For well over a decade we have zeroed in on the many critical factors that impact engagement and performance at work and with careers. This is the work that inspires us – seeing clients find their career direction, get the results they want at work and achieve the fulfillment and satisfaction they seek from working.
The breadth of our background qualifications, training and experience enables us to work with senior executives and managers, teams and individuals on career development and progression.”
We research, write, talk to groups, and give specialist career and work performance workshops for professional service consultancies and other businesses.
We keep an element of pro bono contribution active – we have worked with migrant support, give many public talks in libraries, provide vouchers for school fundraisers and so on.
This work is our full-time commitment – we train and educate ourselves continuously to be able to deliver the latest, smartest coaching, training and education services tailored to each individual, team or workplace situation.
We contribute to professional development training through workshops for professionals in several different sectors – education (secondary and tertiary), the private sector and government.
The mental maps and thinking tools that have been used for performance improvement and career decision making no longer serve us well. We can do much better – this is where Forté comes in. We commit considerable time and resource to staying up with the latest thinking and research – and contributing to it ourselves.
We have written about this extensively in our book
Forté is spearheaded by Max and Frances Harré. Frances’ background is in counselling and career and executive coaching, while Max’s is in management, research and strategic planning. Combined they have more than 25 years’ experience in shaping and reshaping the professional lives of New Zealanders.
Their academic backgrounds include qualifications in sociology, psychology, natural resource management, philosophy, physics, teaching, adult education and career development.
Frances has worked with literally hundreds and hundreds of people. Max’s experience includes managing in large corporate environments and working as an independent policy development consultant, teacher and executive coach.
BA Soc Sci (Psychology & Sociology), Grad Cert Career Dev
Frances is a career change and development specialist. For the last 15 years she has been full-time in the practice of designing careers and consulting with individuals, business teams and organisations in relation to career development, career change, communication skills and executive coaching.
She has a BA in Social Science, double major in psychology and sociology, along with a Post-Graduate qualification in Adult Education specialising in Career Development.
Frances has worked with more than a thousand people during her professional career helping them find what they really want to do – and how to make it happen. She is masterful at listening and then asking the right questions.
MSc, MA, BSc, Dip Tch
Max has held management and research positions in several large organisations where he managed policy development teams working in environmental sustainability, economic development and social policy.
He has assessed well over a thousand CVs, interviewed hundreds of people, been involved with the employment of dozens of knowledge workers from entry level to C-suite.
He is actively interested in research into the future of work and has developed a deep understanding of what’s going on with working, performance and productivity.
Max holds an MSc (Hons) in Resource Management, MA (Hons) in Philosophy, a BSc in Physics, and a Diploma in Teaching.
To varying degrees, we have always pursued the idea of working together to help people achieve their aspirations for really great work. It’s a big prize, but we know it is possible.
Fortunately, we have been able to combine our passion for travel, hiking and working in extraordinary places – 5 weeks research and writing on the Greek Island of Syros, business effectiveness workshops in Fiji, and career development in LA.
We took 26 days and walked from Munich to Venice across the Dolomites, climbed Half Dome (the easy side!) during 10 days in Yosemite National Park in California, explored crampons and ice axes on the Tasman Glacier at Aoraki/Mt Cook.
On all our working and hiking adventures we meet people puzzling about their work, their children’s work, what lies ahead, how to excel, how to get by, how to really grasp the harmony that we know can be possible between working and living.
Fundamentally it is a deep, ongoing privilege to be contributing to this cause of unfolding the “how to” of great work.