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Graeme Cowan helps leaders and teams to increase their mental resilience and agility. In 2000 he went through a 5 year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated. He emerged from this crisis with a different view about how we can increase our resilience, mood, and performance.

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Testimonials for Graeme Cowan

Graeme delivered one of the most compelling presentations I have seen. He and his message are relevant for any workplace experiencing change, and have had a lasting impact on my group. Highly recommended

National Australia Bank

 

Graeme’s story allowed us to talk about what was once considered a taboo topic – how stress and change fatigue can compromise effectiveness. His message helped create some light bulb moments for my team. It was highly relevant for increasing productivity and living a more purposeful life.

Medibank Private

 

Graeme is quite simply a thought leader. He has utilized the lessons gained during a personally horrific time to guide, teach, inspire and coach millions of Australians.

Mental Health Association of NSW

 

Graeme is a true force of nature in the mental health sector and his ability to get things done second to none.

Gavin Larkin, Founder R U OK? Day

 

Graeme is very engaging. People listen to every word he says. You could hear a pin drop

Financial Services Council

 

Extraordinarily practical advice on how to turn problems into opportunities

Australian Financial Planners

 

Graeme is very engaging. People listen to every word he says. You could hear a pin drop

John Brogden, CEO, Investment and Financial Services Association

 

Extraordinarily practical advice on how to turn problems into opportunities

Justin Hooper, Managing Director, Sentinel Wealth

Graeme Cowan Travels from NSW
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Graeme Cowan's Biography

Graeme Cowan helps leaders and teams to increase their mental resilience and agility.

 

In his earlier career he worked in senior leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and AT Kearney.

 

In 2000 he went through a 5 year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated. He emerged from this crisis with a different view about how we can increase our resilience, mood, and performance.

 

Graeme also authored the report ‘The Elephant in the Boardroom: Getting Mentally Fit for Work’ and is regularly interviewed in the media about how to create a thriving tribe work culture.

 

He is the author of 4 books, including the internationally acclaimed BACK FROM THE BRINK, which has a testimonial from the former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and which has just been launched into China.

 

He is a board member of R U OK?, and was instrumental in helping Gavin Larkin and a small team, create and grow this extraordinary success story. Graeme also helped to start R U OK? in 2009, and is an active Board Director. He was recently described by the Australian Financial Review as a “workplace mental wellness expert”.

 

All of Graeme’s speeches are customized. He works with you to understand your audience, your theme and your goals for the presentation. The following titles and concepts can be mixed and matched to create the perfect program for your audience.

Speaking Topics Include

7 RITUALS OF THE RESILIENT LEADER - In times of unprecedented change and uncertainty, employee disengagement has become the norm. The only thing we can control is what we choose to do each day – and that directly impacts our mood, engagement, and performance.

 

A leader has 3 priorities if they want to outperform and outlast:-

To maintain a positive mood (Green Zone) personally;

To create a Thriving Tribe culture which helps keep everyone in the Green Zone; and

To have the will and skill to help those with low mood (Red Zone)


As a leader we are the Chief Mood Officer of our tribe, with research showing that employees in the Green Zone are 31% more productive, sell 37% more, have 10% higher customer rating, and are 300% more creative. You will learn:

 

Practical strategies to build your leadership resilience and performance

How to help someone in the Red Zone

The 5 tribal moods; and how to take your tribe to the next level

 

4 WAYS TO HELP A STRESSED EMPLOYEE - Depression and anxiety disorders now account for 34% of lost productivity through absenteeism and presenteeism, and yet 86% of those afflicted, would rather suffer in silence than discuss with work colleagues. What can be done to address this?

 

Based on interviews with 4000+ people who have learnt to manage their depression or anxiety for the book Back From The Brink, and asking them “what worked best?”, some surprisingly simple themes were revealed. You will learn:

 

4 proven strategies to help a stressed employee

How organisations can create support and resources that enhance the will and skill their leaders and other team members to apply them.

How to access practical online videos to reinforce learning

 

CREATING A MENTALLY HEALTHY WORK CULTURE - In detailed research into wellbeing, the Gallup organisation found that of the 5 components: physical, social, career, community and financial wellbeing – that our career wellbeing is the most critical. If a work environment is unhealthy, in all likelihood, employees overall wellbeing suffers.

 

Leaders can create behaviours, support, and resources that produce a mentally healthy organisation. You will learn:

 

Why a leader needs to “walk the talk” of leading a sustainable lifestyle to have more engaged team members.

Case studies of organisations demonstrating how mentally healthy and high-performing tribes fit together.

8 steps for Creating a Mentally Healthy Work Culture

 

STRENGTHS BASED TRIBE - A strengths based tribe builds team performance and engagement through the discovery, development, and use of team member’s unique talents.

 

Utilizing the Gallup StrengthsFinder, participants discover their top 5 strengths (out of 34). People who use their top 5 strengths every day are 600% more likely to be engaged at work, and 300% more likely to report high life satisfaction.


Gallup research shows that tribes who use their strengths everyday are 38% more likely to be highly productive, 44% more likely to earn high customer satisfaction ratings, and 50% more likely to have high employee retention. You will learn:

 

What makes you great and how to develop your strength’s

How to achieve your goals using your strengths

How to draw on collective strengths to cover individual blind spots and manage team weaknesses