Smart Leaders Program

Senior executives have the most to gain by increasing their productivity, yet are the least likely to take the time to upgrade their skills. The Smart Leaders program not only helps them individually to work more effectively, it will help them to create a culture of productivity across the organisation.
Program Overview
Designed for Senior leadership teams and their supporting EA’s. These may be organisational leadership teams or divisional leadership teams
Program Duration 3 x group sessions, EA session + optional 1:1 coaching
Program Size Up to 20 participants
Location In-house/Online
  • Get in control of email and your inbox
  • Create a daily action plan to focus on priorities and commitments
  • Plan time for strategic priorities
  • Clear the inbox to zero – regularly!
  • Maintain focus in an interruption-driven environment
  • Set up a quick and efficient filing system
  • Balance time in meetings with time for task priorities
  • Streamline how you work with your EA, including when working remotely
  • Take ownership of meeting, email and collaboration protocols
  • Reduce the volume of noise and interruptions
  • Create a blueprint for building a productive culture
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Are you leading productivity in your team?

Productivity is a much talked about issue in many organisations, and productivity training is often a part of the core curriculum of courses offered to staff. But there are often three critical issues that limit the effectiveness of this training for the organisation:

  1. The most senior people who need the training most are too busy to attend
  2. Participants attend productivity training but return to a team culture that does not support productive work practices
  3. The leadership team can often be a part of the problem rather than the solution

Cultures are shaped by the actions and behaviours of people within an organisation, and the people who have the most influence on a culture sit at the leadership level. Creating a culture that amplifies productivity rather than dilutes it requires leaders to model excellent productivity behaviours, as well as ensuring their teams have the right tools, systems, knowledge and agreements in place to maximise their productivity.

Program in detail

The Smart Leaders program combines three group training sessions, a dedicated EA session, and an optional 1:1 follow-up session for each executive. It provides senior leadership teams with a quick start to getting organised and creates a framework to support a culture of productivity across their division or organisation. The program addresses the specific productivity issues faced by senior executives, and moves from helping the executives get focused and in control, to helping them to spend more time on the activities that have real impact, and finally to helping them leverage the productivity of those around them.

Smart Leaders takes a practical approach to productivity, so participants don’t just learn theory – they actually implement it during the training. Technology plays a big factor in our productivity, so all principles are linked to implementation strategies using MS Outlook, OneNote and other Office 365 productivity tools.



Session 1: Focus

This initial session will help leaders and managers to create an efficient workload management system to manage their busy schedules and to focus on the right work at the right time. We will look at ways to harness the power of the technology at your fingertips to get in control of your Inboxes, schedules and priorities. This session is all about getting in control of a busy schedule, an overfull inbox and the many priorities that demand your attention.


Session 2: Impact

Session two builds upon the foundations laid down in session one, and will help participants to create planning and prioritising habits that ensure they are working effectively on the activities that create the greatest impact in their roles. This session is all about directing your time, energy and attention on what is most important.


Session 3: Leverage

The final session in the Smart Leaders program looks beyond personal productivity to help managers and leaders to leverage the productivity within their teams. We examine strategies to create more productive email, meeting, collaboration and urgency cultures that sustain productivity over time. This session is all about creating the space for productivity to flow within your team.

Leading Productivity

How to create a super productive culture

This whitepaper looks at the productivity challenges facing organisations in today’s digital age, and what you can do as a leader to meet these challenges in a practical and effective way. It provides a template to build a ‘Superproductive’ culture that experiences sustained productivity across the whole team.

Clients who’ve benefitted from this program

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

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

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

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

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Why don’t we arrange a time to meet and discuss the productivity issues being faced by the senior leaders in your organisation?

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