Marcus de Courtenay

Executive Coach & Research Analyst

“Language doesn’t just let us explain our minds, it structures them too.”

Marcus brings extraordinary thinking and clarity in research, writing and coaching at Performance Frontiers. As one of our knowledge leads with a passion for making sense of a complex world, Marcus believes that how we deliver our ideas is intrinsically connected to their meaning for our audience, and he works with joy to make that meaning richer and deeper, with every word. 

He creates many of our bespoke reporting offerings for clients and has an unmatched ability to interpret and tell meaningful stories from data that then translate into actionable initiatives for our clients. As well as his thought leadership, Marcus is a trained strengths coach, providing our clients with feedback on how to achieve their potential. 

Marcus has a Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Honours), and his previous work in the Health and Finance sectors saw him navigate parties through often challenging conflict resolution processes towards a better future. A passionate and lifelong learner, his research interests lie at the intersection of science and the humanities, the locus of human potential and hope. 


  • Executive Coaching
  • Conceptual Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Building Peer and Client Communication Capabilities
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Writing
  • Storytelling
  • Research


Supreme Court of NSW

Admitted lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW

Australian National University, Canberra

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Bond University, Gold Coast

Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours)

Bond University, Gold Coast

Bachelor of Social Science – Criminology and Psychology (First Class Honours)


Trained Clifton Strengths Coach

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Articles by Marcus de Courtenay

Conscious Organisations – Eyes Wide Open

Being Conscious For an individual, unconsciously following scripts and rituals in organisations can be a good short-term strategy. For the organisation over time, this can have dire consequences.We believe that it takes three things to create a more conscious organisation:...
Dr. Chris Rowell & Marcus de Courtenay
Culture Insights Leadership

The Employer Learning Revolution

There’s no doubt that the reskilling imperative is going to change the way we think about employers. As the Global Chairman of PwC has said, “Upskilling is one of the most urgent challenges of our time…” In what is being...
Marcus de Courtenay
Future of work Insights Learning and Development Storytelling

Horizontal Leadership

The role of a leader is transforming.Our ever-changing environment means that organisations are adapting to be more agile, innovative, and customer-focused. Moving to deeper levels of agility is calling on us to lead “horizontally.” The leadership of the past has...
Gretel Bakker & Marcus de Courtenay & Dr. Marianne de Pierres
Culture Insights Leadership Teams