I am passionate about making meaningful progress. I help organisations take on the biggest challenges they face by harnessing the power of their people. I help "do together better".
With nearly 20 years working in the corporate, community and sport environment, I am continuously drawn to working out what makes people work better together. When I am at the bookstore, you’ll see me browsing the non-fiction section, checking out what makes people tick. Because I can't stop learning about how to help teams.
I have seen the power of a conversation. And the power of silence. I am all about getting people to open up, connect and find a way together to solve some of the biggest problems.
Whatever you want to call me, you will struggle to find someone who is as passionate to help organisations make meaningful progress through the power of their people.
Few can match my depth and breadth of experience across industries and departments. I have lead teams of 1 person to 38 people in Canada and Australia (with a little stint in Cameroon and Tunisia too!).
I have worked in various departments and environments, including:
There has been one common thread across all of my experiences - the ability to energise and inspire to make meaningful progress. Not everything I touched turned to gold, but I've tried many things and learned many lessons along the way.
My experiences in the corporate and sports world include:
Organisations I managed partnerships or joint ventures with:
Organisations where I have been involved as a committee or board member or as a sports coach:
"My leadership team participated in Adrian's 'Be Your Best' program and were very impressed. Adrian is an engaging presenter and his content is easy to understand, immediately useful and will provide real value to the team. His book 'Teams That Swear' is also full of valuable content that the team will be able to use in the business. Would recommend Adrian and his book to anyone wanting to improve their team."
Queensland Operations Leader
The Reece Group
“Very often in the field of professional learning for educators, the practice for improving teacher competency and skill is centered around the implementation of new educational processes, programs and protocols. Adrian Baillargeon’s presentations and book offer a breath of fresh air. He emphasizes the human dimension of improvement by focusing on teams of people and how to best care for, motivate and inspire them. Adrian provides many straightforward and practical ways to build effective and healthy professional teams. For leaders seeking to highlight the importance of team building, check out Adrian’s latest work.”
I was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. I once lived in Regina, Saskatchewan. I now live in Melbourne, Australia. And no, the Sasquatch is not from Saskatchewan.
I believe hate is a strong word. It’s banned in our house.
Best piece of advice: “A baseball’s job is to make you look silly. Rather than wait for the ball, stop it from making you look silly and go get it.” I think these words apply to life. And at the pub waiting for a drink.
I love a good tshirt. I think your image can tell a good story.
Favourite drink - the Caesar. A Canadian specialty.
Music - I love it all. John Farnham's the Voice has grown on me. The Tragically Hip, Metallica, Neil Young and Taylor Swift. You name it, I like it. Except Miley Cyrus. Check out my playlist on spotify.
I love a good card game. Presidents, cribbage and chit chat are 3 of my favourites.
I believe in the power of writing things down. I’ll tell you a cool story about it one day if you want.
Favourite youtube clip - Jimmy Fallon and Metallica. Check it out as well of some of my other favourite clips. Some funny ones, some inspirational ones and a few good tunes.
Despite working closely with Cricket Australia, I still don’t get the five day format of the game.