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Zoë Routh Leadership Podcast

Jul 21, 2021

Do you have the same leadership goals for others as for yourself?

While Adam Moore sought autonomy and responsibility in his career from day one, he had to be told (several times!) that his future lay in leadership. An instinctive people-person in an industry usually defined by technical skills, Adam is a trailblazer in the building sector with his passion for developing and lifting up others. In this episode he shares his leadership framework for growing future leaders while also growing yourself.

Why you should listen: leadership development home truths 

  • The people stuff of understanding value and contribution

  • True leadership means replacing yourself

  • Leadership mindset for difficult conversations

We explore leadership skills for growth

  • The leadership journey from craftsman to MD

  • A leadership toolkit for naming the issues 

  • The importance of a trusted leadership network

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About Adam Moore:

PBS Building Managing Director, Adam Moore shares his leadership framework for growing future leaders

Adam Moore is one of the Australian construction sector’s rare individuals who combines hands-on craftsman’s skills with tertiary qualifications that cover property economics and materials science. He started his working life as a chippie and concurrently worked to attain a bachelor’s degree in construction management. However, it’s the former experience he credits as providing him with many of the ‘life’ tools that he now wields every day as the co-owner and managing director of PBS Property Group where he leads a team of 200 across three states.

Even as a second-year carpentry apprentice, a young Adam discovered an appetite for responsibility, planning and ongoing learning that have been hallmarks of his career ever since. Yet he didn’t identify these as burgeoning ‘leadership’ skills at the time.

It wasn’t until years later while working as a project manager in London that his then-boss helped join the dots when he told him that although Adam had been working for him for the past two years, it should have been the other way around.

This started Adam on the mindset transition from craftsman to business leader. By day, he was overseeing multi-million-dollar construction projects for diverse clientele that included Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co and Qantas among others. By night, he was reading about leadership and more critically analysing his own management of people.

Today, Adam is known for his commitment to growing his people’s potential. He measures leadership success as the point at which his team members put him out of a job.


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About your host,  Canberra leadership expert Zoë Routh:


Zoë Routh is one of Australia’s leading experts on people stuff - the stuff that gets in our way of producing results, and the stuff that lights us up. She works with the growers, makers, builders to make people stuff fun and practical.

Zoë is the author of four books: Composure - How centered leaders make the biggest impact,  Moments - Leadership when it matters most, Loyalty - Stop unwanted staff turnover, boost engagement, and build lifelong advocates, and People Stuff - Beyond Personalities: An advanced handbook for leadership. People Stuff was awarded Book of the Year 2020 by the Smart WFM Australian Business Book Awards.

Zoë is also the producer of The Zoë Routh Leadership Podcast.