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Leading Teams Australia hosted a leadership breakfast at the National Wine Centre of Australia on the 8th of May to introduce itself to the Adelaide market. With local SA boy Daniel Healy joining the company in November 2013 and already seeing some encouraging signs with the clients he has engaged, it seemed an opportune time for Leading Teams to facilitate thought leadership with some of Adelaide’s key corporate leaders.

Adelaide media identity Rebecca Morse was Master of Ceremonies for the event welcoming Leading Teams founder, Ray McLean; Jake Parkinson (Regional Director Lion, SA & NT) and SA footballing legend Mark Ricciuto, to the stage as a conversation around leadership in Adelaide unfolded.

In discussing the Leading Teams model in action, questions around the need to manage competing stakeholders, how influence impacts on leadership, the need for current day leaders in Adelaide to focus on staff retention and the importance of the genuine conversation were unearthed.

Jake Parkinson, heading the regional branch of an organisation (in Lion) that has over 100 people in the People & Culture department, could not emphasise enough the value of an engaged workforce. A big believer in peer feedback and the value of honesty at work, he stated:

“Genuine conversations are not tough if they are open, honest and timely”

Mark Ricciuto gave an insight into leadership during his time at the Adelaide Football Club and the importance those with influence have within an organisation. He spoke of the ability to transpose the leadership lessons around living values and key behaviours to his current day corporate life and the massive shift in belief that occurred at the Adelaide Crows between the 2004 and 2005 season. This shift focused on aligning the team using agreed behaviours and holding all members to account, took them from twelfth on the AFL ladder at the end of 2004 to minor Premiers and a preliminary final appearance in 2005 with no real change in playing personnel.

The Adelaide Crows, and Neil Craig, engaged Leading Teams from 2005 to 2011 to develop and drive high performance within the playing group.

Mark also gave a frank account of the 2014 AFL season to date for the two home sides providing the audience with an insight into the Brownlow winning legend’s position on current performances.

See video highlights of the event on our Video page.


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Clara worked for Leading Teams from 2012-2018.