Success Factor is a professional and personalised business coaching and consultancy business based in North Canterbury, New Zealand empowering business owners to grow their businesses.

Debs is a passionate and high-experienced professional who has extensive business knowledge and a trusted network of associates who works with new business set-ups, small and medium-sized businesses and national corporate organisations and companies, including local government, health, and non-government organisations in Canterbury and across New Zealand.

Whether you are just starting a new business, have an idea or concept or have an established enterprise ready to take your business to the next level, Success Factor is here to support you by holding your hand along the way, supporting you in your business journey by providing clarity, focus and direction.

Success Factor put clients’ best interests to the forefront every time by working alongside other businesses and professionals to connect clients to a wider network of helpful contacts to enable a broader engagement within the community and business arena to empower and motivate collaborative and positive mutually beneficial outcomes.

Sessions are inspiring, positive, motivational, informative and constructive delivered in a safe, positive, professional and personable environment either via Zoom or face-to-face, helping you see the bigger picture so you can make informed decisions at the right time in your business ventures.

Success Factor provides a client-led, strengths-focused, results-based programme that can generate your business income, enabling you to work smarter not harder and supporting you to achieve your aspirations and realise your dreams.

Whether you are just starting on your business journey or you are an established business wanting support, guidance and assistance to take your business to the next level, we can work with you to achieve your goals.

Debs’ coaching style is supportive, encouraging, and enthusiastic, keen to help clients deal with challenges, problems or issues. She is personable and easy to communicate with passion and a genuine desire to help people.

The benefits of the Success Factor Business Coaching & Mentoring are that clients are provided with encouragement, support and motivation, empowered to fulfil their goals and achieve success.

You will have your own accountability buddy who listens properly, is an excellent communicator who evaluates effectively providing a confidential sounding board and always focuses on clients’ individual needs.

Our ideal clients are those who are committed to self-improvement, self-development and personal growth, who have a desire to set goals to achieve real results, keen to step out of their comfort zone to make positive progress, and open to accept suggestions, honest feedback and new methods.

Why should you use our services?

Your success is our success! Success Factor is dedicated and committed to investing in people and their success, assisting business owners to make their dreams a reality.

Debs’ Background

A qualified and experienced leader, manager, mentor, coach, counsellor, trainer, professional speaker and facilitator of creative seminars and conferences.

Specialising in working IN your business (coaching) and ON your business (mentoring), working holistically covering both personal and professional aspects to enable business owners to fulfil their full potential by ‘working together to make a difference’.

Business Coaching & Mentoring services are client-led, strengths-focused and results-based assisting in increasing self-motivation and self-belief; dispelling assumptions; and breaking down perceived barriers and obstacles preventing business owners achieving their goals.

Consultancy provides business owners with a ‘Business Warrant of Fitness’ which ‘takes the temperature’ of your business. This identifies pressure points and key areas to work on to develop and grow your business.

Speech Coaching Programmes helps you communicate with confidence and enables you to conquer those nerves through the provision of tips, tools and techniques to help you become a more confident and professional speaker.

Ask about our no obligation one-hour complimentary session to receive feedback on how Success Factor can assist and support you personally and professionally.

Debs qualifications include an Masters in Business Administration, Diploma in Life Coaching and Certificate in Humanities and Social Sciences.

Memberships include The Institute of Coaching Federation, Toastmasters International, Canterbury Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise North Canterbury.

An active member of Toastmasters International since 1992, achieving the Distinguished Toastmaster Award for outstanding accomplishments and leadership excellence in the pursuit of the mission of Toastmasters International. This includes holding national leadership roles.




On a Personal Level

Debs Taylor-Hayhurst is the founder of Success Factor Consultancy & Coaching Ltd.

Her passion has always been helping people, and has made a career around growing new leaders, empowering people to grow into the best they can be.

She is a wife, mother and Nanna as well as being a business owner, and loves working with people.

Debs is married to Jeff and is blessed to have an amazing family which include 4 adult children, 2 adult step-children, 5 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 2 inherited grandchildren!

Debs’ interests including spending time with family and friends, tramping, cycling, keeping fit. Other pastimes include reading – inspirational and self-help and novels, amateur photography, voluntary work and being involved in the local community and travelling and exploring NZ.

Dreams became a reality..

Embracing the ‘Kiwi’ lifestyle for nearly 7 years in Loburn..

Embarking on another tranquil lifestyle in Pegasus..


Why Debs became a Consultant and Coach

Debs is dedicated and committed to investing in people and their success, and enjoys working with people to help them change their dreams into reality.

Debs’ life like anyone else has been a journey of self-improvement, self-development and personal growth.

Debs’ passionate is supporting people and organisations accomplish their full potential, specialising in supporting, challenging, inspiring and encouraging people and organisations realise their aspirations.

Over 30 years experienced as a senior executive, manager and leader, almost 10 years’ experience as a counsellor and listener; many years’ experience as a mentor, and two years as a qualified Life Coach.

Establishing and naming our Business

Success Factor was established Success Factor Consultancy & Coaching Ltd on 1 April 2016, its purpose being ‘working together to make a difference’. These words resonated with us as they embodied what we all aspire to achieve in our lives, to help others, one by one, and make a difference to each and every person. (See Starfish Story)

Starfish Story

Once upon a time there was an old man who used to go to the beach to do his thinking and his writing. His daily routine was walking along the foreshore every morning.

One morning as he was walking along the shore it was the day after a big storm had passed and he found the beach littered with starfish. Thousands of them as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Away in the distance the old man noticed a boy approaching. It was unusual to see a boy on the beach at this early hour. As the boy walked the old man noticed him pause every so often and bend down.

He noticed the boy was occasionally bending down to pick up an object which he then threw into the sea. 

As the boy came closer the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what are you doing?”

The boy paused, looked up, and replied “I’m throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up on to the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves. When the sun gets high they will die unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid your effort won’t really make much of a difference.

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the waves. Then he turned, smiled and said, “I made a difference to that one!”

This story is from ‘The Starfish Thrower’ by Loren Eiseley.