“What Simon did as facilitator was win the confidence of the entire group; he earned our teams’ trust immediately. Throughout the program, Simon challenged the teams to focus on solutions and build an accountability framework on which we were to behave, known as our ‘trademark’. This trademark reflected the teams’ needs as individuals and the business objectives and Simon supported us to develop the skill of having genuine discussions about how to work together, solve conflict and business challenges and communicate.
“It is safe to say the team had many sceptics at the outset who became resolute supporters after experiencing the considerable turn around in team effectiveness by the end of the program. I know our entire group would recommend working with Simon and Leading Teams if you are seeking to improve business performance, culture and teamwork.”Nathyn Costello
Simon started with Leading Teams in 2000 as an athlete facilitator while playing football with the Carlton Football Club. Simon’s football career came to an end in 2004 playing 90 games over 9 years with Geelong, Carlton and Richmond. Throughout his playing career he gained experience facilitating programs in schools, juvenile justice systems and youth sporting teams. Simon became a full-time facilitator at Leading Teams in 2008 where he managed the AFL Apprenticeship Program, working with first year players in the AFL system while facilitating programs for corporate teams, schools and community organisations throughout Australia.
In 2010 Simon took on the role as Player Development Manager at the newly formed AFL team, the Gold Coast SUNS. His role was vital in building the foundation of the club while supporting and mentoring a hugely diverse group of young men that had moved to Queensland to begin their AFL careers. Throughout his time with the SUNS, Simon had an opportunity to also work in Development Coaching as well as run Emerging Leaders and Leadership Programs. Simon was also a member of the club administration’s Emerging Leaders and Leadership Group. “It was an amazing experience to be part of the build of an AFL Club from the ground up. When I began we had roughly 15 full-time employees and when I left it was over 80. To be involved in the build of a culture from scratch and seeing the dynamics of an organisation change over time has given me enormous insight into the importance of leaders modelling behaviours, the importance of inducting people into your culture and building strong relationships.”
Simon’s passion has always been in helping people and teams in particular, the leadership and team development space. Through an increased responsibility in this area in 2015, and his undoubted belief in team over individual has seen him return to Leading Teams.
“I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to grow Leading Teams in Queensland. I have definitely used many of the tools I leant from Leading Teams in my own management style and am excited to share some of my experiences with clients. It was a very hard decision to leave the SUNS as I loved my time there but the opportunity to follow my passion was too good to refuse.”
Simon’s current clients include:
- Brisbane Lions
- Micador Group
- Flight Centre.