Mark Oliver

M.Eng MA (Cantab) FCIPD FAHRI ILPF

Mark started his career in the UK’s 5 Airborne Brigade, where he was a Jungle Warfare instructor and demolitions officer for 11 years before moving into the civilian world.

He has run leadership development and assessment courses since 1986 in both military and commercial environments in Australia, New Zealand, USA (in Washington, San Hose and Dallas), UK, Switzerland, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Africa, Dubai, Brunei, Belize, South Korea, the Falkland Islands and Fujairah UAE, involving participants from around the world.

Over the last 30 years he has designed and facilitated both “train-the-trainer” advanced leadership courses, as well as mastering competency programs and specialised assessment courses, for Australian 'Top 100' and American 'Fortune 500' companies. He is also an executive coach to a few of Australia's leading companies.

These courses focussed on leadership, self-leadership and self-awareness in both professional and personal life. He specialises in differentiating between management and leadership in a practical way.

Mark set up the international consultancy, MarkTwo Consulting, in 2002 to provide advanced leadership programs, and became accredited a large range of the standard organisational psychometric instruments used internationally. But there was nothing in these instruments that helped companies motivate and engage their managers and workforce. Seeing this need, Mark researched the area and found new ways of explaining the underlying causes of lack of engagement. Using those findings, he developed MarkTwo Consulting's highly innovative and holistic Universal Hierarchy of Motivation (UHM) leadership development tool.

The UHM gives leaders new insights on human intelligence and helps people to enhance their self-awareness and self-leadership in all areas. Recent advances in neuroscience have vindicated the UHM theory have added weight to its conclusions.

His drive for guiding people to be the best leaders they can be at home and work, combined with his deep knowledge and unique take on "authentic" leadership as a driver of business performance, has made MarkTwo's courses highly sought after in Asia-Pacific.

Mark speaks at high profile events, and has been interviewed on Australian national TV, and both Hong Kong and Australian prime time radio on matters to do with capability, selection, recruitment and assessment.

Mark is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Royal School of Military Engineering. He is trained in a form of Jungian psychology as well as internationally credentialled in 25 different organizational psychology instruments for assessment and development. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Facilitators, Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is also qualified in other unusual areas, such as a Helicopter Abseiling Despatcher, Range Firing Officer, Taekwondo blackbelt, and an Arrest and Restraints Instructor.

Mark has published three books: MOTIVATIONAL LEADERSHIP - which debunks 10 common myths on intelligence; THE SEVEN MOTIVATIONS OF LIFE - about life and leadership, both personal and professional; and A HIMALAYAN TRINITY - about journeys through serious illness and across the Himalayas.

He has Dual Citizenship (EU/AUS) and lives in Melbourne Australia with his wife, Ruth.

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Mark Oliver has been an inspiration to my team in helping them gain a greater understanding of themselves and how they impact the teams they lead. One of the outcomes has been the 250% increase in employee engagement over the [3 years] Mark has worked with us  - David Bough, CIO, National Foods

Mark currently has almost 1000 LinkedIn endorsements.

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