Forté Career and Business Designs

Meet the Team

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.

This work inspires us, and we work to inspire others

Frances Harré

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.

Fran listening
Max listening

Max Harré

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.

About Forté

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.

Pro bono Contribution

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.

Professional Development

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.

Professional Members of the Career Development Association of New Zealand, and practise within the CDANZ Code of Ethics and Professional Development requirements.

Ever-Changing Work Environments


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

“Work Passion Power – strategies for a working life you will love”.

Talks to inspire

Max and Frances understand the vital importance of inspiration for career satisfaction. With an acclaimed book under their belts, their talks are premised on the power of inspiration to promote continuous improvement.

Workshops – find out more