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The Helmsman Project

Leadership and Innovation Series

Wed 20th Nov 2019, 12:00 pm - Wed 19th Feb 2020, 2:00 pm


$50 - $90 AUD + BF

$50 - $90 AUD + BF

The Helmsman Project

Leadership and Innovation Series

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Wed 20th Nov 2019, 12:00 pm - Wed 19th Feb 2020, 2:00 pm
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Herbert Smith Freehills
161 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Event description

Join us for our special two-part series focusing on 'change'.

These events are designed for leaders & managers, HR/L&D/OD professionals, change management professionals and executive coaches to gain insights and tools to best support your people, teams and organisations through change. 

Part One
Systemic coaching & effective approaches to individual, team and organisational change 
Wednesday, 20 November, 12:00pm - 2:00pm 

As leadership and organisations alike struggle to keep up with the emergent complexity of our times, we need new strategies, approaches and forms of thinking to enable us to harness creative potential adaptively. Coaching is well placed to support these new forms of thinking and to encourage adaptive approaches, however is still hampered by the person-centred assumptions limiting coaching’s potential for support. 

Based on ground-breaking research on the Coaching Ripple Effect and the spread of positive wellbeing through leadership change at an organisational level, Dr Sean O'Connor will share perspectives on the importance of network thinking and systemic approaches to coaching alongside implication for both individual and organisational change and development more broadly.

This talk will:

  • Outline the Coaching Ripple Effect and how it can be leveraged to support coaching at the individual, group, team and organisational levels
  • Identify implication for integrating coaching into the broader scope of organisational development and change
  • Challenge you to think more systemically about approaches to coaching and change for more efficient and effective impact

Sean A. O'Connor, PhDSean is a renowned coaching practitioner and early career academic, teaching and conducting research at the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney, Australia running the world’s first Master Level degree in Coaching Psychology. He is an Institute of Coaching, Harvard Harnisch Scholar and has won numerous international awards for his ground-breaking research into “The Coaching Ripple Effect”. Applying his knowledge on social network analysis and complex adaptive systems, Sean is conducting research on the spread of compassion through coaching and positive psychology in health care, perspective taking and network thinking in leadership for major projects, coaching approaches to cultural change in education and the combination of positive psychology and coaching to goal attainment.

Part Two
Helping our people thrive through change 
DATE: Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 12:00pm - 2:00pm 

As the increasingly dynamic, demanding, and unpredictable nature of modern workplaces continues to grow, many organisations are finding that their ability to adapt to change has been surpassed by the rate at which the world around them is changing. In this reality it is all too easy to accept that burnout, stress and resistance to change is an unavoidable norm.

As leaders what we need is an evolutionary leap forward in our ability to manage change that not only ensures we are not burning our people out but are in fact enabling them to thrive.

In this insightful and practical talk, Michelle Etheve shares the latest Change Lab survey results and why it isn’t the pace of change that is undermining people’s wellbeing in workplaces, but the way leaders approach change. 

You will walk away from this session with:

  • Hot-off-the-press insights from what Professor David Cooperrider (one of the world’s leading researchers on positive change) has described as the “most comprehensive empirical analysis to-date on trends in organisational change, its success factors, and how change management relates to employee wellbeing”
  • Successful leadership strategies to help your people thrive even when the changes at work are coming thick and fast
  • An introduction to Appreciative Inquiry, a powerful, generative, strengths-based approach to create positive change in workplaces, schools and even whole communities
  • Practical tools and techniques for using Appreciative Inquiry to engage your people in the day-to-day changes as well as the bigger organisational transformations

Michelle Etheve: Masters of Science in Coaching Psychology, specialises in enabling people to create purposeful, strengths-based change. As co-founder of The Change Lab, she helps people create cultures of curiosity through designing and asking better questions, and thrive as they create, learn and experiment together. Michelle has designed and delivered Appreciative Inquiry summits, positive change experiences, and coaching development programs in workplaces, schools, and communities around the world.


Herbert Smith Freehills

161 Castlereagh St, Sydney

Included in your ticked is a delicious lunch consisting of a nutritious selection of individual boxed salads, using local and seasonal ingredients and fresh whole fruit.

Thanks to the generosity of Herbert Smith Freehills and our pro bono guest speakers, 100% of the proceeds from the events will go directly towards helping The Helmsman Project positively impact the lives of young people in Western Sydney. 

Tickets - special deal: 
One session = $50 
Both sessions = $90 

Tickets are strictly limited - book today

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Date and Time

Wed 20th Nov 2019, 12:00 pm - Wed 19th Feb 2020, 2:00 pm


Herbert Smith Freehills
161 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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The Helmsman Project is a coaching and experiential learning program for Year 9 students located in communities experiencing disadvantage. Through professional coaching, hands-on experiences and community projects, young people learn to see the opportunities available to them and increase their sense of hope, self-regulation, resilience and community mindedness. Equipped with these essential life skills, they can make better decisions and reach their full potential.

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