Attention Business Leaders:

Diagnosing and Fixing Business Breaking Points,
Tipping Points and Turning Points

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old,
but on building the new

~ Socrates ~

All business have highs and lows; often from factors beyond their control. Change can literally hit a business overnight so keeping a finger on the pulse of our business is vital. Sadly most of us get so caught up in the day to day we forget to take time to look over the parapet. By doing that we miss not only the threats to our business but also the opportunities.

The July session of the Big Thinking Business Forums will focus on diagnosing the Breaking points; Tipping points and Turning points of business. Not only how to recognise them but also how to deal with them.

Our keynote speaker is Paul Gianotti, General Manager Store Support at The Warehouse and Warehouse Stationery. He took over when that business was on the edge of one of those Breaking points.  Our interactive session will be conducted by Glen Sharkey, Leadership and Team Development Expert.

The aim of our forums is to have business owners and managers listen to great speakers; people who have dealt first hand with a myriad of business challenges. We then facilitate an interactive activity so attendees discuss the ideas they’ve just heard; create an Action Plan of what they will do differently and implement just one or two when they get back to their business.

The Speakers

Paul Gianotti

General Manager Store Support @ The Warehouse and Warehouse Stationery

Paul is a career retailer and over the past 25 years he has worked across a number of retail sectors in senior leadership roles. Like many others he “fell” in to retail and started a retail sports business on the shop floor, which, over a ten year period grew in to two nationwide chains with more than 50 stores. He then spent nine years in the pharmacy sector, where he again took two start up operations and grew them to be highly successful pharmacy chains.

For the past nine years he has held senior roles with The Warehouse Group. Paul was part of a leadership team that turned an underperforming Warehouse Stationery in to the darling of The Warehouse Group, with eight consecutive years of profit growth, the last four being double digit.

In the workplace, Paul is passionate about people – his support office team and his store teams – and his story will show why people are any organisation’s greatest asset and when a business is broken, how easy it is to disengage a team but how easy it is to engage them again.

Paul Gianotti

Paul’s topic is: “Broken to Brilliant – Taking Your People on the Journey”

Where he will share his insights on how your people have to be part of any change when your business is at a tipping point.

Glen Sharkey

Leadership and Team Development Expert

Glen Sharkey, has almost 30 years’ experience in training and developing people. He’s the current president of The National Speakers Association of New Zealand and is the author of several books, including “Fairly Common Tales” for emerging workplace leaders. His latest work, “The Art of Persuasive Influence” has a particular focus on equipping people to be more effective in ‘courageous conversations’.

He spends most of his time these days focussing on leadership development and is repeatedly asked back to train leaders and management for some of NZ’s largest companies including Downer, KiwiRail, and Carter Holt Harvey, helping people to relate better with each other to increase productivity and effectiveness.

As an award-winning educator, Glen Sharkey thrives on the challenge of transforming team culture by equipping and empowering individuals to behave and think more responsibly and proactively!

Glen Sharkey

“THANK YOU!! so much for another brilliant Big Thinking Business Forum.  Absolutely loved the insights from Rod Oram, and have recommended him to others.  Already looking forward to your next seminars.”

Justin St. Vincent   Senior Account Manager – Media Sales

This is going to be an extremely valuable event for the future growth of your business.


Location: The Quality Inn, Parnell, Auckland

When:  Tuesday 25th July 2017 (8.30am – 12.30pm)

Investment:  $297 + GST

(3 or more tickets $147 each + GST)

Not Just Another Sit and Listen Event!

Going to events and listening to experts in their own field is extremely valuable and worthwhile for every business.  You get new strategies, insights and motivation to keep you going and keep you growing in your own business.  This is definitely a very powerful way to fast track your business growth.  Learning from people that have done it before and been hugely successful can see massive benefits and results in your own business.

However, if you are like most business owners and managers that attend events and conferences regularly, you will know that you leave most of them with an uplifted outlook for a few days only to get back into the reality of business and make no real changes and see no real difference in results.

The Big Thinking Business Forums are different!

As well as coming to hear the tips, strategies and tools to fast track your business growth from two (2) amazing experts at every forum, we also have valuable table discussions after each speaker, where you will discuss within the group how you can implement the strategies, tips and tools that each speaker presented.

This is an extremely powerful time where you can get clear how to implement and make changes within your specific business.  Each table also has a ‘table leader’ who is an experienced business owner themselves, that will help to guide and support the group through this process.

At the end of the table discussions you will also create an action plan of the specific actions and changes that you will make when you go back to the business.

Your table leader will then follow up with you by phone a couple of weeks after the event to see how you are going with your action plan and changes that you committed to.  Giving you accountability and real change in your business to create real results!


These sessions are INTERACTIVE; we don’t do dull; we don’t do boring but what we do do is make sure you leave our session with an ACTION PLAN for dealing with some aspect of your business.


Location: The Quality Inn, Parnell, Auckland

When:  Tuesday 25th July 2017 (8.30am – 12.30pm)

Investment:  $297 + GST

(3 or more tickets $147 each + GST)