Professional Training Modules


“I left feeling refreshed, energised and with a lot more clarity than I walked in with.”

Chris Porter - Office of Living, State Government of Victoria

“I would recommend it for people who are looking for that something that is going to shift their thinking and ability to handle challenges in new ways.”

Melissa Ronca - Coordinator BUiLD, University of Technology Sydney


1. Adaptive Leadership for Workplaces

Adaptive Leadership is an unconventional style of leadership training pioneered at Harvard University. It has three key components:

  • Problem complexity
  • Leadership as action not a position/role
  • Facilitating stakeholders to take ownership of a situation

This is leadership training that makes a difference as it doesn’t rely on a ‘leader’, rather, actions that improve the situation.

Adaptive Leadership is best deployed in response to complex situations, such as entrenched behavioural issues, stale workplace culture and pressing external factors. These situations require a more creative and reflective approach.

2. Workplace Diagnosis

Problems are not all born equally. Distinguishing between situations that are for technical, adjustive or adaptive is essential. Adaptive situations refuse to be solved by existing expertise and know-how. They demand adaptation - new ways of doing things. Our training equips staff with the skills and awarenesses (awareness of self, team & organisation) to

  • Notice what’s going on
  • Accurately interpret the situation
  • Intervene accordingly
This is ideal for workplaces that require a fresh approach that unlocks creativity, innovation, improvisation & experimentation.

3. Teamwork for Tough Situations 

All workplaces, regardless of how harmonious they are, encounter difficult and highly charged situations. They crucially demand the ability to communicate effectively and compassionately. Organisations regularly face restructuring, leadership change and demographic shifts. Therefore, we need to learn to how to deftly navigate these situations to flourish as a team. Through a series of carefully facilitated activities we train staff in how best to:

  • Communicate dissenting perspectives
  • Assess behavioural impact
  • Establish and connect with collective purpose
This is ideal for teams looking for facilitation around communication and conflict resolution.

Our focus

Leadership - Using the Adaptive Leadership framework (from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard) we explore our individual leadership capacity and our driving intentions.

Team Building – Participants will experience and explore group dynamics and the skills and awareness necessary to function effectively in a team even in the toughest of situations.

Stress management – We explore the psychological and physiological signs associated with stress and develop tools to notice, reflect and thrive in complexity.

Effective communication – Communication is vital to effective leadership. As such, attentiveness to language and speech patterns is a central to our training.