Do you need the courage to shift the bull?
Bullshift - Malcolm is here to help you get more openness, honesty and straight talk at work and within you life
Bullshift will help you:
1. Build more collaborative relationships
2. Gain insight into why we struggle to be open and talk straight
3. Provide practical things we can do to be more open and honest to ourselves
4.Provide practical things we can do to encourage others to be more open with us
5. Learn how the Bullshift Principles and skills can help improve giving and receiving feedback
Malcolm Dix is a comedian, MC, public speaker, former social worker, father of three -including a newborn baby boy- and the owner of a psychotic German Short-haired Pointer puppy (which he often wishes could be returned to Germany.) All of which means Malcolm lives a hectic but ultimately damned fine, funny and amazing life.
Strengths Based Leadership
A disruptor of conventional leadership and people management practices, Elise’s diverse background allows her to straddle the commercial realities of organizations whilst forming deep human connections to facilitate positive change and extraordinary outcomes. With more than 25 years of global and local human resources experience in corporate and public sector organizations,
Elise encountered a very personal wake up call to the importance of enabling people to flourish at work after her own experience with depression. Having completed her Master of Applied Positive Psychology, these days Elise brings together Eastern and Western psychology approaches whilst drawing on her qualifications in Marketing and Management.
Lee Watanabe-Crockett is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together through connection and compassion.
Lee works with governments, education systems, international agencies and corporations to help people and organisations connect to their highest purpose and realise their wish for the future.
Lee believes in creating balance in the reality of a digital present and future. As such, living in Japan, he studies Aikido, Buddhism, and the Shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute.
Joyful curiosity is the foundation of his approach to creating vital learning environments for groups around the world through the two organisations he as founded, the Global Digital Citizen Foundation, and Wabisabi Learning.
His several best-selling books including Growing Global Digital Citizens, Mindful Assessment and Future-Focused Learning, have garnered many awards and are used in schools and universities around the world.
What does your school culture need from you as a creative and courageous leader?
Fiona Robertson is an organisational development and leadership expert who focuses on the intersection between culture, strategy, leadership and brand. She has worked with dozens of large and small blue-chip organisations domestically and internationally, with all levels of government in Australia and coached numerous senior executives. Her industry expertise includes Financial Services, Government, Professional Services, Education, Retail and Technology.
In her early career Fiona spent eight years with Ogilvy Public Relations in London where she specialised in complex multi-country communications and brand campaigns for clients like IBM (35 countries), The Nasdaq Stock Market (8 countries), Oracle (10 countries) and McKinsey & Company (globally).
After returning to Australia Fiona assisted major corporations and local, state and federal governments with the design of organisational structures, advising on sensitive internal and external communications and change management during acquisitions, restructures, off-shoring and down-sizing, executive coaching, career coaching, career transition, facilitation, senior team development and leadership development programs.
Fiona has also spent a cumulative twelve years in senior executive positions wit the National Australia Bank including heading their market research function and several transformation roles. Most recently she was Head of Culture during a period which included the introduction of a set of values and a new purpose for the organisation.
She is now an independent culture change advisor, speaker and mentor for senior executives.
Fiona holds an MBA from London Business School, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership.
Managing Mental Health and Well Being
Since capturing Australia’s attention as one of the most successful football players in AFL history, Wayne Schwass has gone on to make a name for himself in more ways than one. Born in New Zealand and raised in Warrnambool, Western Victoria, Wayne Schwass began playing Aussie Rules football at the age of ten. But with his undeniable talent and passion, it was not long before he was recruited to join the AFL— so in 1986, Wayne began playing for the North Melbourne Football Club. From here, Wayne went from strength to strength, quickly becoming one of the most highly-rated players in AFL history. Wayne played 282 games at the elite level for fourteen and a half years, both with the North Melbourne Football Club (1988-1997) and the Sydney Swans (1998-2002).
Since retiring in 2002, Wayne has established himself as a highly respected AFL broadcaster on TV, radio, print and online. However, in addition to his work within the sporting world, Wayne has also become a passionate advocate for mental health awareness. In 2006, Wayne founded the ‘Sunrise Foundation’, an organisation he created after becoming one of the first AFL players to speak openly about his experience with depression.
Though no longer operating, the ‘Sunrise Foundation’ focused on delivering preventative education programs to secondary school students between the years 2007 and 2010. More than 5000 students participated in the foundation’s ‘Headsmart’ program. Following this, Wayne successfully transitioned into a corporate sales role, however, his passion for health and wellbeing ultimately drew him back to mental health advocacy—and it was this same passion that led him to create ‘Puka Up’. Launched in 2017, Puka Up is a social enterprise focusing on mental health, emotional wellbeing and, importantly, suicide prevention. According to Wayne, the Puka Up vision is to ‘create the environments for every person to have authentic and genuine conversations about mental health and emotional wellbeing'. As well as running Puka Up, Wayne also delivers his powerful and honest keynote speeches at countless mental health seminars and workshops, where his message never fails to resonate with audiences.
Courage in the Face of Adversity
For many of us, Resilience describes our innate ability to recover from significant challenge. Our ability to access our unique psychological and physical fortitude to ensure that we continue to move forward. Yet, in times of extreme crises and war, our Resilience faces its greatest challenge - the horror of illness and injury, and of the death and destruction of humanity.
How do we as leaders continue to rise in such extreme circumstances? How do we as leaders shift crises into growth, and pain into purpose?
In 2004 Sharon sacrificed her health and fitness in the service of her country. Working in East Timor as a Royal Australian Air Force aeromedical evacuation nurse, Sharon narrowly escaped death when the helicopter in which she was travelling crashed in a violent storm. Suffering a severe spinal injury, a shattered jaw and aviation fuel burns, it was the unseen scarring of chronic pain and Post-Traumatic Stress that threatened to reveal the limits of her resilience. Yet the test was far from over. As Sharon faced the brutal consequences of her service and sacrifice, she endured the loss of her mother to breast cancer, the loss of three friends and colleagues in another helicopter crash and the attempted murder of her policeman father.
Well within her rights to shy away from life, Sharon vowed to not only survive, but to continue to live. As a Registered Nurse and humanitarian, Sharon is a woman who embodies grace and compassion, yet the sheer strength and the courage she has displayed over a 16-year military career reflects that of a warrior. Sharon has witnessed the very best and possibly the greatest evil of humanity.
Today Sharon continues to be of service to the men, women and families who serve Australia, providing a valuable insight into the sacrifice and unique qualities of their lives in the service of others. As a Member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, she provides a voice for all who have served. Having recently completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science, Sharon matches her personal experience with theoretical insight, delving into the nature of survival, resilience, courage, and leadership.