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Darren Eckford

We learn more from our failures than our successes. Encourage those around you every day to step outside the bubble and have a crack, as this is where our true potential resides. Get outside the bubble to where the magic happens.

I am from West Auckland, New Zealand and now reside in a little village called Wivenhoe, in the United Kingdom, with my wife Laura and our two young daughters Ariana and Juliet.

After graduating from university with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport, majoring in Coaching, I spent my early years pursuing a career in cricket. In doing this I developed a great interest in the strength of team cultures and the impact they have on individual and team performance. I will let you in on a little secret: high performing cultures = high performing teams and individuals!

I love family, friends, food, physical activity, the beach and the forest… Pretty much in that order but all sit pretty high on the agenda.

I love family, friends, food, physical activity, the beach and the forest… Pretty much in that order but all sit pretty high on the agenda.

Once my delusions of grandeur in a cricketing sense subsided I took my business development and relationship building capabilities into roles with Outward Bound Trust of New Zealand and Corporate Challenge Events. Outward Bound specialise in personal development and leadership courses using experiential learning, adventure activities and the outdoors as the main tools, really taking participants outside of their comfort zone. Here I had a unique opportunity to view the potential for human development under situations of high intensity and perceived risk. There is nothing more inspiring and empowering than seeing people overcome their greatest fears through the strength of their trust in their team members. I also found an environment where honesty, integrity and empathy were very much the foundation of a robust business development approach. This revealed the value of a “True Sale” where course participants were encouraged not to attend if they were not fully informed, prepared and motivated to complete a three week full immersion experience in one of the most beautiful natural environments of New Zealand, the Marlborough Sounds.

I will let you in on a little secret: high performing cultures = high performing teams and individuals!

Working with Corporate Challenge Events, I delivered team building, culture change and events services to organisations from Blue Chip multi nationals, right through to charities and sports clubs. Here my love of real interactions with people from every walk of life was forthright and my desire to develop people, teams and organisations was further ingrained.

I then had the opportunity to bring Child Labor Free, a New Zealand based global social enterprise established to help eliminate Child Labour on a global scale to the UK and a global platform. An amazing experience and very humbling to see the impact such a program can have.

Fast forward to now and the opportunity to join The Zone. An organisation that truly pools my experience, my passions and my future desires together. An opportunity for work and life to become a beautiful synergy of what is really important to all of us.

Get in touch with Darren

Darren Eckford

darren.eckford@thezone.co

+44 7413 087807

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