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What is Self Awareness?

Self-awareness is the ability of a person to create an understanding their thoughts, emotions, feelings, strengths and values.


What is the importance of having a better understanding of ourselves?

There is research that Self Awareness has a great impact on emotional intelligence, resilience and success.

Thus allowing you to use your strengths, consider your weaknesses, and acknowledge what drives your thinking.

This helps guide your path by choosing to pursue opportunities that best fit your skillset, preferences and tendencies

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Our Background

Alan Shortall is a former elite rugby league referee, officiating 294 matches within the National Rugby League's Telstra Premiership over 15 years. Now coaching elite athletes to reach their goals and 6 years within the banking sector, he has developed a skill set of knowing what high performance teams can deliver in pressure environments.


He has also been able to refine his skill set on building people and teams, utilising innovation to provide the outcomes required across many scenarios.


There has also been the investment in a strong theoretical knowledge base by undertaking a Masters in Business Administration and completed Bachelor’s Degrees in Business (Sports Management), Bachelor of Health Science (PD/H/PE) and Graduate Diploma in Education. 

His experience, knowledge, education and skillset inform the programs that The Self Awareness Mechanic develop and run for your group, team, or individual success.


What can the Self Awareness Mechanic 

provide for you or your team?

Leading Teams

Through experience at the elite level of sport, building, leading and influencing teams to achieve their goals has been at the forefront of the programs success.

Team Coaching

Our program has worked with over 300 match officials and multiple business units coaching from a technical, strengths and leadership approach.

Learning and Development

Building programs for the education and development of individuals and groups has been the focus for a number of years. This could include creating competencies, curriculums, blended learning strategies and assessments to assist in the development of teams, programs, employees and individuals .

Leadership Development

 Having developed an Emerging Leadership Framework, with supporting education program and branding to create attachment, as well experience of developing culture and leadership within a sporting paradigm, The Self Awareness Mechanic could assist in developing your team's leadership potential.

A sub product of this program was also to invest further into middle managers within the organisation by asking them to challenge their leadership thinking through a 3 day offsite program.

Recent Articles

Talented Match Officials Academy

Creating better people through self awareness

The TMODA is a program focused on potential officials who could be selected into State high Performance Units in the coming years. It's focus is to highlight some of the key personal skills and well being touch points that don't get addressed within the State based programs throughout the season.

As part of a unifying National Structure put in place 3 years ago, Alan was heavily involved in the Academy's inception and has this year completely revamped its focus and structure. This article by outlines what the Talented Match Officials Academy is all about


National Women's Championship

Building a Strong Team to achieve your goals

As part of Alan's role within NRL Officiating, he was required to build a team of officials who were part of the National Women's Championships and National 15's & 18's Schoolboy Carnivals. This required detailed planning, program building, team selection and influencing the team to achieve the goal of running each carnival. The article here talks about the success achieved at the National Women's Championships and the first that was achieved by the team.



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