Dr Gavriel Schneider

Australia - QLD

Specialty Areas

Dr Gav Schneider is an acknowledged leader in the field of human based risk management and the psychology of risk. He is the creator of the concept of Presilience. He is a highly experienced, security, safety, emergency and risk specialist with decades of experience.

Dr Gav has conducted business in over 17 countries and provided a wide range of services for a very diverse client base, ranging from heads of state to school teachers. He is a leading academic in his field and heads up the Post Graduate Psychology of Risk program at the Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Dr Gav is a much sought after international speaker and author. He is the CEO of the Risk 2 Solution group of companies which are a group of 4 companies that focus on delivering innovative and cutting-edge solutions in the Risk, Intelligence, Safety, Security, Medical and Emergency response sectors.

He is also the author of the highly acclaimed ‘Can I See your Hands: A Guide to Situational Awareness, Personal Risk Management, Resilience and Security’ available for purchase, here. Dr Gav has been recognised for his work and was the RMIA Risk Consultant of the Year for 2019 and one of the top twenty global thought leaders in fire and security in the IFSEC Global Security & Fire Influencer Awards.

Speaking topics

Personal safety and Presilience

In our complex and evolving world the ability to empower everyone with the basic skills to keep themselves safe both in and out of the workplace has never been more important. Understanding how to apply the key skills of situational awareness and vigilance as well as manage stress and adrenal response to perform as effectively as possible no matter what you are faced are just some of the aspects this subtopic explores. The core outcome is an empowering journey that shares knowledge and skills to keep you, your co-workers and your family safe:

In this session you will learn:

  • What is the awareness toolbox and how does it work
  • How to assess people from a risk perspective
  • Understanding intuition and your subconscious superpower
  • How to plan effective response
  • How to ensure you don’t freeze or panic
  • How to manage aftermath and post-traumatic stress

Presilience, Resilience & the Psychology of Risk

Presilience model is that the outcome of a Resilience model is based on ‘recovery’. Presilience is about dealing with an incident to achieve a new agreed normal outcome. Presilience is much more than simply being reliable and ensuring business continuity in case a negative event happens, it’s about high performance and outcomes that make us better than we were before. It’s about constant learning and adaption to seize opportunity, not simply recovering from a negative event. There is a formula to follow and skills to develop that will see businesses and business leaders emerge.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why presilience is the key skill set required to thrive in the new normal
  • How to manage stress and thrive under pressure
  • Understanding the whole of person model in practice
  • Why understanding how we make decisions is crucial to high performance
  • The journey from compliance to resilience
  • Why agility and resilience are crucial for success
  • Why Understanding our own risk appetites and tolerances helps to make better decisions

Risk and enhanced decision making in a VUCA world

Risk intelligence enables better decision making, to proactively embrace opportunity and manage negative outcomes, and incorporates agility and resilience – since in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world, being able to pivot and bounce back is critical. Developing RI and striving to function at a steady state of Presilience takes effort, but the rewards are great. 

In this session you will learn:

  • Why some risk is good
  • How to develop natural and habitual situational awareness and situational understanding (SASU)
  • What is risk intelligence and how to build it
  • Understanding why we need to change the way we work to thrive in the VUCA world
  • How to make better decisions
  • Stress management and adrenal response for high performance
  • Linking personal performance, risk and strategy to achieve great outcomes

Leadership and High Performance in the new normal

Banking royal commissions, bushfires and COVID-19, we have certainly seen enough demonstrations that the world we live in is VUCA1 – an acronym originally used by the American Military. It stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. The global stock market meltdown which was a result of the spread of coronavirus reinforces the view that we need to respond better in the future to these unforeseen events as it seems VUCA is here to stay. A VUCA world requires a business’s leadership and strategies to move past simplistic management theory; it is no longer a case of finding the one solution or management tool.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why leadership starts with an internal narrative
  • Understanding social and tribal aspects around leadership and high performance
  • Adaptive strategy and capability development
  • The requirement for strategic and tactical skills sets (STactical development)
  • Developing Dynamic Risk Equilibrium
  • Building a mindset for presilience
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