Global Expert on Team Culture and Leadership

LET'S TALK CULTURE 

Shane Michael Hatton2 x Author | Global Keynote Speaker

Invite Shane To Speak At Your Next Event

See Shane in Action

THE QUICK PITCH

Give me 75 seconds and I'll let you know how I can help make your next conference or event REMARKABLE

Short On Time?

ABOUT SHANE

Shane is a global expert in leadership and team culture with over a decade of experience developing remarkable leaders, teams, and cultures. Blending business experience with psychology, Shane’s passion lies in empowering leaders to communicate, connect, and collaborate effectively. He thrives on helping leaders engage in transformative conversations that build the team culture they truly want.

His perspectives and expertise have been shared in notable publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Australian, HRD, CEO World, Smart Company, Kochies Business Builders, The Herald Sun, Foundr, Company Director, and more.

Clients consistently value Shane’s skill for introducing clarity to their thought processes and distilling complex ideas into pragmatic strategies.

Shane is the author of two books including ‘Lead The Room – Communicate a Message That Counts in Moments That Matter’ and the bestselling ‘Let’s Talk Culture – The Conversations You Need to Create the Team You Want’. He is also the host of the insightful podcast ‘Phone Calls With Clever People’, which delves into a diverse range of leadership topics.

With a prolific career as a speaker, executive coach, and facilitator, Shane has collaborated with businesses spanning a range of industries across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

Currently, Shane is elevating the conversation about culture across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA, upholding his reputation as a global thought leader in leadership and culture.

Hello!

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

SOME OF THE CLIENTS I'VE WORKED WITH

KEYNOTE TOPICS

Summary

Culture is your unseen competitive advantage. It’s the intangible quality that sets top-performing teams apart from the rest. But what role do your people leaders on the front-line play in building and shaping it? Backed by research of over 1,000 front line managers exploring their contribution to building and shaping culture through the lens of communication, Shane explores the essential role these leaders play in shaping a team culture by design. In “Let’s Talk Culture”, you’ll finally get a practical and clear framework for creating a team culture by choice. You’ll also learn how to use culture conversations as a tool to re-establish or strengthen trust post-COVID. By the end of this session, you’ll walk away with five practical conversations to design your team’s culture and elevate your role in shaping the future of your organisation. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or new to the game, this session will equip you with the tools you need to become a culture champion in your organisation.

 Potential Audiences

  • HR professionals and people managers at all levels.
  • Team leaders and frontline supervisors.
  • Organisational development specialists.
  • Anyone interested in team dynamics and culture building.
  • Sporting professionals or association leaders.

 Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the critical role of frontline leaders in shaping team culture.
  • Learn a clear, actionable framework for creating a strong team culture.
  • Identify key factors that contribute to or detract from a strong team culture.
  • Master culture conversations to rebuild and strengthen trust, especially in a post-COVID context.
  • Gain practical tools for designing a team culture that aligns with organisational goals.

 Themes

  • The Impact of Leadership Communication on Team Culture.
  • Framework for Creating and Sustaining a Positive Team Culture.
  • Analysis of Factors that Build and Undermine Team Culture.
  • The Role of Trust in Team Dynamics, Particularly Post-COVID.
  • Practical Implementation of Culture Conversations for Lasting Change.

Summary

“The Language of Culture,” explores the profound impact of communication on organisational culture. Drawing from research with over 1,000 front-line managers, Shane uncovers the often-underestimated power of language in shaping a culture by choice. This session moves beyond theoretical concepts, offering a pragmatic approach to cultural design. Attendees will delve into ‘team memes and mantras’, understanding how words, phrases, and stories can influence and permeate an organisation’s culture at every level. Known for his dynamic and engaging style, Shane combines interactive participation, insightful research, and humorous storytelling, ensuring a memorable and impactful learning experience. His keynotes are not just informative but also enjoyable, providing attendees with immediate, actionable takeaways. This session is a journey into the heart of team culture, revealing communication as the key driver in creating vibrant, effective, and sustainable workplace environments. 

Potential Audiences

  • Business leaders and managers across industries.
  • HR and organisational development professionals.
  • PR, Marketing and Communication Professionals.
  • Team builders and culture change leaders.
  • Professionals interested in the intersection of communication and culture.
  • Emerging leaders and new leaders.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a clear and comprehensive understanding of what organisational culture truly is and its significance in the workplace.
  • Understand the critical role of language in shaping and defining organisational culture.
  • Learn to leverage ‘team memes and mantras’ to reinforce and spread desired cultural values.
  • Walk away with insights into practical strategies for using communication as a tool for cultural transformation.
  • Apply learnings from case studies of successful organisations to your cultural initiatives.

Themes

  • The Transformative Power of Language in Organisational Culture.
  • Effective use of Strategic Language to Influence Cultural Dynamics.
  • The Concept of ‘Team Memes and Mantras’ in Cultural Development.
  • Best Practices for Embedding Desired Cultural Narratives.
  • Case Studies: How Successful Organisations Utilise Communication for Cultural Change.

Summary

In “Keeping Culture Human,” Shane explores the pressing challenge faced by today’s leaders: maintaining a human-centered culture in the rapidly evolving, AI-driven workplace. As organisations increasingly integrate artificial intelligence into their operations, the risk of eroding the human essence that forms the core of workplace culture is becoming more apparent. This session, informed by Shane’s insights from research with over 1,000 front-line managers, confronts this challenge head-on. It offers strategies and solutions for leaders to navigate the ‘digital tide’ without losing sight of the human elements that are fundamental to a thriving organisational culture. Shane explores the delicate interplay between technological efficiency and human empathy, providing practical advice on leveraging AI to enhance, rather than replace, human interactions and relationships within teams. This keynote is a call to action for leaders to proactively shape a workplace where technology serves to augment human values, ensuring a culture that is as human as it is high-tech.

Potential Audiences

  • Business leaders and managers in technologically advanced sectors.
  • HR professionals and organisational development experts.
  • Team leaders and members in AI-integrated environments.
  • IT professionals and enthusiasts of AI and its interaction with human elements.

 Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the impact of AI on team culture and interactions.
  • Strategies for balancing AI integration with a human-centric team culture.
  • Insights into the ethical aspects of AI in the workplace.
  • Actionable approaches for incorporating AI into team culture and operations.

 Themes

  • AI’s Role in Evolving Team Communication and Collaboration.
  • Influence of AI on Decision-Making and Team Dynamics.
  • Ethical and Practical Aspects of AI Integration in Team Culture.
  • Case Studies: Successful AI Implementation in Organisational Culture.
  • Future Perspectives: AI’s Continuing Impact on Team Culture.

Summary

In the rapidly evolving landscape of hybrid and remote work, Shane’s keynote “The Hybrid Workplace Puzzle ” offers a vital exploration into the art of team engagement through targeted and individualised communication. Drawing upon extensive research and experience, Shane presents five key questions that leaders must ask to foster a thriving team culture in a hybrid environment. These questions delve into understanding team strengths, performance triggers, communication preferences, development needs, and recognition methods. Shane’s approach is rooted in the belief that understanding and individualising team member experiences is crucial to collective performance, especially in a hybrid setting. He addresses the unique challenges of remote team dynamics, offering practical strategies to avoid siloed cultures and enhance team engagement. By the end of this session, leaders will be equipped with insights and tools to effectively engage their teams, leveraging Shane’s expertise in psychology and business to build the team culture they desire in a post-COVID world. 

Potential Audiences

  • Leaders and managers navigating hybrid or remote work environments.
  • HR professionals focused on team engagement and culture.
  • Teams undergoing transitions to hybrid or remote working models.
  • Organisational development experts and culture strategists.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a clear understanding of what drives and enhances team performance in hybrid settings.
  • Learn how to effectively communicate and engage with remote or hybrid teams.
  • Discover strategies for acknowledging and retaining top talent in a dispersed work environment.
  • Develop a toolkit for building and sustaining strong, interconnected team cultures, regardless of physical location. 

Themes

  • Strategies for Engaging and Communicating with Hybrid and Remote Teams.
  • Understanding and Leveraging Individual Team Member Strengths and Preferences.
  • Overcoming Challenges and Breaking Down Barriers in Remote Team Dynamics.
  • Building Cohesive, High-Performing Teams in a Hybrid Work Environment.

Summary

Gen Z Uncensored delves into the unique characteristics and expectations of Generation Z in the workplace. Addressing the latest cultural trends that resonate with this generation, it offers leaders insights into how to effectively engage, understand, and empower Gen Z employees. The session explores the values and motivations that drive Gen Z, including their perspectives on technology, social issues, and work-life balance. Leaders will learn how to facilitate conversations that not only integrate Gen Z’s insights into the workplace culture but also harness their innovative and digital-first approach to enhance organisational effectiveness. This session is essential for creating a dynamic and inclusive environment where every generation, especially Gen Z, feels valued and motivated to contribute to the success of the business.

Potential Audiences

  • Senior executives and HR professionals.
  • Team leaders and managers across all levels.
  • Organisational culture and development specialists.
  • Diversity and inclusion advocates.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a deep understanding of Gen Z’s unique values, aspirations, and workplace expectations.
  • Learn how to engage Gen Z employees through meaningful and relevant conversations.
  • Develop strategies to integrate Gen Z’s strengths and perspectives into the workplace culture.
  • Identify ways to leverage Gen Z’s digital proficiency to enhance organisational performance.
  • Understand how to create a supportive and inclusive environment that empowers Gen Z employees.

Themes

  • Gen Z’s Impact on Workplace Culture: Values, Attitudes, and Expectations.
  • Bridging Generational Gaps: Effective Communication with Gen Z.
  • The Digital Native Advantage: Leveraging Gen Z’s Technological Skills.
  • Building a Gen Z-Inclusive Workplace: Strategies for Engagement and Empowerment.
  • Future Trends: Anticipating the Evolving Needs of Gen Z in the Workplace.

Summary

This keynote challenges two common misconceptions about great ideas: that they strike in a singular, brilliant flash and are the domain of only a select few. In “Cultivating an Ideation Culture,” attendees will discover that great ideas are accessible to everyone and are the product of a series of moments, not just one. This keynote is dedicated to unlocking the creative potential within each team member, addressing the fear of failure, and exploring lateral approaches to the creative process. Participants will learn how to navigate the so-called ‘valley of despair’ in creativity and will understand why many ideas fall just short of a breakthrough. Aimed at fostering an organisational culture rich in innovation and experimentation, this session is a guide to capturing and nurturing the collective creative potential of teams, transforming the way they think about and generate ideas. 

Potential Audiences

  • Leaders and teams in technical or traditionally non-creative roles.
  • Professionals seeking to foster a culture of innovation in their workplace.
  • Organisations aiming to break free from conventional thinking patterns.
  • Anyone interested in enhancing their creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Master a straightforward, practical process for creative thinking.
  • Understand and leverage the six key moments in the ideation process.
  • Identify and overcome the six major obstacles to creativity.
  • Develop strategies to encourage innovative thinking and move past fear of failure.

 Themes

  • Debunking Myths About Creativity and Great Ideas.
  • Fostering an Organisational Culture that Embraces Innovation.
  • Practical Techniques for Generating and Nurturing Ideas.
  • Overcoming Barriers to Creativity and Innovation.
  • Leveraging Diverse Perspectives for Creative Breakthroughs.

Summary

In a world where growth and opportunity are key drivers for employee retention and engagement, this keynote addresses the shift from traditional leadership roles to creating a culture of problem solvers. While good leaders are adept at providing solutions, remarkable leaders foster an environment where team members are empowered to find their own solutions through insightful questioning and effective coaching. Drawing on Gallup’s research, this session underscores the importance of development conversations and the art of listening in unlocking human potential. It focuses on transforming leaders into coaches who master the balance of ‘asking’ over ‘telling’, thereby cultivating a team culture that values continuous learning, accountability, and initiative. This program is not just about enhancing individual coaching skills but about embedding a sustainable, solution-oriented mindset within the team, leading to increased engagement, capacity, and a culture of shared responsibility.

Potential Audiences

  • Leaders and managers seeking to foster a problem-solving team culture.
  • HR professionals and trainers focusing on leadership and team development.
  • Teams and organisations aiming to enhance their problem-solving capabilities.
  • Leaders looking to shift from directive to coaching styles of leadership. 

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Develop effective listening skills to enhance engagement and understanding.
  • Master the art of asking insightful questions to encourage team problem-solving.
  • Learn to avoid common pitfalls that derail effective coaching.
  • Create and sustain a problem-solving culture within your team.

Themes

  • The Shift from Problem Solver to Problem-Solving Facilitator.
  • Building a Culture of Continuous Learning and Development.
  • The Power of Coaching Conversations in Leadership.
  • Fostering Accountability and Initiative Through Effective Questioning.
  • Enhancing Team Capacity Through Collaborative Problem Solving.

Summary

The journey from being a team member to stepping into a leadership role is a significant transition, much like moving from passenger to pilot. This keynote addresses the challenges and skills required in this shift. Most professionals excel in their fields as subject matter experts, but leading a team demands a different set of skills. Research from Gallup suggests that only a fraction naturally possess high leadership talent, with a small additional percentage having the potential to excel with proper development. This program is designed to equip both new and seasoned leaders with the fundamental skills for successful leadership. It highlights the necessity of investment in leadership development, akin to the rigorous training of commercial pilots, and outlines nine key capability shifts essential for this transformation. It’s a guide for those aspiring to lead effectively, ensuring they are prepared not just for the role, but also for future advancement and success in leadership.

Potential Audiences

  • Emerging leaders transitioning from team roles to leadership positions.
  • HR professionals and trainers focusing on leadership development.
  • Organisations aiming to strengthen their leadership pipeline.
  • Senior leaders looking to mentor and develop their successors.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and understand the nine essential shifts from team member to effective leader.
  • Develop practical skills for effective and impactful leadership.
  • Learn strategies to drive engagement and cultivate a culture of successful leadership.
  • Prepare for future leadership roles and contribute to organisational success.

Themes

  • Understanding the Leadership Transition: Key Challenges and Skills.
  • The Nine Capability Shifts from Team Member to Leader.
  • Practical Leadership Skills for New and Seasoned Leaders.
  • Fostering Engagement and Building a Strong Leadership Pipeline.
  • Preparing for Advanced Leadership Roles and Organisational Success.

Summary

In an era where Google conducts millions of searches per minute, and social media and digital content dominate our screens, the concept of personal branding and positioning has never been more critical, especially for leaders. “The Power of Positioning” goes beyond the surface of building a personal brand; it delves into how leaders are perceived and placed in the minds of their teams and peers. This keynote explores the intricate relationship between a leader’s identity and their message, emphasising that trust, not just title, grants genuine influence. Positioning is about authenticity, aligning who you are with the message you convey. Diving into the ethos of intentional self-definition, this keynote examines four key areas of positioning: character, narrative, credibility, and reputation. It’s a guide for leaders to consciously shape how they are known, ensuring their message resonates in a connected, digital-native world. 

Potential Audiences

  • Business leaders and executives seeking to enhance their influence.
  • Emerging leaders aiming to establish a strong leadership identity.
  • Professionals interested in personal branding and leadership development.
  • Organisational culture and communication specialists.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the significance of positioning in a hyper-connected digital era.
  • Learn how to align your leadership identity with your communication for greater impact.
  • Explore ways to build and maintain credibility and a positive reputation.
  • Discover how to craft a compelling personal narrative that reflects your true character. 

Themes

  • The Intersection of Leadership and Digital Branding.
  • Character and Authenticity in Leadership Positioning.
  • Crafting and Communicating a Consistent Leadership Narrative.
  • Building Credibility and Reputation as a Leader.
  • The Role of Trust in Effective Leadership Positioning.

Summary

“Lead With Stories” explores the profound impact of storytelling in leadership and communication. Emphasising that storytelling is not just about the ‘how’ but also the ‘what’ and ‘when’. This keynote draws on neuroscience research to demonstrate how character-driven stories with emotional content significantly enhance comprehension and memory. Shane highlights storytelling as a crucial tool for leaders, not only in external communication but also to foster trust, share knowledge, and accelerate change within teams. This program delves into the art and science of storytelling, showing how it can be used to unite teams around a common purpose, build empathy, and create a sense of connection. Attendees will learn how to use storytelling effectively to engage both the rational and emotional sides of their teams, transforming the way they communicate, connect, and lead.

Potential Audiences

  • Leaders and managers at all levels.
  • Team leaders seeking to enhance team cohesion and communication.
  • HR professionals and organisational development practitioners.
  • Anyone interested in improving their storytelling and communication skills.

 Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand four key reasons why storytelling is an essential skill for leaders.
  • Learn about the three types of stories every leader should be able to tell.
  • Identify and overcome common objections to using storytelling in a professional context.
  • Discover the primary technique for driving change and influencing teams through storytelling.

Themes

  • The Art and Science of Storytelling in Leadership.
  • Storytelling as a Tool for Building Trust and Empathy.
  • Effective Communication: Connecting Head and Heart through Stories.
  • The Power of Metaphor in Storytelling.
  • Practical Skills for Crafting and Delivering Impactful Stories.

Summary

Every time you speak you are either building or burning your leadership platform. Communication isn’t just a ‘helpful skill’, it is a leadership imperative and hallmark of the best leaders. It remains one of the crucial skills for 21st century leadership. James C. Humes, an American presidential speech writer put it this way:

“Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership”. Our world is more globally connected than ever before, with easier access to information than at any point in history, yet in the important moments – the moments that really matter – people aren’t just looking for something that can inform them, they are looking to someone who will lead them. This is a keynote about making those moments count. To communicate a message that not only engages and inspires but also one that mobilises and compels people to take action. In this keynote you are invited to think bigger and aim higher than the idea of presentation skills or simply public speaking, and instead, use your communication as a powerful tool for change, inspiration, and leadership at scale.

Potential Audiences

  • Leaders and managers seeking to enhance their communication impact.
  • Professionals aiming to build and leverage their leadership platform.
  • Teams looking to improve internal and external communication dynamics.
  • Individuals interested in mastering the art of influential communication. 

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Develop the skills to become a trusted and credible leadership voice.
  • Understand and apply the three obsessions of highly effective communicators.
  • Master the ‘Flight Path Process’ for capturing and communicating ideas with clarity and impact.
  • Learn strategies to mobilise and inspire teams and audiences towards action.

Themes

  • The Power of Communication in Leadership.
  • Building a Leadership Platform through Effective Communication.
  • The Art of Engaging and Inspiring Communication.
  • Mobilising Action: Communication Beyond Information.
  • Enhancing Reach and Influence through Strategic Communication.

AVAILABLE FOR

Keynote, Virtual Presentation, Fireside Chat, Panel, Emcee, Moderator, Webinar, Workshop & Training

SHANE'S SPEAKER BUREAU'S

SOME THOUGHTS ON CULTURE

WATCH MORE OF SHANE

GUEST PODCAST EPISODES

INVITE SHANE ON YOUR PODCAST

IN THE MEDIA


06 February

Gold Coast, Australia


14 February

Melbourne, Australia


23 February

Sydney, Australia


28 February

Perth, Australia


21 May

London, United Kingdom


14 June

Cairns, Australia


18 June

CIPD UK, Online Event - Culture by design


20 June

San Francisco, USA


26 June

Chicago, USA


28 June

New York, USA


16 October

Las Vegas, USA

Why I Do What I Do

To multiply positive impact on the planet by developing remarkable leaders who design team cultures that enable their people to thrive.

STAY IN TOUCH