Kurt joined Leading Teams in 2017 after a successful playing and coaching career in the National Rugby League. He played for seven years before coaching at the St George Illawarra Dragons, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Newcastle Knights. He was also the head coach of the Queensland State of Origin U20s in 2015 and 2016.
Having a background in coaching has positioned Kurt well to take a step into facilitation. He has developed a strong ability to teach and to influence those around him and was described as ‘a great leader’ by his former head coach at the Rabbitohs, Michael Maguire.
“Facilitation is a lot like coaching. You play a key role in guiding individuals and teams to become high performing and ultimately achieve great results. For me, that drives me to be the best possible facilitator I can be.”
Kurt already has extensive experience of the Leading Teams Performance Improvement Program, having been a participant in the program during his time with the Dragons, Rabbitohs and Knights.
“As an NRL coach, I have been lucky enough to experience the collective power of true alignment and empowerment in very high pressure situations. I have also seen teams perform poorly because they are fragmented, with factions going in different directions. The Leading Teams program is very practical and the critical components of honesty and trust give teams a distinct advantage in their respective market. ‘Culture’ has been a buzz word for many years, but it can be difficult to achieve within an organisation. It is essentially about what you are rewarded for and what is allowed or tolerated. It really is the bedrock on which a successful organisation can be built.
“What attracted me to Leading Teams is the quality of their people, and how clear they are about what standards they want. It’s easy to see how they live their agreed behaviours.”
Kurt has a Bachelor of Education from QUT and has worked in several primary and secondary schools in Sydney. He was also formerly an employment officer at CES.
Kurt’s clients include:
- Signal Engery
- Parramatta Eels
- Tempus Wealth
- NRL Referees
- Warren Saunders Insurance Brokers
- Essential Energy
- Carrol & O’Dea Lawyers
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“Of all the assistant coaches I’ve worked with his skillset is the most rounded – he knows a lot and he knows how to teach it. Kurt has the ability to help a person become a better player, whether that’s one on one or working with a whole team.”
Head Coach, Newcastle Knights