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Joe Watkins Executive Coach Sydney Melbourne

Joe Watkins

Executive Coach

Joe’s Qualifications

Senior manager with one of the world’s leading training and development companies in both Australia and the US, accountable for the recruitment and development of programme leaders. Certified to deliver two of that company’s primary coaching programmes.

Bachelor of Commerce – NSW University.

Coaching Experience and Organisations worked with

  • Over the last 30 years has coached and facilitated programmes to 10,000 people in a broad range of industries – arts, banking, building and construction, engineering, government authorities, health insurance, mining, motor vehicles, not for profit, professional services, printing & publishing.
  • Clients include ABB, Accenture, Anglo American Coal, Boral, CSC, Gordon & Gotch, IAG, Kellogg Brown and Root, KPMG, Leighton Constructions, Local Land Services, Macquarie Bank, Microsoft, NAB, NRMA, Opera Australia, PMP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Benevolent Society, Toyota, Volvo, Westfund Insurance.

Business Experience and Competencies

Joe has 35 years’ experience in executive and regional management, consulting, marketing and sales in both corporate and small business environments across a broad range of industry sectors in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the USA. As a result of that experience he has developed the following core competencies:

  • An understanding and appreciation of the challenges involved in leading a business and through that an ability to support business leaders in thinking through those challenges effectively.
  • Holding clients to account for what they have committed to in an honest and respectful way that empowers them to increase their capacity to be accountable and honest with themselves.
  • Enabling leaders to dramatically expand their self-awareness, to understand more fully what drives their behaviour.
  • An ability to gain trust and rapport in a short period of time.
  • Being able to hear what’s inhibiting another’s performance that is unclear or invisible to the coachee.
  • Allowing the coachee to clearly see the impact they are having on others and giving them the tools to shift that impact from negative to positive in a short period of time.


Outcomes produced by clients Joe has worked with are:

  • Significant improvements in organisational performance.
  • ‘Being’ a leader versus ‘doing’ leadership.
  • Greater levels of confidence.
  • Working accountably and managing others accountably.
  • Delegating effectively.
  • More effective in dealing with conflict and having difficult conversations.
  • Development of future cultural and growth strategies that take them well beyond the past and predictability.


“I used Joe when I was the CEO of an ASX 200 … very useful in thinking differently about the challenges I was facing. I used Joe as a sounding board and was able to discuss issues in a confidential environment that were difficult to discuss with the people I worked with.”
Justin Ryan – CEO, Alesco

“I was under prepared for the real-life issues that come with being a CEO. In a relatively short amount of time I have noticed the benefits… to my leadership…to being more responsible…and achieving better outcomes.”
Matt Banning – CEO, Westfund Insurance

“The coaching I have had with Joe has delivered tangible and measurable outcomes for myself and my organisation. I have been able to work the strategies that Joe has taught me into our planning processes, meetings, relationship building across other agencies and managing high level contentious stakeholder issues.”
Jamie Murray, Director – Eastern Regional Operations, Crown Lands NSW

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