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Simon Dowling

Travels from: Victoria

Create a collaborative team and workplace

Categories: Business Speakers, Communication, Leadership

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Simon Dowling is a leading thinker on creating collaborative teams and workplaces. As a speaker, facilitator and educator, he works closely with leaders and teams from some of Australia’s most interesting organisations, equipping them with the inspiration and know-how to build strong, highly engaged teams.

Simon possesses a unique blend of creativity and pragmatism – something reflected in his past experience. He began his career as a commercial lawyer, and is also an experienced improviser, regularly performing with leading improvisation company Impro Melbourne. He was a regular cast member on Working Dog’s hit TV show Thank God You’re Here.

As the founder and Managing Director of training and development company 2engage, Simon has nearly two decades experience working with senior executive groups to build their communication and leadership effectiveness.

Simon’s clients include organisations such as the AFL, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, BUPA, Envato, Honda, Leidos, myob, Norman Disney & Young, Readify, RSM Accountants, SEEK and Telstra Health. He is also a member of the Australian faculty of DukeCE – the executive education arm of the internationally acclaimed business school at Duke University.

Collaborative leadership is a topic so close to Simon’s heart that he wrote a book about it. In Work with Me: How to get people to buy into your ideas (Wiley, 2016), Simon encourages everyone to become a champion of buy- in— a critical skill for ‘small L’ leadership... the essence of any collaborative workplace

Simon helps his clients answer the following questions:

• How do we turn the idea of collaboration into something practical and meaningful - not just a feel-good vibe that quickly leads to a collaboration hangover for everyone?

• How can we equip our leaders to generate real buy-in to strategies, ideas and initiatives – ensuring those ideas come to life rather than stalling (like to so many do) in the face of apathy and resistance? 

• How do our leaders build trust and connection with teams and other stakeholders?

• How do we lead in the face of change and uncertainty, and learn to ditch our own scripts and lead ‘in the moment’?

Speaker Topics

Cracking the Collaboration Code
How do we tap the true power of collaboration, in a way that adds productive value to your team and organisation? For many, the word collaboration evokes a jaded response, evoking memories of way too many meetings and post it note sessions, being bombarded by colleagues expecting to be part of everything and an unhealthy obsession with building consensus on everything. In this presentation, Simon shows audiences the difference between productive and unproductive collaboration, offering them a clear way forward.
Creating Buy In
How do you build engagement, commitment and action around important ideas and initiatives, even when you are not in charge? In this fun and highly practical presentation, Simon shows audiences the power of buy in, and what it takes to master this gentle art.
Making Bold
How do we create the conditions for teams to truly perform at their best? The research is in. The number one differentiator between the highest performing teams and the rest is this: team dynamics. Without the right dynamics in place, otherwise smart and motivated individuals shrink in the presence of their team. In other words, the whole becomes less than the sum of its parts. So what does it take to set a team up to play to their fullest? To enable people to be bold enough to do the things that truly underpin high performance: to speak up, challenge the status quo, to contribute ideas and to give and receive feedback. This presentation shows you how.


Simon recently worked with our sales staff to improve their effectiveness. Feedback from all the group was very positive with many colleagues asking "what next". From my perspective, he really made me think about how I perform, how we as a team work as well as generating an environment in our workshop for possible new strategies. We had a great workshop and will be looking to work with Simon for some time.

ebm-papst A&NZ

Simon is an excellent facilitator and trainer. He takes time to understand the organisational objectives and potential obstacles. In facilitating, he keeps the team on track, but also know when to let the discussion flow. As a trainer, he is engaging and entertaining. His training is well structured and invokes positive and lasting change in behaviours.

Ricoh Australia

Simon Dowling - Leadership

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