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Team Dynamicist

dynamicist (Collins English Dictionary)

(daɪˈnæmɪsɪst) noun. A person who investigates and researches dynamics.

A new kind of scientist: not primarily an astronomer, not a fluid dynamicist, not an applied mathematician, but a specialist in chaos.

Team Dynamicist sounds a fancy way of describing what I do but I kind of like it, especially the bit about being a specialist in chaos. It certainly sounds better than “getting under the hood and fine-tuning the motor” – which is essentially what I did for 40 years for various organisations across Australia and neighbouring countries.

For most of this time I was employed in roles designed to change organisational culture to an environment where everyone is working to their strengths and enjoying their jobs. Do it well, with the leaders behind you, and the returns in safety, morale, efficiency and the bottom line are enormous.

Deciding to make better use of my own strengths, I formed the Passions and Profits consultancy – and you will still find stuff on my website with this branding.

Unfortunately most people come to me as a last resort, after having spent a fortune on “Seagull” consultants who fly in, survey everyone, sqawk a lot and fly out without fixing much.

I’m a bit different in that I get right in among the teams and their leaders (especially the leaders) with fresh eyes that gain new insights into their core problems and allow me to provide actionable feedback to improve culture.

That’s why, while I love the speaking gigs and online workshops that motivate groups to look at what they do in new ways, my preferred way of working is to embed myself in your organisation for a length of time.

While there I use all the usual business tools to measure what’s going on, but I use a very different set to create awareness and bring about change. Things like Conversational Sports, Analogies* and Storytelling – all of which are discussed elsewhere on this website.

Above all I keep it simple. A No Frills philosophy that leaves bruised egos and defensive behaviours at the door and allows everyone to concentrate on achieving positive change.

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doing it differently

Once she’s gained an insight into your organisation Leanne uses storytelling, creative analogies and what she likes to call “conversational sports to improve culture and communication while helping teams and their leaders understand and minimise the fear-based reactions that contribute to poor culture and wellness issues at work.

conversational sports

Good, non-threatening communication in and across teams is a key to a good work culture as well as efficiency. Using the rules of sport as a metaphor, we teach you and your team how to play by the rules or to be a spectator, coach or umpire as appropriate, creating a collegiate space that builds trust and engagement.

the frilly analogy

Using the humble Frilled-neck Lizard as an analogy we show how our Lizard Brain drives inappropriate, fear-based behaviour in the workplace and give you and your team the skills to recognise when this is happening and to take appropriate action. Our workbook Wellness at Work (available through the . . . . section of this website) explains this analogy in detail and outlines support that is available.


Storytelling was the original way of transferring history, knowledge and learnings. It has the power to embed change, align beliefs, build cultures and inspire action.

Using analogies and the power of stories, we help your teams embed lessons and learnings and create behavioural change.

The Frilly Analogy, which matches inappropriate workplace behaviour to the behaviours of the Australian Frilled-neck Lizard, has proven a workplace favourite and gave rise to the No Frills messaging throughout this website – as well as my new corporate branding.

memberships / accreditations

Queensland Government
Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
Queensland Leaders
Griffith University
Accredited Practitioner
TMP Accredited Practitioner