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LAST Anywhere Talk with Simon Dowling

Making BoldCreate the conditions for teams to perform at their best with Simon Dowling


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About the talk

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. What the…?!

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 will join us via video from Melbourne Australia. He was a star speaker at Spark the Change in 2015.

About Simon

Simon’s interest in team dynamics comes from a period in his life when he was part of two very different teams: by day, he was a commercial lawyer in a big city law firm. By night, he was a cast member in improvised comedy shows across Melbourne. (At one stage, he even had the privilege of being a regular performer in Working Dog’s hit TV show, Thank God You’re Here.)

The contrast between the two worlds was pretty stark. Simon is still in awe of the way a great improvisation company can come together and create compelling scenes and stories for its audiences without a hint of a script. The skilled improviser’s deep understanding of collaboration is one that everyone could learn from. (In fact, many ASX100/Fortune500 companies do just that i.e. learn from improvisers).


Title: Making Bold – Create the conditions for teams to perform at their best with Simon Dowling
Date: Friday 3 Apr 2020 (Australia/NZ), Thur 2 Apr 2020 (North America)
Duration: 60 minutes
Start Time:
Melbourne, Sydney. 11:30am AEST
Wellington. 1:30pm NZST,
Boston. 8:30pm EDT (2 Apr)
Los Angeles. 5:30pm PDT (2 Apr)
London. 1:30am (3 Apr)
Keywords: teams, leadership, confidence

About LAST Anywhere Talks

LAST stands for Lean, Agile and Systems Thinking. It was born out of meetup groups and then a conference, started in Melbourne AU in 2012. Since then, it grew to also be held in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide. 1st Conference (Organisational Agility) and Spark the Change Melbourne (Meaning and Purpose at work and in society) are related conferences.

LAST Anywhere talks and workshops draw subject matter from the full range of topics covered by LAST, 1st and Spark the Change. Delivered online, they aim to provide non-formal learning and valuable interactions, and extend on the value provided by physical events.

All you need is a good internet connection, a webcam, headphones, and a microphone. Also, you will need the focus to be present and make the most of the session.