Summit Program

Full Day Pre-Conference Workshop

Sunday 23 June 2019

09:30 - 16:30

APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY: A POSITIVE REVOLUTION IN CHANGE

The world’s foremost authority on strengths-based, positive change, internationally renowned for his research in appreciative inquiry, USA

In a world where 80% of all change efforts falter or fail, the Appreciative Inquiry approach is being hailed as a breakthrough with its unification of the strengths revolution in management, design thinking, and the positive psychology of human flourishing. Join us for a rare opportunity to spend in-depth time with David Cooperrider, world-leading change agent, in an inspiring, interactive, and highly engaging workshop.

Be rivetted as David tells the stories of his work with companies such as Apple, IBM, National Grid, Roadway Express and the UN, and provides the theoretical backdrop for a full blown approach to positive organisation development and change. And while leaders use the term “positive change” frequently and loosely, it’s only recently that the term has taken on systematic, strengths-based, and scientific meaning.

Tools such as the “4-D” cycle, the art of the question, the Appreciative Inquiry Summit method, and generative metaphor intervention, support leaders of workplace wellbeing and change with something that is strengths-inspired, scalable, and flexible. It provides teams with a shared roadmap. For organisations, it provides a consistently positive theory of change that can be applied to strategic transformations in everything from leaner and greener operations and culture development, to strategic planning and innovation with stakeholders and whole systems.

You will find your own sense of hope growing as you build new skills, see fresh data sets, and look at cases of remarkable change that grow on and thrive not just over one or two years, but decades.  Appreciative Inquiry is meant to help you and/or your team to think bigger, braver, and bolder and to leverage the underestimated role of “the positive” as you build toward a future of full spectrum flourishing, that is, a world where business can excel, people can flourish, and nature can thrive.     

This workshop is especially relevant for anyone interested in advancing workplace wellbeing while elevating business success and organizational innovation.

Two Day Conference Program

24 - 25 June 2019

Day One

Monday 24 June 2019 | 9:00am - 5:30pm

WELCOME & WELCOME TO COUNTRY

9:00

CREATING A FLOURISHING WORKPLACE

9:00am - 10:30am

BUSINESS AS AN AGENT OF WORLD BENEFIT

9:05am

The world’s foremost authority on strengths-based, positive change, internationally renowned for his research in appreciative inquiry, Case Western Reserve University, USA

Do you want more workplace wellbeing?  The best place to begin may not be by looking inside your company but by extending far outside of yourself –and the reason is captured in the concept of “mirror flourishing.” Building a better world “out there” is the most potent force on the planet – for generating, on the “in here” of every kind of organisation, the most engaged, empowered, and innovation-inspired enterprise that any leader could want. 

The urgent global agenda for change as represented by the Paris agreement, as large and daunting as it seems, is truly an invitation to workplace wellbeing’s finest hour. Be galvanised and motivated as David Cooperrider encapsulates the opportunity we now have to create the perfect union of micro approaches to workplace wellbeing and macro approaches to global wellbeing, whereby each will become more effective and realise a new level of excellence. 

Using data from over 2,000 appreciative inquiry interviews with pathbreaking positive institutions in a study of “business as an agent of world benefit, David employs a myriad of rich and powerful stories to illustrate that working to solve humanity’s greatest social and environmental challenges brings out the best in us and our institutions.

FORGIVENESS AT WORK

9:35am

Pioneering researcher into the healing power of forgiveness, author of the best-selling Forgive for Good and director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, USA

When forgiveness is part of a work culture  people feel more willing to experiment and take risks which allows creativity to flourish. Smart businesses recognise that a worker’s performance deteriorates under harsh expectations and in a unforgiving culture.

Self-forgiveness helps workers move on from mistakes and problems without them bogging down in recrimination. In addition, a forgiving work culture helps soothe interpersonal conflict and allows for greater ease of apology and teamwork. 

Forgiveness is best applied with healthy doses of appreciation so that people’s good qualities are held as a buffer to the inevitable disagreements and failures inherent in all work environments.

CASE STUDY: WHAT MAKES A GREAT PLACE TO WORK?

10:00

Internal Communications and Engagement Manager for APAC, Salesforce

At Salesforce, we’ve adapted to the changing world around us and scaled our award-winning culture with an intentional mindset. Twenty years ago, Salesforce was started with a vision for a different kind of company — to change the way the world does business and at the same time, improve the state of the world. Today, Salesforce has become one of the most admired companies in the world and named the Best Place to Work in Australia by Great Places to Work. 

Salesforce has intentionally built its culture around the spirit of Ohana, which means “family” in Hawaiian. Ohana represents the idea that families – related or chosen – are bound together, and that members feel a sense of responsibility for one another. Our Ohana culture is expressed in our core values: trust, customer success, innovation and equality, and is constantly being strengthened by the company’s focus on transparency, purpose beyond profit and employee wellbeing.

INNOVATIVE WAYS TO INTRODUCE WELLNESS TO THE WORKPLACE

10:15

Fitness Business Coach & Host of the Fitness Business Podcast, Wellness Solutions

Join Wellness Solutions as we discuss the importance of wellness in the workplace, what is currently being offered by some companies and how to implement a wellness solution into your environment. We explore the innovative technology out there and focus closely on a case study.

MORNING COFFEE

10:30am - 11:15am

FUTURE WAYS OF WORKING

11:15am - 12:30pm

WHY INVEST IN WELLBEING?

11:15am

Senior lecturer at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education

Workplaces have become increasingly diverse, fast-paced, flexible, and complex. Many employees desire jobs that not only provide economic benefits, but also support their wellbeing. Pressure is placed on organisations to prioritise employee wellbeing. But with limited time and resources available, is this a good investment or a waste of time? Making a case for investing in wellbeing, this session will unpack what the research says about the economic, physical, social and mental benefits of wellbeing. But not all efforts are equally effective or useful. Explore practical ways to invest wisely in wellbeing, helping more people to feel good and function well in the workplace.

CASE STUDY: IS WELLNESS MORE IMPORTANT THAN INTELLIGENCE?

11:35am

Founder, managing director and chief legal officer for banking and finance firm MSA National, and author of A Higher Branch

In 2015, MSA National had a defining moment. Three years later we had increased our revenue 17-fold (1700%) and our people count from 90 to over 300. Was it operational efficiency? Was it automation? Was it digital transformation? These things were secondary. In this case study you will learn the ONE thing what MSA National did and why some of Australia’s leading companies are taking notice.

PANEL: WHERE IS EFFECTIVENESS AND WELLBEING IN FUTURE WAYS OF WORKING?

11:50am

Future Ways of Working

Dean Pribetic, Head of Collaboration (WOW), Telstra

Taking the Agile Transformation 

Panu Nevalainen, IT program and service management specialist, Senior Manager, Accenture

Keep Calm and Corry On Leading 

Pia Lee, CEO, LIW Global Leadership Consultancy

Moderator: Gillian Coutts, Australian Country Director of Potential Project

Agile, virtual, flexible ways of working have moved well beyond the tech giants and are now on the agenda of most organisations.  But how is it working out – and what are the consequences – intended and otherwise – for productivity and wellbeing?

Join us as we talk with leading players in these cultural revolutions.

FUTURE PROOF YOUR BUSINESS: MANAGING THE STRAINS OF A HIGH PERFORMANCE WORKPLACE

12:15pm

General Manager, Move4Life

Explore the link between the two biggest issues on everyone’s agenda – mental health and sprain and strain injuries. Learn how an organisation can achieve positive mental health outcomes for its workforce by reducing sprains and strains.

LUNCH BREAK

12:30pm - 2:00pm

ROUNDTABLES

2:00pm - 3:30pm

CHOOSE THREE ROUNDTABLES - TABLES WILL ROTATE AFTER 25 MINS

Delve into specific technologies and issues and network with your peers at wellness at work roundtable discussions.

ROUNDTABLE 1: EASY AND EFFECTIVE WAYS TO BRING WELLNESS TO THE WORKPLACE UTILISING TECHNOLOGY
Find out how to bring wellness into the workplace efficiently and seamlessly. Explore how to make wellness technology work for your company and just how easy it can be to operate a happy, healthy corporate environment.
Belinda Humphreys, Executive Board Member and Chief Operating Officer, Wellness Solutions

ROUNDTABLE 2: IS WELLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE DOING MORE HARM THAN GOOD?
The latest Gallup Poll shows that “a staggering 87% of people worldwide are disengaged at work”. BUT the biggest mistake companies can make is to think that wellness programs can fix this disengagement. Discuss the  real solution to boosting engagement at work.
Sam Makhoul, founder, managing director and chief legal officer for banking and finance firm MSA National, and author of A Higher Branch

ROUNDTABLE 3: POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL CAPITAL
Positive psychological capital is defined as the positive and developmental state of an individual, characterised by high self-efficacy, optimism, hope and resiliency. Explore how building positive psychological capital within your organisation develops engaged employees with high levels of wellbeing and much, much  more.
Sue Langley, master trainer and leading advisor in the practical application of positive psychology, founder of the Langley Group

ROUNDTABLE 4: OBJECTIVELY MEASURING THE HEALTH & WELLBEING OF YOUR WORKFORCE: HOW DOES YOUR BUSINESS STACK UP?
Keeping your workforce healthy and productive can be a challenge. Join a guided discussion to learn how you and your business can develop data-driven data-driven solutions that help to reduce workplace risks and prevent illness and injury in the workplace.
Dr James L Murray, specialist in non-surgical treatment of complex injuries to the upper extremity commonly found in workplaces, Founder & Managing Director, Work Healthy Australia

ROUNDTABLE 5: WHY AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE IS ESSENTIAL FOR CORPORATE WELLBEING
Explore current research on the barriers/challenges of corporate wellbeing programs and how immersive offsite experiences can achieve fast and effective results. An offsite corporate retreat experience helps individuals to focus 100% on their personal wellbeing. It acts as a ‘circuit breaker’ to ensure individuals can perform at their best and have new strategies for ongoing self-care. 
Brigid Walsh, passionate and respected health and wellbeing industry leader, General Manager, Golden Door Health Retreat, Hunter Valley

ROUNDTABLE 6: POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES BY FUTUREPROOFING AN AGEING WORKFORCE
New research shows that almost 30% of people who suffered a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) were receiving treatment for depression 12-months later. This roundtable will present the latest research and demonstrate through real stories how your organisation can achieve positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes by reducing sprains and strains.
Terry Wong, General Manager, Move4Life

ROUNDTABLE 7: THE WELLBEING-PERFORMANCE INTERACTION: HUMANISING ANALYTICS FOR THE FUTURE OF WORK
Learn how to cultivate and sustain a high-performance culture over the long haul. Drawing on our thought leadership in organisational and performance psychology, wellbeing science, workplace culture and employee engagement, we will help you continue to explore and transform by building and embedding a continuous learning and development culture with work-life agility front and centre.
Dr Adrian Medhurst, thought leader in high-performance psychology, Co-Founder and Director, Benny Button
Troy Mansell, highly experienced corporate executive, Co-Founder and Director, Benny Button

ROUNDTABLE 8: THE PSYCHOLOGY AND BENEFITS OF HEALTHY INDOOR PLANTS
We will share our take on the available research, credibility and what our 40 years of learning in this field has taught us about the positive relationship between plants and people.
Graeme Reid, Owner/Managing Director of Tropical Plant Rentals

 ROUNDTABLE 9: IMPROVING WORKPLACE WELLNESS THROUGH CULTURE AND CREATIVITY
Hiring and developing a team that balances cultural fit with skills is a fundamental key to maintaining workplace wellness. Promoting creativity, strategic thinking and compassion are key to empowering staff and improving mental health within a small team.
Andrew Batt, CEO, Bellabox Australia

 ROUNDTABLE 10: 100% WELLNESS THAT WORKS – PREVENTION PLUS
Explore effective and affordable solutions for designed to optimise physical and psychological performance in your workplace. 
Nicholas Karam, Managing Director & High Performance Manager, >> CHANGE >> Health Solutions

ROUNDTABLE 11: WHAT ARE THE OBSTACLES TO WORKPLACE WELLNESS? 
Although more employers are turning to workplace wellness programs to improve workers’ health and save on healthcare costs, a study in April 2019 shows that employee engagement with the programs is low. Explore the obstacles to implementing and maintaining a workplace wellness program and how to overcome them.
Dr Helena Popovic, medical doctor, leading authority on improving brain function and best-selling author

ROUNDTABLE 12: REDUCING THE IMPACT OF FINANCIAL STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE
Financial stress has a huge impact on every workplace – 50% of working Australian state they are under some financial stress and 26% are kept up at night due to financial stress. Employees are crying out for help, with 58% looking at their employer to provide suitable tools. Explore what employers can do to reduce the impact of financial stress in their workplace.
Paul Feeney, Founder of MapMyPlan

 ROUNDTABLE 13: THE POWER OF HABITS
Everyone has habits, and it’s more important than ever to instil good habits in your workplace that align with your company culture, values, and vision. Companies that focus on the personal and professional development of their people reap the rewards of a highly engaged and thriving workforce. Learn how a simple daily practice can have profound effects on your company’s performance, productivity, and profits. 
Lyndelle Palmer-Clarke, Founder, Dailygreateness; Author and Transformational Coach specialising in habits, health and happiness.

ROUNDTABLE 14: THIRD GENERATION COACHING:  CREATING FLOURISHING LEADERS, TEAMS & WORKPLACES
Look at the different types of workplace coaching and the challenges faced in implementing an evidence-based coaching service focussing on performance and wellbeing Explore how to overcome these challenges and review a case study where the implementation of leadership coaching was supported by education in Positive Psychology, Positive Organisational Scholarship & Appreciative Inquiry.
Dr Be Pannell, Executive Coach, Educator and Academic; Senior Associate, The Positivity Institute

ROUNDTABLE 15: HOW TO CREATE A WELLBEING STRATEGY THAT WORKS
Find out why it takes more than the 3Fs – fruit, fitness and flu shots – to improve people’s wellbeing at work. Explore the three steps you can take to quickly and affordably create a wellbeing strategy that delivers results.
Michelle McQuaid, best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher and playful change activator

ROUNDTABLE 16: LINKING THE VALUE OF CULTIVATING THE MIND TO ORGANISATIONAL STRATEGY – FOR BUY-IN AND CUT-THROUGH
We’ll explore the critical elements of an effective program that supports both wellbeing and organisational outcomes – and the top ten tips for making sure it delivers.
Gillian Coutts, Australian Country Director of Potential Project

ROUNDTABLE 17: HOW TO BUILD YOUR IDEAL DAY
Discover how Appreciative Inquiry has helped more than1,000 people thrive in both life and work. How can you build your perfect day?
Duncan Young, Head of Health & Wellbeing and evidence based researcher, Lendlease

 ROUNDTABLE 18: “HOW GOOD ARE YOU AT MANAGING CONFLICT?”
Challenge yourself to a quick conflict “health check”. Discuss some tips and tools for managing conflict “hotspots” especially:  triaging early conflict, diagnosing the appropriate intervention and getting help when you need it.
Catherine Davidson, conflict and disputes resolution expert and leading mediator

 ROUNDTABLE 19: WHAT ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE INTERVENTIONS TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE AND WHY DON’T WE DO THEM?
Nick Glozier, Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Sydney; Consultant to SafeWork NSW, SIRA, and many public and private organisations on evidence based workplace wellbeing

ROUNDTABLE 20: MILLENNIAL AND WOMEN’S WELLBEING
Did you know that Millennial Women are most at risk of burnout or that women experience depression at twice the rates of men? At this roundtable we’ll discuss the seven burnout risk indicators, what best practise wellbeing strategy looks like, and the practical steps you can take to address the workplace burnout epidemic.
Sean Hall, specialist in burnout risk identification and prevention, Founder and Chief Energist, Energx

ROUNDTABLE 21: LEADER-LED WELLBEING: WHY ANY SUCCESSFUL WELLBEING STRATEGY IS UNDERPINNED BY LEADERS WHO WALK THE TALK
When a leader is a strong advocate for wellbeing, the ripple effect can be profound. How can we help leaders to create a culture where prioritising wellbeing is not only accepted, but encouraged?
Emily Coppola, Health & Wellbeing Lead, Medibank

ROUNDTABLE 22: HOW CAN WE GO BEYOND THE INDIVIDUAL AND ACTIVATE TEAM AND ORGANISATIONAL MINDFULNESS AND COMPASSION?
Hear about pioneering workplace programs in the health care system that support staff wellness and compassionate care. Discuss how we can go beyond mindfulness and compassion training for individuals and expand this caring culture to encompass teams and organisations.
Nickolas Yu, Program Manager for Staff wellness and Patient and Family-centred Care, Sydney Local Health District

ROUNDTABLE 23: MANAGING THE WELLBEING CONTINUUM IN THE WORKPLACE
Wellbeing, like many things, falls on a continuum from well, to becoming unwell, being unwell and then recovery, so how is your workplace supporting its employee base on where they are currently on the continuum?
Rachel Clements, Co-Founder and Director of Psychological Services at the Centre for Corporate Health

ROUNDTABLE 24: CULTIVATING CLARITY AND CULTURE IN THE WORKPLACE
Empowering employees to learn and seek inspiration from culture and technology can stimulate creativity, boost engagement, and enhance ownership at work. Establishing a culture based on shared values, flexible learning opportunities and trust galvanises teams, encouraging imagination and innovation.
Leanne Cartwright-Bradford, Country Manager at Audible.com.au 
Amanda Norris, Director, Human Resources Asia Pacific

ROUNDTABLE 25: FITBIT 
Andrew Eagling, Business Development Manager, Australia & New Zealand, Fitbit Health Solutions

AFTERNOON COFFEE

3:30pm - 4:15pm

A COMPASSIONATE REVOLUTION TRANSFORMING OUR WORKPLACES

4:15pm - 5:30pm

RESILIENCE AT WORK: FROM STRESS TO COMPASSION AND CONNECTION

4:15pm

international expert in chronic stress and co-author with Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn of The Telomere Effect, USA

Work should contribute to health, not detract from health. However, too often workplaces have a culture of stress and can promote burn out among employees. By understanding sources of workplace demands, including those generating from our own mind, we can harness and transform our stress responses to work for us. Examine some of the science of stress and how it affects our biological ageing, how to prevent depletion and burnout, and how to create a more compassionate work culture.  

CASE STUDY: MAKING A MINDFUL TRANSFORMATION

4:40pm

CEO/GM, Willoughby Council

Debra Just at Willoughby City Council is on a mission to bring about a mindful transformation.  

  • What motivates their journey?
  • What does it takes to get system change – moving beyond “well washing”
  • Challenges?
  • Looking after self in the transformation.

THE COACHING RIPPLE EFFECT: BEYOND THE PERSON-CENTERED APPROACH!

4:55pm

lecturer and researcher, Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney

Coaching is well placed to support leadership and organisations adapt in adapting to the emerging complexity of our times. New thinking and adaptive approaches to coaching are required that move beyond the person-centred assumption. Dr O’Connor will present his ground-breaking research on the ‘coaching ripple effect’ and introduce new ideas on the spread of positive wellbeing through leadership change at an organisational level, on the importance of network thinking and on systemic approaches to coaching.

CASE STUDY: DEVELOPING WELLNESS & COMPASSION IN THE WORKPLACE

5:15pm

Sydney Local Area Health District

Since 2014, Sydney Local Health District has run a regional-wide meditation-based wellness and compassion program for nurses and other health workers. This pioneering program has more than 3,000 staff attendances annually in five hospitals across Sydney. A team of 40 meditation facilitators host regular drop-in meditation sessions run during work hours.

Studies have found that the program increases staff wellness and compassionate care. Nickolas will share some insights into how he created and implemented this successful mindfulness, compassion and wellness program. The session will end with a brief meditation to help you close your Day 1 wellness summit experience with a sense of space and connection.  

CLOSE DAY 1

5:30pm

Day Two

Tuesday 25 June 2019

HEALTH HACKS FOR THE WORKPLACE

9:05am

One of the world’s leading authorities on health and wellbeing, science journalist and best-selling author, UK

Transform workplace health & wellbeing with some simple lifestyle tweaks! Motivate your staff to make small changes in their lives that will have a meaningful impact on their health, with infectiously enthusiastic UK science journalist, TV presenter and best-selling 5:2 Fast Diet and Fast Exercise author, Dr Michael Mosley: “ I’ll be sharing with you the very latest scientifically backed advice on ways in which you can fight the ageing process, and refresh and reinvigorate the body.”

CASE STUDY: BUILD YOUR IDEAL DAY

9:35am

Head of Workplace Health & Wellbeing, Lendlease

There is currently a gap between knowing and doing and to enhance workplace wellbeing we need to enable people to move beyond awareness to action. At Lendlease we have used a strength-based appreciative inquiry framework to develop a workplace wellbeing program called Build Your Ideal Day. Be inspired to bring this program alive so that you too can Build Your Ideal Day

FINANCIAL FITNESS IN THE AUSTRALIAN WORKPLACE

9:50am

Founder of MapMyPlan

We’ve never been more aware of the importance of employee wellbeing, and its impact of productivity, engagement and innovation in the workplace. But what about that part financial wellbeing plays? Recent research* has found that 58% of Australian employees admit to having some financial concerns. Explore how companies can better understand financial stress in the workplace and what they can do to support  their employees.

* AIA Australia’s 2017 workplace survey

BOOST YOUR BRAIN

10:00am

Medical doctor, leading authority on improving brain function and best-selling author

Most people work on building up and boosting their financial assets. But how many people work on building up and boosting their greatest asset: their brain? Explore the essence of the neuroplastic revolution and learn immediately implementable, practical suggestions to improve the functioning of your brain. By applying this knowledge, you can:

  1. sharpen your thinking
  2. improve concentration, memory, learning and problem solving
  3. perform at your peak on a daily basis
  4. expand your creativity and tap into brain potential you never knew you had
  5. achieve far more than you ever thought possible

DO YOU WORK IN A HOLISTICALLY HEALTHY WORKPLACE?

10:15am

Specialist in workplace strategy and design, Managing Director, HASSELL

Explore the layers on which workplace design can support wellbeing. These layers form a hierarchy or pyramid, from basic psychological needs to the psychological layers of meaning, identity and belonging. When considered together, this pyramid can help underpin a more holistic view of wellbeing and the role of workplace design.

MORNING COFFEE

10:30am - 11:15am

ENHANCING PERFORMANCE & ENGAGEMENT AT WORK

11:15am - 12:30pm

WHY ARE WE SO TIRED? AUSTRALIA'S HUMAN ENERGY CRISIS

11:15am

Awarded marketer, innovator and strategist, Energx

Did you know that Australian professionals only feel they have enough energy four or five days out of ten? This is having a profound impact on our ability to both be and feel successful. Hear wellbeing insights from Sean Hall’s work helping thousands of people to prevent and overcome burnout. You’ll also learn how to recognise the warning signs in yourself and others, as well as some very practical tips and tools to increase your personal energy.

CASE STUDY: A WORKPLACE & SAFETY PROGRAM MUST GO BEYOND HIGH VIS AND LTI STATS

11:30am

Leader in health management and Managing Director of Optimum, a consulting company that advises industry on how to create elite work forces

Hear how the processes, outcomes and benefits from a 12 month trial with a large mining equipment supply company in Perth WA has turned into a National Health and Wellness program being rolled out to over 3,000 employees. The trial found that periodically benchmarking the workforce and developing scientific interventions, based on the data, can help direct investment, improve the risk profile of the workforce and save money. The program was more than fruit bowls on the counter, Pilates, meditation or massage at lunch time. Rather, a long term, structured, evidence-based scientific approach was used to increase safety at work.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AT WORK

11:45am

Master trainer and leading advisor in the practical application of positive psychology, founder of the Langely Group

Learn how emotional intelligence (EI) can build a resilient workforce, drive business performance and generate exceptional and sustainable results. The World Economic Forum report into the Future of Jobs places EI in the top ten skills required in the workplace in 2020. Two decades of scientific and business research shows the value of EI for leaders, salespeople and anyone whose job involves influencing and engaging people. 

We can practice and improve our emotional intelligence ability, a foundational skill that underpins our capacity to work well with others, manage stress and make effective decisions. By understanding the science behind emotional intelligence and how to accurately assess, predict and develop emotional intelligence, businesses can take a far more targeted approach to people development.

CASE STUDY: DO WELLNESS PROGRAMS GO FAR ENOUGH? ANYONE FOR LUNCH?

Janel Horton

12:00

Passionate cook and founder of meal delivery companies, Dietlicious and Gourmet Dinner Service

In 2018, 67% of Australian adults were either overweight or obese. This alarming statistic is rising every year, costing our economy $13 billion in lost productivity. 

So, are Health and Wellbeing Programs doing enough to support employees achieve weight loss, improve nutrition and lower stress? The Wellness industry is already investing heavily in assessments, education and menus, but, it’s clearly not cutting the mustard. The solution is simple – deliver people 100% healthy meals which naturally creates healthier habits and a healthier workforce. 

THE WELLBEING-PERFORMANCE INTERACTION: HUMANISING ANALYTICS FOR THE FUTURE OF WORK

12:15pm

Thought leader in high-performance psychology, Co-Founder and Director, Benny Button

Beyond technology innovation, the future of work will rely on intelligent investment in human potential. The relationship between wellbeing and performance is clear and undeniable. People perform better when they feel well. When wellbeing drops, so too does performance. This means that investing in employee wellbeing in work and life is key to developing, sustaining, and evolving a high-performance culture.

While we instinctively know that there is a dynamic interaction between wellbeing and performance, most organisations do not have a systematic way of measuring and monitoring this over time. As a result, there are huge blind spots when it comes to knowing which elements of work and life wellbeing are in sync, which are strong, which are suffering, and where intelligent investment should be directed. Now is the time to look beyond traditional engagement and culture assessments and explore the relationships between wellbeing and performance factors in work and life.

LUNCH BREAK

12:30pm - 2:00pm

PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY, MENTAL HEALTH, & RESILIENCE

2:00pm - 3:30pm

TAMING TOXIC PEOPLE: THE SCIENCE OF IDENTIFYING & DEALING WITH PSYCHOPATHS AT WORK

2:00pm

Lawyer and best-selling author of Sweet Poison and Taming Toxic People

Learn about a  phenomenon that damages businesses, seeds mental disease and discomfort and can bring civilisations to the brink of implosion – the psychopath. Psychopaths are often thought of as killers and criminals, but actually five to ten per cent of people are probably psychopathic without ever indulging in a single criminal act. These everyday psychopaths may be charming in the early stages of relationships or employment however their presence in your life is at best disruptive, and at worst highly dangerous: they will leave you feeling cheated and humiliated, dominating and manipulating you to the point where you question your sanity. Learn how you can work with others to restrain that difficult person in your workplace, be it your boss, your colleague or someone else you interact with regularly.

PERSONAL STORY: SPEAKING OF MENTAL HEALTH...

2:20pm

Outspoken advocate for mental health, suicide prevention and sharing personal stories

Be moved and inspired by a deeply personal story of what the mental health journey has been for a young man, his friends, and his family. After a lifetime of battling with mental illnesses and losing his brother to suicide, Nic has come through the other side, not held back by his past when he believed happiness was an impossible goal and at times something he didn’t deserve. Speaking out to reduce mental health stigma and lower the barriers to seeking help, Nic’s solution is simply to start the conversation – in his words, “There can be something really powerful about learning through the experiences of each other.”

SMART ORGANISATIONS CREATE A CULTURE WHERE IT'S SAFE TO DISAGREE

2:35pm

conflict and disputes resolution expert and leading mediator

Change the way you think about disagreement. Welcoming difference and its positive potential builds our human capital and our business. Developing a skill set and a competency is key to creating a culture where people feel safe to take risks and communicate constructively. An introduction to the key skills that will change the game for your workplace.

PANEL: STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING COMMUNICATION AND RESOLVING CONFLICT AT WORK

2:45pm

Sandra Levy AO, leading light in film, arts and television industries, former Director of Television ABC, and former CEO of AFTRS.

David Gillespie, lawyer and best-selling author of Sweet Poison and Taming Toxic People

Fay Calderone, Partner Employment, Hall & Wilcox

Moderator: Catherine Davidson, conflict and disputes resolution expert and leading mediator

Hear the perspectives of a former CEO, lawyer and author, employment lawyer, and Human Resources director as they discuss what they have seen and what they have done to navigate the journey.

RESILIENCE@WORK: MENTAL TOUGHNESS TRAINING

3:05pm

Leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology and founder of The Positivity Institute

Resilience is a hot topic these days in schools and workplaces. Scientifically speaking, there are different definitions, theories, models and approaches to understand and developing it. Find out about a scientifically supported approach to resilience, namely Mental Toughness (MT).  Research has shown that MT correlates highly with increased levels of wellbeing and reduced levels of psychological distress. Explore a user-friendly model of MT that helps build resilience, wellbeing and achievement in individuals, teams and organisations  – the 4C Model consisting of Control, Confidence, Commitment and Challenge. You will have an opportunity to reflect on your own levels of MT and to identify key strategies to help develop it.

MINDFUL LEADERSHIP, HIGH PERFORMANCE & WELLBEING

3:15pm

Global expert on Mindful Leadership, bestselling author of 3 books & founder of mindfulness app Awakened Mind. 

Many wellness programs focus on employees, yet often the impact leaders have on their team member’s mental health is not considered. Michael Bunting has conducted extensive research into both the impact leader’s have on their teams and the leadership practices that support mental health and high performance in both leaders and their teams. You can have your cake and eat it, but you need to lead in a specific way. In this talk Michael will cover the 7 disciplines of Mindful Leadership.

AFTERNOON COFFEE

3:30pm - 4.15pm

PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE

4.15pm - 5:15pm

SACRED LEADERSHIP: TRANSFORMING OUR WORKPLACES

4:15pm

Wakka Wakka/Wulli Wiulli Traditional Owner from Central Queensland, academic lecturer and university researcher in the field of leadership psychology and First Nations knowledge systems

Sacred leadership has nothing to do with power, money or ego and everything to do with humility and emotional intelligence. Although the term was coined by Harvard Professor Robert Kegan, the practice of sacred leadership isn’t new. Sacred leaders bring transformational integration to all systems having consideration for the impacts on the planet, on other people, their relationships and their work.

DANCING WITH COMPLEXITY

4:35pm

Co-founder of Zeitgeist Coaching and Training and co-author of Leadership in a VUCA World

The complexity of our workplace, our environment can be overwhelming. At times it seems as if you don’t know the rules anymore, or who is on your team, or even what game you are playing. Learning how to deal with complexity starts with ourselves. We must find and connect to our deep source and learn how to stay in flow. We need to learn how to get lost and dance with complexity.

YOUR WELLBEING BLUEPRINT

4:55pm

Best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher and playful change activator

In its simplest form wellbeing is our ability to feel good and function effectively physically, mentally, and socially. But in increasingly connected, dynamic, and busy workplaces looking after our wellbeing has never been more challenging. So what are the evidence-based approaches you can take to make this a little easier, a lot more enjoyable, and far more effective? Discover the six practical, evidence-based steps workers, teams, and leaders can take to improve their individual and collective wellbeing as they work. And get access to a free wellbeing measure so you can track the impact your efforts are having. 

CLOSE OF DAY 2

5:15pm