Did you miss the ABC TV interview about the Elephant in the Boardroom?


In my last newsletter I was preparing for a very frantic week which included releasing the Elephant in the Boardroom, preparing for a Canberra Resilience and Performance workshop with 80 public servants, presenting to the annual Comcare conference on Building People and Performance, and about to run my first (and last) half marathon.

It was quite a week, but tremendously rewarding. Thank you to everyone that sent their well wishes as I approached that busy week.

The Elephant ended up getting coverage in over 40 media sites which was very gratifying. I would like to share 3 of those in this newsletter.

To download The Elephant in the Boardroom

To download the full report The Elephant in the Boardroom, please visit: www.GraemeCowan.com.au/elephant

ABC TV interview about The Elephant in the Boardroom

ABC TV interview

5 minute interview on YouTube.

It was quite unnerving sitting in an empty studio in Sydney looking directly at a camera and not being able see Virginia, and only able to hear her questions through an earpiece. Not too bad under the circumstances.

AFR Article: Stress – The new workplace epidemic

The AFR chose to look at how the stress from uncertainty, restructures, and outsourcing is negatively impacting the outcomes from that change.

This is very relevant in the light of the McKinsey research that shows that 70% of change efforts fail to reach their original objectives.

I tried to channel Ben Stiller from Zoolander to provide my best “blue steel” look photo :).

Radio National interview with David Banks, GM Business Performance, NAB and I

In this insightful interview with Natasha Mitchell, David Banks describes the work we did together to identify some of his team’s major stressors, and then develop a 90 day micro strategy to return them to a champion team.

My first (and last) Sydney half marathon

At 6:15am on Sunday September 22nd, 3 friends and I set off on our first half marathon.

What a wonderful event it was. Just running across an empty Harbour Bridge was worth the entry fee alone, but the course then follows the most beautiful route – around the Botanical Gardens, back through the city and under the Harbour Bridge, through The Rocks, past Barangaroo down to the Entertainment Centre, across the overpass to Darling Harbour and then circle back to the finish line at the Opera House.

Although I really enjoyed the day the last 3 km were a killer and I decided to put off running the marathon at the Rio Olympics – much to the relief of the Kenyans in the race. 🙂

Tony Jones to host Work Health Safety Forum

ICMI’s Work Health Safety (WHS) Solutions is being launched at The Four Seasons Sydney on November 20th, 2013 from 7:15am – 10:30am. 

The aim of this division is to help companies and organisations get their people mentally fit for work.  The ABC’s Tony Jones is the host for this event, with other presenters including former Victorian Police Commissioner Christine Nixon and Founder/Creator of the R U OK? At Work program Graeme Cowan.

Also speaking will be the hero from the Beaconsfield Mines Rescue, Darren Flanagan; Theo Venter, believed to be the only man in the world who has received 22,000 volts through his body and lived; and Jackie Furey who has her own radio show “From The Bedroom to the Boardroom – it’s all about performance”

It’s a sensational line-up. The end of the morning will feature a Q&A hosted by Tony to discuss the findings of The Elephant in the Boardroom report.

If you are a senior leader who cares about health and performance please email Barry Markoff from ICMI for further information: barry@icmi.com.au or call 03 9529 3711.

Interested in building resilience and mental fitness in your tribe?

We offer a number of services to help tribes and organisations be more resilient and robust. Some of our services include:

  • Keynote presentations: The Bounce Factor, Creating Thriving Tribes, etc
  • Half day workshops: Building resilience, mental fitness, and performance
  • Thriving Tribes Diagnostic: Survey and consulting to identify productivity levers
  • Practical resources to help stressed employees recover fast

If you would like know more about how these services might improve the health and productivity of your group please email Renee Underwood: renee@graemecowan.com.au.

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I hope you all are having a rejuvenating weekend, and have a great week to look forward to.

Kind Regards


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