Simon Garlick, former Australian rules footballer and current CEO of the Fremantle Football Club, recently sat down for an episode of The Do Landers podcast to discuss his leadership journey and career transitions.
Garlick began his AFL career with the Sydney Swans after being drafted in 1993, and later moved to the Western Bulldogs where he played over 100 games before announcing his retirement in 2004. Following his playing career, Garlick transitioned into football administration, serving as CEO of the Western Bulldogs for four years before moving on to become the CEO of Bastion Collective. In October 2019, he was appointed as the CEO of the Fremantle Football Club.
During the episode, Garlick discusses his experiences as a leader in the football industry, highlighting the importance of building strong relationships and focusing on team culture. He emphasised the need for leaders to have a clear vision and to communicate it effectively to their team.
Garlick also touched on the challenges he faced in transitioning from a playing career to a leadership role, noting that the skills required for success in each are quite different. He encouraged listeners to seek out opportunities for growth and development, even if it means stepping outside of their comfort zones.
As the CEO of the Fremantle Football Club, Garlick has faced numerous challenges, including navigating the impact of COVID-19 on the AFL industry. However, he remains optimistic about the future and is committed to building a strong and successful team.
The Do Landers podcast is dedicated to exploring the journeys of successful individuals and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Hosted by Nik Devidas and Blake Collins, each episode offers insights and inspiration for listeners looking to achieve their own goals and make their mark on the world.
The episode featuring Simon Garlick is a must-listen for anyone interested in leadership, career transitions, and the world of Australian rules football. Tune in today to hear from one of the most respected voices in the industry.