"Flexible Optimism was all I hoped it would be."

" I am waking up in the morning and choosing how I will respond to the day and to incidents which occur. I am standing back from an incident before I respond to it. I am rephrasing responses in my mind - to become more optimistic. It's working! Not just in the workplace - but life is a happier place!"

- Marie Faith-Allen, Area Manager, Community Probation Services

About Us

Foresight is a productivity consulting firm specialising in

  • Developing mental toughness and resilience
  • Pre- and post-employment psychometric assessments
  • Management advice on performance and productivity
  • Executive and employee coaching
  • Learning and development programmes
  • The application of research from the rapidly growing field of positive psychology

It was established in 1994 to help businesses attract, select, develop and retain talent. We help companies and individuals perform better and achieve more by developing more effective employees and leaders.

All of our client work is strongly grounded in the research-based principles of positive psychology

Mental Toughness and Resilience is the ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges, and to bounce back swiftly from adversities and setbacks. Foresight’s coaching and learning & development programmes are all about enabling you to perform at your optimal level in all manner of circumstances and situations. Foresight specialises in public workshops, custom-designed in-house programmes and one-on-one coaching. We hold the regional licence for the optimism and resilience assessment tool developed by Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology and have an ongoing relationship with Marty’s consulting firm, Foresight Inc in the United States. We also use the tools of EQ mapping and assessment, stress mapping and assessment, and DISC behavioural motivation assessment.

How it helps you: For companies, our tools and systems genuinely identify top performers and turn around under-achievers. For individuals, our resilience,  optimism, and mental toughness training can turn around lives, helping you master your stress, achieve more, and gain more enjoyment from your achievements.

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Jamie Ford

A specialist in human resource development, Jamie Ford works to unlock the potential of every organisation’s most valuable asset, its people. Jamie leads the University of Auckland’s “ Mental Toughness” short course at the Business School. This course is in the top five of all short courses. He also leads courses on “ Resilient Leadership“and MentalToughness for Leaders for the Australian Institute of Management. He has worked in the area of business and personal development for more than 20 years and has a passion for the “people” side of business.

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Through his interest in EQ, he has trained in the United States with Q>Metrics, recognised leaders in the application of emotional intelligence to business performance. He has also trained with Essi Systems, a leading international provider of Stress Mastery programmes.

With a strong interest in the work of Dr Martin Seligman, Jamie is a charter associate member of the International Positive Psychology Association and a founding member of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology.

For his coaching and mentoring work, he engages Dr Judith McMorland as a professional supervisor.

Jamie is a father of three adult daughters, and is the proud grandfather of two granddaughters and two grandsons. His personal interests include playing trombone in competitive brass bands (he has seven national New Zealand and Australian “Champion of Champions” Brass Band Titles). For several years he competed in outrigger canoe racing (waka ama) and has a collection of gold, silver, and bronze medals for National Sprint Championship successes.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Phone Jamie on +64 9 414 2942 or email him to find out how he can help you and your organisation reach your goals.

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Martin Seligman

Professor Martin Seligman, named by the Review of General Psychology as the 13th most cited psychologist of the 20th Century, turned psychology on its head by focusing on what makes us well, rather than what makes us unwell.

More than 1000 studies using Professor Seligman’s work prove that people with an optimistic attitude perform better in most aspects of life, including academic achievement, sales productivity, emotional resilience, immune system strength and even cancer survival.

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Professor Seligman is the Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. His books have been translated into more than 16 languages and his work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, and the Reader’s Digest.

He has written more than 20 books and 170 articles on motivation and personality, including Learned Optimism, What You Can Change & What You Can’t, The Optimistic Child, and Learned Helplessness.

Professor Seligman has received two Distinguished Scientific Contribution awards from the American Psychological Association, the Laurel Award of the American Association for Applied Psychology and Prevention, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for Research in Psychopathology. He has also received awards from the American Psychological Society for contribution to basic science and for the application of psychological knowledge.

In 1996 Professor Seligman was elected president of the American Psychological Association by the largest vote in modern history. The Foresight Institute has a long-standing relationship with Martin Seligman and his consulting firm in the US, Foresight Inc.

Tune in to “Ted” and hear Martin Seligman on positive psychology

Contact us to find out how Foresight can help you and your organisation grow with the lessons and tools of positive psychology.