Our Story

We’re in the business of growing bigger minds – because an organisation cannot outgrow the mindset of its leaders.

Forget everything you know about coaching. Since ilume launched in 2008, we’ve been doing things differently. We are committed to creating a complete transformation in mindset to develop the world’s greatest leaders and we are proud to have made a profound impact on the lives of so many.

Our Approach

A complete transformation in mindset

Our approach is anchored in the foundational belief that an organisation cannot outgrow the mindset of its leaders. This is why we’re passionate about growing bigger minds.

We do this through a pioneering and proven approach taken from the best of what we have learned over years of business, executive coaching and research. We call this unique approach MINDSET28 – the first three-dimensional leadership assessment and development program in the region.

Unlike other coaching programs that traditionally focus on just one dimension (horizontal across behaviour), we also look at your vertical development (cognitive, social/emotional), which is where leadership development really sits. Vertical development is where you will achieve a complete transformation in mindset.

Who We Are

We are passionate about growing bigger minds

We only attract the best and most diverse people to help our clients grow bigger minds, all of whom are internationally certified in Executive Coaching Practice. The current team have over 80 years of experience in business leadership and executive coaching to our credit.

We have been C-suite leaders ourselves and understand the demands on leaders from Boards, Executive Teams and the wider organisation. We are committed to staying abreast of the latest research, theories and best practice, working to upskill ourselves constantly, and partnering up with the world’s leading thinkers and teachers on leadership development.

Our biggest source of pride is the fact that our clients recommend us – we have strong relationships that have endured and evolved over time and nothing makes us prouder.

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Our Clients

Our foundational belief that an organisation cannot outgrow the mindset of its leaders has resonated strongly with some of the most successful brands in the world.

” ilume has a refreshing approach to executive development coaching which leads to transformational change in business performance. Working in partnership with ilume has helped our people firm wide with their professional career and personal aspirations. ilume really believes in what it teaches and how best to empower our people. “

Former Chief Executive Officer, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

” Whether you aspire to be a CEO or your simply want to be the best you can be, I believe ilume can be a guiding hand for you. “

Hub Manager Northern, Goodman Fields NZ Ltd

” MindSet28 is a developmental tool not a “putting you in a box” tool, so the difference is that for the first time it gives people a pathway for continuous improvement rather than just telling a person who they are and how they will be forever. “

CEO & Managing Partner, PwC New Zealand

It all starts with a conversation. A powerful conversation.

We only serve leaders and organisations we know we can help. Our time, like yours is valuable. We invite you to lock in a call with one of our principle coaches to see how we can bridge the gap from where you are to where you want to go.

Frequently asked questions

How is ilume changing the way coaching is done?

Coaching in business has been around since the early 90s, but surprisingly, it hasn’t evolved a lot since then. ilume is changing the way coaching is done via its unique approach which takes into consideration more dimensions of an individual. Coaching is well known as a behavioural tool, but at ilume we are no longer satisfied with the notion that this will provide all the answers to leaders of business in today’s more complex and ambiguous world.

Most coaching in the past and even today is based on behavioural change and coaching to change certain behaviours of a leader, but at ilume we think that is too one dimensional. Our leaders are made up of much more than just their behaviours! Our leaders are facing into greater uncertainty and can often feel as thought they are in over their heads and are facing a developmental challenging of growing a bigger mind.

Consequently, ilume decided to take a different approach, and in 2010, developed a robust, evidence-based coaching methodology that examines a person’s hidden dimensions that brings with it lasting developmental change and a recognition of a person’s true potential capacity for further growth. We call this approach MINDSET28.

We have been delivering this work in Australasia for over seven years and have established a new paradigm in executive development that high-performing organisations are talking about. Those who have worked with us tell us they have become smarter, more agile and ultimately have competitive advantage.

What should leaders expect when they work with ilume?

Prepare to be challenged – ilume provides a developmental tool that weaves together all the dimensions necessary for excellence in executive leadership and anyone coming on the journey is going to find out where they are placed right now in regards to how well placed they are to do the job.

All leaders must be prepared to commit to high-performing change – it’s part of what you sign up to in accepting the role. The work with ilume develops the leader quantitatively and qualitatively, so commitment over a period of time is essential. This is not a quick fix strategy to developing the best leaders.

Ultimately, particularly in the residential team leadership program, they will see increased drive, greater self awareness, clearer strategic thinking and a path to long-term life balance. Instead of life balance and high performance business competing against one another, it starts to work in harmony. Clients who work with us say it’s simple – they call it awesome transformational change.

What is the ilume MINDSET28 Developement Assessment?
MINDSET28 is a specific executive assessment and development tool created by ilume, and once carried out, provides the evidence required for a powerful and focused leadership development program done as a collective (such as a senior executive team) or individually. Having delivered this in the market for over six years, it has truly proven itself to be the gold standard in leadership development.

MINDSET28 takes a powerful and holistic view of the individual by balancing qualitative multi-dimensional frames through using three dimensions: cognitive, social emotional and behavioural, rather than the traditional one-dimensional approach (behaviour only). Our promise is to show the executive the potential of growing a bigger mind and a pathway to achieve that.

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So what can MINDSET28 do for CEOs of major organisations?

We think this question can be best answered by the CEO of one of ilume’s foundation clients, PwC New Zealand. CEO and Managing Partner Mark Averill attributes their high performance culture to taking the majority of their partners through the MINDSET28 leadership development program.

A big strategic move for PwC as the program asks for the partners, who are the leaders and rainmakers of the business, to come away from the day-to-day delivery of client work and develop their leadership on a six-day residential program.

That said, Mark acknowledges that it has definitely given them sustainable competitive market advantage and the program had a hand in him eventually becoming the CEO of the organisation.

The empowerment that we saw when we spoke to some very technical partners at PWC really gave us the reassurance that this is the approach we should be using with more CEOs and senior leaders.

There are many development tools available to businesses today but nearly all are competency or behavioural-based assessments and for an organisation that relies entirely on talent and high performance culture, which PWC are, the MINDSET28 approach has proven to be the most effective.

Of the various personality profiling tools MINDSET28 is the only one that doesn’t put you in a box forever and we think that is really important. We have personally been through many of these assessments and they always leave you in a specific category for life, but that’s just not realistic.

Actually, it’s a worrying message that leaders are unable to develop any further. MINDSET28 is a developmental tool, not a “putting you in a box” tool, so the difference is that for the first time it gives people a pathway for continuous improvement rather than just telling a person who they are and how they will be forever.