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Leading Teams facilitators, Martine Harkin and Simon Fletcher were delighted to welcome 90 guests to the official launch of our Queensland operations on Wednesday 24 May, 2017.

Martine Harkin, Clare McMeniman, Mary Campbell, Chris Fagan, Ray McLean, Simon Fletcher, Caroline Reid

L-R: Martine Harkin, Clare McMeniman, Mary Campbell, Chris Fagan, Ray McLean, Simon Fletcher, Caroline Reid

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.

Watch the video of the launch, below.

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.

Ben Davis talking into a microphone on stage

Ben Davis chaired the panel

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.

Ray McLean and Chris Fagan discussing team relationships at the launch of Leading Teams in Queensland

Chris Fagan talks about the importance of relationships within a team

Clare McMeniman talks about teamwork at the launch of Leading Teams in Queensland

Clare McMeniman shares her experiences from playing with the Diamonds

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.”

Clare McMeniman and Mary Campbell talking at the launch of Leading Teams in Queensland

Mary talks about her team and how working with Leading Teams has helped

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.”

View the full gallery of photos from the launch

Watch Mary Campbell and her team discuss working with Leading Teams, below.

 

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Gallery: Official Launch of Leading Teams in Queensland

Caroline joined Leading Teams in 2016 and has previously worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She is based in our head office in Melbourne.