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Paddy Upton talks focus on the people- or human-aspect of team and organizational performance, specifically on leadership, culture, teamwork and individual performance.


Paddy is an acclaimed speaker, Head Coach in international cricket, mental coach to professional athletes from 10 countries and 11 different sports, and a university Professor.


His unique and out-the-box approach to leadership, coaching and performance has seen him described as ‘one of the best coaches’ and ‘the most innovative coach’ in the world.


Delivered over 150 keynotes in 40 cities across five continents, include glowing references from Boeing, Dell, General Electric, Google, Microsoft, Unilever and many more, and ‘consistently being rated the highest scoring speaker’ at conferences in the USA, Australia and South Africa.


He is described as a ‘delightfully entertaining’, ‘authentic’, ‘inspiring’ story-teller, with an ‘amazing ability to translate his message to be relevant and applicable across industries’.


Helping lead the Indian Cricket Team to achieve the World’s No. 1 Test ranking for their first time, and then to win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time in 27 years.


Helping lead the South African Cricket Team to become the first team ever to simultaneously hold the World No. 1 ranking in all three formats of the international game.


Head Coach in 13 global T20 cricket seasons, for five different teams in three of the worlds’ premier tournaments, the Indian Premier League (IPL), Australian Big Bash League (BBL) and Pakistan Super League (PSL).


In his first season, he led underdogs Rajasthan Royals (IPL) from four years at the bottom of the log, to both the IPL and then Champions League finals, and followed this by leading Sydney Thunder team, after losing 21 out of 22 games prior to his arrival, to become Big Bash League Champions in 2015!


Paddy Upton has been mental coach to professional athletes from 10 countries and 11 different sports, including International cricketers, rugby, soccer and hockey players, Olympians, para-Olympians, World Tour golfers and World Tour surfers.


He has degrees from four different universities, including two masters degrees.


In recognition for his innovative leadership and coaching approach, applicable in both sport and business, he was appointed Professor of Practice at Deakin University (Business and Law faculty. Melbourne, Australia)


Where good strategy, technology and business processes are a standard requirement in today’s performance landscape, teams and organisations that are able to attract the best talent, keep the best for longest, and get the best out of the rest are often those that prevail.


Optimising the human aspect of performance is todays core differentiator that provides competitive advantage.


Paddy’s talks offer fascinating, practical and proven insights into contemporary, innovative and out-the-box ways to optimise your team and its individual performers.


His talks are bespoke, in that he will choose from a rich array of stories to meet the unique requirements of your event or organization, addressing the required balance between leadership, culture, teamwork and/or individual performance.

Keynote Topic #1


Inspiring audiences to create their own extraordinary team culture,where enjoyment and winning happens.

Keynote Topic #2

The A-Game Series

Lessons from the world’s best athletes.

When an elite sports team approaches a season-defining tournament, succeeding demands that each team member brings their ‘A-game’. Not unlike that team, many organisations find themselves in a defining period of their journey; faced with significant opportunity and challenges which require each employee to consolidate and then execute on their unique A-game.

In this talk and workshop series, Paddy will share a six-part A-game framework he developed from two decades of coaching some of the world’s best athletes and teams. Each delegate will get to a) build on the key elements of their unique A-game, b) add to it to be even more relevant for now, and then c) execute on it in the face of possibly more distractions and obstacles than ever before.

Each person will walk away with personalised and practical action plans to increase effectiveness and satisfaction, both at work and in their lives.

‘Find your A-game’ is delivered online, in either a 90-minute talk or a 4.5 hour interactive and deeper-dive workshop series (3 x 90-minute sessions over 3 weeks). Both are rich in anecdote, simple, practical and relevant, with key components that include;

  • consolidating three core foundations of your A-game
  • advancing you’re A-game, two steps for advancing clarity, direction and action, in all facets of our lives
  • executing on your A-game, navigating the map of mental obstacles and distraction
Keynote Topic #3


Challenging conventional beliefs

In this Freakonomics-type presentation, Paddy makes a thought-provoking and compelling case for a series of counter-intuitive statements.

The talk has been lauded by international athletes and business leaders.


Each case is supported by research, built upon with intriguing perspectives, and coloured-in by fascinating anecdotes from his work with some of the world’s top athletes.

  • Paddy will propose that…The coach is possibly the biggest obstacle to success
  • The best advice you have to offer is mostly useless
  • When a person messes-up, a compliment is over 350% more effective than a reprimand
  • Doing your best to help someone improve on their weakness… is in itself a leadership weakness
  • Players are smarter than coaches​
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