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Commodore Martin Brooker (Retired)

Commodore Martin Brooker (Retired) has the ability to translate intensive experience into captivating keynotes and speeches encompassing Strategic Leadership, High Performance Teams, Distilling Complexity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Cultural Transformation. 

He is a specialist in the space created by complexity, with an instinctive ability to scan the current environment and identify where complexity, incongruence, and ambiguity are obscuring line of sight and impacting leadership capability and capacity.

Martin’s extensive Naval career spanned command at sea and operational roles including command of an Amphibious Ship in the Middle East and the Pacific, command of the Navy’s elite Clearance Divers, and Deputy Commander of Australia’s Joint Forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan, culminating in leading teams through cultural change in Defence, and his appointment to Program Director for Navy’s biggest change program, New Generation Navy. 

Martin’s fascination with the Narrative of Leadership, the rise of the Accidental Leader, & the impacts of both at a broad economic through to an individual level has driven a post military career focussed on strengthening leadership capability.   

His insights and lessons are through the lens of his own conscious commitment to the human-to-human connection to create strength in leadership, and just why the leadership narrative must change for the betterment of our future Boardrooms. 

His powerful keynotes draw on lived experience leading men and women in harm’s way; the mistakes made, the critical lessons learned and how to lead teams and operational forces through ever- changing, high-performance situations which unfold in a state of constant ambiguity to deliver on mission critical imperatives.

An accomplished Strategic Advisor, Facilitator, Commentator and Speaker, Martin’s considered perspectives, unexpected humour and ability to breathe life into universally applicable lessons and laws of leadership shift the perspective of any audience – sharing simple strategies and fabulous mantras your audience will take with them as they leave the room

Keynote Themes

Leadership       “Great leadership is about social capital and human connection.”

Martin shares his lived experience and draws on the everyday lessons from frontline operations in the Middle East and the Pacific to the corporate boardroom. From the bridge of a warship in a perfect storm, Martin guides us to what we need to do to lean into everyday leadership.

Emotional Competence 

“People will feel like conscripts unless you become emotionally competent”

The moment you realise that you are not floating anyone’s boat, you need to do something to change the way you lead people.  Through personal change and growth, Martin shares how he turned failure around by understanding that the greatest asset was the capacity to be emotionally competent.        

Teamwork. “You create margin when you know how to develop a high performing team.”

Building up a team of people you are leading doesn’t come barking orders. Martin reminds us that if you want a high performing team when the chips are down; it is what you do today that will make them volunteers instead of working out whether they should or not.

Keynote Topics

Leadership - Develop today for the uncertainty of tomorrow

Resilience - Resilience comes when we stretch our teams every day           

High Performance Teamwork - You can lead conscripts to be a high performing team 

Agility  - Agility comes from our conscious and unconscious choices          

Decision Making - It is not about the right decision, it is about how do you make it right    

Values - Values are the core of what it means to be part of a team

Diversity and inclusion - Find the confidence to step into diversity and inclusion     

Culture Change - The shift comes when we go first and lean into the change we seek            

Toxic Masculinities - Moving from dominated to inclusive cultures

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