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Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office – Dr Keith Suter (World Affairs Speaker)

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Keith Suter is a global futurist, thought leader, author and media personality, recognised and highly respected in the areas of social policy and foreign affairs. He is one of the world’s great thinkers and exemplary communicators. Keith has extensive experience in speaking, lecturing and teaching. He is a regular on Seven’s Sunrise program and is often asked for comment on the ABC, Sky News and Macquarie Live News. Keith is one of 100 members of the Exclusive Club of Rome, which includes the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev.

Here the World Affairs Speaker shares his insight into Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.


The pledges

For over 80 years there has been a tradition whereby incoming US presidents promise what they will do in their first 100 days in office.

Donald Trump published a list of his pledges.

Trump’s 100th day occurred on Saturday, April 29th. He has had a disastrous time in office – one of the most chaotic in recent memory. He has the lowest approval rating of any new president since Harry Truman about seven decades ago.

He has achieved virtually none of his pledges. Now he has downplayed the significance of that original list.

What has gone wrong?

First, all incoming presidents get mugged by reality. Ambitious promises are made in the election campaign to get elected but once elected it becomes clear that they cannot be implemented. Trump has gone the way of his predecessors.

Presidents come to office but not necessarily to power. Much power resides elsewhere, such as in the political, financial, military and intelligence sectors. No one politician can succeed if these sectors have other plans.

For example, Trump hoped to improve relations with Russia. But the US’s political class did not approve and so those plans were blocked, for example, by allegations that Trump was too soft on Russia or was even somehow being manipulated by Russia.

Similarly, he promised the abolition of “Obamacare” (the Affordable Healthcare Act). But the disputing members of Congress could not agree on the proposed Trump replacement.

Second, the wider world may also be against him. For example, he promised to focus more on the American economy, with more jobs being created in the US and with less reliance on foreign trade (which had cost some Americans their jobs).

But modern countries survive via global supply chains whereby key components are made elsewhere. The US has lost some of its manufacturing ability and companies anyway prefer to sell cheaper imported goods (Walmart is Mexico’s largest single employer). Customers want cheap goods and they are usually unwilling to pay more for American-made goods. He cannot re-industrialize the US.

Finally, Trump is now embarking upon a new phase of his presidency. His grand promises are being ditched and he is having to live within the limitations of what he can achieve within the political system.

The people who run the US have brought him into line and he is now more restrained. He has lost or demoted some of his key staff who helped fashion the original Donald Trump campaign.

Trump has been forced to accept the limitations of his office. That may not please his supporters (especially when they come to vote in November 2018 for all the lower House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate).

But that is the reality.

There are three implications here for Australia

First the US, for good or ill, is still Australia’s lead partner. Australia cannot afford to have the US embroiled in chaos. There has to be a clear sense of direction out of Washington DC.

For example, what will be the US’s future role in Asia?

Will Trump continue Obama’s policy of encirclement of China or will he leave the region to the growing Chinese influence and become an “isolationist” president (as he suggested in his Inaugural Address)? The US is Australia’s main military ally and yet China is our main trading partner. Whom does Australia support in the event of a US-China clash?

Second, the global economy has still not recovered completely from the global financial crisis. There is speculation that the economies are heading for a period of stagnant growth.

The US (and Australia) need to look beyond the current daily controversies to devise the long-term path to economic development, such as greater reliance on alternative energy, inventing new manufacturing systems for an era of resource shortages, and how to cope with climate change. This new economic revolution requires more than just a few tweets issued in the middle of the night.

Finally, there is the irony that some of Trump’s abrasive policies designed to please his supporters may actually benefit Australia. He has made it more difficult for foreigners to enter the US as tourists, students or employees. If the US continues to be hostile towards these people, then we could have more of them arriving in Australia. Ironically, Trump’s presidency may contain some benefits for Australia.

Discover more about Keith Suter here.

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Ten ways to reduce the negative impacts of anxiety and depression – Craig Hamilton (Health, Lifestyle & Wellbeing Speaker)

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Craig Hamilton is one of Australia’s leading mental health advocates, sharing his journey from the depths of hell to regaining his health and happiness. Star of the documentary Broken Open, Craig has used his privileged position in the public eye to challenge perceptions, calling for increased support for suffers and providing health and wellbeing advice across Australia. Craig is a powerful speaker, who can educate any audience with his honest insight which is shared with great passion and conviction. No one walks away from Craig’s presentations without being thoroughly inspired.

Here the Health, Lifestyle and Wellbeing Speaker shares his insight to help people reduce the negative impacts of anxiety and depression.


Can we improve our mental health without medication?

In today’s busy world most of us wait until we are highly stressed, anxious or even depressed before we act on our health. Even when we do take stock and ask ourselves the question “OK, I’m unwell and getting worse by the day, what next, what do I need to do to regain my health?”

Apart from medication is there anything else we can do to improve our mental health?

I believe the answer is “ABSOLUTELY YES.”

Only since my diagnosis with Bipolar Disorder One have I consciously started looking after my wellbeing. The main reason for change came about because without change my health would continue to suffer. My first internal check-up comes as soon as I open my eyes in the morning.

How am I travelling today? Is my mood higher than it should be? Do I feel slightly depressed? How am I really feeling? It has to be an honest appraisal otherwise the whole process is a waste of time.

We all need to keep an eye on ourselves

I think a lot of these routines are beneficial to everyone, not just people with mental illnesses. We all need to keep an eye on ourselves. Diet-wise, I’m imperfect, but I do try. I eat fewer processed foods.

I’ve slashed my coffee intake. When I first started in the media, I regularly drank five cups a day, two sugars in each. It was simply fueling an increase in adrenaline which with an increase in the hormone, cortisol, would set me up eventually for adrenal exhaustion. That was too much caffeine and sugar, too much fake energy. The slump would come in the late afternoon, further proof that highs always lead to lows, ups necessitate downs; the whole lot a balancing act, a non-stop game of give and take, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’m down to two coffees a day because I just love a good coffee but the five and six a day is a thing of the past.

I have also cut back sugar consumption and this has also levelled out my mood, and actually increased my energy levels, not reduced them. I felt terrible without it for the first few weeks and definitely had withdrawal symptoms but I persevered…

When it comes to fitness, my routine varies. The problem is that I get very bored, very easily, so I chop and change my routines to keep them fresh. I have a once a week boxing class, a swim every now and then, I walk and do yoga either in a class situation or at home.

I believe that everyone needs a special routine or a place; one thing they know will make them feel completely free of worry. Mine is a 9.5 kilometre walk a meditation without actually sitting down to meditate. I’ve started plenty of these walks in a restless mood but I’ve never finished in anything other than great spirits. I’m so into it I forget that I’m actually getting exercise in the process. The heart rate is up without it being too much of a hard slog. The more I walk the clearer my thoughts become. I will continue to do this walk whenever possible and find some new ones to experience as well. And I’ll continue to look for other ways to support my health and wellbeing.

The sensory overload of bipolar can be overwhelming but most of the time I know when I need to pull back, take my time and take a long slow breath. Sometimes diving into the surf on those bitterly cold winter mornings will lift your mood. In summer the temperature will be between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius; in winter it might get down to 14 or 15. I choose not to walk with an iPod blaring in my ears. My phone is off or absent. I don’t want to be taking calls, I don’t want any artificial noise, I just want to find my peace. I find calm in the steadiness of my own footsteps.

I used to find time on my own difficult. Now I like time spent with myself. It’s a great challenge to keep your own company. It can be a challenge but the more you like your own company the more relaxed you will become.

My 10 point stay well plan

My 10 point stay well plan to manage and improve the debilitating impacts of depression, bipolar disorder, acute stress and anxiety are as follows:

1.Good sleep pattern

2.Regular exercise

3.Yoga

4.Meditation

5.Reduce alcohol consumption

6.Eat as much unprocessed food as possible

7.Surround yourself with positive uplifting people

8.Read the stories of others who have overcome adversity to inspire you

9.Don’t feel that you are alone as mental health issues are common

10.Seek help if you are overwhelmed.

Medication is also very effective for many mental illnesses and in many cases will be absolutely necessary. This is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about, I have taken medication since my diagnosis of bipolar in 2000. And, I share this very openly, always.

There is nothing in my stay well plan that cannot work in tandem with prescribed medication.

Interested to learn more about Craig? Click this link.

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The antiquity of leadership in the conscious business woman – Tenille Bentley (Leadership Speaker)

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Tenille Bentley has been successfully building companies for over 11 years. She has been the true essence of creating her own destiny to becoming a highly respected and nationally sought after authority speaker and educator in the areas of new media and technology, entrepreneurialism, conscious business leadership, and philanthropy.

Here the Leadership Speaker shares her thoughts and insight into the antiquity of leadership in the conscious business woman.


Collective feminine

Generations have passed in the evolution of the modern woman, we have seen her emerging from the antiquity of the once highly revered ‘wise medicine woman’ with her tribes anxiously awaiting her guidance and intuition, into a cultural power play of suppression between both genders. She sits in an era where she is only now just finding her authentic voice and place in the world, without being the ‘token’ woman on a board, but rather seen as a valued contributor to the modern boardrooms.

Yet, as International Women’s Day approaches we still have challenges in being heard, in finding our voice, in conviction of our true worth. We still have doubt as we compare ourselves through a constant culturally educated subconscious program called ‘outward validation’ for self-worth.

Today I write this piece as a representative of the collective feminine. The suppression that has existed upon many generations. Our lifetimes are all connected both past and present, we have carried loads on our backs until our spirits and bodies broke down giving space for us to break out of the pre-existing shell to embody the alchemical pool of possibility.

Let us remember the many generations of women who have been mistreated, and still in some countries it is very prevalent, all of which has been predicated on the supposition that somehow we collectively had to be ‘managed’, driven only by a deep fear of the power of the feminine. I don’t speak of ‘power’ as an ego based power and I don’t speak of the feminine just within women, this is the balance of the masculine and feminine in all of us.

When we find our voice, when we find our message, when we find our ‘baby’ whether that be our service mumma earth, our mission or our child…no one can get in between a woman and her baby. Whilst she may be deeply nurturing. She is also intensely fierce. You mess with her babies, you better move to the side!

Our journey as the collective feminine has tried to break us, lead us down the road of egoic idolatry feeding us with messages that filter into our minds on a daily basis and sound like this “I’m not worthy of love, I’m not enough, why doesn’t he love me, what did I do?, I look awful, I’m ugly, my bum is too big, my breasts are too small, too big.”

Let us honour our brilliance

These messages are merely distractions to steer us off course from our own brilliance, we are separated by ego, pulled apart by the suppression of our message, and days like International Women’s Day is the opportunity for women to pause and take a moment to honour their brilliance both individually and collectively. It’s an opportunity to bring together the ancient alchemy of women being of the community…for the community. When we break down our preconditioned notions, judgments of other women, we find an unbreakable connection that binds us together and creates a power that even scares some of us. Your individual power lies in knowing who you are and why you are here.

Personally, I see the time we are in today as a very exciting time for women to seize the opportunities that lay before them as more organisations evolve to develop diversity in management and boards. As a woman who brings her voice to some of the largest boards in Australia – I say to women today –  believe in your abilities, deliver with conviction and see each perceived setback as an opportunity to gain more strength for the next round. The importance of women supporting each other to succeed is just as important as our own individual path to success but key to this is also keeping a balanced perspective on non-gender specific success of a business.

It’s very generalised to state that women don’t get given the same opportunities as men, as there are many organisations and communities with a great balance of gender diversity. I tend to drive it down to the individual as opposed to the whole. Individual’s value systems derive how they are going to compartmentalise their way of doing business and with who. But I still believe at an individual level that as a woman it’s up to you to decide if you’re going to feed the generalised statement if you feel unfairly done by, or if you’re going to take it to an individual level. Really consider how you are going to let those challenges shape your career, yes being a woman in business comes with its challenges, but this is the same for men, I’m sure. It’s all about how you individually decide to filter your challenge and turn it into an opportunity.

Take the lessons from our past generations of women and embrace the wise woman that once sat around the fire sharing her wisdom, she lives in us all. She has a balanced perspective and it always comes from love, knowing that love isn’t always the gentle embrace of compassion and empathy but it is also the fierce wildness of standing up and being heard for what you believe in. With the wisdom that it is only your truth, not everyone will resonate with your message. You may guide with wisdom and passion but practice your natural gifts of intuition and balance.

You can discover more about Tenille here.

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Gender equality has stalled – Sadhana Smiles (Leadership Speaker)

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Sadhana Smiles is the CEO of Harcourts Group Victoria, the fastest growing real estate group. She is an accomplished keynote speaker, a well-known industry commentator and author of People Power, did you have them @hello. In 2013 Sadhana was named the Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the year. In 2016 she was the winner of the 100 Women of Influence in Australia. Sadhana considers herself as a corporate activist, a change maker who makes things happen. Her goal is to help ensure that the colour and gender of leadership and of our workplaces reflects the communities we live in.

Here the Leadership Speaker shares her insight and expertise into why equality has stalled and how we can work to move forward on this issue.


Women today see gender equality as a birthright

There is not a country in the world that I can name where men are not seen or assumed to be the natural leaders. In fact, even in the animal kingdom, herds are often, if not always led by the male. Our fore-mothers may have accepted their roles in relationships, business and socially, however, women today see gender equality as a birthright.

The old wisdom that women couldn’t possibly pursue a career, be a wife and mother no longer exists. I only have to look at my kids, my daughter ploughs her way through life taking on every opportunity and my son knows no different – mums can work and be a mum too!

The emergence of the dual income household occurred because other than the desire to have a career many women returned to the work force due to increased cost of living. Many women still choose to stay at home post children and I see this as one of the pillars of feminism. Having the choice to pursue your dreams and not be held back by your peers, partners, society norms, family or business.

However, many women who do choose to return to work, face the issue of being employed in jobs that do not pay as much as men and therefore child care costs eat away at what they do bring home. Those women who are more educated and can get roles that were traditionally held by men, also get paid less impacting their buying power, superannuation, and debt repayment.

There is a female blue and white blouse issue as much as there is for men.

In the 60’s and 70’s women actively worked to change their lives and demand equality, however, this seems to have stalled. At a Government level we have only one female state premier and in our parliament, the ratio of male to female is 17 to 1. The poor representation filters through to local council level with approximately only 34% of councillors being women.

If we don’t have equality at a local, state and national level in government how are any of them representing the community?

At a corporate level, Myer is the only company with the highest proportion of women at a senior executive level on the ASX. They have achieved this by having in place succession plans that identify equal numbers of men and women, creating a supporting environment for women returning to work post childbirth and are open to options such as flexible work hours.

According to the Australian Institute of Company Directors, 23.6% of directors on ASX boards are women however, there are still 20 companies that have no women. The good news is that women comprised 42% of new appointments to ASX boards this year. (Jun 16).

On the home front, women will get the job but we also have the natural job of having babies and carrying the load on the domestic front.

So how do we move forward on this issue of gender equality?

I believe that the most important place that this issue can be re-ignited is with the other half of the sky – men. How wonderful would it be if one-half of humanity supported the other half? Gender equality is not a struggle for women to be led by women. It is, in fact, a human rights issue and requires male participation.

Imagine if every male in the workplace today took on a female sponsor, mentored and supported her through her career.

Imagine if every male CEO made the decision to identify and appoint equal numbers of men and women to senior positions. The positive impact on the bottom line would surely be worth it not the mention the diversity of thought and leadership.

Imagine if the issue of gender equality suddenly became a priority at a government level globally. Simply starting the conversation will have a positive impact.

Imagine if we had mixed networking groups as opposed to gender-specific ones.

I write here today simply on one aspect of gender equality – our workplace. And according to the world economic forum, it will take us 81 years to have equality. Frankly, that isn’t the time frame I am prepared to wait for. It is 3 generations away and I will be long dead.

No, we need to take action now. We need to invite each other to the table. We need to show up, listen and take action together.

Because if we don’t start to take action and create the change that needs to occur then we will be forced to legislate and targets and quotas may ultimately be the only way to overcome the issue.

Both men and women need to “lean in” together.

Discover all about Sadhana here. 

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The global cultural dominance is changing. Are you best placed to thrive with this change? Andrew MacLeod (World Affairs Speaker)

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Andrew MacLeod is a visiting Professor at Kings College London, chairman of London-based Griffin Law, a corporate director in Australia and the US, a former high-level UN official and former CEO of the Committee for Melbourne. Andrew brings a perspective few can match from a career spanning humanitarian, government, and business. He speaks with intimate knowledge on the interface between corporations, government and communities, and ways to solve large-scale challenges.

Here the World Affairs Speaker shares insight into how global cultural dominance is changing and examines if we are really ready to thrive with this change.


People love to say ‘China is rising’, but they are wrong.

China is not ‘rising’, China is ‘returning’. And not only that, thanks to the United States recent policy changes, China is returning to dominance much faster than anticipated.

Do you fully understand the change and are you ready for what it means?

Firstly, why do I say China is ‘returning’ and not ‘rising’ and why is it important? Is the difference more than mere semantics?

Back in the 1500′s China and India combined were around 87% of the global economy. The two countries dominated global trade and commerce. Yet people who went through a European- style education system, and that includes Australia, may be surprised by that number.

Consistently throughout history, Europeans have been very good at pretending that things which happened outside of the European cultural context did not happen. Therefore Europeans called the thousand years between approximately 300 to 500 A.D. and 1300 to 1500 A.D. as the “dark ages”.

During the so-called “dark ages”, mathematics was perfected, astronomy was perfected, and the decimal system invented. Ulagbek found the world was round nearly 2 centuries before Galileo did. We gave Galileo the credit in history books because we did not want to recognize a Muslim astronomer in Samarkand in today’s Uzbekistan.

If you were to believe our educators you would think the whole world went backward during that millennium. The truth is the whole world did not go backward, just our culture did.

If you believe our educators the Romans had the greatest empire until the British. The truth is the Romans clung on to the edge of the Mediterranean with their fingernails. The truly great empires thrived much further east.

In the days prior to the Industrial Revolution, a country’s economic size and its population size were more or less in alignment, as individual productivity around the globe was very similar. Back in those days, most people on the earth were subsistence farmers.

What the Industrial Revolution gave was an enormous individual productivity spurt to Western Europe. It was the individual productivity gains created by the industrial revolution which empowered Western Europe, sparked the age of Empire and the dominance we see of Western European cultural norms in global trade today.

Is this coming to an end?

Just like our education system ignored regains outside the European cultural norm during the dark ages, we today are having a great deal of difficulty in accepting the enormous advances that are happening outside of our cultural context.

Most people in Western Europe, Australia, and the United States either have not heard of or do not fully understand the power of China’s One Belt, One Road policy. This multi trillion dollar infrastructure investment, announced in 2012, is already seeing enormous infrastructure investment throughout the ‘Belt’ of former Silk Road countries.

Add to this the infrastructure connecting the seaborne ‘Road’ from East Africa through Persia, through South Asia to China.

This massive physical infrastructure investment connects the fastest growing region of the world, China with the second fastest growing region in the world, sub-Saharan Africa, with the third fastest growing region of the world, South Asia.

This infrastructure investment has already seen the new Beijing to Afghanistan railway open, the Shanghai to Karachi railway nearly finished and numerous roads, pipelines and other pieces of major infrastructure underway or completed.

In some European news outlets have become excited by the fact that cargo now travels from Western Europe to Beijing by train, completely missing the point that Europe is a sideline, not an objective, for the Chinese.

The “One Belt, One Road” policy locks up a significant part of the global economy. Now, do you see how big this shift is?

But wait, there is more. Enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The TPP was to be a US lead-free trade and political agreement throughout the Pacific, including Australia, Japan, Peru, Chile, Canada and others, but excluding China. In response China proposed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, to include similar countries, but excluding the US.

In a way, TPP and RCEP were China and the US asking nearly half of global GDP to ‘pick economic sides’.

When both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump announced that neither would support the TPP and now that Donald Trump has killed it off, the Chinese are like the cat with the cream. Rather than having to fight for dominance in the Pacific, China has just been gifted economic and political leadership by the Americans.

So One Belt, One road locks up Africa through Persia, South Asia, Central Asia to China. RCEP locks up the Pacific. What is left? A stagnating Europe, the US and the east coast of South America.

This is not merely the Chinese economy growing. This signals the end of the empire. Global dominance is shifting away from the European cultural norms, toward a Chinese cultural dominance.

What will this mean for trade? What will this mean for transparency? What will this mean for global regulations like the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act? What will these mean to you, your business interests and your children and grandchildren’s education needs?

Interesting times indeed. If you are not ready, you need to become ready.

Learn more about Andrew here.

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Why we need more women in space – Dianne McGrath (Inspirational Speaker)

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Dianne McGrath is on a mission to be part of the first human settlement on Mars and is one of only 100 remaining candidates from the 202,586 initial applicants. This makes for a great story, but there is so much more to Dianne. As a presenter with over 20 years’ experience, she is a leading authority on sustainability and her presentations are both inspirational and fascinating.

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Developing a self-inspiring & motivational mindset – Christophe Barriere-Varju (Inspirational Speaker)

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Christophe Barriere-Varju is a fascinating speaker with a truly unique and multifaceted perspective on life who easily connects with an audience. Christophe became a legend of one of the toughest and most dangerous motorsport races in the world, the Dakar Rally. His story was captured in the powerful and inspiring film, Dream Racer which won 7 International Film Awards. He also co-hosted the film Riding Morocco: Chasing the Dakar for National Geographic. Outside of racing and filming, Christophe holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Triple Major MBA in Finance, Supply Management, and New Venture Management from the University of San Diego. Having worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in New York, he is a unique blend of adventurer, sportsman, businessman and entrepreneur.

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Are you ready to lead for success? Radek Sali (Leadership Speaker)

Radek Sali is an accomplished leader of international business, having made his mark in his early thirties as CEO of household name Swisse. Radek’s leadership style was acknowledged with Swisse being named the ‘Most Successful Business of the Year’ of 2012 by BRW’s Private Business Awards. Radek was also recognised as GQ Businessman of the Year and the CEO Magazine Pharmaceutical Executive of 2012. In 2015 and 2016 Swisse was named a top 25 employer of choice. Radek is an impressive and highly motivated leader who hasn’t lost sight of his ethics, his people and the impact on the environment. He encourages people to tread gently and aim high, we could all learn from that motto.

The Leadership Speaker shares his vast expertise and vital tips on how to be not just a great leader, but the best leader there is.


Have you asked yourself, what it takes to be successful? Are you living your passion?

Can you imagine a champion sports person successful at their caper if they were not passionate about it? Make sure you are at peace with these questions. To be successful you need to have made the decision to be elite! That’s right, you’ll need to practise every day as if you are going to the Olympics. Except this is a lifetime journey.

For this to be sustainable, you need to live a truly balanced lifestyle. Your profession must seamlessly integrate with who you really are. You cannot be fraud or fake or you will be found out. Love yourself, what you do and the life that goes with it. You will have to work hard, but not over do it, look after your body, exercise, eat right and remember that your brain is your most precious asset so look after it – meditate! Do these basic things to help yourself and you’ll be able to help others you care about.

Define your leadership style

I love to have fun, seek buy-in, and truly believe that the sky is the beginning. Practise what you are good at, so you get better and better at it.

Great challenges are opportunities, these challenges will define your success. Except the fact that difficulties will always come. That’s life, make the most of it rather than fight it. Seek the opportunity to grow and learn from the experience.

Make sure you surround yourself with people that tell you the good news as well as the bad. Thank them when they are brave enough to tell you the bad. Feedback is a gift, nurture those who give you counsel.

Accept the fact that for all of us, change is something that we need to do constantly. Change doesn’t come easy, we need to reinforce change with positive feedback and encourage and reward changes that take a business forward.

Set up a work environment that reinforces the use of positive language. Think if you were to go to a personal trainer and they didn’t encourage you to complete exercises or didn’t give you any instructions on what to do, it would hardly be worthwhile. Why shouldn’t this be the norm for the workplace? Lead by reinforcing the good, choose language that inspires people and make it ok for people to be coached on the job, how else will they get better?

Leaders create culture and a great culture is the first step in creating a great business

Culture is something that must be nurtured and constantly worked on.

It is alive and as important as a business plan. Put as much effort into it as a business plan, workshop regularly. Update it quarterly and keep it relevant. Make sure that your company values are constantly reinforced by leaders and team members alike. Reward those who champion culture – make them heroes of the business.

Over the span of a week, we spend more time at work than in any other relationship in life. Make sure you lead, do the right thing and provide for a workplace that people really look forward to being part of. It’s your responsibility to your team to do this for them and yes it will pay you back bucket loads. If your people are happy, the business will operate better, you as a leader will be proud and feel fulfilled by what you do.

Inspired by Radek? Learn more about him here.

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Recovering from a volcanic eruption – my biggest challenge – William Pike (Health, Lifestyle & Wellbeing Speaker)

William Pike prides himself as being an ordinary kiwi bloke. However, those who have heard him speak have undoubtedly thought the opposite. As an accomplished motivational speaker, author, 2015 Young New Zealander of the year finalist and an international role model, and amputee, William is a leader and achiever who displays passion and success without limits. He motivates audiences to be passionate, resilient, embrace challenges and ensures there are no limits placed on what you and your team can achieve. Here the Health, Lifestyle and Wellbeing speaker tells the story of his toughest challenge…recovering from a volcanic eruption and shares tips on how you can overcome any challenge you face.

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Welcome to ICMI NZ’s new website!

ICMI NZ is pleased to announce the launch of their new and improved website: www.icmi.co.nz

The site features a new design with a fresh look, and is more focused on the users’ needs. The new website offers a user friendly layout to search for New Zealand speakers and entertainers with just a few clicks. The top tabs display the categories and running your cursor over the main categories will produce a drop down menu for detailed sub categories. This means that users can now have quick access to the type of speakers or entertainers they would like to invite for their next event.

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