders. He is a great facilitator and highly competent in the core management disciplines.'



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Adele Wapnick Major Accounts Manager  REA Group


'I have known Michael in a professional capacity during which time he personally delivered professional training services to the REA Group over a period of a year. He delivered his sessions to the highest standard, has been reliable, professional and provides out of the box methods. He also offered one-on-one support after hours. I would have no hesitation in recommending Michael to lead and facilitate training sessions.'


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Brendan Dowling Advertising Operations Manager REA Group


'Michael was a burst of energy and enthusiasm from the get go. His dedication and passion for his work was extremely refreshing along with his natural ability to foster cross level engagement of the highest standard. I have no hesitation in recommending him and would hire him again.'



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Aaron Wigley Lead Programmer  REA Group


'Michael was used throughout the past year to run a number of workshops for management leadership training. I have benefited greatly from his presentation style, material covered, and coaching. I would not hesitate in recommending him in future for the leadership development of myself or others.'


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Andrena Rologas Sales Manager REA Group


Michael's coaching methods were easy to follow, engaging, fun and he also made availabilty outside class hours for additional help that was needed. I would recommend Michael's services to any organisation.'



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Larry Gould CEO  Australia-wide Business Training

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‘Michael is an experienced and much valued leadership and management facilitator, who over the time of our association has delivered many workshops nationally and internationally. He has a tremendous warmth and connection with people which transcends across all levels of business and is very keen to support individuals through their learning journey, whether it be with individual coaching, the creation of “learning communities” or structured workshop delivery.’


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Matt Bourke Managing Director Bourke Group


'Our firm has engaged Michael to complete a number of executive coaching engagements with our senior team, and will continue to do so in future. Michael has a deep understanding of human behaviour and how it can impact the performance of a business. Michael is able to deliver feedback in a direct but respectful way, which helps to create a high level of engagement with those he works with.'



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Shelley Wood  Hobsons Bay City Council


‘Michael is an extremely energetic facilitator and his clear communication assisted all in gaining knowledge and confidence in the topic of this workshop.'


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Mark Kennedy Senior Manager NAB


'We spent six days in training with Michael, he was receptive to our requirements and exceeded my expectations. His work and methods plus his experience all culminated in excellent end results for all involved. Happy to recommend him as a trainer.'



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Marianne Matin General Manager, Capability & Change PTV


‘Few people have the opportunity to be guided and inspired by Michael but I have been one of those fortunate to experience the focus, generosity and compassion of his coaching support over the last 6 months. I am in awe of his ability to strike the right chord in his feedback from the Integrity and Values profile and leave me confidently and positively able to run with it afterwards. I just wish I had met him earlier in my career!'


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Hapidah Mohamed Training Director Ranhill (Malaysia)


'Michael did an excellent job as a facilitator for our Training and Assessment program. His expertise in the subject matter and experience as a facilitator enable him to deliver the course in a different way. I love his work with Mr.Sketch. Lastly, his pleasant personality ensured everybody enjoyed the 15 days course.'



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Andrea Renwick Operations Manager,  Swinburne University


‘Michael has been a great consultant for our business. He always delivers strong results and builds valuable relationships along the way.'


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Nicholas Oddy Associate - Swinburne Professional Swinburne University


'I initially worked with Michael during my time with Swinburne University on a number of corporate learning programs. Michael developed and facilitated numerous leadership and change management programs for Swinburne clients and without exception delivered outstanding results. When it came time for me to upgrade my training and assessment qualifications I had no hesitation in engaging Michael as the facilitator/assessor as I knew he was/is among the very best. He did not let me down and I enjoyed learning from him immensely. Michael has an excellent facilitation style and is able to engage and inspire his audience with ease. He combines his sound theoretical knowledge and expertise with a relaxed manner and an entertaining sense of humour.'



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David Robinson 
Theme LeaderCSIRO


'I admit I started on the path of coaching with a healthy dose of scepticism, which I suspect is not unlike many others before me. However, I happily confess this was misplaced. Working with Michael over the last 4 months or so has been both a pleasurable and valuable experience. Michael was able to look through some of the symptoms and help me identify and start to address some of the causes of hurdles in my path to greater satisfaction in my work place. At the same time the improved clarity has helped me understand myself and a number of my outside-of-work relationships. I would have no hesitation in recommending Michael to others in search of a similar coaching experience and indeed I suggest most people I know would benefit from the experience of working with him.


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Kristine Slater  Engineering & Technical Manager Lyondellbasell


'Michael has helped me immensely in dealing with difficult situations over the last 18 months. His coaching has given me confidence in myself to have the difficult conversations which have resulted in improved performance in myself and my team. One of Michaels strengths is his ability to adapt his coaching session to what is happening at the time rather than working to a script which has been appreciated. Michael is easy to talk to and keeps everything in confidence. I highly recommend Michael to anyone to wants to improve and work on their leadership and interpersonal skills.



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Adrian Carter General Manager

/ European Catering


'We have recently been fortunate enough to complete a workshop and coaching with Michael. We held a half day course in-house with our senior management team. We were focusing on leadership, team work and communication after completing the Checkpoint questionnaire and debrief. The Workshop was invaluable and we are already starting to utilize his skills and advice in our everyday working routine. We can't thank you enough.


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Gabby Symons Managing Director People Equity


'If you are looking to maximise the performance of your team/s (even some of your best one/s) I cannot recommend Michael highly enough to build on what you already have. Michael facilitated a ‘half-day’ session with my team and we walked away having discovered many new/different/enhanced ways of working. It also created a reference point as we shared a lot of honest truths about some of our ‘likes and dislikes’ which although confronting for many of us at the time, were great to get them out in the open to set us up for further team success! 10/10 rating from me and my team across all fronts!