Facing the HAKA Training

Leadership Training


As the captain of Manu Samoa, I have faced many challenges, but none quite like standing face-to-face facing the Haka. It was a powerful and intimidating experience, but I knew I had to face it head-on with courage and confidence.

Leadership requires similar courage and confidence, especially when facing tough challenges in the workplace or business. I'm excited to introduce our new leadership program: Facing the Haka. My framework will teach you the skills and mindset needed to overcome obstacles and lead your team to success.

The first topic we will cover is Habits. To be successful, we need to develop high-performance habits. Habits are the foundation of our daily lives and play a significant role in determining our success or failure. By establishing good habits, we can increase productivity, improve our decision-making skills, and develop a positive attitude towards work.

The second topic is Attitude. Attitude is everything when it comes to facing problems in the workplace. As a leader, it is crucial to have a positive attitude, even in the face of adversity. A positive attitude will help you stay motivated and focused on finding solutions, even in the most challenging situations.

The third topic we will explore is Kindness. The best leaders influence people with kindness, not force. We create a positive and productive work environment when we are kind to others. This, in turn, leads to better performance and growth in the business. As leaders, we must create a culture of kindness and respect where everyone feels valued and supported.

Lastly, we will discuss Adaptability. In today's rapidly changing business landscape, adaptability is critical to success. Leaders need to be able to pivot quickly and adjust to new situations. This requires an open-minded approach and a willingness to embrace diversity in the workforce. By building a diverse team and fostering an inclusive culture, we can develop creative solutions and adapt to changing circumstances.

Examples of Business Challenges:

  1. Adaptability in the Future of Work
  • A company that struggled to transition to remote work during the pandemic, resulting in decreased productivity and employee morale
  • A retail business that failed to adapt to changing customer needs and preferences, leading to declining sales and market share
  • An organization that fell behind in adopting new technologies, causing them to lose their competitive edge and struggle to retain customers
  1. Knowledge and Kindness in Leadership
  • A leader who lacked empathy and emotional intelligence, resulting in high employee turnover and a toxic work environment
  • A company that did not invest in employee training and development, leading to a skills gap and difficulty in retaining top talent
  • A workplace culture that did not prioritize respect and inclusivity, resulting in low employee engagement and a negative brand reputation
  1. Attitude Determines Altitude in Leadership
  • A leader who was too afraid to take risks, causing the company to miss out on opportunities for growth and innovation
  • A team that lacked motivation and direction due to a leader who was not authentic or passionate about their work
  • An organization that did not embrace change and adapt to disruptions in the market, resulting in a decline in revenue and profitability.

As you can see, Facing the Haka is more than just a leadership program. It's a way of life. By developing good habits, maintaining a positive attitude, showing kindness, and being adaptable, we can overcome challenges and lead our teams to success.

So, let's face the Haka together and show the world what authentic leadership looks like. 

Are you ready to Face the HAKA?

Download the Programme and Book a time to Discuss your teams training needs.

are you Interested in mANU TOA and want to be better at leading and influencing at your work?

MANU TOA includes one on one coaching for 3-12 months, individual strategy sessions, leadership resources, mastermind events, pasifika leadership days and much much more....

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We only have space for 15 people*

date start: February 2024

how: Online and face to face for those in New Zealand

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Gary Lin
BNZ SME Business Manager

"Filipo has a great sense of humour plus decades of experience in top level sport as well as in peak human performance. Also love his journey going from top level sport being ex-Samoan rugby captain, to corporate, and now being in business. Filipo ran a series of high performance workshops with our Auckland, Hamilton, and Christchurch BNZ SME Hubs. Our team performances have really stepped up another gear in the past 3 months across all 3 teams, especially Auckland!"

Clark Lewis
Community Rugby Manager

" Thoroughly enjoyed Filipo session that was based on 'Tackling Change' with life after rugby. He was able to personally relate with the players from being a ex-professional Rugby player and being paid well for the game he loved and then realizing that there is life after rugby and the need to be ready for this, and bring awareness around the numerous factors that influence how long a Rugby career can last. The session was fun and the players were genuinely interested and engaging. "

Alex Fala
CEO VEND Tech Company

"Thanks so much for sharing his insights with us. Highly relevant for our business, and lots of great feedback from the team here at Vend."

Kelly McCallum
Lecturer, Former Canadian Rugby Captain

"We had the pleasure of having Filipo as a guest speaker in our AUT Certificate of Sport and Recreation lecture. His unique and engaging approach left a lasting impression on our students. Many of the students found it easy to relate to his stories and experiences."

Lucy Chang-Lorenzi
Managing Director,
Rotary Club of Auckland

" Filipo shared  with us his personal story about how his father, a railway worker, made a brave decision to pick up the family and move from Auckland to Dunedin to pursue a better life. While in Dunedin, Filipo's father studied theology and became a role model for how hope, hard work, & education are pivotal in making dreams come true. Filipo followed his father's footsteps by breaking out of the norm, following his passion, and transforming his life."

Michael Hempsteed
TEDx Speaker, Author, Behavioural Expert

" ... a very powerful Keynote that can save and change many people's lives...your message can reach a very large audience. It's not just professional athletes who struggle with mental illness and feelings of loss when its all over, it can be people who fail to get a promotion, people who get fired from a job."

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