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Dr James Adonis

Dr James Adonis

Dr James Adonis is one of Australia's most well known people management thinkers. He is a leading international expert on employee engagement, and the co-founder and managing director of Team Leaders - a company dedicated to developing the very best frontline managers.

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Testimonials for Dr James Adonis

“James’s presentation on ‘Personal engagement: How to love your work and be brilliant at it’ was timely, informative and humorous and serious. Judging by the level of discussion around the tables and the questions, the talk was extremely well received by guests.  James’s insight and advice were warmly appreciated by everyone attending; we’ve had many wonderful emails about his presentation.”

State Director, NSW & ACT CEDA


“James is funny, witty, real, engaging and manages to deliver a serious message to the audience.  He also has the rare gift of tailoring his presentation to the issues faced by an organisation.  He did his homework.  We loved him.”

CEO, Russell McVeagh Corporate Lawyers


“James’s enthusiasm and professional involvement were appreciated by our delegates.  James was a pleasure to work with due to his thorough understanding of our topic and his dedication to ensuring the content was tailored to be entirely relevant to our audience.”

Events Manager, Mater Health


“Wow, what an exceptional motivator, presenter and overall such a professional gentleman. Our audience members were mesmerised with his enthusiasm; he was entertaining, inspiring and captured our attention from start to finish. The techniques he taught us were great as they could be used both at work and in our personal lives. We all left on a high and really could have listened to him for hours. I highly recommend James to the world and wish we could have more people like him in our society – especially with his positive outlook/attitude of life.”

Meeting Planner, Australian Institute of Office Professionals


“James delivered in full. He is a fantastic, engaging trainer. He presents his material simply and in a clear structure and backs this up with a huge wealth of tips and suggestions on how to continually engage and tap into individual employees’ differing needs. James offers a full follow-up as part of his services and his website offers insights, tips and examples that cater for managers with differing management styles. We warmly recommend him to any company that is considering employee engagement and retention training.”

Group HR Manager, Europcar


"James provided a 1 hour keynote and 2 hour workshop for 40 of our leaders on Employee Engagement and/or Enragement.  James's engaging, comfortable style was perfect for the audience and with his humour kept the whole room enthralled for the 3 hours.  James's use of real life scenarios, often out of the workplace, to demonstrate his key points worked a treat and had us all reflecting on our own similar experiences.  The role plays and facilitated activities provided good energy and an opportunity to experience the scenarios.  The feedback from the participants has been fantastic.  Well done and thanks James."

Flight Centre  (CFO - Australian Operations)


"James's ideas are fresh and challenging, his style is energetic and engaging, and the feedback from our team is that he has caused them to rethink what they have done in the past and they will be doing things differently in future. James will make you think and I encourage you to spend some time with him - it's very worthwhile."

Hitachi (Deputy General Manager - Human Resources & Administration)


"Motivating, insightful, professional and engaging, are a few words that come to mind when reflecting on our day with James. His enthusiasm, extensive knowledge and refreshing approach to employee engagement, was the inspiration we required. We strongly recommend a day with James to every manager."

AAPT (Training Co-ordinator)

Dr James Adonis Travels from NSW
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

Dr James Adonis's Biography

Dr James Adonis is one of Australia’s most well-known employee engagement and team leadership educators.

His qualifications include a PhD that researched the ways in which leaders can engage employees during organisational crises and significant change.  His previous qualifications spanned a diverse range of disciplines including business leadership, marketing management, and political science.

James’s academic history is supported by rich practical experience as a leader in a variety of industries, such as financial services and contact centres, at which his most noteworthy achievements were in relation to his employees’ engagement, performance and retention.  Still today, he is employed full-time in a leadership capacity with responsibility for more than 100 staff, thereby ensuring he’s sharing with his audiences what he, too, is actively putting into practice.

James is frequently featured in the media as a thought leader on all matters related to workplace relations.  This is most obvious in his weekly business column with the Fairfax group of online news publications such as The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.  In combination with his books and fortnightly newsletter, James’s insights are read by over 100,000 people every month.

For more than a decade, he has worked with hundreds of organisations helping them successfully lead change, engage staff, and improve performance.  A truly international speaker and consultant, he has worked with leaders in Australia, New Zealand, India, Dubai, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, and Belgium, with an impressive list of clients including McDonald’s, American Express, Coca-Cola, Qantas, Optus, Ernst & Young, Gucci, Toyota and many government departments.

Dr Adonis carefully crafts his presentations so that they’re a credible mix of fascinating research and authentic real-life examples, with each one tailored to suit the audience’s demographics, needs and objectives.  For evidence of his speaking style, please review his testimonials, all of which tend to use the same language to describe his engaging manner.

With presentations delivered in many countries and to audiences ranging from front-line employees to CEOs and everyone in between, James is frequently asked to speak primarily on the following topics:

Speaking Topics Include

*These topics are not exhaustive. All sessions can be tailored to suit your unique needs.


Employee engagement:

How to get employees to be switched on, driven and hard-working in your workplace – irrespective of their generation


Employee en-rage-ment:

How to overcome the five factors that anger, upset and frustrate employees at work


Managing change:

How to get employees to embrace change (and champion it!) rather than resist it


Personal engagement:

How to motivate and engage yourself by maximising pragmatic and realistic thinking



How to inspire employees to be more enthusiastic, happy and passionate – without spending a cent


Motivation hoaxes:

How to avoid clichés that permeate business and to instead use evidence-based approaches to workplace motivation


Performance improvement:

How to enhance employees’ quality and increase their productivity in four easy steps


Employee retention:

How to create greater levels of employee loyalty, commitment and advocacy – even in high-turnover industries


Team leadership:

How to be the kind of leader that employees respect, value and willingly follow


Crisis leadership:

How to lead and inspire teams when your organisation’s survival is at risk


Alternatively, if you provide James with your greatest people-related challenges, he’ll design a presentation specifically suited to your organisation.