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Hilary Bryan


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Hilary brings together thoughtful reflection and practical action.


She’s been a senior manager in central and local government, a communications consultant and a tertiary education lecturer.


As an avid learner, she keeps up to date with the latest thinking and develops her own ideas, meshed together from a wide variety of sources and experiences.


Hilary has 20 years consulting, coaching and facilitation experience and is engaging, challenging and energetic. She recently completed her thesis on Emotionally Intelligent Leadership to become a Fellow of Speech NZ. She’s presently researching how to practically apply business agility to all parts of organisations. 


Recognising problems and then finding solutions that achieve results is her first step. Adding additional value follows on.


Hilary has two degrees in Political Behaviour and is an avid follower of the NZ political and public sector scene. She leads The Training Practice’s government and local government work.



Hilary's strengths






People exceptionally talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action.

People exceptionally talented in the Maximiser theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence.

People exceptionally talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.

People exceptionally talented in the Empathy theme can sense other people’s feelings by imagining themselves in others’ lives or situations.

People exceptionally talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over.

My number one strength is Activator - let's get moving - let's get it done!


They're at the heart of my agenda. After that comes Maximizer - Can we improve it? Can we make it better? What else can we add?


The last three - Communication, Empathy and Woo - are connected. I love the written and spoken word, tuning into others and winning them over.

Hilary's latest thinking

Lessons from a dull Saturday night: losing and failure

Hilary Bryan

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29 March 2021

Lessons from a dull Saturday night: losing and failure

How do we cope with failure and losing, particularly if it's ongoing? Hilary got some clues from Daryl Gibson's thesis, Leading While Losing: Elite Coaches' Pespectives on Losing Streaks.