Ricky Nowak

Australia - Vic

Specialty Areas

Ricky Nowak works with senior leaders and their teams to harness, develop and create sustainable top performing organisations.
Working across a diverse industry range in Australia and Asia, Ricky helps professionals present, communicate and lead effectively and persuasively by teaching key techniques to impact high performance and authentic leadership.

Ricky's leadership message is simple - Leadership is Individual.
And so are her unique, high energy presentations that connect with diverse audiences with authenticity and impact throughout Australasia.

Ricky's aim is to stimulate the audience's curiosity and interaction so that they learn, enjoy and can contribute back to the organisations or businesses they work for. This makes a positive difference and helps them apply new ideas in the workplace.

If you're looking for results that raise the bar and not your blood pressure, that are on topic and on target for your next conference or event, Ricky will create a presentation that will be remembered and referred to long after the lights are turned off.

Ricky brings a fresh approach to inspired and individual leadership every time that makes your conference plenary, breakout session, workshop, company or staff training totally memorable and engaging.

Ricky is an Executive Coach for the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds the highest international speaking accreditation of CSP.
She is the author of several business books and CD's and is a regular contributor to national and international business magazines and newspapers.
Some of her clients include Linfox, Ridley AgriProducts , Melbourne Health, Department of Human Services and CPA Australia.

Some Key Speaking Topics Include: (Ricky will tailor the keynote to your specifications)

Leading in Volatile Times 
This robust and interactive presentation offers practical, immediately effective business strategies applicable to all industries. The strategies are simple and easy to follow allowing you to determine the core or discretional approaches best suited to your organisation.

How to Make Good People Great Leaders & Reap the Rewards 
In leadership, as in everything in life, there are followers and there are leaders - true leaders, who set the agenda and set the pace. It is no longer good enough, if indeed it ever was, to do what everyone else is doing. Organisations need to stay one step ahead of the game if they are to survive and grow.

Communication is Everyone's Responsibility
There is no skill more important than the ability to communicate clearly and authentically. However, sometimes a  simple conversation over a coffee or a complex negotiation over business, can mean people 'just don't get it' and things go wrong - costing people and business enormous stress and waste.

Customer Service is No Accident
Its' true that the buck stops with the leader of an organization but when the buck stops because customers stop walking in the door, it can be a little too late to start asking why they're going to our competitors, not renewing contracts, or worse still not wanting to do business with us again.


Ricky inspired our very experienced CEOs and Chairmen to apply new ideas and techniques to enhance their meeting results. She is a professional who can be relied upon to deliver beyond your expectations.
- Chief Executive Victoria CEO Institute

Your presentation manner is impeccable and clear and has been commended my by many of our guests. You are professional, friendly and a delight to work with
- Managing Director, Network Central

Ricky Nowak is a highly engaging speaker whose message of the importance of leadership coaching resonates with HR managers. Her energetic presentation inspired our audience to be catalysts for HR transformation within their organisations.
- Conference and Events Department, Key Media Pty Ltd

Ricky was a speaker at our sphinxx Ascend development day for senior women in business this year. She spoke on leadership and received glowing feedback from our discerning participants. Ricky is very easy to work with and very focused on supporting the event organiser to deliver a quality outcome - it's a pleasure recommend her services.
- CEO, Sphinxx Leadership For Women

The presentation was simply outstanding in the way it delivered insights into the specific ways we can effectively communicate with each other. The evaluations were all excellent. I particularly liked the way you managed to engage with each and every member. You achieved an excellent balance between concept presentation and practical participation.
- TEC Chair KEY 102, The Executive Connection

Your presentation was interactive, informative and fun. I would recommend Ricky an outstanding speaker for Law and other business conferences
- General Manager, Matthews Folbigg Lawyers

Ricky has been a stand out light in leadership skills training for 20 years. Based in Melbourne, her client list consists of leading organisations throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. She is a published author, professional speaker, presenter and executive coach. Her contribution to leadership development and the value she adds to organisations has been labeled “ second to none in the market place."
- Managing Director, The CEO Circle Pty Ltd

Ricky Nowak speaker

Speaker Video

Ricky Nowak - 5 Minutes with O Asia
Ricky Nowak - 5 Minutes with O
Ricky Nowak - What makes a great leader
Ricky Nowak - Facilitating change in your workplace
Ricky Nowak - Direction of Leadership
Ricky Nowak - Challenges in leadership
Ricky Nowak - Are good leaders made or born?

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