Mark Dobson

On Application
Victoria, Australia

 

Dobbo has spent twenty-five years in the trenches alongside CEOs, world champion athletes, innovators, and pioneers. His clients are elite performers from every sphere – true outliers. Mark is a experienced performance coach, speaker and trainer who gets results.

Evidence of his craft, athletes under Mark’s guidance have won medals in three Olympics, two Winter X Games, multiple World Championships, and have broken seven World Records.

His corporate clients such as NAB, Energy Australia, Finstra, MotorOne, FleetPartners and braaap Motorcycles have seen company-wide improvements in efficiency, morale and results. While the Early College Mark was a founding member of in New York City, which fast tracked students by two academic years, was praised by former President Barack Obama for it’s educational innovation. Mark truly understands elite communities and what it takes to create them.

In the lead up to the Beijing Olympics, Mark spent an entire year advising Australian Olympic Swimming Coach Ian Pope, keen to have his athlete’s medal. These athletes included Grant Hackett, Michael Klim, Matt Welsh, Marieka Guerher and World Champion Matt Targett. Following this project he spent 2 years advising USA skier Colby James West to medals at two Winter X Games in Aspen and to a gold medal in the USA Big Air Open. He also consulted to Gary Ayers on the leadership at Port Melbourne Football Club, the year before their perfect season.

He was a founding member of the revolutionary Bard Early University for talented teenagers, in charge of designing study strategies that would fast track the student’s ability by two academic years. The project was acknowledged by President Barack Obama for its educational innovation.

Mark was also a founder of The Summit Adventure Park and was crucial in turning it into a multi-million dollar enterprise, Leading it through a 300% growth in a 12 month period, and a 120% growth the following year.

Mark is the author of two bestselling books, has been shot at in a tribal war, leapt from a sinking raft in a hurricane and done stand-up comedy in New York City.

With a toolkit of strategies as applicable to the boardroom as to the starting blocks, Mark has become one of Australia’s preeminent trend-spotters for success, and a go-to strategist for anyone serious about fulfilling their ambition.

He is a captivating and entertaining speaker that offers very strategic advice on performing at your best. He has story after story of fascinating projects, and shares proven strategies which you can use in your business immediately. Mark is unexpectedly entertaining with content so fresh, unique & simple that you will see your people’s mindsets and performance lift in a sustained way.

Dobbo’s 7 Conversations That Liberate Talent™ have been proven to ignite personal and professional growth immediately, in any setting. They are perfect for businesses and individuals that are:

  • Moving into uncharted territory
  • Serious about achieving growth
  • Ready to be a legitimate player
  • Willing to risk failure to win.

With Dobbo, success is only a conversation away.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION TOPICS

7 CONVERSATIONS FOR LEADING CHANGE

After 25 years advising CEOs, Olympians, World Champions and pioneers, Mark has mastered the art of making change actionable. Refining the leader’s role down to just seven conversations. Each conversation offers the most elegant tool for liberating talent, with each one only taking a few minutes. Using these conversations Mark has provoked world records, guided business growth 300% above the industry average, fast-tracked students by two academic years, and inspired CEOs to lead grander visions for their businesses. If you are in charge of people and developing talent, this presentation will have you feeling more equipped than ever to foster the talent in your people.

MASTERING YOUR TIME IN THE MODERN ERA

When creating change in any organisation, the first thing to do is free up people’s time so they can be potent with new activities. Unfortunately the new era of tech is doing anything but that. Instead, leaders and their teams live in a constant state of ‘busy’ with the day flying and the really potent things not getting done. Boundaries between work and home have dissolved, and the epic amount of noise from smart phones and email culture cloud people’s ability to see a priority and then find uninterrupted time to act on it. People have lost the art of productivity. In this presentation Mark coaches his audience through his framework for getting your time back. He shows you where your time actually goes, how to design a customised week which liberates your talent, create boundaries which launch your productivity, and how to drive potent activity forward, unhindered.

TURNING ‘B GRADE’ PERFORMERS, INTO ‘A GRADE’ PERFORMERS

Imagine the change in your business if 10% of your ‘B Grade’ performers became ‘A Grade’ performers. And if 10% of your ‘A Graders’ increased their ability by 10% or more. They are nice numbers to speculate, but the truth is Mark has a long history of doing just that with athletes, sales teams and entire businesses. In this session Mark outlines his framework for leading people into the next level of what they are capable of.

LEADING AN ELITE TEAM & CULTURE

The qualities which create an elite team and culture are often over complicated. The truth is, there are just four qualities which make an elite team or culture – they cost nothing to implement, take next to no effort to do, get immediate impact and will go viral through any organisation. Yes, they go viral.

They are so simple and so addictive that once people recognise how much better it makes their life, they can’t stop. It gives leaders an incredible framework to foster ability in their people and neutralise naysayers. This presentation outlines those four qualities.

THE MINDSET TO DELIVER YOUR BEST

Best Day Thinking (BDT) is the mental strategy Mark developed to improve the performance of a host of international athletes. Essentially BDT is a strategy for staying fully focused in very stressful, distracting or oppressive situations, when you still need to be at your best. It’s very effective, has been tested successfully on the world stage and can be applied to any situation.

LEAD YOUR TEAM TO THINK LIKE A ‘START UP’

In a Start-Up, every member of the team sees themselves as having the possible solution to the problem at hand. Roles and silo mentality dissolve, instead replaced by a culture of team, innovation and creative thinking. There is a sense of ‘we are in this together’. As a result, meetings are led differently, challenges are discussed differently and fear is responded to differently. To do this the leader needs to recognise the key moments which call on them to be a new type of leader – an Ubuntu Leader.

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