Simon Rountree is a popular conference and corporate keynote speaker. He has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people throughout Australia and he is highly acclaimed for his unique style that is interactive, entertaining and engaging.


He is also a corporate consultant and author with extensive business experience in leading change and building great organisational cultures based on strengths, optimism and resilience.

Simon is an experienced and highly respected facilitator, having presented workshops for leadership teams and employees at all levels within the government, private and not-for-profit sectors. His business experience together with his authentic personal style enable him to make the topic relatable and engaging for participants.

Simon is passionate about what makes individuals and teams work and his work focuses on providing the simple, practical, evidence based methods of helping them thrive and flourish.

More specifically, Simon's keynotes or workshops include the following topics:

Creating a
Flourishing Culture

Businesses may be able to copy what you do but they can’t copy your culture and the essence of high performing businesses is a great culture.  Recent breakthroughs in the field of psychology expand our understanding of how cultures and groups work.

In this presentation you will learn:

  • The key ingredients to building a great culture;

  • How to align behaviours to the organisation’s culture;

  • The importance of creating values that support and enhance the business; and

  • Ways to identify your unique organisational culture.

Build The Person You Want To Be – The Oranges Toolkit


Throughout our lives we face many challenges, both personal and professional. Often, we struggle to know how best to cope and wish we had greater personal resources to draw upon to support our resilience and well-being. As author of the book Build The Person You Want To Be – The Oranges Toolkit, Simon talks about his personal journey and how as the CEO of Australia’s most trusted children’s charity (Camp Quality), his leadership in implementing the principles and philosophies of this book created a positive impact that enabled the organisation and its people to thrive.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The core principles in changing a business;

  • Ways for businesses or teams to bounce back and thrive;

  • The key elements that support human flourishing and meaning; and

  • How to create a culture to support innovation.


Leadership starts in the mind. Most training and education for leadership is focused on external factors such as creating a compelling strategy or bottom line forecasting. While that is important, when it comes to managing people and culture, leadership is much more about understanding ourselves. Without this self awareness, then we can’t lead ourselves and others effectively and efficiently.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The key traits of great leadership;

  • The importance of emotional intelligence;

  • How to deal with change successfully; and

  • How to build the skills of self awareness, optimism and resilience.


According to a McKinsey report (2015) 70% of all change efforts introduced into the workplace fail to gain full traction.

Making long term sustainable organisational change is often very difficult. New research shows that using an appreciative inquiry model to engage stakeholders in self-determined change builds on organisational strengths and delivers lasting impacts. 

In this presentation you will learn:

  • Main factors why long term change fails;

  • Strategies to overcome these;

  • The tools of appreciative inquiry and how to support change in individuals; and

  • The importance of empathy in reducing anxiety brought on by change.

Doing More With Less – Optimism, Resiliency and Attitude

Each year businesses and their staff are under greater pressure as they are asked to produce more with less resources. Many businesses are looking to be a leader in their field, to get a competitive advantage through innovation, or build high performing teams that exceed their goals and targets. This environment puts enormous strain on the workforce and often results in high turnover, increased sick leave, workers compensation claims and low engagement. In order to flourish, businesses need to be able to draw upon a workforce that has grit, determination and a belief that they can learn and grow in spite of the challenges they face.

In this presentation you will learn:

  • How to shift from pessimistic to optimistic thinking;

  • How to build grit and resilience through simple practical tools you can use every day; and

  • How to build a growth mindset for success.