We marked the occasion with a leadership breakfast held at the Gabba in Brisbane and featuring a panel discussion including Chris Fagan, senior coach of the Brisbane Lions, Clare McMeniman, former captain of the Australian Netball Diamonds, Mary Campbell, general manager of TAFE Queensland SkillsTech and Ray McLean, founder of Leading Teams.
Master of ceremonies for the occasion, 4BC’s Ben Davis, chaired the thought-provoking panel discussion that focused on achieving high performance. All four of the panel have considerable experience of the Leading Teams model and were happy to share their insights with the crowd.
A key element of the Leading Teams program is the development of strong professional relationships between members of a team. Our sporting guests agreed, with Chris Fagan commenting that “Under pressure, it’s the relationships that you have and the synergies in the team that help you stand up,” and both Chris and Clare agreeing that while tactics are important, the relationships are what really matters.
Mary Campbell gave us an understanding of how completely her staff of 600+ have adopted the behavioural framework Leading Teams encouraged them to create, saying, “We reward our behaviours, we employ by our behaviours. Staff believe in them because they developed them.”
Much discussion was had around the team ‘trademark’, another pillar of the Leading Teams model. The trademark helps to set standards and expectations and allows team members to hold themselves and each other accountable. Chris Fagan referred to the trademark as a ‘platform for leadership’ while Ray McLean, who has helped hundreds of teams and individuals to develop their trademarks, recognised that in periods of adversity, the trademark can help the team to pull through.
Leading Teams now has two full-time facilitators in Queensland: Simon Fletcher in Gold Coast, and recent transfer from Melbourne, Martine Harkin, based in Brisbane. Between them, Simon and Martine will offer team development and leadership services to corporate organisations, sporting teams and educational institutions across the state. Founder Ray McLean commented, “I’m thrilled to be attending this launch and seeing Leading Teams expanding here in Queensland. With the addition of a second facilitator in the state we’ll be able to help even more teams to become high performing.”