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High Performance through Engagement Practitioner

Expert trainer and facilitator.

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Karl Perry is a well respected High Performance through Engagement Practitioner with significant experience in facilitation, coaching and as a consultant. He is also a skilled HR/ER and OD Practitioner.

For over 20 years Karl’s passion has been helping organisations achieve more of their goals through their employment relationships. It is Karl’s belief that increased leadership capability, accelerated problem solving and fast cultural transformation are key to high organisational performance, engagement and success.

Highly experienced in the Service Sector his clients include Air New Zealand, Airways NZ, Bank of New Zealand, University of Auckland, Manukau Institute of Technology, Accident Compensation Corporation, Department of Labour, Tuwharetoa Health Services, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, NZ Airline Pilot's Association and Aviation & Marine Engineers Association to name just a few.

Using powerful systemic thinking process tools Karl helps business leaders, teams and individuals to gain a unique insight into what needs to change, what to change to and how to implement the necessary change in order to achieve more of their goals. He facilitates breakthrough thinking.

If you are looking to understand or need support to implement a High Performance through Engagement Strategy make contact with Karl.

Here is a small sample of comments from satisfied clients:

"I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working alongside Karl as we introduced a more collaborative workplace across Air New Zealand.

Karl has a unique and extremely valuable skill set within the philosophy and practical implementation of High Performance Engagement.

He has rich and real capabilities in this space to think and engage strategically with internal and external stakeholders, build effective and improved working relationships, and facilitate workshops & training sessions across all levels of complex organisations. His toolbox and methods, combined with his deep understanding of human and organizational psychology, enable him to be a trusted & impartial partner and advisor.

I would absolutely recommend Karl to any organisation serious about creating a High Performance Engagement workplace."

Patrick Behrendt - General Manager of Continuous Improvement, Air New Zealand

"Having worked with Karl now on several different projects, I can highly recommend him when methodical unbiased problem solving, team development coaching or Collective Agreement Negotiations are required.

The experience, methods and tools Karl uses, help break down the issues into a clear and concise picture, without the conflict we have had in the past. The time spent "Setting the Scene" with Karl, will greatly reduce the overall time it would normally take to work through problem solving or negotiation.

Once again, I highly recommend Karl as your next business mentor, coach or facilitator."

Ian Gower - Head of Planning Engineering and Maintenance at Air New Zealand

"Air New Zealand is working towards being a more collaborative workplace. As part of this change a number of steering groups have been put in place with multiple (union/employee/employer) team members, and a number of new ways to problem solve issues have been introduced.

One of these is an interest based problem solving technique. Karl was engaged to provide facilitation to enable stakeholders to work through an employment issue that had been around for some time.

There are a limited number of facilitators endorsed to provide assistance with collaborative problem solving within Air New Zealand. Karl brought to the table a range of frameworks and methodologies to tussle with the issue, managed the inputs and interests of the stakeholders, resulting in a successful outcome.

I would confidently re-engage Karl in the future for his facilitation abilities."

Sarah Williamson - Group General Manager Business Performance at Air New Zealand

"Air New Zealand is empowering employees through collaborating to resolve problems or identify opportunities with those who are closest to the problem/opportunity.As part of this change a number of working groups have been put in place with multiple (union/employee/employer) team members.

I have used Karl to facilitate problem solving sessions and collective agreement negotiations. Karl has used interest based problem solving and interest based negotiation techniques during these sessions.

Karl has an energising facilitation style, he quickly judges the mood of the participants and their abilities and adjusts his facilitation style accordingly. Karl has a range of frameworks and methodologies he uses to manage the inputs and interests of the stakeholders, resulting in a successful outcome.

I continue to engage Karl for his facilitation abilities and feel confident in recommending him to others."

Kym Amiatu - Load and Flight Planning Manager at Air New Zealand

"Karl has been consulting to NZALPA since July of 2013.

Within NZALPA he has facilitated staff team building sessions, strategic planning, a recent structural review of NZALPA sponsored by the Board of Management and coached senior leaders within the organisation.

NZALPA recommended Karl to Air New Zealand when they were seeking external High Performance Engagement facilitators in late 2014.  He was the highest scoring candidate and has successfully facilitated a number of challenging issues using the HPE approach that NZALPA has had direct involvement in - including the establishment of a HPE Jet Pilot Steering Committee, a base closure (involving multiple union parties) and a number of complex contractual issues.

Moving from a traditional combative and conflict-based relationship toward a more collaborative approach is not an easy task.  Karl is able to remain a neutral and impartial facilitator while guiding the parties through sometimes complex and emotive problem solving.

I can personally recommend Karl as a consultant, facilitator and as a leadership coach."

Dawn Handforth - NZALPA General Manager and
NZALPA Representative on the Air NZ HPE Leadership Team

"Karl is a results oriented, dynamic business leader and coach to his team and the cross functional teams he supports. Karl is incredibly professional in all of his interactions internally and with customers and partners. Karl is engaged, close to the business and conducts business with a unique blend of technical and business savvy.

Karl is the ultimate team player and skilful at balancing the needs of the customer with the needs of the business to find mutually acceptable solutions. Everyone who interacts with Karl finds value in the interaction.

He is an incredibly valuable asset to the organisation and destined for tremendous career growth in the short and long term."

Alexandre Medarov - Manager, Risk - Strategy, Policy and Planning, at the University of Auckland

"I've very much appreciated working with Karl on the Human Synergistics Framework to support development of constructive cultures in my teams. The program was sufficiently successful that it has spread to other parts of the organisation.
Karl was a very strong coach, was very systems driven, and focussed on the programme outcomes.  I'm pleased to recommend Karl."
Stephen Whiteside - Director Organisational Performance & CIO at the University of Auckland

"I worked with Karl whilst at the Department of Labour. We used his skills to facilitate some developmental workshops in respect of how we could apply our services to SME's and how we could contribute to improving productivity within the businesses we worked with.

Karl's excellent facilitation skills and ability to see the big picture and keep us on track not only made the numerous sessions we had enjoyable, but extremely valuable. He had the ability to quickly grasp the needs of our organisation as well as gain a good understanding of our role. This enabled him to facilitate in a very effective and professional manner and we all benefitted from his expertise.

I would look forward to working with Karl again."

Steve Worsley - CEO at Coachio Group

"I first met Karl when we were both working for the University of Auckland. My first experience of Karl's coaching was during his facilitation of a culture change initiative called 'Mission Vision and Values'. Using a combination of tools and the experience and knowledge of the team, Karl facilitated a process whereby the group came to the root cause of the undesirable effects we were seeing within the organisation. During the process, it created a shift in my thinking - that a logical process can be used to understand and find solutions to cultural and behavioral issues. I was hooked.

Since then we have both moved on to different challenges, but I regularly use Karl as a sounding board when I experience challenges or discomfort relating to change. His help has been extremely beneficial during my studies as I am currently completing and MBA and am experiencing changes in my beliefs and assumptions around my career. Karl has a range of communication channels at the ready, with 24x7 collaborative tools through the cloud. He is approachable and always willing to use his thinking processes to coach me, while allowing me to examine the assumptions and beliefs that may be holding me back from personal success. 

I highly recommend Karl to anyone who is looking for a effective, action oriented way to understand or change their organisation, their team or themselves. Karl's logical thinking process seeks to understand and uncover rather than to advise, and I often find that through his coaching I am learning more about what motivates myself and others."

Linden Vazey - Senior Manager IT Risk and Assurance, EY

"Our Association has used Karl’s facilitation/problem-solving services with a diverse group of members from our industry who originally could not see their way to a relatively simple solution .

It is a credit to Karl’s expertise and practical experience with the process that we were able to identify the problems and begin work towards better outcomes."

John Stulen - Director at Innovatek Ltd