Customised Keynotes and Workshops

All of Graeme’s speeches are customized. He works with you to understand your audience, your theme and your goals for the presentation. The following titles and concepts can be mixed and matched to create the perfect program for your audience.

Information about booking Graeme, such as speaking brochure and bio, introduction, A/V requirements and more, are at the bottom of this page.


Why Graeme does this work

In 2000, when Graeme was the Joint Managing Director a division of AT Kearney, Graeme went through a 5 year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated. He emerged from this crisis with a different view about how we can build our resilience & mood to thrive through change. He is motivated by helping people adapt better to uncertainty and ambiguity by following daily rituals that increase our mood and performance.



Please note that all topics may be presented as a keynote speech or a group workshop.



In times of unprecedented change and uncertainty, employee disengagement has become the norm. The only thing we can control is what we choose to do each day – and that directly impacts our mood, engagement, and performance.

A leader has 3 priorities if they want to outperform and outlast:-

  • To maintain a positive mood (Green Zone) personally;
  • To create a Thriving Tribe culture which helps keep everyone in the Green Zone; and
  • To have the will and skill to help those with low mood (Red Zone).

As a leader we are the Chief Mood Officer of our tribe, with research showing that employees in the Green Zone are 31% more productive, sell 37% more, have 10% higher customer rating, and are 300% more creative.

You will learn:

  • Practical strategies to build your leadership resilience and performance.
  • How to help someone in the Red Zone.
  • The 5 tribal moods; and how to take your tribe to the next level.



Depression and anxiety disorders now account for 34% of lost productivity through absenteeism and presenteeism, and yet 86% of those afflicted, would rather suffer in silence than discuss with work colleagues. What can be done to address this?

Based on interviews with 4000+ people who have learnt to manage their depression or anxiety for the book Back From The Brink, and asking them “what worked best?”, some surprisingly simple themes were revealed.

You will learn:

  • 4 proven strategies to help a stressed employee.
  • How organisations can create support and resources that enhance the will and skill their leaders and other team members to apply them.
  • How to access practical online videos to reinforce learning.



A strengths based tribe builds team performance and engagement through the discovery, development, and use of team member’s unique talents.

Utilizing the Gallup StrengthsFinder, participants discover their top 5 strengths (out of 34). People who use their top 5 strengths every day are 600% more likely to be engaged at work, and 300% more likely to report high life satisfaction.

Gallup research shows that tribes who use their strengths everyday are 38% more likely to be highly productive, 44% more likely to earn high customer satisfaction ratings, and 50% more likely to have high employee retention.

You will learn:

  • What makes you great and how to develop your strengths
  • How to achieve your goals using your strengths
  • How to draw on collective strengths to cover individual blind spots and manage team weaknesses



In detailed research into wellbeing, the Gallup organisation found that of the 5 components: physical, social, career, community and financial wellbeing – that our career wellbeing is the most critical. If a work environment is unhealthy, in all likelihood, employees overall wellbeing suffers.


Leaders can create behaviours, support, and resources that produce a mentally healthy organisation.

You will learn:

  • Why a leader needs to “walk the talk” of leading a sustainable lifestyle to have more engaged team members.
  • Case studies of organisations demonstrating how mentally healthy and high-performing tribes fit together.
  • 8 steps for Creating a Mentally Healthy Work Culture.
“Your speaker’s rating of 4.55 out of 5 was truly deserved”
Peter Westlund, Director, Institute of Management Consultants
“Your presentation was compelling and had a lasting impact on my group. Highly recommended.”
David Banks, GM Business Improvement, NAB
“Graeme is very engaging. People listen to every single word he says.”
John Brogden, CEO, Australian Institute of Company Directors
“Graeme is quite simply a thought leader. He has utilised the lessons gained during a personally horrific time to guide, teach, inspire and coach millions of Australians.”
Nataly Bovopolous, Deputy CEO, Mental Health First Aid




  1. Repeat work – Because of participant feedback, he regularly gets rebooked after the first presentation with large organisations.

  2. Authentic – participants consistently say he is very authentic. He is highly credible and resonates with his audience.

  3. Inspiring story – his recovery from severe depression adds immense credibility that we can “Go For The Green Zone” and “master our mood”.

  4. Acknowledged expert – In the last year Graeme has been interviewed extensively on TV, radio, online and in the press about how to create mentally healthy work cultures.

  5. Practical – although based on research, his advice on building resilience, mood, and engagement is distilled into memorable stories and practical rituals that change lives.

  6. Workplace insight – having worked with hundreds of organisations about culture change and leadership performance over the last 20 years, he has “walked the walk”.

  7. Holistic message – although Graeme’s presentations are work tribe oriented, they are just as relevant to our home tribe and community activities.