About David Graham
David is driven by a deep, almost stubborn conviction that we humans are both innately “wired” for purpose, and subsequently gifted with the capacity to walk boldly into that purpose. According to David, “Where organisations synergise with the purpose-driven gifts of their people, those organisations can prosper, and neither their people nor society need be collateral damage!”
David’s life reads like an adventure novel with diverse experiences that have powerfully shaped both his world-view and his approach to personal and executive coaching. This diversity of terrains and challenges include life as a fanatical rugby player and as a teenage hitchhiker travelling solo across the United States. David also journeyed to the wilds of tribal Papua New Guinea where he established a training school for developing indigenous leaders. Throughout his life, David has endured and is prevailing over some long-term debilitating health challenges – although an adventure one would not wish for, David wouldn’t trade that experience for anything since it continues to enrich his life and impact his approach to coaching.
David has lead churches in both New Zealand and Australia where he honed his managerial and pastoral leadership and his unique approach to executive and personal coaching. David has always been a passionate learner, achieving post-graduate qualifications in both Business Management and Theology/Philosophy. Also, David has been certified by two coaching bodies; Warner Results Coaching – A Division of the Worldwide Centre for Organizational Development and Coachnet International.
David has been working with me as my Coach for two years. The desire to have a Coach came from a desire to better manage the stresses I faced within my job. He has empowered me to: (i) better understand myself (personality, strengths and weaknesses), (ii) engage with tools to help cope with moments of stress, (iii) establish clearer boundaries to protect my emotional wellbeing, (iv) find ways to improve my time management, (v) maintain perspective and enjoy life. David is very supportive, attentive, informative, kind and carries out all aspects of his role in a professional manner. I recommend him to others who are looking for similar support.
Principal, Myross Bush School
What David Graham and Professio offer is unique to the market. David is deeply focused on what it means to be human and how we can best work together. This means where he takes you is challenging, confronting and stretching. It is not a list of ‘how to’, ‘must do’ or ‘nice to do’. You can go anywhere for that. Instead, David works with you, the person who has influence, to go deeper and further than many would dare to consider. Together you begin the important journey of exploring your beliefs, values and understandings of yourself and humanity. An effective leader is a leader who knows themselves the most. David takes you on that road.
Principal, Edendale Primary School
Our reason for engaging with David nearly 10 years ago was to help discover our purpose and gain clarity in how this could be translated to position ourselves in the market. What started out as an organisational conversation (what key tasks belong to who and how do we work true to those tasks) has become a conversation of meaning (What does it mean to be human? What is the role of work in this? How do we build community in this context?). This conversation is deep and is transforming the DNA of our business. Rather than merely focusing on financial targets, we are now focused on how we better construct meaning for ourselves and our customers. When it comes down to it, we all want to make a difference rather than just a profit. Professio has focused us on the right conversation which has led to increased wellness and well-being for our team. Rather than just offering a job, our business now offers meaningful and profitable work.
Director, Peer Review Ltd
“Although being slightly jaded by past experiences with performance coaches, I decided to trust and give David a try. Quite simply, I am stunned. The insights, I have received have been very helpful and the structure I now have around both personal and business goals is delivering immediate and decisive results”
Mark J Beard
Director, Kreshendo Pty Ltd