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Brisbane NeuroLeadership Symposium

Practical Strategies for Building Leadership Capability
Thursday the 25th of October 2012
9:00am to 4:30pm


Bill Synnot, Linda Ray, Sonia McDonald & Nick Bennett

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Join us in Brisbane on Thursday the 25th of October to explore how the latest insights from neuroscience can build your leadership capability. We welcome four engaging presenters all of whom use these insights in their own day to day practice. They will share with you practical strategies that will help you stay cool, think clearly, collaborate, engage your staff and facilitate change that sticks.

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Symposium Sessions

Bill Synnot: Neuroscience - bringing into focus the science behind the practical art of change management

For many years the art of change management was plagued by the comment "Where is the research to prove that what you are doing is going to be effective?" In one situation, change managers were alleged to be equivalent to "snake oil salesmen" as there was little or no science to explain their recommendations. Neuroscience has helped change this, as we now have a better understanding of how the brain works. We now know why some frameworks, tools, techniques, etc work and why others are not as effective.

Previously limited to a "trial and error" approach, we now have a choice to work with the brain or against it. If we work to support the brain’s preferred operational style, we find implementing change is considerably easier. Read more here

Linda Ray: Attention: how do you manage yours?

Leaders and managers are operating in an increasingly complex environment with high levels of uncertainty, change and information overwhelm. This ‘hyperkinetic’ environment challenges our resilience as leaders, our capacity to remain focused and productive. The single most important skill we can learn is the capacity to notice where our attention is placed at any given time.

The average worker experiences 1 interruption every 5 minutes – around 80-90 interruptions per day and most people enjoy a maximum of 12 minutes of uninterrupted time during our working day. When you are in the ‘flow’ it can take up to 25 minutes to get back there. Neuroscience challenges the myth of multi-tasking and highlights the negative impact of dividing attention. Read more here.

Sonia McDonald: Growing & Managing Talent: It starts with the brain.

The War for Talent. Something of a buzz phrase for many years and a phrase that will be around for some time yet. Globally, we are still figuring out how to find, engage and retain great talent in the market. Why does it seem so hard? Sonia will be sharing some insights into how to grow, engage and motivate talent from a neuroscience lens.

What does Neuroscience mean for Talent? By understanding the human brain and in turn; behaviours, we can truly understand our people – our talent. What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? Read more here.

Nick Bennett: Aligning Minds: Creating collaboration

When I am doing things for you, I am doing them because I have to! When I am doing them for me, I am doing them because I want to!"

The above statement defines the underlying issues in a hierarchy – an organisational condition that (in terms of our now understanding of Neuroscience) will find itself relegated to the annals of history and provide lessons in how not to bring the best of people to the table.

So how do we ensure that we build alignment, create the mind opening opportunities that enable people to provide discretionary effort and have them engage with a sense of purpose and inclusion? Read more here.

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