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Exceptional Teams Academy | David Koutsoukis

David Koutsoukis is a leadership and team development specialist and founder of the Exceptional Teams Academy. He empowers leaders and teams to LIFT performance through speaking, training, team building workshops, strategic team development programs and by authoring team development resources.

David has worked with top business leaders in over 300 organisations across four continents including Woodside, INPEX, BHP Billiton, HBOS, CBA, Bankwest, Diageo, Astra Zeneca and Wesfarmers, and has been a regular presenter for the Masters of Business and Leadership program at the Curtin University Graduate School of Business. He ‘walks the leadership talk’ as a director of a number of companies and is a past National President of the National Speakers Association of Australia.

David has a proven track record in team development including a multi-national engineering firm he helped take from a staff retention rate of just 55% to more than 95% in a 12 month period; another that achieved record profits at the end of a six month program; and a professional services firm that doubled it’s turnover in 12 months through a Strategic Team Development Process.

David is the author of the Ultimate Guide for Leading Teams and has written more than 20 books including ‘Why you click with some people and others drive you crazy!’ He has the CSP designation (the highest international accreditation for speakers worldwide) and has twice been named Western Australian Speaker of the Year.

David Koutsoukis is a dynamic and engaging speaker who brings energy to events and results to business. His programs are built on the foundations of successful leadership experience and are engaging, enjoyable and effective.


“David has a unique and refreshing approach to leadership development with an effective combination of high-level thinking, collaborative discussion and practical application. He is pragmatic in his approach and has excellent tools and resources for leading, coaching and mentoring others.” 

Dan O'Neill, Chief Process Officer, Commonwealth Bank 

“Thanks for your very practical and informative workshop. Your simple planning framework has helped us visualise team objectives and create a real sense of purpose.” 
Gerard Hart, CIO, ABN Group 

"I was really impressed with the positive energy levels David was able to generate and sustain over the program. Everyone was genuinely excited to be there - an absolute testament to his service.” 
Ed Kalajzic, CFO, CBH Group

“Your training has provided my team with the inspiration and tools to make real changes to personal and team performance that will have a lasting impact on our hotels.”
Jeremy Cotterill, General Manager, Perth Ambassador Hotels 

“The team have started utilising your leadership and team building messages which is having a positive impact on our team effectiveness." 
Mike Steel, Maintenance Superintendent, Woodside Energy Ltd


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