Digby is a warm, engaging speaker who will bring energy and impact to your next conference event.



The vast majority of organisations put too much leadership development emphasis on people who are already in traditional leadership roles. And not enough on the people who are the promise of the future.

Imagine a fire. The hottest part of the flame is at the bottom, not the top. The top gets all the attention, but the bottom is where the real energy is. You want to be able to harness and use the energy of the people nearer the bottom for positive change. Don’t snuff it out before it gets going.

This talk will invite you to explore the untapped potential in your organisation or industry, and how you can harness it to thrive.

You’ll walk away:

  1. Understanding that top-level leadership can’t know it all. We need multiple perspectives on today’s gnarly problems. Invite multiple perspectives on challenges.
  2. Think network, not hierarchy: organisations are just groups of people getting together to do good work. Let them do that. Minimise anything that gets in the way of that.
  3. With the tools to combine delivery and discovery: go beyond KPIs to focus on continuous learning.
  4. With the mind-set to play the short game and the long game: deal with the present while building for the future.
  5. Able to create the conditions for people to thrive: the meta-skills of the 21st century are Curiosity, Connection and Courage. Create a culture centred on these.

Best suited for:

Audiences who are looking to tap innovation, shift culture and create a more agile, future-proofed organisation.

Download the whitepaper How To Play With Fire





 “Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life. This meaning is unique and
specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance
which will satisfy his own will to meaning.”

~ Victor Frankl

We live in a time where:

  • The old rules of how we work and live are rapidly crumbling
  • Purpose-driven organisations are outperforming the others
  • Our future leaders work for meaning more than they work for money

When we tap into the fundamental human drive for meaning and purpose, we tap into something that helps us transcend the day to day barriers. Purpose gives us energy, it gives us focus, it gives us hope. The need to lead with purpose has never been stronger.

You’ll walk away:

  • Understanding why purpose-driven people and organisations thrive.
  • Understanding why it’s not about creating a purpose, it’s uncovering what’s already there.
  • Learning how to make a greater impact by being a purpose-driven leader.
  • With the tools to deliberately cultivate a more purpose-driven organisation.

Best suited for:

Audiences who want to take the idea of being a purpose-driven organisation and make it a reality.



How most organisations have done leadership development up to now has been adequate, but now no longer cuts it. The classic ‘classroom model’ of giving people fundamental leadership skills has resulted in us having a whole lot of leaders who know what good leadership looks like, but don’t necessarily do what’s needed.

In a disrupted, interconnected, fast-changing world, the challenge is now managing complexity. This is a different game, and many organisations and managers now find themselves in over their heads in a turbulent VUCA world.

It’s time to shift the focus from what managers know to how they grow, so they can close the complexity gap and deliver the goods in a turbulent, ever-changing environment.

You’ll walk away:

  • Understanding the shifts in our environment that have left most leadership development efforts wanting.
  • Understanding more about what it takes to develop leadership in our current context.
  • With a framework to help you pinpoint and design the leadership development approaches that will work best in your organisation.
  • With tools to help close the complexity gap for your leaders.

 Best suited for:

Audiences who are in the business of ensuring their organisations’ leadership is up to the challenge of leading in a more complex business environment, and want to know the best ways of making that happen.


Feel free to contact me for more information, or to discuss a tailored presentation.

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