RSM Australia

Robert Holmes
Senior Manager


Robert is industry recognised as an expert in human behaviour and has been called upon by government, public firms, private firms and NGOs to assist with executive coaching, staff performance, team development, crisis management, business process design and change management.

The organisations Robert works with achieve extraordinary growth by focussing both on the excellence of their key people and the careful design of their supporting business systems.

He is now studying his Ph.D. in neuroscience through RMIT, focussing on the treatment of trauma.


Robert has consulted, coached and managed teams to undertake:

  • Business process re-engineering
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Succession planning and career path management
  • Corporate resilience and work-life balance program implementation
  • Change management, including board facilitation
  • Internal and external audit
  • Tax negotiations and debtors settlements
  • Risk management & compliance
  • Quality assurance

SigniFIcant projects

Robert’s most recent projects include:

  • Developing and implementing the Trauma Coaching program adopted by the Soldier Recovery Centres within Army to assist recovery from PTSD.
  • Developing a resilience building and work-life balance program for NSW Police Force.
  • Consulting a large, diverse, family held Australian company develop a succession plan, CEO replacement and divestment of a corporate division that no longer aligned with strategic intent.
  • Consulting the C-suite and management of the apartments division of a large, iconic development company through rightsizing and restructure. 


  • Member of the Australian Institute of Management Consultants (IMC)
  • Certified Business Facilitator (UTV)
  • Board Member of the International Coach Federation Australasia (ICFA)
  • Certified  Action Learning Coach (WIAL)


  • Research Fellow, Neurocoaching Institute
  • Doctor of Theology
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Management Sciences (Accounting & Computing)

Stress at work – destigmatising mental health issues in the workplace

6 June 2017
The importance of destigmatising mental health issues in the workplace. Whatever happened to Aussie resilience? I remember a time when a bloke cutting timber nicked himself and stopped the bleeding with electrical tape. It wasn’t so long ago that my wife delivered our seventh child unaided and unmedicated, like all the births before it. Hav...

Agile Leadership - Three inputs model | Part 3

31 May 2017
The last model relies on an environmental form of management to build state change. It is also longer term and rarely instant. Individuals and companies can work on state change by altering any of the three inputs to state. NEUROLOGY: includes our entire autonomic nervous system, brain, perception, stereotypes, psychology and thinking. ...

Agile Leadership - Jump to state model and reframing your beliefs | Part 2

18 May 2017
Jump to state model It is absolutely possible to instantly change your mood (state). Just consider the last time you felt amorous toward a partner, and it turned cold when they started discussing the neighbours, the news or your finances. Instant change. I once saw a mother cleverly handle her child’s state and change it instantly. Her c...

Agile Leadership - What it is and the role state management plays | Part 1

28 April 2017
A few years ago ‘bespoke’ was the buzzword. Last year it was ‘ramp up’. Nowadays agile is quite the term, but as always with such words, it has a very fuzzy meaning. One thing is certain - this paper is not about the Agile Movement (an alternative to project management), software development, a management consulting methodology or the SC...

Behavioural Insights - An introduction to 'Nudge' theory

6 October 2016
Have you ever looked up as you entered your local supermarket? There’s a whole host of banners and posters up there. Have you wondered why the local bakery at 11am smells like pies instead of baked bread, like it did when you got your coffee at 8am that morning? There are a lot of things like that, sitting in the background of our daily lives. Th...

10 things politicians teach us about impression management

20 May 2016
What comes to mind when you think of Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton? I’ll wager the images which come to mind are very different from Malcolm Turnbull or Bill Shorten. Both Trump and Turnbull are independently wealthy, that’s for sure but would a man like Trump ever be taken seriously in our political landscape? I’m not sure he would. Hilary ...

Instinctive leadership - how to improve your management style

3 March 2016
Have you ever wondered who you are, where you get your sense of self from? The answer is your unconscious self, and it may surprise you to learn that we’re largely unconscious beings. That all runs well most of the time, and is especially helpful when high speed physical responses are needed. But things go wrong when our conscious mind starts to ...

Stress and Resilience – Change Management in Organisations

22 January 2016
Summer in Australia has just passed, with the New Year being celebrated under our blazing sun. How do you usually experience this time of the year? Some people find it relaxing and wonderful, whilst others have the most stressful time of their lives. These are very different reactions to the same season. Change, whilst normal, brings stress. Think ...