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Josie Thomson

Josie Thomson

Josie Thomson is a two-time cancer survivor and is living proof that RESILIENCE determines who succeeds and who fails. A sought after speaker, Josie empowers her audience to unleash the full force of their potential.

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“Josie recently ran a day workshop for all our Australian Capital Advisory team. The workshop was invaluable, transforming our thinking and approach to how we engage with our clients. Her insights into the neuroscience of our brain and how to harness it’s power more effectively were powerful. The day workshop was not long enough as we only just touched the surface of her insights, hence, we will be working with Josie again.”

Guy Fergusson – Managing Director, Grant Samuel


 “Josie has facilitated a number of sessions for QIC, working with our managers and leaders in QIC’s cultural redevelopment program. Given her previous results, her credibility with staff and the trust she had built across the leadership group, I asked Josie to help us to re-shape our Leaders’ Forum. Josie played an important role in helping me establish a very different feel to the Forum and the behaviours of participants. As is her style, she was quickly able to get the “buy-in” of participants and establish the rules for the forum which included open, honest and free discussion. This set the scene for some active and robust discussions. Josie’s frank and outcomes orientated approach ensured that the forum delivered tangible outcomes which we are now working through as a group.”

Doug McTaggart – Former Chief Executive, QIC


 “Our company chose Josie Thomson to assist us in consolidating and extending the benefits gained from a major business restructuring. The new structure was in place but the challenge moving forward was how to ensure we maximised our potential as individuals and as an organization.

The Coaching process was challenging, thought provoking, insightful, sometimes emotional and often entertaining. It involved a journey of rediscovering yourself, your values and the importance of healthy relationships at work and in life generally. Whilst coaching opens your mind to endless opportunities, the process always maintains a focus on your key goals and delivering tangible and lasting results at every step.

Workplace Coaching enabled us to achieve significant benefits at an early stage in the programme. Better still, we are confident that the major benefits are yet to come as we are now equipped with the tools to maximize our potential.

Thank you Josie Thomson.”

Tony Evans – Managing Director, Jensen Bowers Group Consultants Pty Ltd


 “I have known Josie for some nine years and have had nothing but positive experiences with her. She coached me the first time we met and I was very impressed by her insight, her skill and her persistence. She has won several awards for her coaching. She has the very unusual ability to be able to complete a large number of coaching sessions in a day without tiring or fading.

On the personal side she is a very good mother of two great children and her people skills are outstanding. She is also extremely bright, quick on the uptake and worldly wise, and I have no doubt that she will be an asset to any program.

Since all the things I want to say about Josie are superlatives, I thought I should add some weakness to show that my view is balanced. The truth is that I can find nothing about her to criticise.

If anyone deserves to be called a Master Coach it is Josie Thomson, except she is very feminine. I have known her for many years and she has coached me on a number of occasions very successfully, and I am no push over. She is challenging, tough and persistent in the most gentle and caring way. I have grown much from working with her. Furthermore she really enjoys coaching people and devotes an inordinate amount of her time doing so without getting bored or stale.

When coaches really genuinely enjoy coaching, they give of their very best and Josie does just that. I would trust her with my vulnerabilities any day.”

Sir John Whitmore – Executive Chairman, Performance Consultants International

Josie Thomson Travels from QLD
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

Josie Thomson's Biography

Josie Thomson is a two-time cancer survivor and is living proof that RESILIENCE determines who succeeds and who fails. A sought after speaker, Josie empowers her audience to unleash the full force of their potential. 


Josie Thomson is an executive coach, international speaker, trainer and seminar leader.  An expert in her field, Josie is one of the few internationally certified master coaches in Australia (MCC). She has been awarded Coach of the Year for three consecutive years and was a Telstra Business Woman of the Year State Finalist.


Josie specialises in partnering with successful individuals to leverage skills and abilities toward exceptional outcomes in business, leadership and relationships. She has coached hundreds of executives and leaders to achieve massive personal and business breakthroughs.  Her client list includes Roche Mining, Macquarie Bank, Origin Energy, Suncorp, Anglo Coal, Coles Myer, Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), McDonalds, Rio Tinto, Brisbane Airport Corporation and the Queensland Government – to name a few.


A well sought after speaker, Josie has shared the stage with top motivational speakers on the global speaking circuit. She has appeared on radio and talkback shows and been featured in international and national magazines and newspapers.


Josie is passionate about helping people unleash the full force of their potential, achieve greater levels of fulfillment and create more sustainable ways of living, working and being. Her coaching is a catalyst for achieving momentum, action, measurable results and self mastery. She is passionate about inspiring others to see the world with a deeper sense of awareness, compassion, and love.


An avid learner, Josie has completed post graduate studies in the Neuroscience of Leadership through the NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI), and facilitates the NLI local interest group in Brisbane.  She is also a former VP for the International Coach Federation (Brisbane Chapter) and the North Brisbane Chamber of Commerce.


Having survived cancer twice, most recently a brain tumour, Josie is devoted to sharing the learnings from her experiences for the improvement in the lives of others. She supports people in overcoming their fears and stressors; encouraging them to connect with life and powerfully express their true and authentic selves.

A true storyteller with a passion for enhancing human performance, she shares her personal stories authentically from the heart, weaving them with her deep understanding of the brain to provide those true ‘aha!’ moments that motivate and inspire. 


Her presentation style has been described as a rare mix of engaging, interactive, informative and insightful. And her audiences appreciate that she makes the content real, providing them with practical strategies that can be confidently applied immediately.  


Speaking Topics Include

Signature Keynote: The Neuroscience of Resilience

Why do some people crumble under pressure while others prosper during upheavals?

Why is it that a safety incident on-site, a commodity downturn or the resignation of a top performing manager sends some leaders into a spin and others calmly dealing with whatever is at hand?

The answer is… RESILIENCE.

Resilience is the distinguishing factor between those who bounce back, turning adversity into triumph and those who sink in the depths of detail, competing priorities and the sheer chaos of constant activity that surrounds us each day.

Regulating your emotional responses and consciously choosing your outlook and approach are vital elements in ensuring success. Learn about the brain to understand how to become more resilient, so that you are the creator of your experiences not simply a victim of circumstance.  

Combining her personal experience, passion for enhancing human performance and studies in the Neuroscience of Leadership through Middlesex University, Josie shares exciting scientific advances in the field of resilience which will provide you with the answers and the tools to increase your own resilience and effectiveness in fostering resilience in others.

The Neuroscience of Resilience is Josie’s signature keynote event and has been delivered to hundreds of leaders, women in business and managers to rave reviews. The content can be tailored to suit your needs as either a keynote, a workshop or a half/full day training program. 

Participants will learn:

  • How to master the power of their mind to create quality spaces of calm, clear thinking and perspective which will inform considered decision making and action, and drive excellence in performance outcomes

  • Effective methods of constructive thinking

  • The power of thought and the power of attention to reduce the causes of bodily dis-ease and mental anxiety

  • The principles of ‘thinking on your feet’ in changing conditions and multiplying results

  • Key principles of mindfulness… the key to unlocking the storehouse of resilience

  • How to cultivate meta-attention – the distinguishing characteristic of every successful man and woman

  • How to reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm for clarity of mind and effective problem solving


Other Presentations:

All can be tailored for delivery as keynotes, workshops (from 1-3 hours), and/or half and full day programs:


Possibility Mindset

In this highly engaging presentation, participants will discover how to overcome resistance and build capacity for out of the box thinking that drives ideas and shakes up existing paradigms for greater performance and results. 


The Neuroscience Of Leadership

In this dynamic training or presentation, Josie Thomson (who has recently completed studies in the Neuroscience of Leadership through Middlesex University), will provide insights about the deeply social nature of the brain which underpins collaborating with and influencing others, as well as the effective functioning of individuals and organisations.


The Neuroscience of Maximising Engagement, Retention & Collaboration

Discover new insights into how to manage or motivate others emerging from recent breakthroughs in neuroscience.


The Neuroscience of Resilience

In this presentation or workshop, participants will learn to master the power of their mind to create quality spaces of calm, clear thinking and perspective which will inform considered decision making and action, and drive excellence in performance outcomes.


Brain Insights For Effective Change Management

Having a physical science to explain how and why a brain based approach to change leadership actually works can be a significant aide when rolling out wide scale initiatives. In this highly interactive and engaging session, you will learn how to engender greater buy-in and engagement, which will improve the uptake of new skills and improved change practices.


A Brain-Based Approach to Solution Focussed Coaching

A proven methodology for leaders, managers and teachers under pressure. 

An experiential workshop integrating the latest findings regarding science-based change and goal-setting. Coaching is becoming an essential part of leadership and learning strategy in managing the increasingly complex and pressured business environment.

Josie brings together groundbreaking practices and models from the latest thinking and best practice in the field of coaching, neuroleadership and strength-based learning and change.


Mindfulness, The Brain & Business

This presentation will introduce and orient attendees to the topic of mindful awareness and its relation to neuroscience, with an emphasis on the relevance of this to the practice and application of neuroleadership skills.


Enlivened Teams, Resilient Workplaces

Whether it is a critical workplace event or project, dealing with the constant and rapid pace of change, or simply responding to the day-to-day challenging situations that we all encounter, personal resilience is the determining factor in who fails and who succeeds.

Build a resilient workplace by training managers in how to cultivate their own and others’ resilience so they know that when the going gets tough, they can lead with true grit.


The Neuroscience of Making Learning Stick

Organisations today need employees who are highly capable and geared for continuous learning and innovation. This is a unique, practical and experiential workshop that supports learning and development leaders to explore how to apply thinking from neuroscience into adult learning programs, settings and activities.


Working Smarter, Not Harder

Drawing from insights in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, this program is crammed with practical ‘how-to’ strategies and techniques which will help participants to be more productive in everything they do.