The Expedition: Part I

Expand your horizons, gain strategic foresight, and learn vicariously through direct exposure to the world’s sharpest minds. Maximus Directors Vanessa Gavan and James Keeler are joined by Chemi Peres, one of Israel’s foremost venture capital and innovation pioneers with a portfolio of some 230 global hi-tech companies in our first taster session of The Expedition. As the son of the late Israeli President and Nobel Peace Laureate, Shimon Peres, Chemi is an integral part of the thriving Israeli innovation scene and a key player on the global entrepreneurial stage

The Expedition: Part II

Maximus Directors spend a mind-opening hour with Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at Salesforce, exploring how Salesforce built a customer-obsessive culture and scaled a Founder’s Mindset as they grew from a start-up to a global enterprise with over 50,000 employees. We dive deep into the world of exponential change, technology, AI, and explore how the pandemic has brought technology trends forward by 5 years.

LEADING TRANSFORMATION | THE NEW FUNDAMENTALS LIVESTREAM

How ready are you to lead transformation across your organisation?

Maximus’ Founder, Vanessa Gavan and Director, James Keeler are joined by guest speakers Andrew Chanmugam, Executive General Manager – Strategy & Transformation at Suncorp Group, and Danielle Mair, Acting Chief Strategy & Impact Officer at Sunsuper as we explore the changing dynamics of leading transformation. From understanding iterative strategy, flexible IT architectures, rapid funding mechanisms, and carefully curated ecosystems of partners, we share the lessons learned from working with leaders at the edge and the fundamentals required to accelerate transformation within your business.

AN ANTIDOTE FOR LANGUISHING: THE CALL FOR OPTIMISM

As we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19, we are faced with a decision point of how we respond and show up for ourselves and others. More and more we are experiencing a chronic state of languishing which dulls motivation, disrupts focus, and narrows people’s focus inward. Presently we are on the cusp of ‘The Great Resignation’, with a 2021 Microsoft Survey data suggesting that a staggering 41% of employees are thinking of quitting their job. What impact is this having on us and the organisations we lead? What impact will this have on society in years to come? And as leaders, how do we lean into this challenge, for ourselves, for our organisations and for society more broadly? Joined by Angus Hervey, Co-Founder, Future Crunch, we explore the parallel of collapse and renewal, and what we can learn from these stories to combat the challenge that we face into right now.

LEADING TRANSFORMATION | THE NEW FUNDAMENTALS

From understanding iterative strategy, flexible IT architectures, rapid funding mechanisms, and carefully curated ecosystems of partners, we share lessons learned from working with executives and leaders at the edge.

Maximus Directors are joined by special guest speakers Maria Digregorio, CFO, The Salvation Army, and Ayala Domani, GM Future Business, AGL, both of whom have significant experience leading successful transformations including technology, commercial and culture-based transformation agendas, and Dan Monheit, Co-Founder of Hardhat and Australia’s leading thinker on Behavioural Science, brand transformation and consumer behaviour.

ANATOMY OF CHOICES IN A POST COVID WORLD

Along with the severe health and humanitarian crisis caused by the pandemic, executives around the world face enormous business challenges: the collapse of customer demand, significant regulatory modifications, supply chain interruptions, unemployment, economic recession, and increased uncertainty. And like the health and humanitarian sides of the crisis, the business side has been lunged into new ways of making decisions, in strategy, operating model, people and technology. Maximus Directors are joined by Amir Haramaty, Chief Commercial Officer at SparkBeyond, and Emma Hogan, Secretary of NSW Department of Customer Service, and to talk to the differentiators of 21st century leadership and the job to be done this year.

TRUTH BE TOLD: WORKFORCE RE-ENTRY IN 2021

After a year of unexpected lockdowns, working from home, and dwindling motivation, many leaders feel challenged by the prospect of fostering a growth mindset within their teams. Julie Trell, SheEO Australia Country Lead, joins Maximus Directors Mark Sowden and Shane Currey to review the year that was, the impact on morale and share leadership strategies that will turn what feels like the impossible into momentum.

LEADING FROM THE EDGE: REDEFINING PURPOSE & CONVICTION

Purpose is the north star, the anchor, the stabiliser in a crisis that helps us confidently steer in new directions. Purpose connects us deeply to one another and something greater than ourselves. We believe that purpose is just the beginning. True leadership is measured in impact, and impact requires conviction. John Chambers (Exec GM Future Business and Technology at AGL Energy), and Tiffanie Ireland (Director of Two Point Co. Indigenous Engagement Consultancy), two extraordinary leaders who have overcome enormous challenges to live and breathe their purpose daily and transform their organisations and the world around them, join Maximus Directors James Keeler and Katherine Boiciuc for a fascinating exploration of purposeful leadership.

The Second Horizon: Leading the Medium Term

As uncertainty reigns, the near future of the first-horizon occupies the minds and resources of leaders across industries. Yet it is the second-horizon, the medium-term, which will prove most challenging as leaders grapple with the impact this crisis will have over the coming years. In this livestream, Andrew Gardiner, Chief of Commercial Property, Melbourne Airport and Trudi Mares, Executive Director, Transport Shared Services, Corporate Services – Transport for NSW, join Maximus Directors Brent Duffy and Mark Sowden, and talk to how they navigated the past 12 months, the impact COVID has had on their industries, and their approach to planning for the second horizon.

Enabling Foresight: The Capabilities Needed to Pull the Future Forward

David Dzienciol, Chief Customer Officer & Chief Commercial Officer, NEXTDC, and Evan Thornley, Executive Chair, LongView. join Maximus Directors James Keeler and Katherine Boiciuc, to explore the capabilities which underpin organisations, enable senior leaders to navigate uncertainty and guide organisations with the power of foresight.

Black Swan: Forging New Ground from Foresight to Action

Visionary executives create energy by pulling the future forward and forging their own pathway to the future. Continuing our Black Swan series of livestream events, Maximus Directors Mark Sowden and James Keeler are joined by Charmaine England, Managing Director Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health ANZ, and, Chris Sullivan, Former Executive Group Director, Coca-Cola Amatil to the discuss the opportunity to refocus and mobilise energy across an organisation by connecting people with an enhanced purpose. A must as we continue an uncertain and asynchronous re-entry across the country.

Black Swan: LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP

Commencing our Black Swan series of events, Maximus Managing Directors discuss the criticality of purpose, conviction and culture as we navigate asynchronous re-entry across the country. Joined by guest speakers Alva Devoy, Managing Director at Fidelity Australia, Ben Pollack, CEO Urbis, and Amy Brown, Deputy Secretary, Strategy & Delivery for Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW), our livestream lifts the hood of organisations, bringing truths and insight from the real world.

PLANNING FOR RE-ENTRY AND THE VIRTUAL OFFSITE (PART 1)

As humans, we lack the capacity and have a poor track record of predicting and modelling the future. To be truly future focused, we must stop looking in the rear-view mirror and depending on historical data to make future focused decisions: leaders must cease predicting the future, and instead, start creating it. Maximus Directors talk to building resilience and flexibility into the business planning process and how to successfully bring it to life it across your organisation, transferring ownership and accountability to your people.

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BRIDGING THE DIVIDE AND INJECTING ENERGY (PART 2)

In part 1 of our ‘Shaping our future post COVID-19’ livestream, we challenged leaders to create the future instead of predicting it. Part 2, ‘Bridging the Divide and Injecting Energy’, sees us repositioning the leader’s mindset to identify the opportunities COVID-19 presents and examine major organisational and leadership themes we see playing out, and how to translate these into ‘re-imagining’ opportunities for your organisation during re-entry. Our session will also acknowledge the challenge and provide strategies to revive a fatigued workforce through the lens of ‘The 3rd Quarter Phenomenon’. We present the questions every organisation should ask themselves to maintain attention and purposeful action within their workforce.

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ADOPTING MULTI-HORIZON LEADERSHIP TO UNLOCK THE OPPORTUNITY (PART 3)

Concluding part 3 of our ‘Shaping our future post COVID-19’ series, we review the three leadership approaches that are currently playing out in market; protecting, progressing, or stuck in the in-between. Acknowledging the scale of disruption to strategic plans and horizons, Maximus Directors are joined by Founder and former Director of Flight Centre’s UK operation Mandy Johnson, and now author of two acclaimed books, Winning the War for Talent and Family Village Tribe – The Evolution of Flight Centre where they talk to the potency of developing and exercising foresight in the coming periods, and the criticality of a strong North Star to navigate.

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LEADING THROUGH COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 is ostensible for organisations and leaders alike, and we know that the leadership community is being inundated with calls for help and time in areas well beyond their experience. In this livestream, Maximus Joint Managing Directors Vanessa Gavan and Brent Duffy discuss the criticality for leaders to gain control over, and get comfortable with the situation to lead from a place of confidence.

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MANAGING ENERGY AND BUILDING RESILIENCE

We know that leaders are currently experiencing highs and lows and that it is imperative to tune into your own emotions and those of your team to manage energy effectively. In this livestream, dual Olympian (and Maximus Principal Consultant), James Chapman, provides his unique perspective on building and effectively maintaining resilience, grit and mental toughness as gained during his career as an elite athlete.

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Democratising Leadership: Creating the Conditions and the Systems for Distributed Impact (Part 1)

The past few years have seen the rise of social movements, with their pace, traction and impact indicating that traditional constructs of power, leadership and authority are no longer durable: leadership and authority as a concept have been decoupled. For many organisations this shift in power dynamics has led to a conundrum, and as we move into the new normal with new opportunities and new operating models, democratised leadership will be critical to thrive in this new world.

Maximus Directors Brent Duffy and Mark Sowden talk to the criticality of democratised leadership to survive in the new world, the systems which enable it, and how to set these up within your organisation.

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Democratising Leadership: Activating Every Individual In Your Organisation (Part 2)

Following on from ‘Democratising Leadership: Creating the Conditions and the Systems for Distributed Impact’, we move to explore the mindset required by individuals in your organisation to capitalise on the benefits of a system of democratised leadership.

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CADENCE, CONNECTION & EMOTIONAL COMMITMENT IN A VIRTUAL WORLD

As we transfer to a new normal, asynchronous cadence, authentic connection and the emotional commitment of your people will become essential for organisations to survive and thrive. Maximus’ Joint Managing Directors Vanessa Gavan and Brent Duffy discuss the mindset required to tap into ongoing productivity and the emotional health of the business to enable impactful performance in a different operating environment.

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REIMAGINING PERFORMANCE AND THE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

With change and reactivity as a constant, executives are finding themselves in a perpetual state of adjusting and pivoting whilst needing to remain aligned. With this comes an opportunity to actively reimagine culture, and in this session our Managing Directors Vanessa Gavan and Brent Duffy discuss how to find the bright spots and unlock impact at scale, creating and enabling a performance culture which is energised around the right business opportunities.

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CONVERTING PERPETUAL UNCERTAINTY TO UNDERSTANDING

In the present climate of uncertainty, executives need to cut through the noise to see the signals and act upon them. In this livestream, Maximus Joint Managing Directors Vanessa Gavan and Brent Duffy talk to the requirement for senior leaders to obtain clarity quickly in this period of uncertainty. Our aim is to help you identify key issues to focus on, quickly assess options and make the decisions that count.

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Maximus Virtual Masterclass Series

In addition to the resources Maximus has created to assist during this period, we recognise that a number of leaders require a deeper and more concentrated level of support to shift mindsets and manage the new normal.

Maximus has developed a selection of virtual masterclass experiences focused on delivering the capabilities and mindsets leaders require at this time.

Click here for more information on the Maximus Virtual Masterclass Series for leaders and executives.