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Keeping your company engaged in society

May 7th 2019

There are increasing expectations for business to be engaged in and relevant to the issues facing modern society. Consumers say they want business to take a more active stand on social issues.

So how does a business engage effectively in society and at the same time truly win more customers and talent because of it?

Purpose Drives Employee Performance

March 5th 2019

The research shows that when people work with a sense of purpose that they perform better in just about every metric that matters. The only questiona for us are: Do we know that purpose? And as leaders, are we doing things that activate that sense of purpose within our employees?

Dr John Izzo has spent the last 25 years mapping the face of performance drivers, and in turn has inspired organizations and leaders to embrace the mindset that creates and attracts purposeful, driven employees.

Odecast with Dr John Izzo

In this episode with speak about the Ta seismic shift happening in business which Dr John Izzo calls The Purpose Revolution, a radical desire for work to be about more than money and for our buying, employment, and loyalty connecting to a desire for meaning and social good. Those companies and leaders who respond to these expectations are engaging both employees and customers, creating fierce loyalty.

Master Facilitator

Master Facilitator

James is also an experienced and able panel facilitator who always ensures that the discussion is both informative and entertaining. He draws on his experience as a radio host and ex-criminal lawyer to ask the right questions at the right time. His television background as The New Inventors host enabled him to elicit all the relevant information and his unique brand of corporate comedy to keep it entertaining and engaging for the audience. 

Your contribution as leader of our panel on ethics was extremely well received. This contributed to the overall day and dinner being a hugely successful event.
- President, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association QLD

Express Travel Group

Lisa McInnes-Smith - Testimonials

A true professional, high-energy, inspiring and lots of fun. Lisa was the most engaged presenter we have ever had.

The importance of leadership in education

October 15th 2018

The education sector is currently undergoing so much change that the environment, roles and responsibilities of teachers is also changing dramatically.

Events & Corporate Travel Manager, ULINE

Mark Schulman - Testimonials

Mark's keynote was the perfect balance of business messaging and performance! His energy and enthusiasm are contagious!

Treasurer of Australia, Liberal Party of Australia

Stephen Koukoulas - Testimonials

As I go around and speak to the economists, I can't help but be drawn to Mr Koukoulas, who is well known to those on the other side of the House

Teaching for Tomorrow

Teaching for Tomorrow

How to equip today's students for the future

Students in classrooms today will enter a world very different to the one their teachers and parents have known.

In light of the uncertainty that lies ahead, it is more important than ever that educators keep their finger on the pulse of technological and societal trends in order to help students prepare for them.

Session overview

In this practical and highly relevant keynote presentation, audiences will learn:

  1. The key social and technology trends that will shape the future including artificial intelligence, robotics and automation
  2. The skills and competencies that young people will need in order to be future-fit
  3. Why and how education practices and paradigms must evolve in the coming years
  4. A range of proven and practical strategies for making classroom learning relevant to the next generation of learners

Audience members will leave this presentation with a clear action plan for engaging today’s students while equipping them for tomorrow.

Teaching for Tomorrow is an ideal stand-alone conference keynote or an extended half or full day program.

Mastering the Art of Momentum

Mastering the Art of Momentum

The secret to achieving effortless and enduring growth

We all love being on a roll, in the zone and firing on all cylinders – that flow-state sensation where everything just seems to work.

But what happens when the groove becomes a rut, inspiration evaporates or your mojo disappears?

Enduring success and growth for any business today is dependent on building and maintaining unstoppable momentum.

Session overview

In this inspiring keynote presentation, audiences discover:

  1. The art and science of momentum – where momentum comes from and why it makes all the difference when you’ve got it working for you
  2. A practical and powerful formula for building momentum individually or in a team
  3. How to get into a flow state of peak productivity on a daily basis
  4. The role that focus and consistency play in ensuring a groove doesn’t become a rut over time

Audience members will leave this presentation with a clear action plan for achieving effortless growth and maintaining it over the long haul.

Mastering the Art of Momentum is an ideal stand-alone conference keynote or an extended half or full day program.

Preparing Now for What's Next

Preparing Now for What's Next

How to thrive in an age of uncertainty.

Disruption is something that every organization and leader has experienced at scale in recent years. In the aftermath of one of the most tumultuous chapters in human history, now is the time for audacity, adaptability and agility. Enormous opportunities lie ahead for those that can identify the trends of tomorrow and gear up for them today.

In this fast-paced & compelling keynote presentation, audiences will discover:

  • The key trends that will shape the coming decade with a specific focus on the impacts of AI, hybrid work and the metaverse
  • The role GEN-Z will play in redefining industry norms and consumer expectations
  • The common culture and mindset traps that will set any organization on a collision course with obsolescence – and how to avoid them
  • Proven and practical strategies for staying one step ahead of change and remaining relevant.

Audience members will leave this presentation with a clear action plan for navigating disruption and emerging stronger than ever.

Preparing Now For What's Next is an ideal stand-alone conference keynote or an extended half or full-day program.

Who's Got Your Back?

Disregard the myth of the lone professional “superman” and the rest of our culture’s go-it alone mentality. The real path to success in your work and in your life is through creating an inner circle of “lifeline relationships” – deep, close relationships with a few key trusted individuals who will offer the encouragement, feedback, and generous mutual support every one of us needs to reach our full potential. Whether your dream is to lead a company, be a top producer in your field, overcome the self-destructive habits that hold you back, lose weight or make a difference in the larger world, Who’s Got Your Back will give you the roadmap you’ve been looking for to achieve the success you deserve.

Never Eat Alone

In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps—and inner mindset—he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his contacts list, people he has helped and who have helped him. And in the time since Never Eat Alone was published in 2005, the rise of social media and new, collaborative management styles have only made Ferrazzi’s advice more essential for anyone hoping to get ahead in business.

Co-Head of Programming, Red Lightning

Keith Ferrazzi - Testimonials

Keith delivered one of the most heartfelt, inspirational, and useful talks that I attended while at Burning Man.

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