Smart Productivity Masterclass

Conference or offsite keynote

When coming together for a conference or team offsite, your aim will always be to create an agenda that provides a mix of connection, alignment, inspiration and learning. You’ll want to set the team up for success in the months ahead, and remove some of the barriers that get in the way of them doing their best work and achieving their goals.

If boosting productivity is a priority, incorporating a Smart Productivity Masterclass into your next conference or team offsite is a great way to achieve this. The masterclass, which can be tailored to solve your most pressing productivity issues, is an inspiring two-hour session that provokes deep thought about how the team is currently working, and provides powerful strategies that can be implemented the minute they return to work.



Personal and team productivity

The Smart Productivity Masterclass, based on Dermot Crowley’s Smart Productivity book series, takes an innovative approach by exploring both personal and team productivity in the one session. We leverage the opportunity of having your entire team as our audience to provide strategies that boost personal productivity, as well as offer team-oriented approaches to reduce productivity friction.

Tailored to address the unique challenges and pain points your team are having, we create a bespoke masterclass that will be embraced and implemented by the whole team. Whether you want to move towards a more efficient use of email, want to help your team create more balance in their busy schedules, or want to help them make the shift from reactivity and urgency to a focus on importance, this tailored masterclass is the optimal way to set your team up for success.

Our approach

The Smart Productivity Masterclass tackles productivity on two levels – personal and team.  The aim of the session is to develop both the personal skills of individual team members, while at the same time guiding the team as a whole to embrace behaviours which reduce the productivity friction that is created when we work together in a complex workplace.

The session is based on our acclaimed Smart Work training program, but is delivered in a more condensed format to fit into your agenda. We cover each of the core Smart Work concepts around Actions, Inputs and Outcomes, but design the masterclass with emphasis on one of these productivity topics. This emphasis is driven by you and the needs of your team. Below are three options for consideration.

You choose your preferred productivity topic based on the below options:


Actions Emphasis

If your team is struggling to cope with their busy schedules, and their never-ending task list, we can focus on elite-level action management strategies. This will help them get in control of their workload, create balance in their compressed schedules and make time for important priorities. We will also examine team strategies to create a more balanced and effective meeting culture, freeing up space for other important work.


Inputs Emphasis

Alternatively we can build a masterclass with an focus on effective email management. To start with, we will show your team how to get in control of their email and inboxes. We will then look at how your team uses email as a communication tool, and cover strategies to reduce the volume of email noise across the team. Your team will learn to use email in a more mindful and purposeful way, saving everyone time, energy and focus.


Outcomes Emphasis

A third option for your masterclass is to focus on the work that has real impact. We all want to spend more time on the things that matter, but many of us get distracted and derailed by the busyness and urgency of the day. We will help your team prioritise their work in a more meaningful way, considering importance as well as urgency. You will build a common language around prioritisation, and focus more on the things that matter.

The Smart Productivity Masterclass helps to replace existing habits and behaviours with more productive ones. It provides an opportunity for your team to look at new ways of working that serve both the individual and the team. Participants walk away with a head full of exciting ideas, and an armful of useful resources which can be implemented immediately back in the workplace. This is the perfect session to add a practical and inspirational element to your team gathering.

Key Masterclass Inclusions:

  • Masterclass briefing and design
  • Two hour conference or team offsite masterclass (can be expanded or contracted if necessary)
  • No maximum limit on participants
  • Engaging blend of time management principles and technology strategies
  • Access to Smart Work implementation resources and website
  • Can be run online, but works best as a live event at your team offsite or conference

What our clients’ say

The tools we have gained from your course have got me well and truly out of that ‘hurry sickness’ cycle of reactivity. So not only has your course made me more productive, but it might just stop me dropping dead from a stress related heart attack too.

James Redgrove, General Manager - Safety Systems, Dreamworld Australia

"Thank you Dermot, this course has been fantastic. I have learnt about so many part of outlook I was not aware of and am already seeing a difference in the way I work from the changes I made earlier on in the course."

Kirsty Macfarlane

"Love this course, great combination of presenter videos, how to videos, the written white papers and the ability to go back and re watch sections. Really got a lot out and it is beginning to show in my working week. Still lots to learn. Thank you Dermot."

Karen Riddel

I finished this book on the weekend in just a day and loved it! Really great content and relatable examples, actually feels such a relief while reading it. The words of a globally recognised time management expert help unpack why the day feels as crammed and stressed as it does, and importantly, what can be…

Sarah Hearn, Executive, Customer Remediation at NAB

Told with genuine insight and a sprinkle of wit, never could this evidence-based study be any more timely and urgent than now, in this era of shifting and resetting workplace paradigms. An easy-to-follow playbook for business and government leaders and workers to make sense of what we do today but should be doing tomorrow.

Charles Miranda, author, editor and journalist

"Dermot has been guiding our team through 'Smart Work' and 'Smart Teams' for just over two years. The strength and clarity of his knowledge and personal work practices flow into his books and training, and our results have been transformational.  Team members experience a greater sense of control and ease in their work days, and…

Lesley Mackay, GM Tasmania, The Smith Family

"This latest offering from Australia's leading expert on productivity is his best work yet (and that's saying something...Dermot's work has already had a profound impact on me and my team, and transformed how we work and how we work together). If you want to do more deep work, more meaningful work and have an impact,…

Peter Cook, Chairperson of Thought Leaders, author of The Thought Leaders Practice and The New Rules of Management

"COVID-19 shows us that we can all work differently.  It forced us to reassess what was urgent, what was important and what was a true crisis.  Dermot Crowley's latest book Urgent! points out the 'inconvenient truth' of urgent work and how this leads to unproductive cultures.  Urgent! shows us how to be less reactive and…

Gabrielle Dolan, author of Real Communication and Stories for Work

"Disruption requires us to deal with immediacy, but that does mean everything requires urgency. This book explains the difference."

Matt Church, founder of Thought Leaders Global, author of Amplifiers

"Whether through one of our chats, or through reading one of his great books, I have learned so much from Dermot about being more calm and focused and deliberate in how I decide on the right things to do and when to them, and then get them done. Like everyone, I can easily fall into…

Stacey Barr, strategic performance specialist, author of Prove it!

“Dermot has been guiding our team through ‘Smart Work’ and ‘Smart Teams’ for just over two years. The strength and clarity of his knowledge and personal work practices flow into his books and training, and our results have been transformational. Team members experience a much greater sense of control and ease in their work days,…

Lesley McKay, General Manager Tasmania, The Smith Family

“While we all aspire individually to work smarter, it is not until you shift an entire team to achieve this that you realise the true scale and benefits. Smart Teams is an excellent reference for leaders and individuals alike. Allowing you to not only develop good habits, but more importantly create a team culture of…

Paul Gracey, Director-Printing Systems, HP

"Dermot makes the concept of improving personal productivity tangible with practical tips that can be implemented immediately. His humble approach to holding up a mirror to the bad habits many of us fall into means that his audience can immediately relate to his stories whilst still feeling inspired to take action."

Richard Burns, General Manager, Customer Experience & Technology, Aussie

“Dermot presented at our recent Area Manager conference in the Gold Coast. Dermot delivered on the brief perfectly, and presented a tailored session that was both inspirational and instructional. I believe that his practical approach to productivity will ensure that my team actually implement what they have learnt.”

Angus Sullivan, Executive General Manager, Retail Sales & Service, CBA

As someone to whom work organisation does not come naturally, the Smart Work program has changed my life and transformed the way I work every single day. I’m getting more done in less time and getting better outcomes simply because I’m better equipped through better prioritisation and having more time available to spend on activities…

Jeff Harrison, Team Manager, Video Conferencing, CBA

We have found working with Dermot Crowley extremely rewarding.  As a team we have developed a new operating rhythm, a common language for efficiency practices and gained collective and individual insights into our optimal working styles.  We have collectively been so impressed with what we have learnt that we have requested Dermot continue to work…

Justine Cain, Divisional General Manager, Medibank

You have revolutionised my life! Our session on Wednesday was a game-changer for me! Unlike most courses, where I begin seriously invested and drift off half way through, I actually found myself becoming more invested in what you were saying as the day progressed.  

Monique Hope-Pearson, Group Legal Council, Connective Broker Services

In my 6 years in CommSec (and CBA) this is the BEST COURSE I’ve ever done. I would recommend to anyone at any level. In fact I've had 4 of my staff go through it since. Its easy application in real time with ongoing support makes it easy for everyone and anyone to implement ..…

Steve Mater, Executive Manager Investment Sales, CommSec

I am delighted to report that today, the team are totally energised and working diligently to implement the new systems.  The office has a completely different feel, a warmth of positive energy.

David Smith, Managing Director, SC Botanicals

We are an organization that gears up at the end of the year enormous work load leading into the Australian Open. There is a significant sense of “busyness” amongst the teams and I was looking for an expert that could talk to all levels of employees and management and relate to their “busyness” by providing…

Jaquie Scammell, Director Customer Relations, Tennis Australia

Dermot Crowley's Smart Work is an exciting personal productivity game-changer. 7 days on from our Leadership Team of 60 people spending 3 hours with Dermot, it's great to see the buzz during the session translated into a team who are excited to have found a simple and practical way to release their potential and that…

David Smith, Managing Director, Diageo Australia

Adapt’s integrated approach to managing inputs, actions and outcomes through centralised action planning has made a world of difference to how I operate and what I get done.  Achieving a zero inbox has taken a weight off my shoulders and I feel more in control of my time.

Steven Ford, Managing Director, Bulbeck Group

Dermot is a true professional who unlocks time by smart use of technology together with tried and true time management principles.

Kathleen Bailey-Lord, Group GM Shared Services, ANZ Bank

Dermot’s workshop and 1 on 1 coaching was life changing for my team and me. Personally, I have regained at least 16 hours each week, and my team have become evangelists, converting everyone they meet to their new approach to email and task management.  

Fiona Geddes, General Manager Direct Channels Support, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

This is the most valuable training I have done in years!  

Rachel Foley-Lewis, Senior Partner, Deloitte Australia

Adapt has helped me and many of my colleagues to improve our effectiveness and sharpen our focus by changing the way we use our technology. Dermot’s approach is straight forward, practical and produces immediate results.

Michael Rose, Chief Executive Partner, Allens Arthur Robinson

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