We help Civil Engineers, Construction Managers, and Project Managers of all levels, to become highly effective and create vigorous success in our stressful and overwhelming construction industry.

Your life will be directed if you don’t direct your life. We show you how to dictate the outcome of each day and to feel confident that your life’s heading is in the direction that’s right for you.

We run mastermind groups to provide you with: support, guidance, comrades, advice, and confidants to help you navigate the wayward path of growth and evolution.

Why do we do this? →

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Your Journey

Where You Are

There’s a reason you’re here.

  • Perhaps work onsite is too much. You are failing to meet the requirements of your role. Your work is late and of mediocre quality. People tell you you should know x, y, and z, but you don’t. You don’t think you are capable of fulfilling your responsibilities, and you fear others feel the same.
  • Perhaps you feel deflated and undervalued. Despite working your socks off, you received a letter showing an unimpressive pay rise this year.
  • Perhaps your personal life is ordinarily good but has started to suffer because you have to commit so much to work. Your project is behind. You have so much work to do that you spend your weeknights and weekends at the job site. You don’t see this ending any time soon, and you miss your free time.

Where You Are Going

Through seven years of repeated reading, learning, trialing, and failing, our Founder, George, developed a set of skills, tools, and principles he is eager to share that will empower you to resolve your problems, whatever they are.

  • If you feel beneath your responsibilities, we’ll help you climb on top of them and throw a power-punch to the sky.
  • Do you feel deflated and undervalued? You’ll soon be producing so much value on your project you can demand twice the pay rise you were expecting.
  • Missing the free time you had to give up to get ahead at work? Soon you’ll know how to reclaim your free time and get farther ahead at work than you ever were.

In 2017 George moved from the UK to New Zealand. There, using his principles and practices, he rose from an average Site Manager to a thriving Project Leader in less than a year. The head of the business region referred to him as, “a rare find who will climb very high in this industry indeed.” All while enjoying the best quality of life one can imagine in arguably the most beautiful country in the world.

Do you want to learn how he did it? Find out more →

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Your Guide

Hi, I’m George, the guy who has just done what you are about to do, and I’m going to show you how.

The first time you ski off-piste it’s advised you follow a guide. Someone who knows their way and can show you the best and safest path. In addition, you’ll want your chosen guide to have traversed the route recently. After all, if too much time has passed, the landscape may well have changed.

In 2013, I was where you are now with all of the same questions. Over the last seven years, I’ve found the answers and used them to develop tools and skills that took me from a low-level engineer to a Project Leader in less than two years. It’s been a painful journey along which I took many wrong turns. But I’ve since emerged, dusted myself off and am now poised to show you the best way through.

Let me be your guide.

Read my story here →

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What is a Whole Engineer?

To be a “whole engineer” should be thought of as a target or goal of which there are two parts (in no order):

  • To be “whole” and,
  • To be an engineer. This is not a civil, mechanical or any other engineer who commonly serves the construction industry.

The Whole

To be “whole” simply means to be mindful of the whole, the bigger picture, and not just the parts of which it consists.

Someone who is ‘whole’ lives their life consciously in ways that improve all parts that matter, save none. He/she who neglects any significant part would leave themselves incomplete. One must be whole to be truly happy. As Zig Ziglar said, “What you do off the job determines how far you go on the job. Every athlete knows that. Every entertainer knows that.” Every construction manager should know that.

The Engineer

A civil engineer applies their mastery of physical and scientific principles to develop and maintain the built environment. A whole engineer applies their mastery of the principles and practices of effectiveness to engineer their lives toward success; however, they may define it, and in every aspect they deem to matter, be it professional or personal. By mastering and applying what we teach, our clients become whole engineers.

To be whole is a journey, not a destination. It’s a process, not a state of being. It’s a road on which you want to be. To be on this journey is a choice as much as it is a choice not to be. Deciding to stay the course is more easily said than done in our industry, construction, where a well-rounded lifestyle can be challenging to form and maintain. Attempts will be met with resistance, overcoming which requires strength and tactics. At The Whole Engineer, we teach these tactics as well as specific skills and tools and help you implement them in your specific situation.

To attain the knowledge required to be a civil engineer, you attend a University. To attain the knowledge required to be a whole engineer, you come to us.

Become a Whole Engineer →

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