The Navigator 

Helping you shape the future you want


Lance Bickford

Managing Director

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About Me

I help business owners and CEOs achieve big hairy audacious goals. I do this by encouraging my clients to be the wolf, not the deer, to aim high and to look for opportunity (found hiding behind disruption and barriers). I help them stay focussed, deliberate and nimble.

My strengths:
- Results-oriented
- Effective communicator
- Focussed on people - People are the key; they are your team, your Board, your family, your customers and your suppliers.

My greatest accomplishments:

- As Chair of WarmShowers Inc (180,000 cycle touring and hosting members worldwide) led creation of new business model leading to unprecedented revenue growth (300% in 2020 during COVID-19, 400% projected in 2021) and engagement.

- Successfully launched 3 startups (one in architecture, one hospitality and another in health services)
- Successfully managed and implemented Auckland 2000 as CEO of Tourism Auckland: Programme included media and visitor maximisation for Americas Cup Defence, APEC and Millennium Celebrations
- Creation of New Zealand Media Resource Unit


Lance is an experienced public speaker and thought leader. Specialist topics include:

  • THE RABBIT WRANGLER - Don't take your business down rabbit holes!

  • OPPORTUNITY IS THE FLIPSIDE OF DISRUPTION - Is your business ready for the next disruption - will you see the opportunity AND be able to take it??


Experience You Can Trust


Helping you navigate your business to where you want it to be by embracing disruption, being alert and agile, and being decisive.


It's an evolving world - having an expert sounding board helps validate your ideas and decisions and gives confidence to implement those decisions.

Change Management

Don't allow your company to drift or be the deer in headlights.

Act decisively based on researched and analysed assumptions.

Free one hour face-to-face or Zoom consultation. Let's see how best I can help you be the wolf & set and achieve audacious goals.

Contact me: 

+64 27 5590555   

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Chair, NZ Sleep Apnea Association

Director, NZ Agri Investment Week

Business Ownership/Directorship            

Kermitt Architecture Ltd, Fit for Duty Ltd (Medical Services)

CEO Roles

Tourism Auckland, Hastings Tourism Facilities Trust, Pukekohe Park Ltd, Destination Manawatu

General Management

Plaza International Hotel, Hotel du Vin, Ellerslie Event and Convention Centre