Unleash the power of team


The Performance Team is a leading New Zealand consultancy dedicated to unleashing the power of team.

The Performance Team was founded from the inspiration of over 40 years’ expertise in leading, facilitating, and coaching collaborative high-performance teams. We have taken the very best of world leading assessments and insights from customer success to create an innovative way of solving the business problems of today.

Our core purpose: To unleash the Power of Team

Our inspiring vision: The global thought leader in team performance

Our shared values:
connected, real and impactful.

The Team.

Sarah Friis

Sarah Friis has a Master’s in Psychology and 20 years’ experience as a team leadership facilitator, coach and inspirational speaker. Working internationally and locally from large corporates to small business, Sarah's an expert in building high performance teams and cultures. "Sarah’s bold leadership style, coupled with high emotional intelligence and a sense of calm is a powerful package to move teams away from old patterns and to establish new and innovative ways of working. I cannot recommend her skills highly enough!" Trudi Gwillim, Associate Director, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The University of Auckland.

Michael Friis

Michael Friis is an experienced facilitator and leadership coach. He has developed award-winning teams and built a sales and service business from startup through to multimillion dollar turnover and, ultimately, successful sale. Experienced in the leadership challenges of small and enterprise business, Michael is a sales expert, experienced in direct, indirect retail and business to business sales. Michael has led sales teams for over 20 years in the SME market and Enterprise business development teams. Michael has a formula that works and inspires team leadership with integrity, insight and courage in the pursuit of excellence.

People we've worked with

What People Say

Sarah & Michael
will offer any executive team a unique blend of both business savvy and team development expertise. I can’t recommend them highly enough”

Stewart Sherriff CEO | 2degrees

A great event and a compelling introduction to solving old team
challenges by taking a refreshing and “new school” approach

Mark Thompson General Manager | Touchpointgroup.com

The cross team collaboration session that Michael led for us could not have gone any better.  His insight into our team dynamics was great and his design of the day allowed us to really immerse ourselves in important and sometimes delicate issues . We had some really strong, positive outcomes from the day. There is a noticeable, positive shift after the work that Michael did with us.

Vanessa Frost Head of People and Capability | Lumino The Dentists

Sarah is able to connect naturally with people and is an excellent facilitator, building rapport and linking hearts and minds. I would recommend Sarah and her business, The Performance Team, which builds on her strong background and experiences with a focus on building high performing teams.”

Natasha Whiting Director of Human Resources | DB Breweries