Learnings from a fully-lived leadership experience

Built on my leadership mantra:

“Never forget how hard it is!”

This is a sophisticated, intimate and practical one-day intensive Leadership Masterclass for aspirational leaders, both current and emerging, facilitated by Cameron Schwab, CEO and Founder of designCEO.

An example of the conversations we will be having
Video: Complexity and Contradiction of High Performance

“What leaders and emerging leaders can really learn from high-performance team sport.”

The designCEO offering builds on the core philosophy that people, teams and organisations do not rise to the level of their goals, they fall to the standard of their systems.

The Leadership Masterclass is a shared experience, building on the empathy and understanding of fellow leaders. For this reason, we restrict the attendance to twelve leaders as we believe this number works best in terms of establishing connection.

We encourage teams from one organisation to attend, up to approximately five. They benefit strongly from the shared leadership experience. 

Cameron Schwab's Profile
Cameron is a CEO, leadership coach and strategist.

Cameron works with CEOs and emerging leaders to achieve high levels of trust – personally, culturally, strategically and organisationally – as the basis of high performance.

After cutting his teeth as a recruiter at the Melbourne Football Club when the Demons made the finals for the first time in 23 years, Cameron was appointed CEO of the famous Richmond Football Club at age 24, the youngest in the history of the game.

For most of the next 25 years, he was CEO of Richmond, Melbourne and Fremantle, when those clubs were at their lowest ebb, both on and off the field.

He is the second longest serving CEO in the modern game. Having taken on some of the sport’s most difficult and daunting challenges, Cameron established a track record of building teams and organisations, unifying groups while navigating periods of genuine adversity and complexity. He is a legacy-focused leader who has bounced back from setbacks, taking on the sport’s most challenging leadership roles.

Cameron holds an MBA and Master of Marketing from the Melbourne Business School. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School and is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow of the Centre of Ethical Leadership at University of Melbourne. He received his Coaching Certification from the Columbia Business School in New York.

His articles on sport and leadership have been published in The Age newspaper.

Cameron is also an artist and illustrator, studying Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).

“Leaders will have the tool-kit required to walk back into their workplace the next morning with a clear understanding of “what next”, highly motivated and confident, with the capabilities to match their ambitions.”

The designCEO performance system and methodologies are heavily influenced by elite sport, focused on maximising personal development and ensuring commitment and accountability to a team-based ethos.

The designCEO methodology builds on contemporary and sophisticated coaching and learning models and systems to maximise individual and group performance in team-focused environments.

It focuses on delivering unique, advanced, yet deliverable strategy and culture concepts and frameworks from the uncompromising world of professional sport in combination with leading-edge academic concepts from the Harvard and Melbourne Business Schools, that will be relatable and executable to your organisation and teams.

What you will learn
The teaching will focus on:

  • The difference between ‘success’ and ‘significance’ for you as a leader.
  • Understand and establish your leadership ‘WHY?’ as it relates to purpose – a means of building personal leadership authenticity, belief and resilience.
  • What it means to “Do Strategy – Be Culture”.
  • As a leader, become the ‘Talent Manager’
  • The link between trust and performance, with a six-step ‘Performance Trust’ framework that integrates culture, strategy, leadership and talent.
  • ‘What business can learn from football’. Exploring the real and compelling learnings from high-performance sport and how they can be readily applied to your organisation, team and your people.

High-performing and ambitious organisations are often dealing with ambiguity and complexity, particularly in times of change and uncertainty. This Leadership Masterclass focuses on practical and executable frameworks and processes to navigate challenging and confronting phases from both a personal and organisational perspective.

2019 Masterclass Dates

Wednesday 20 November 2019 – 8.30am – 5.00pm


Work Club
Level 2
287 – 289 Collins Street
Melbourne CBD


$890.00 per person 

Cost includes all designCEO learning materials. You will not have to bring anything other than a learner mindset.

You will be welcomed with a barista coffee, and we will be providing wholesome, delicious and ethically sourced food courtesy from our friends from Laneway Greens.

We also look forward to sharing a glass of wine, craft beer or mineral water afterwards.


“Cameron is authentic and real. He is also a great thinker who has been able to turn his experiences, both good and bad, into a practical toolkit that you can arm yourself with to succeed in leadership.

All in one training session.

Cameron succinctly described the lessons that it took me 12 years to learn in business. But not only that, Cameron is all about implementation – the practical outworking of leadership skills in a tailored and achievable way.

If you want to surround yourself with great people that bring out the best in you, look no further than this man.”

Adrian Spencer – CEO, Grant Ready

Our Food

Our Place

Laneway Greens

The LaneWay Greens’ Mantra
“We believe the freshest produce comes from the best farming.We believe in seasonal supply not consumer demand. We believe in building a community through our kitchens. We believe less hands make honest food. We believe our local farmers = our local community.We believe food is a chance to connect. We believe in influencing the way food is produced.”

Work Club

What is Work Club?
“Work Club is for people who say no to traditional working conventions. Who refuse to be chained to the same desk day in and day out. Who are not constrained by time and space. Who have freedom of movement, curiosity of mind and courage of spirit to live, work and play wherever and whenever they choose.”




We are based at Work Club
Level 2, 287 Collins Street,
Melbourne, Vic. 3000.

Email: cameron@designCEO.com.au


+61(0)411 860 931


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