• How to Work With Controlling People

    Xero

    Are there people in your teams or workplaces who are sabotaging wellbeing with controlling behaviours? People who blameshift, criticise, hoard knowledge, can’t accept feedback, openly or passively stonewall, do so for a reason. We will take a look at different types of controlling behaviours and the motivations behind why people use them. We will explore how to recognise when we are around a controlling person (or being inappropriately controlling ourselves), how to set healthy boundaries and change power imbalances so that we can get on with doing our best work. Speaker Bio: Julia Harper is passionate about transforming people and the systems in which they thrive. She loves to connect people with their true purpose, supporting them to form deeply relational communities that sharpen each other’s world. Her greatest excitement is helping people get unstuck from self-limiting beliefs, unlock the true depths of their skills and talents, and progress into leadership. With a career spanning coaching, tech, and business, and degrees in Law, Commerce, and a Masters degree in Counselling, Julia has unique insights on how you can be your best. For over 15 years, she has helped clients both individually and in groups to discover a more fulfilling and purposeful life. Format: 6:00PM - Networking, chat, food, drinks 6:30PM - Speaker 7:00PM - Break into discussion groups, led by facilitators, speaker will give topic to discuss 7:50PM - Come back as a group, one person from each group can share with everyone the gems from the discussion 8:15PM - End

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  • How To Get Your Next Promotion

    MYOB Richmond Office

    You're striving to be your very best, continually learning, growing and moving forward. When you're ready for the next challenge and opportunity, you need a plan to make it happen. Promotions can be a tricky business. Learning to navigate your organisation, the people and the politics can give you the leverage you need to land that next step up. Learn how to position yourself, who you need to impress and what the managers above you care about. You'll have everything you need to develop a plan of action, ready to execute and land that next role! About Dan Harper: Dan strives to help organisations take a “people first” approach in a technical world. Growing a culture where smart, talented people have the space to think creatively and the freedom to make decisions helps companies innovate faster and deliver products that customers love. His 20 year career has included experience in software development, operations, consulting and startups. In recent years Dan has led digital product strategy at News Corp, consulted for software engineering teams at REA Group, and lead the recent DevOps transformation at MYOB. Format: 6:00PM - Networking, chat, food, drinks 6:30PM - Speaker 7:00PM - Break into discussion groups, led by facilitators, speaker will give topic to discuss 7:50PM - Come back as a group, one person from each group can share with everyone the gems from the discussion 8:15PM - End

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  • Exercise Your Assertive Rights: The Art of Not Backing Down

    Our colleagues, stakeholders and clients are unpredictable human beings, who individually, come with their own beliefs, backgrounds and experiences. Pair that with the complex needs and situations that arise in a business, and it’s clear that tricky conversations are an unavoidable aspect of navigating the workplace. By no means is this something to fear. In fact, learning how to manage such conversations helps us bridge gaps in communication; we become better individual contributors and leaders. In this session, we’ll break down why and when it’s important to exercise your assertive rights, and explore a variety of strategies to help you speak up, push back, make requests, and more. You’ll walk away better prepared to tackle the next challenging conversation that comes your way, and over time, you’ll learn to value being respected over being liked. About Yolanie Gamage: Yolanie is the Talent Acquisition Manager for Readify, a tech consultancy that solves complex business problems by delivering innovative data, development and design solutions. She’s an active participant in a number of startup and tech initiatives, and currently serves as Communications Lead for DDD Melbourne. Leaving her impending career in Canada as a microbiolgist, Yolanie migrated to Australia in 2011 and began exploring her curiousities around human motivation and behaviour with a stint in sales, helping people find products they love. Not long after, she transitioned into recruitment, helping people find colleagues they enjoy working with. Having spoken with hundreds of folks over her recruitment career, Yolanie’s had almost as many challenging conversations, with a variety of candidates and stakeholders at all levels. She seeks to establish trust and integrity early on, and uses assertiveness as a tool to create authentic workplace relationships that flourish over time. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yhettiar Twitter: @yplush Format: 6:00PM - Networking, chat, food, drinks 6:30PM - Speaker 7:00PM - Break into discussion groups, led by facilitators, speaker will give topic to discuss 7:50PM - Come back as a group, one person from each group can share with everyone the gems from the discussion 8:15PM - End

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  • The Path to Mental Health and Wellbeing

    UniSuper

    Thriving mental health and a solid support community doesn’t happen on its own. Today, more than ever, people are suffering alone with the burden and stigma of mental illness, loneliness and chronic stress. In this meetup, we’ll interview Jason Rantall from Bettermentall Together, about what it takes to live victoriously with bi-polar disorder. Jason will share his story of the strategies and habits he has built over time to triumph over suicide attempts and alcoholism, to create a purpose-filled life where he trains others in the area of mental wellbeing. If you are struggling with your own mental health or want to be better equipped for family members and colleagues, come along for some open discussion, practical tips and great insights to create a new reality of hope. About Jason: Jason Rantall and his wife Kerry, founded Bettermentall Together after Jason found ways to live a happy, fulfilled life. They have designed a program called "7 Pillars to improved physical and mental health” which shows you how implementing small changes daily with consistency, discipline and patience, will help you find your purpose in life. Jason and Kerry's mission is to empower people to get free of limiting beliefs, find inner peace and self worth. By living in sync with who you are designed to be, mental illness, guilt and addictions are banished. Bettermentall Together offers a variety of corporate training through "Lived Experience” education, motivational talks, workshops, and accredited Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA). They also run regular events for community groups and individuals, such as support groups, “Brainercise”, 1:1 mentoring/coaching, and volunteer work/fund raising opportunities for charitable organisations. Contacting Jason: Facebook Support Group: Bettermentall Together- Mental Health and Wellbeing. Community group Facebook page: Bettermentall Instagram: bettermentall_together Email: [masked] Format: 6:00PM - Networking, chat, food, drinks 6:30PM - Speaker 7:00PM - Break into discussion groups, led by facilitators, speaker will give topic to discuss 7:50PM - Come back as a group, one person from each group can share with everyone the gems from the discussion 8:15PM - End

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  • Solutions Focused Problem Solving

    LiveHire Melbourne

    Do you find yourself going over the same set of problems, without seeming to make much progress? Are you looking for new ways to cut through repeating negativity, and propel yourself forward into a new level of growth? In this meetup, you’ll learn how to take some tools from Solution-focused therapy, a strengths-based psychological approach. We’ll discuss how to break down blockages by re-defining situations from a different perspective. Outcomes include being able to step outside of current thinking, identify exceptions, and turn the problem into more discrete and realistic steps that can be executed. We will incorporate a practical time where people can try the techniques for themselves. Bio: Julia Harper is passionate about transforming people and the systems in which they thrive. A lifelong observer of people’s motivations and strengths, Julia activates each person’s gifts and passions to cultivate team symbiosis and productivity. She loves to connect people with their true purpose, supporting them to form deeply relational communities that sharpen each other’s world. Her greatest excitement is helping people get unstuck from self-limiting beliefs, unlock the true depths of their skills and talents, and progress into leadership. With a career spanning counseling, tech, and business, and degrees in Law, Commerce, and a Masters degree in Counseling, Julia has unique insights on how you can be your best. For over 15 years, she has helped clients both individually and in groups to discover a more fulfilling and purposeful life. Format: 6:00PM - Networking, chat, food, drinks 6:30PM - Speaker 7:00PM - Break into discussion groups, led by facilitators, speaker will give topic to discuss 7:50PM - Come back as a group, one person from each group can share with everyone the gems from the discussion 8:15PM - End

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  • Hopes, Dreams and Visions

    Xero

    Hopes, Dreams and Visions are the core foundation to a successful career and a successful, high performing team. With a clear, defined and ambitious goal, people are motivated, inspired and will go the extra mile to see it become a reality. In this session we will look at some examples of success, failure, and time to reflect on your personal journey and how you can fire up your Hopes, Dreams and Visions for the future. Speaker: Dan Harper Dan strives to help organisations take a “people first” approach in a technical world. Growing a culture where smart, talented people have the space to think creatively and the freedom to make decisions helps companies innovate faster and deliver products that customers love. His 20 year career has included experience in software development, operations, consulting and startups. In recent years Dan has led digital product strategy at News Corp, consulted for software engineering teams at REA Group, and lead the recent DevOps transformation at MYOB. He is currently Head of Engineering at LiveHire where is working to transform the way development teams build software. Format: 6:00PM - Networking, chat, food, drinks 6:30PM - Speaker 7:00PM - Break into discussion groups, led by facilitators, speaker will give topic to discuss 7:50PM - Come back as a group, one person from each group can share with everyone the gems from the discussion 8:15PM - End

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  • Scaling connection, trust and agility using Management 3.0 practice

    This session will explore key insights and learnings from scaling personal mapping to hundreds of people over several countries. The session will present the personal mapping scaling method used through a shortened practice and reflection along with short presentation on connections with some key references supporting the importance of developing connections as a foundation for building trust and psychological safety. Speaker: David Williams About Dave: Agile practitioner, over ten years coaching and managing teams developing software and hardware, transforming to agile and lean practices. Passionate about creating humane and engaging work environments, where innovation and problem solving are an intrinsic part of the learning culture. Format: (Dave may mess with the format a bit, but below is our usual format!) 6:00PM - Networking, chat, food, drinks 6:30PM - Speaker 7:00PM - Break into discussion groups, led by facilitators, speaker will give topic to discuss 7:50PM - Come back as a group, one person from each group can share with everyone the gems from the discussion 8:15PM - End

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  • End of Year Dinner

    I love Dumplings - Tg1

    Dumplings, yum! Every year we do a dinner in December and I Love Dumplings has an awesome vibe (and awesome food) for a big group. Please come a long and join in some great conversation with some great people. Anyone is welcome, even if this is your first time with us! I Love Dumplings don't split the bill, so please bring some cash (gasp!) to pay for your meal. There are plenty of other things on the menu other than dumplings too. Please RSVP as soon as you can so that I can confirm the booking with the restaurant. I'll close RSVP's a few days before, but please get in touch if you have a last minute change, usually we have people in and out at the last minute and can work it all out.

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  • Zip Zap Zop, Using Improv to Make Communications Awesome

    This month, Aimee Gonzalez-Cameron will be leading us through Zip Zap Zop, a workshop designed to make your communications awesome through the power of improvisational acting! For many, communication is a difficult performance area to assess and develop. Communication is not just about what you say and how, it’s also about how well you listen, and therefore understand the person who is trying to communicate with you. Why does this matter? When we are truly listening, we don’t just hear words, we uncover underlying motivations. This can either make or break progress on a project, in a work relationship, or during meetings. So what to do? Improving listening doesn’t have to be boring or uncomfortable. Join us for a workshop that will help you strengthen this vital tool for workplace success in a fun way, using techniques and insights from improv. By the end of this workshop, you’ll be able to: * More consistently notice whether you’re listening in meetings or conversations * If you find you are not listening, you’ll be able to call on concrete techniques to self-correct About Aimee: Aimee Gonzalez-Cameron is a senior UX consultant with Transpire. She created a framework called the User Experience of Learning to help companies intelligently invest in knowledge creation, sharing, and organisation. She co-invented Zip Zap Zop as part of this framework, and is teaching it for the very first time in Australia to you, the Leadership of Awesome community (who else??)! Format: 6:00PM - Networking, chat, food, drinks 6:30PM - Speaker 7:00PM - Break into discussion groups, led by facilitators, speaker will give topic to discuss 7:50PM - Come back as a group, one person from each group can share with everyone the gems from the discussion 8:15PM - End

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  • Leading a Change

    Xero

    Changes are continually challenging us, whether it be in our personal or professional lives. Only a few of them are predictable, so the rest can come as a surprise! We can also feel a variety of emotions in response, some are exciting, whilst some can be scary. We can, however, learn to more effectively lead a change, to make change something awesome that works for us! In this talk we will study some interesting aspects on change, and then move on to some real life examples on leading change with a structured approach. Combining a well known Organisational Change Management approach with real life learnings, we can learn some simple steps to make change awesome! Let’s get together and transform our perception of change! About Ruma: Ruma is an experienced agile practitioner who delights in coaching and empowering people to achieve self-direction, self-management and maintain high adaptability to change. When working with teams, she focuses on building a collaborative culture along with high levels of trust and safety. On a personal front, Ruma is an avid reader, enthusiastic traveller, a shutterbug, occasional blogger, experimentative cook. She firmly believes that learning can be from anywhere and becomes more enjoyable & rewarding when it is shared. By night, Ruma co-organises and facilitates the Leadership of Awesome meetup, whilst during the day, she does all things agile at MYOB. Format: 6:00PM - Networking, chat, food, drinks 6:30PM - Speaker 7:00PM - Break into discussion groups, led by facilitators, speaker will give topic to discuss 7:50PM - Come back as a group, one person from each group can share with everyone the gems from the discussion 8:15PM - End

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