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Performance Lab founder, Tony Wilson, delivers keynotes aimed at challenging the way we currently think about Leadership and Performance in the 21st Century. Tony's focus on the science of high performance provides a fascinating look at what makes us, and our people, do their best work.

Originally a performance coach for elite athletes and sporting teams throughout Australia and the USA, Tony combines his degrees in performance science (BSc) and contemporary management theory (MBA) to put a unique slant on high performance in and out of the office.

With a focus on the science of high performance, Tony works with leaders around the world to help create the environment for their people to thrive, and works with individuals on managing their own performance and productivity. Tony is highly sought after for keynote presentations, workshops and programs. He is changing the way people work and lead.
These are Tony's most popular keynote presentations
Contact us if you are looking for something different, Tony is happy to tailor a keynote presentation to suit your needs.

Next Level


Performance

In the new economy, there is a new definition of performance. We need to consistently do our best thinking and perform at our best mentally.

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Build Teams


That Thrive

To help teams do their best work, we need to create an environment of clarity and ownership, engagement and passion.

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Winning


Mindset

In the current environment we need to constantly challenge what we do, but more importantly, we need to challenge the way we think.

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Leadership

We expect more from our people and they expect more from their leaders. Here’s what the science tells us is most effective.

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Here are the Key Areas that Tony covers in his Keynotes:

High Performance & Productivity

High Performance Teams

Leading for High Performance

Building Culture

Work Life Balance

Managing Ourselves & Others

Understand & Changing Behaviour

High Performance & Productivity

Tony's number one priority is to give your people the skills to help deliver results.

Whether that's bottom line, staff engagement, or high performance culture. Tony will work with your event organisers and managers to customise his message so that the audience leaves with specific things they can do to help themselves and your organisation thrive.

Here are some different takes on Tony's key areas:


How do we lead our people to perform at their best in the 21st Century? Most leadership lessons are observational, but in this keynote Tony focuses on the science behind why our people do and don’t perform at their peak and how leaders unknowingly affect this equation.

Performance Science shows us that there are four universal human factors that drive performance, behaviour and emotional conflict. When we use these Performance Triggers, the chemicals that keep us focussed and motivated increase, and activity shifts to the most effective brain regions. This helps keep people focussed, proactive and able to choose the most effective behaviours.

The audience will take away four key things that undeniably boost performance in today’s workplace and will better understand what drives behaviour and ultimately the performance of their people.

  • An understanding of what triggers high performance
  • A clear realisation of how leaders impact people’s ability to perform at their best
  • How to use the concepts of Autonomy, Belonging, Consistency and Status to influence performance
  • The high performance environment


In the new economy, there is a new definition of performance. We need to consistently do our best thinking and perform at our best mentally. We can't keep doing the same things we did last year and expect to be more successful. But how do we continually operate at full intensity without burning out? 
This session shows how we are actually wired NOT to do our best work in today's environment and how our current way of working is at odds with what the science tells us would be most effective. 


Through some entertaining thought experiments and fascinating presentation of performance science, participants will leave with strategies to get into the Performance Zone more often and stay there for longer - helping them do their best thinking and perform at their full potential every hour of every day

  • Understanding the performance zones
  • How we are hardwired NOT to perform at our best in today’s workplace and what we need to do about it
  • Strategies for beating procrastination and other unproductive, low-motivation behaviours
  • Strategies for managing emotions and stress so we can perform at our best more often and for longer


To help people and teams do their best work, managers need to create an environment of clarity and ownership and keep people engaged and passionate about their work.  

In this talk, Tony shows how our current thinking is completely at odds with what the science tells us. He shows us the secret to building teams that really care about themselves, others and their performance. 

Using performance science, he explain how we create the environment for people to thrive, and to build ownership, clarity and constant improvement.

  • Build  the skills for leaders to keep their people motivated and focussed 
  • Increase team productivity
  • Strategies for creating high levels of engagement and team  performance 


To succeed in a tough market, we can't just continue to do the same things that worked last year. We need to constantly challenge ourselves to operate at full intensity - to be the best versions of ourselves - if we want to thrive in this challenging environment. We need to change what we do, but maybe more importantly, we need to change the way we think. 

In this presentation, Tony will show you some of the tools that high performers use to keep that winning mindset, and constantly push the boundaries of high performance - in and out of the workplace. 


Change is happening faster than we like. Disruption, distraction, restructure and re-engineering are becoming constant. People are finding it hard to stay focussed on the things that really count, and managers are finding it hard to keep their people performing at their best.

Tony shows us the science behind how change affects our performance and the behaviours that we choose. He helps staff embrace change and focus on their high-performance behaviours, and he shows managers how to keep their people engaged during these periods. Most of all, Tony challenges the audience to embrace change and take responsibility for making it work.

  • Understanding how change affects our brains
  • The Behaviour Model, The Victim Cycle and the Change Cycle
  • Why we act irrationally sometimes during change
  • How to take control of your situation
  • Winners internalise, losers externalise - the basis of human performance


Work life balance is not a right. It’s not a compromise and it’s not a sign of mediocrity. Work-life balance is essential to performing at our best in and out of the office. Productivity studies in Australia show that the most productive people aren’t the ones who are first in the office and leave late at night. People with work-life-balance are up to 2.5 times more productive than those without.

In this presentation, you’ll find out why. And when work-life-balance is done right, you not only get improved relationships, but you get better at your job.

Tony Wilson shows us why work-life-balance is so important, but so elusive to the average high performing worker. He will show you how we are hardwired to pay attention to work over just about anything else, and what we can do to start to switch this balance. From this workshop, your people will develop strategies to work with more productivity and focus, and take those same performance skills and apply them to their life outside the office as well.

  • Understanding why work gets our attention
  • Structuring your day to be most effective
  • Identifying your MIT’s (Most Important Things)
  • Identifying Key Behaviours to make you more productive
  • Setting yourself up for balance


How do we lead our people to perform at their best in the 21st Century? Most leadership lessons are observational, but in this keynote Tony focuses on the science behind why our people do and don’t perform at their peak and how leaders unknowingly affect this equation.

Performance Science shows us that there are four universal human factors that drive performance, behaviour and emotional conflict. When we use these Performance Triggers, the chemicals that keep us focussed and motivated increase, and activity shifts to the most effective brain regions. This helps keep people focussed, proactive and able to choose the most effective behaviours.

The audience will take away four key things that undeniably boost performance in today’s workplace and will better understand what drives behaviour and ultimately the performance of their people.

  • An understanding of what triggers high performance
  • A clear realisation of how leaders impact people’s ability to perform at their best
  • How to use the concepts of Autonomy, Belonging, Consistency and Status to influence performance
  • The high performance environment


In today’s workplace, there is more time pressure than ever, and greater expectations on us to perform at our best; underperformance, burnout, presenteeism and stress-related illness are sadly becoming a familiar part of our language.

We all know that stress affects our health, but in this keynote, Tony shows us how it kills our performance as well, stopping us from doing our best thinking, robbing us of energy and making it harder to control our emotions and behaviour.

Take a journey around the body and brain and see what performance science can tell us about stress. Learn quick and simple re-charge techniques, strategies for emotional control and how effective sleeping and eating can help alleviate this potentially debilitating problem.

  • Understanding the good aspects of stress as well as the bad
  • Strategies for performance under high pressure situations
  • Strategies for preventing chronic stress so you can perform at your best more often and for longer
  • Understanding how even small amounts of stress over the long term affects performance


What are the limits of human performance? We keep pushing the boundaries of so many things, what if we knew how to push the boundaries of our own mindset, productivity and motivation? Technology and research is showing us all sorts of conditions and tools to help us think better, do more, change our behaviours and alter our mindset. Performance science is showing us how to recreate those moments when we are in our peak performance state, so that we can operate at that level more often.

In this talk, Tony Wilson takes some of these concepts to the extreme, hacking our physiology to improve our brain function, flow state, attention and self-control and showing us what Silicone Valley geniuses, Navy Seals and Elite Athletes are doing to get that extra five percent. He then peels back the layers to show us how we can apply this in a more simple way every single day at work and in life.

  • Strategies for staying focussed and on-task
  • Boosting brain power
  • Hacking your body clock
  • Faster learning and better problem solving

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