Pushing boundaries

Ollie Phillips has captained England and led teams on land and sea across six continents. Now a corporate director, he’s putting his experience to use as a speaker and business mentor.

International sports pedigree

Few have captained England at Twickenham. Even fewer have also won in New Zealand. Ollie Phillips has done both.

Blue chip Director

As a blue chip Director who has worked with Google and other leading brands, Ollie can harness his life experiences and make them relevant to your business.

Ollie Phillips – Founder, Optimist Performance

Like many former elite sportsmen and women, Ollie’s speaking is anchored in blood, sweat and tears. The crucial difference is that being a Director at PWC allows him to apply all of these life experiences to the business world.

 

  • Ex-England Rugby captain
  • World Sevens Player of the Year
  • Second-in-command sailing around the world
  • Cycled across America
  • Led team up Kilimanjaro in 2018
  • Leading team up Everest in 2019
  • Guinness World Record-holder
  • Director at PWC
  • Motivational speaker, mentor & consultant

“It was fascinating learning about the mind set change from one challenge to the next. Having an insight into how Ollie encouraged himself and others through a range of challenges was incredibly motivating“

– Zero Dry time

“We invited Ollie to Guernsey for the Wooden Spoon 6 Nations fundraiser. He was brilliant, our guests loved his stories. We would highly recommend him for both charity and corporate events“

– Things to Do Guernsey

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Focus on employee loyalty – By Optimist Performance

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Optimise the power of your thoughts – By Ollie Phillips

Optimise the power of your thoughts – By Ollie Phillips

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Do You Work In A Dysfunctional Team? – By Jeff Wellstead

Do You Work In A Dysfunctional Team? – By Jeff Wellstead

Written by Jeff Wellstead, Founder & CEO of Big Bear Partners, Ltd. When one of my peers bought Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, for me, my first thought wasn’t a positive one.  I immediately thought: “Gee, thanks…What I always wanted, a...

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5 Focus Points For Leaders

5 Focus Points For Leaders

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6 Challenges of Leadership and Tips to overcome them

6 Challenges of Leadership and Tips to overcome them

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3 key responsibilities of a leader

3 key responsibilities of a leader

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Flexible Working: Interview with Lauren Lindsay

Flexible Working: Interview with Lauren Lindsay

Last week we had an interview with Lauren Lindsay on our podcast “The Growth Show”. She is not only an expert on talent recruitment but also a big advocate for remote and flexible working.  During the interview, we discussed many different aspects of flexible...

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Maximise the potential of remote working

Maximise the potential of remote working

How are you preparing for the near future when we can go back to the offices? How serious are you about remote and flexible working?  We are hopefully on the last mile of this lockdown situation. It looks like we will soon enough see easing up on the measures. But is...

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Culture of Trust: A Key Point of Remote Working

Culture of Trust: A Key Point of Remote Working

What are the biggest challenges of working from home? Well, at the moment we can name a lot of them, but probably they are more linked to the pandemic situation rather than remote working.  If we think for example about work-life balance or feeling lonely and...

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5 Tips to stay productive and positive while working from home

5 Tips to stay productive and positive while working from home

How are you coping with the working-from-home situation? Are you managing to stay positive and productive? This new way of working has real potential and can be very positive but it also comes with some challenges. Especially considering that what was supposed to be a...

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