Developing high performance teams

This 3 part training course will explore leadership and its role in driving high performance.  It is open to all those currently working in any area of unscripted TV.

  • Monday 15th February 11:00 - 12:15
  • Tuesday 16th February 11:00 - 12:15
  • Wednesday 17th February 15:00 - 16:15

Please only apply if you can attend all three sessions.

Simon Clarkson will focus on the importance and role of leadership in building engagement and effective teams.  How do we really influence behaviour and performance as leaders?  From individual psychology to group dynamics; from communication skills to building a shared sense of purpose, we will connect the dots on these important topic areas and leave participants with simple tools to apply to teams they lead.

Day 1: The Leading High Performance

 Exploring fundamental principles of behaviour - the real foundations of a team performance, covering areas such as the latest cognitive theory and performance psychology.  Also looking at how individual behaviour drives collective culture, how this comes into being and how we can take control of this process to drive comfortable and sustainable behavioural change. 

 How self imposed limits, which give us expectations far below our true capabilities, come into being – and more importantly, how to challenge and change them in ourselves and in those around us in a comfortable and sustainable way for the better. 

 Day 2: Trust - a leader’s currency

 A strong team culture is built upon trust.  That trust can only exist with true genuine buy-in and alignment. The best teams are not completely free of conflict.  The best teams are the ones that understand themselves, understand those around them, share goals that unify them and overcome obstacles, not through avoidance, but through tackling them head on in an open and honest way.  They have a culture that welcomes vulnerability, allowing people to have honest conversations to drive improvement.

 Day 3: Psychology of influence

 Success is often reliant on individual behaviours and how those behaviours influence people around you. Positive and effective influence is a skill and a behaviour that can be developed by anyone - not just certain personality types.  The key is a balancing act; how to positively influence - not manipulate and how to generate greater engagement with people through ‘authentic’ not ‘affected’ relationships.


Simon Clarkson is a respected programme deliverer and accomplished keynote speaker, with extensive experience of working within the production industry; including the BBC, Fremantle and Endemol Shine. He also works across elite professional sport including with Olympians and F1 teams to Premiership Rugby and Premier League Football.  

Simon’s style is one of ‘pragmatic inspiration’, generating energy with the substance and understanding to back it up and sustain it.  Simon has delivered programmes on subjects from the Psychology of High Performance, Leadership, Change, Winning Teams and Cultures to Innovative Thinking, Sales and Negotiation.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times. 

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application.



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