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November 25th 2014

Visiting Internationals

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2014 is upon us, a year that is already showing signs of being a devastatingly successful year for the transformation towards digital nativity… so what do I see the year bringing to the world of culture, behaviour and technology.

January 25th 2011

Is Technology Making You Dumb?

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The following was taken from a Harvard Business Review article!

Do you have trouble concentrating? Find yourself easily distracted? Before getting in a tizzy that you have attention deficit disorder or something worse, check your stress level. New research shows that stress interferes with attention. The good news is that easing stress reverses these changes.

When I was an academic (in a previous life) I noticed that people in this environment were drawn to complexity. They would always find the most complicated way to explain something and always gravitated towards the most complex solution to a problem. My take on the driver for this behaviour was two things:

May 5th 2011

What is the Third Space?

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We are excited to announce Dr Adam Fraser’s new keynote topic ‘The Third Space’ which is the ideal follow on from Adam’s previous topic ‘The Art of FLOW’.

In this video Adam shares with us exactly what ‘The Third Space’ is, how we can utilise it, and why it is so important to both our productivity and performance in everyday life.

January 18th 2011

Top 3 Trends for 2011

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In this video, Anders invites you to join him for a complimentary webinar on the 'Top 3 Trends for 2011' that are likely to affect innovations, generations and communications. Whether you're an internal or external thought leader, this is one webinar you don't want to miss, filled with the latest trend analysis and suggestions on how you can best spot, feel and position successful ideas in an uber-competitive market place.

November 14th 2011

Get Your Energy FLOW! On…

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Well it’s the end of the year again! Most of us will soon be having a well-deserved break after yet another intense year, where the demands of life and work have once again increased dramatically, leaving some of us exhausted.

March 27th 2012

Hints for greater happiness

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We all want it but it appears that most of us don't have nearly enough of it. What am I talking about? Happiness!

Happiness research is now big business. Where once the secret of happiness was left to the philosophers to ponder, the world of science has since joined the party. Scientists want to know what makes us happy, psychologists want to know why, and marketers want to know how to make money out of our desperate need to be happy.

August 1st 2012

Tested by science!

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One of the big challenges organisations face when they book a presenter for a conference is "will the attendees walk away and actually change behaviour". In a world first Dr Adam Fraser wanted to put his clients minds at ease by having a University study test to see if his keynote presentation actually resulted in a measurable change in behaviour.

Stephen Lundin, Ph.D., the bestselling author of the FISH! He has taken his powerful messages about FISH, Top Performer, and Innovation to audiences all over the world. By sharing his powerful, personal and authentic message, Stephen Lundin awakens his audiences to the possibilities that already exist in every workplace, every home and every life

Ever wondered what it's like when you die?
Been in a situation where death may simply be easier?
Wondered what it would be like if you could bounce out of your rut to a life where you are in control?
Have you ever wondered what you would do if you were given a second chance to live the life of your dreams?

The 5 principles of Bounce Theory will ignite YOU AND YOUR TEAM to not just bounce back, but BOUNCE FORWARD stronger, greater and better than you could have ever imagined.

My clients often ask me which web services I use and why. At first, I advocated the Cloud as a way of saving money and avoiding cruel and unnatural suffering at the hands of in-house IT. But after a while, I realised that the most disruptive impact created by the Cloud was not the death of traditional software, but rather a potential transformation in the way we work, collaborate and engage with clients. The Cloud was a behavioural rather than a technological revolution. Many of the insights that emerged from my discussions with companies, both big and small – seemed at first counter intuitive. For example – why would sharing private data yield new patterns for profitability, outsourcing business processes back to your clients provide them with a sense of control, or avoiding work actually result in you being more productive? Anyway enough with the preamble – here is my list of the top nine Cloud services that have both changed the way I work, and more importantly, the way I think about it.

I had a great conversation with Ken Wallace on the weekend, who's not only a cracking screenwriter but also has the pleasure of being my brother-in-law. He has recently had his second child, and was saying how he thinks in general people consider the way that they parent, 'normal'. Everyone else does it incorrectly or abnormally.

That is, you become your own benchmark for what is 'normal'. Everything else is a bit wacky or, often, 'dysfunctional'.
There is such wisdom in this – it is not just parenting, it's everything. We become our own benchmark for what 'normal' all the time. And then we get caught up in diagnosing problems with others; we talk about how people need to change and improve and fix things.

January 24th 2014

Be A True Hero

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Yossi Ghinsberg’s tale of survival has inspired audiences all over the world. Having been separated from a group of travelling friends, Yossi was left to fend for himself for three weeks in the harshest environment on earth, the unchartered Bolivian Amazon. With no food and no water, Yossi discovered an animal strength, an innate desire to live that has changed his outlook on life forever.

In this short interview Yossi gives us an exclusive insight into why he took that treacherous journey, his darkest moments and how he pulled through in the hopes that we can each take away a lesson in resilience.

Andrew Winston is dedicated to helping companies both large and small use environmental strategy to grow, create enduring value, and build stronger relationships with employees, customers, and other stakeholders.

He has advised some of the world’s leading companies, including Bank of America, Bayer, Boeing, Bridgestone, HP, Johnson & Johnson, and Pepsi.

In this insightful piece Andrew reflects on how all companies can take advantage of the earth’s natural resources, but in a very positive way.

Stephen Koukoulas is one of Australia’s most respected economists. His background covers the spectrum of economic insight - from his role as Chief Economist of Citibank to Senior Economic Advisor to the Australian Prime Minister.

In his latest article Stephen argues against the widely held belief that first homebuyers are being priced out of the market, showing us (and Bridie at The Guardian) that with a little frugality and some more realistic expectations, your first home isn’t just a dream.

Siimon Reynold’s is one of Australia’s biggest business success stories. The last business Siimon co-founded, Photon Group, grew from two people to 6000 in just eight years becoming the 15th largest marketing services group in the world. He has also won over 50 business awards.

Author of best-selling book ’Why People Fail’, Siimon shares his five tips to making 2014 your mist successful yet!

In this video, you will be pushed from a paradigm of internal competition and control to a paradigm of collaboration. Specifically, we will discuss how:

  • As organisations get more sophisticated, we drive our silos deeper
  • Innovation in the future is just as likely to come from breaking down the silos internally as it is from building greater depth in the existing silos
  • New technology will form the basis for many of the ways we collaborate in the future

Chunk Up! – This is a tool which is powerful in figuring out what is “most important” in every situation. From making sure the “big picture” is in mind, to prioritizing tasks and not “sweating the small stuff”, this is a tool which will help in the clarity of what needs to be done.

Watch the video here.


Michael Degnan (of SapientNitro and Engagement Banking fame) and myself headed down to the Starbucks at One Penn Plaza in New York City with the objective of recording our experience of processing a mobile payment using the Starbucks App for the iPhone. The App links your phone to your pre-paid Starbucks card to process payments using a QR code on the screen, which can be scanned by a small reader connected to the cash register. The experience was, in a word, engaging…

March 9th 2011

Upcoming Events

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Watch out for our upcoming Speaker Showcases in June and July.

Why Financial organisations that work together do better

Ever come to the end of the week, looked at your in-tray and thought 'gee, I could really use an extra day this week'? Well, according to the global CEO survey, workers in knowledge organisations spend up to 25% of every day looking for information. Twenty-five per cent.

So there's your extra day, right there!

With so many 'shifts' over the last 12 months, it is essential that we reflect in order to stay on top of our game. In this video, Anders Sorman-Nilsson shares with us his 'Reflection to Inflection' tool, which enables you to clearly evaluate the past 12 months and move forward with renewed clarity and purpose.

Everyone can maintain contact with their clients – but how do you move from a contact to a connection? A long term client that ‘sticks’ with you for five, ten or even twenty years? The key is to provide not only great value, but to also in becoming their trusted advisor, confidante and hopefully friend! In this video Lisa shares with us some essential and very simple tools to retaining your client base for years to come.

We are excited to announce Dr Adam Fraser's new keynote topic 'The Third Space' which is the ideal follow on from Adam's previous topic ‘The Art of FLOW’.

'The Third Space' keynote is a high energy look at how we 'show up' in our different tasks, roles and environments in both our business and personal lives. Adam explores the way in which we must move in a continual flow of ‘micro-transitions’ in order to maximize our performance.

May 12th 2011

DARE Showcase Series

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We have just finished our DARE showcase series for 2011.  Both events were a huge success so watch out for 2012, which we promise will be even bigger and better!  To view the photos from the showcases go to our Facebook page and watch this space for the speaker highlights video coming soon......

ON TWO occasions last month, large numbers of passengers passing through Australia's busiest airports have had their travel plans substantially disrupted as a result of what have been euphemistically described as ''security incidents''.

On each occasion, a relatively small number of people - just one in Melbourne on April 7, and 16 in Sydney on Tuesday last week - were inadvertently admitted to the ''sterile area'' beyond the security checkpoints.

Only those who have managed to fail greatly have succeeded greatly.

While many fortune 500 companies where laying off and going through massive changes at the start of the Global Financial Meltdown, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi decided to do something different. She travelled around the world boosting her employee’s morale and encouraging them to see the good in every bad situation. This action had a profound impact on the company and also her as a leader. In fact Fortune Magazine named her the most powerful woman in the world in 2009.

It is time we got back in touch with the importance of the relationships we have with the customer. Specifically:

• We need to stop seeking cost-savings in ways that damage relationships with the customer

The world is witnessing a huge modality shift in the banking and retail worlds, with mobile devices becoming the preferred method of payment. While some companies are embracing this shift and prospering, others are struggling to keep up with where consumer behaviour is heading.

We’re all suffering from status update anxiety now.

In an age of transparency tyranny, war for talent 2.0, and an osmosis between social and business spheres, organisations need to re-think the importance of their employment brands.

June 21st 2011

Get Prepared to be DARED!

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Last year we ran our first DARE showcase series in Melbourne and Sydney which were a huge success! This year we are excited to be hitting the road again with our team of thought leaders who will inspire and DARE you to think a little differently.

Interest rates will start rising again quite soon, the Reserve Bank indicated – about as clearly as central banks ever do signal their intentions – in its most recent quarterly Statement on Monetary Policy, despite the fact that, as Treasurer Wayne Swan said in his Budget Speech just four days later, ‘for some, talk of an investment boom seems divorced from reality’.

Only 7% of our communication is words, 38% is the tone in which we say something, while the most powerful form of communication is body language at a staggering 55%. In this video, communication expert Chris Helder shares some insights into how to read body language and reveals the power of asking questions in order to create a listening behaviour that re-engages people.

July 15th 2011

And then there was Video!

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Over the last month we have been working hard behind the scenes to overhaul our You Tube page. It is now up to date with our speakers most relevant, engaging and at times, eye opening video content. This means that you now have instance access to a wealth of knowledge from Australia’s leading and most progressive thought leaders.

We have just entered into a brand new financial year and it’s time to plan and prepare for the next 12 months.  With 45% of people unhappy in their current jobs and depression at an all time high, things aren't looking good!  In this video Sam Cawthorn shares with us the three pillars required in business to overcome these issues, allowing us to ‘bounce’ into the new financial year and ensure success!

August 22nd 2011

The Leader-Shift!

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In life we are all leaders in some form or another, and as leaders we need to be in a constant state of shifting. Shifting is a matter of moving progressively and purposely from where you are now, to where you want to be in the future.  In this video Lisa McInnes-Smith shares with us the 1% improvement formula that creates long-term shifts and takes us and our teams towards achieving our greater goals.

Dominic Thurbon works with companies to help them embrace new emerging technologies and deal with the rapidly changing future of the work place. With web 2.0 continually progressing, the need to collaborate across traditional business units to achieve collective outcomes has never been greater. In Dominic’s speaking demo you will get the sense of how this can achieved through the implementation of silos and disorganised collaboration.

August 30th 2011

Why Inspiration Trumps Imitation

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Mike Walsh: You can have too much of a good thing, especially if it wasn’t yours to start with. Here’s the perfect example – brands that shamelessly imitate the strategies of their major competitors. I was scouting the Westfield complex in Century City, LA last week and noticed a new Sony concept store a few feet from a classic Apple retail shrine. It was striking how similar both stores appeared, except for one crucial distinction – Sony was devoid of customers.

September 7th 2011

What is the Future of Education?

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Creating relevant, engaging and differentiated learning experiences in an uncertain future.   Dominic Thurbon, Chief Creative Officer, ChangeLabs

It is an oft-cited cliché that ‘the world is changing faster than ever’. I would argue that it is a cliché because it is true! Education, in particular, is undergoing a rapid revolution, and I say this from first hand experience. Over the years, at ChangeLabs we’ve worked with over 350,000 students and over 100,000 amazing educators and administrators in primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational education around the world. This revolution is not the ‘education revolution’ of Rudd/Gillard administrations, but a revolution driven by a confluence of interrelated trends: legislative shifts in everything from funding to curriculum, generational change, a changing world of work for which we are preparing students, rapidly emerging technologies and a dire teacher shortage, just to name a few.

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