Craig McDowell

Craig McDowell

Facilitator/Coach, Canterbury

Craig McDowell is a leadership learning and development coach and facilitator. He has previously been a Leadership and Management Adviser at the University of Canterbury.

Craig has developed a specialisation and high level of knowledge in coaching and mentoring in a variety of sectors. Other areas of leadership in which he works include organisational and team development, performance management, adaptive leadership and change, reflective practice, collaboration and emotional intelligence. In addition, he has facilitated numerous professional learning groups of leaders.

He has recently gained accreditation as a Genos Emotional Intelligence Practitioner for Leaders - individual or group.

Of particular interest to Craig is culturally contextualised leadership; he has been involved in a Maori initiative - Te Kauhua - which emphasised the necessity of whanau and iwi engagement, and the building of productive relationships with stakeholders in order to strengthen outcomes.

To date with ODI, he has individually coached business leaders and been involved as a leadership coach in two programmes - the Advanced Leaders Programme and Federated Farmers: Advocacy, Influence & Outcomes. He has also presented a Masterclass on Reflective Practice.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Master of Teaching and Learning
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Diploma of Educational Management
  • Diploma of Teaching (Distinction)
  • The Leadership Circle Profile
  • Team Management Services
  • Genos Emotional Intelligence

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I really enjoyed Alison's coaching style - warm and connected but still challenging and accountability-driven. I have implemented tools and ideas discussed based on my profile tests. I have some techniques I can now utilise quickly and effectively when in workplace situations that might produce a strong emotional response, so that I can self-regulate at speed and communicate effectively.

Karin is a really fantastic coach. I really enjoyed her toolkit and ideas for moving me forward. She was able to challenge my thinking and it was good to get a second opinion on things. Loved the Strengths conversation and to have that lens in place to practically move forward in my leadership journey.

It went really well. I appreciated the empathy given. I really, really enjoyed Kathryn being able to read me so well, it was awesome to have that feedback about myself. I now do not have to go back and have a second discussion in order to rectify what I have agreed to that I didn't actually want to agree to in the first place!


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