Mindful Leadership 2.0 Creating Productive Organisations

Muneesh Wadhwa – Founder: Humanity in Business

9:00am – 9:15am

In his opening address Muneesh will share his personal experience of how mindful leadership improved his productivity by improving his focus and resilience as a leader to better address challenging situations.  He will also share examples of why the best leaders are mindful leaders and how they are creating better business outcomes for their stakeholders.  

Why Are You Here? 

9:15am – 9:30am

Peter will conduct a facilitated session where attendees put forward some challenges and what outcomes they would like from the day. delegates will work individually at first to consider their expectations for the day, then, as a table group decide on the most important question they want answered. These challenges will be put forward to the speakers on the day for their input and feedback.

Brian Gladsden – Country President and Managing Director, Novartis

9:30am – 9:50am

Self awareness: Why it’s Fundamental to Engagement, Productivity and Meaningful Workplaces


Brian Gladsden, Country President and Managing Director Novartis


Michael Bunting, CEO Worksmart


Recently Brian won Novartis Country Leader of the year in a region that covers half the world,
Novartis Australia won country of the year and Great Place to Work status. Five years ago the picture was very different. Staff were leaving, engagement and productivity was at an all time low.
The key turnaround? Facing the true challenge of transformation in the leadership team. Brian has a mindfulness practice and between him and Michael, you can hear how an authentic self awareness practice, combined with self reflection skills are absolutely fundamental to improved leadership, engagement & productivity.

9:50am  Practical Exercise – Explore how to develop self regulating self awareness. You will learn, with precision, how reactivity works in your own system, and begin to understand how to self regulate for wiser behaviour and decision making. This understanding if correctly practiced can and will be a game changing practice in your leadership, your relationships and your life. 


Michael Bunting – CEO Worksmart

Erica Westbury, CEO, Norwest Recruitment


Mindful Leadership and Customer Centricity- Human Connection Matters

Developing a connection with yourself as a leader is integral to your degree of rapport, influence and engagement with both internal & external stakeholders. It’s through your internal consciousness that external relationships flourish.  Your presence in times of incessant distraction is valued beyond measure.  Your attention to the most insignificant detail, matters.

Kirsten McKenna Founder & Principal Consultant, Cortex Consulting

Gillian Coutts – Country Director for Potential Project

Scott Nicholas Head of Business Capability and PMO, Australian Hearing

10:40am Morning Tea



Mindful Productivity – Be Careful What You Wish For

David Rudd – Head of HR Systems, Compliance and Reporting, Uniting. 

Holly Parry – OD Leadership Development Specialist and Coach, Potential Project 

Moderator: Gillian Coutts – Country Director for Potential Project

Developing individual capacity for focus and awareness is the first step in developing a mindful, productive workforce.  It’s about raising awareness of critical choice points and creating the intrapersonal conditions for people to access greater clarity, calm and creativity.  But creating a mindful culture requires more than that.  

Cultural change demands a deeper examination of the interpersonal conditions for productivity: collective focus and awareness – the systems and processes and ways of being and working together.  It impacts the way priorities are set, the protocols for emails and meetings, communication and more.
It also requires leaders who are prepared to be challenged.  Challenged when teams become more aware of the choice points presented every day – around conflicting priorities, poorly formed policy and workplace norms that distract, frustrate and de-energise us all.  Rather than acting on autopilot, they lean into the conflict, and call decision makers to account.  
Join us for a panel discussion with David Rudd and Holly Parry have both been at the coal face in developing mindful cultures.


Practical Exercise:

How mindfulness can support more skilful communicating and equip leaders for less reactive, more effective and thoughtful cultural inventions and dialogues.


Bringing Mindfulness into Project Management:

Adopting the Behaviours for Project Success Scott Nicholas,Head of Business Capability and PMO at Australian Hearing
We all know that the ability for teams to work together well is a key determinant for project success. To enable this Scott embarked on a journey to embed mindful practices in project delivery teams at his previous role.

This was done in two primary ways:

a) Educate all project delivery teams about mindfulness and why it is important
b) Induct every project team member into projects using mindful principles

Some of the outcomes expected are:

* Reduced re-work as a measured, collaborative approach is adopted. We won’t just strike out and start the project without truly understanding the outcomes to be achieved. This translates to increased schedule adherence, predictability and reduction in unforeseen costs.
* Less “painful” delivery, with participants able to work better together (I.e. Reduced stress, increased collaboration, less emotional outbursts, arguments or hurt feelings)
* Increased employee engagement
* Reduced risk as participants feel more willing to speak out about issues and risks and call out problems as they arise. Problems can only be addressed if we know what they are.
* Less attrition and loss of IP. People have an intrinsic desire to be part of a successful, fun project.

Holly Parry – OD Leadership Development Specialist and Coach

David Rudd, Head of HR Systems, Uniting

Alicia Beachley, Agency Principle, April 5





From Overwhelmed to Calmness – Achieving Mindful Leadership

Alicia Beachley, Agency Principal, April 5

Alicia Beachley will be discussing how she has improved her ability to be more present and mindful.  Feeling organised and having good systems in place has allowed her to run a busy agency whilst also balancing family and other commitments.  Having recently purchased a second agency, Alicia has focussed on the importance of not becoming overwhelmed, this provides mental space for staying focused on maintaining a nurturing environment for her and her team. In her own words, “If you don’t have the tools you can’t be present or mindful”.


Practical Exercise: Building a Second Brain

A practical session to help clear your mind, let the “second brain” take care of remembering things and create space for being more present and creative Led by Matt Cowdroy, Director, Think Productive



Matt Cowdroy – Productivity Ninja

Judith Lissing – Mind Coaching Australia


Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice: Enhancing Team Cohesion and Team Productivity

Mindfulness teaches us awareness of ourselves, our thoughts, our actions and interactions. Mindfulness enhances our compassion to life’s struggles both our own and others’. Regular Mindfulness practice helps us to connect to our most authentic and wise self.

When workplaces focus on strengths they usually mean what someone does well, where their greatest talents lie. However, character strengths refer not to talent, but to what people care about doing and who they are. Character strengths are the qualities that energise us and propel us forward. It is when tasks at work require us to use our character strengths, that work becomes a calling.

Combining mindfulness practice with character strengths in a team context builds awareness of the most authentic qualities in both ourself and our colleagues. By enhancing team cohesion, Mindfulness-based Strengths Practice can shift the organisational culture from one of blame and underperformance to connection with work and co-workers in a meaningful, energetic, positive, and productive way

Paul Ingle, CEO Hardy Group International

Panel Discussion:
Les White, Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, former Chief Paediatrician NSW
Paul Ingle, CEO Hardy Group International
Moderator: Judith Lissing, Principal, Mind Coaching Australia
How do we stay focused on people’s best qualities when they bring problems to an organisation? How do we remove a blame culture with a strengths culture and make each person feel vital to the organisation? Can a greater focus on the people improve productivity?


Practical Exercise: Exploring how combining mindfulness with strengths practice can boost positive perception of self and others. Led by Judith Lissing, Mind Coaching Australia

Les White, Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, former Chief Paediatrician NSW

Jodie Gien Director Mindful Future Project

Tulsi van de Graaff, Director, Lead Your Own Change


Group Discussion: Why is Mindset Important for Innovation?

Why are start-ups, tech giants, and innovative corporates investing in mindfulness? Does it impact the ability to create an innovative culture and how are companies hoping to benefit from introducing mindfulness to engage their creative human potential? This panel discussion will look at how mindfulness can help to generate the conditions in which idea generation, solution testing and innovation may thrive.
Jodie Glen, Director, Mindful Future Project,
Paige Talbot, Innovation Manager, CBA
Justin Brown, Co-Founder,  Idea-Pod
Tulsi Van de Graaf, Director, Lead Your Own Change (Facilitator)

Justin Brown Co-Founder, Idea-Pod

Paige Talbot, Innovation Manager Commonwealth Bank

David Mcqueen, State Manager, NSW / ACT Connect Now, Consumer Banking, Westpac

Wendy Zveglic, Director Premium, Westpac

Afternoon Tea
Group Discussion: Mindful Leadership at Westpac
David Mcqueen, NSW / ACT Connect Now Consumer Banking, Westpac
Luke Oxley, Regional Manager, CBD, Westpac 
Wendy Zveglic, Director Premium, Westpac 
Elizabeth Farrell Business Manager NSW Metro, St.George Bank

We have invited four amazing leaders from Westpac to share their perspective on what mindful leadership looks like in the context of their day to day roles. Here some of the few questions we hope to answer on the day.
What does it take to engage and influence stakeholders mindfully especially those with different values?
How does being a mindful leader impact decision making?
How do the navigate complexity and uncertainty in the workplace?
How do they maintain their own level of productivity, focus and well being?
This session will focus on attendees having a conversation with the leaders on the panel and also a table discussion amongst the attendees.

Luke Oxley, Regional General Manager, Westpac

Elizabeth Farrell Business Manager NSW Metro, St.George Bank

4.20.pm: Taking the Sage off the Stage – Table Discussion

How Can You Be a More Mindful Leader?

Group Facilitator: Peter Smith, CEO, Humanity in Business

The conversation will move from the stage to the attendees to give you an opportunity to put forward your mindful leadership questions, challenges and learnings in a facilitated table discussion.  The objective is for you to get deeper insights on your leadership through personalised feedback and learn from the experiences of peers on your table. 

Each table will be allocated an expert facilitator and one of the speakers of the day for a deeper and more intimate conversation with the objective of creating a learning environment through sharing of wisdom and lessons learnt amongst attendees.

4.45pm Attendees Sharing Insights- Have we addressed all your challenges we outlined in the morning? What Are You Going to Do Differently?

5pm:Closing Remarks – Muneesh Wadhwa, Founder, Humanity in Business


Admit 1: $500+GST

Table of 8: $3000 +GST includes premium seating, branded table signage and logo on our website as supporters.