During my 15 years as an army officer and U.N. Peacekeeper I faced many challenges, in many different locations around the world. But challenge is a regular part of everyone's lives - not just those in high-pressure positions.
The great irony is that we often resist challenge, despite knowing that the outcome will frequently be enormous personal growth, and potential improvement in our lives - whether that be career, family, relationships or financial rewards.
So why do we resist challenges so thoroughly?READ MORE
It is impossible to predict all of the challenges that life will throw our way. There is absolutely no point even trying to predict and prepare yourself for challenges that haven’t occurred yet. What is important is that with every challenge that you do face, resilience is built, lessons are learnt and opportunities arise.READ MORE
Sailing, whether for survival or competition, is an unforgiving business. The teams that excel in such environments provide a multitude of learnings for leaders back on dry land. So, by drawing on my experiences, as well as those of some of Australia’s best sailors, I set out to explore the most important and universally applicable leadership lessons from the oceans.READ MORE
Here’s a question: How often do you allow your mobile phone to go flat?
If you’re like me, the answer is almost never probably because you’re never too far from your charger – at home, in the car and, oh, the tragedy of forgetting to pack the charger when you’re travelling, right?!!
So now consider that you are actually not dissimilar to your mobile phone. Highly sophisticated multi-tasking capabilities, indispensible and absolutely unable to function effectively unless regularly recharged. Yet most of us don’t think to manage our energy levels as astutely as we manage our phone’s! It’s quite astounding how much we take ourselves for granted.
The need for a personal energy management plan is something I learned early on in my sporting career. High performance athletes have to learn to master their energy in order to bring the best of out themselves when it really counts. There are many habits that helped me do this and they can work for you, too.
Start by observing yourself over the course of a week and see if you can identify a pattern in your energy levels. Most of us can relate to Wednesday hump day or that mid-afternoon slump but see what comes up for you. Start to work out times or days when there’s a natural drop in your energy when you can schedule in an energy booster.READ MORE
Adventure thinking is about bringing an expedition mindset to everyday life challenges, stages and situations.
It’s a state of mind and methodology for making the impossible possible. Its turns big dreams into reality, challenges what’s normal, and turns the unimaginable into the doable. It allows you to take on the unknown and risky with confidence. Adventure thinking means you won’t die with FOMO. Its foundation is the belief that we are all adventurous.READ MORE
When a prominent overseas speaker visits our shores it’s a great chance for you to book a world-class speaker without the costs of flights. Ovations always maintains an up-to-date list of travelling speakers, below is just a sample of who’s visiting Australia in the coming months.READ MORE
For businesses who wish to break into the Asian market, one of their most critical needs is to become confident in their understanding of the culture. With relationships being at the heart of business in Asia, learning to build long-term, sustainable businesss relationships can only be developed when you understand and respect the culture.READ MORE
In 2009 two friends and I launched Shoes of Prey - an online custom shoe shop. We were full of excitement, but also quite apprehensive. After all, we had left our well paying jobs and really had no idea what we were doing - although only faintly aware of this at the time.READ MORE
Organizations are both transforming themselves with digital innovation and being transformed by it.
Apart from the financial benefits, organizations with reputations for successful digital innovation often garner strong followings among customers while becoming magnets for technological talent.READ MORE
Are you all about the heart? Or is the mind where it's at?
Do you crave interaction.... with the latest device, or with your fellow human beings?
It's no secret that different strokes energise different folks, but when it comes to digital vs. analog in today's world, there's a clear divide.
No matter whether it's tech or touch that floats your boat we've got a speaker for you!READ MORE
It's a natural consequence of starting a new year - we want the new shiny things!
And don't fear we have some new, shiny speakers who're about to have a big impact to share with you. But we'd also like to remind you of a few fantastic speakers who are just so hot right now - topics that are new, or simply aligned with the zeitgeist, topics that resonate with audiences today.
Snap them up for your next event... or someone else will!READ MORE
Leadership. There must be thousands of blogs, articles and books written about it. It's certainly front of mind for almost anyone who works in a team.
However, being an effective leader today is implicated by the inter-generational workplaces that are emerging. Where Baby Boomers and Gen Zeds, who have different expectations, learning habits and communication styles, collide.READ MORE
Part of my journey in becoming a keynote speaker has been the reflection and understanding that my unique and somewhat extreme experiences have raised, formulated and subsequently reinforced in me the importance of trust in my livelihood. In every direction I look the more I realise the importance trust holds in our various worlds, whether it be business or life.READ MORE