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04/12/2023

4 ways to Reduce Stress and Burnout 🔥 1. Wake up.
To reduce stress and burnout, you need to recognize how much time you spend ruminating. People spend as much as 70% of their daytime hours in a half-awake state, on autopilot or daydreaming. This is where rumination takes place and stress is generated.
The alternative? Wake up, practice mindful leadership, and focus on where you are and what you are doing in the present moment. Don’t let your mind drift into worrying about the past or the future. As the mind develops new habits, you’ll ruminate less often.
2. Control your attention.
People often feel stressed about their lack of control. The one thing you always have control over is your attention. Once you have woken up, you can use and direct your attention. Practice consciously putting your attention where you want it to be and holding it there. Reduce distractions when you’re “in the zone” — working on what matters most, thinking strategically, or being singularly productive.
3. Detach.
Detachment is the ability to maintain perspective. Get appropriate distance from the situations you’re facing. A lack of detachment and the tendency to ruminate are intertwined in a spiral of leadership stress.
When you experience rumination, things balloon out of proportion, and when things are out of proportion, you’re more likely to ruminate and reach burnout. If you can detach from the situations you’re facing, you can distinguish between care and worry.
4. Let go.
To maintain perspective, you need to let go of the negative emotions that have become entangled with your situation or issue. Ask yourself a simple question: Will continuing to focus on this help me, my people, or my organization? If the answer is no, let it go. It isn’t doing you any good.
Of course, because of the strength of habit, negative and worrying thoughts will return. When they do, instead of blocking them out or fixating on them, observe and acknowledge them as just thoughts, and let go of them by not continuing to feed them with attention.

28/11/2023

Showing gratitude at work helps organizations thrive in the face of change. However, encouraging more gratitude at work is prone to fail if you just go through the motions. Here are 4 ways leaders show more compassion and help encourage and express more authentic gratitude in the workplace.
1. Be grateful for people, not performance.
Sometimes, gratitude workplace initiatives can feel like old recognition programs warmed over. To avoid this feeling, focus on social worth and think about how people have made a difference. Give thanks for people’s willingness, enthusiasm, commitment, or efforts — not just their impact on the bottom line.
2. Customize your gratitude.
Practicing gratitude in the workplace requires thinking about how specific people like to be thanked and tailoring your show of gratitude accordingly. A public thanks of a very shy person at the global quarterly meeting might come across to them more like a punishment than recognition. Consider what would mean the most to the recipient and show thoughtfulness in your approach.
3. Be specific in your gratitude.
Saying “Thanks for being so awesome yesterday!” doesn’t have the same impact as “Thank you for getting to the meeting 5 minutes early to set up the screen-share; I know that our meetings wouldn’t go as smoothly without you working behind the scenes.” We recommend using our SBI feedback model to give the most effective feedback, starting by citing the specific situation or context.
4. Don’t fake it.
Authentic leadership and showing vulnerability are key parts of gratitude in leadership. If you can’t think of anything you’re truly grateful for, don’t try to fake it. Insincere gratitude at work is probably worse than showing none at all.

21/11/2023

At XEd we are known for accelerating the development of people, teams and organisations. It takes a talented team of highly skilled problem solvers, facilitators, and coaches to consistently deliver that for our clients. We’d like to acknowledge and share the story of one of our most successful team members, Trina Pitcher. We are truly proud to have her working with us. Here’s Trina's story:

Growing up in Melbourne, my parents' love for adventure led us to travel extensively during my early years. This exposed me to the varying degrees of success and struggle people face, regardless of the opportunities presented to them. I became fascinated in this contrast and it ignited my curiosity about the factors setting apart the thriving from the struggling. My lifelong focus has been on researching the elements behind a successful life, realising, among other things, that success isn't solely tied to general intelligence. My motivation is to uncover the drivers of accomplishment and to leverage this knowledge in my work.

I am passionate and love what I do: collaborating with motivated individuals eager to create a positive impact and assist others to be who they want to be and to live well. I have a background in business and organisational psychology and a registered psychologist with the APS. Since 2002, I have extensive executive development know-how at CEO, Director and Senior Executive levels. I have a proven track record, with over 25 year’s experience, in shifting people’s footprints to be more effective and live well. I've served as a Program Associate at Melbourne Business School, concurrently managing a thriving executive development practice called Flourishing Executives. I am about to publish my first book (on how to live a great life) and... I also embrace the role of a mother to two very busy teens!

You can find out more about me and my business here: https://lnkd.in/gXBvCRKE

I am excited by the opportunities XEd Space bring in solving business leaders problems and value their partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership - a true world leader in leadership research and being able to grow and develop others.

15/11/2023

The importance of women's leadership in the Asia Pacific region cannot be understated. Women's leadership contributes to many aspects of societal, economic, and political development; promoting diversity, inclusion, and innovative thinking.

Over the years, the Center for Creative Leadership has invested heavily in researching and understanding the challenges faced by women leaders and the enablers that will help them reshape the future. CCL has published the books: Standing at the Crossroads: Next Steps for High-Achieving Women (where the term “glass ceiling” was coined), Kick Some Glass: 10 Ways Women Succeed at Work on Their Own Terms, and Beating the Odds: Winning Strategies of Women in STEM.

XEd Space is proud to partner once more with CCL on some new groundbreaking research in this field as CCL’s research and design powers all the work that we do at XEd Space.

Over the next six weeks, we are seeking your input via survey responses and interviews that will help us better understand the APAC perspectives on Women In Leadership (APAC-WILL).

If you are a mid-senior level leader, we ask you to spend about 15 minutes answering multiple-choice questions on the challenges and developmental opportunities for women in leadership and actions that support women's leadership efforts. Upon completing the survey, as a token of our gratitude for sharing your views, you can download a copy of CCL's guidebook: ‘Learning Agility: Unlock the Lessons of Experience’.

Here is the link to the survey:
AU Link: https://lnkd.in/epjy5Rgs
NZ Link: https://lnkd.in/eWPJfhT7

Thank you in advance for participating in the APAC-Women In Leadership research study.

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17/10/2023

Be part of the conversation with renowned business and thought leaders who will share their differing perspectives on what the future of leadership looks like to them. The XEd Space and CCL Leadership Summit is a 3½ hour thought-provoking set of panel discussions and interviews featuring best-practice leadership insights for you and your organisation.

Featuring Speakers from:

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
One of the world’s leading research institutions in getting to the heart of how to develop more effective leaders in your organisation.

The Helping Hands Program
A local not for profit that builds prosthetic hands that are then donated to amputee landmine victims throughout the developing world and one that makes a real and lasting contribution.

The Australian Scholarships Foundation
An Australian not for profit helping to develop leaders for a better society.

24 October
Live & Online
9 AM - 12 PM

To register or to get your event tickets, visit:  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/xed-summit-tickets-695702804817?aff=oddtdtcreator

50% of the proceeds are going to support one of the not-for-profit/for-purpose organisations that will be speaking at the conference.

                               

12/10/2023

What does the future of leadership look like? Join us and the Center for Creative Leadership on the 24th of October at our first Leadership Summit to explore what experts in their field are thinking about the future of leadership. We are proud to introduce Louisa Graham, Dr Matthew Henricks, Diana Khaitova and Dr Lynn Scoles MBBS GAICD, as our distinguished speakers.

To register or to get your event tickets, visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/xed-summit-tickets-695702804817?aff=oddtdtcreator

50% of the proceeds are going to support one of the not-for-profit/for-purpose organisations that will be speaking at the conference.

08/10/2023

Join us on 20-24 November to take your leadership skills to a whole new level.

Leadership comes with complex challenges. Turn these challenges into opportunities with the Leadership Development Program (LDP)®.

https://xedspace.com.au/

Why choose the LDP®?

Globally recognised: The only leadership course offered in Australia ranked in the world’s top 10.

Tried and tested: The longest-running executive development program of its kind, with over 50,000 alumni worldwide.

Human-powered: 5-day immersive experience in the Melbourne CBD with one-on-one coaching sessions plus ongoing support.

Based on science: Backed by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)’s human-centred behavioural and leadership research.

The LDP® is presented by XEd Space, one of Australia’s most experienced executive education firms, together with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a pioneer in global leadership research.

If you are ready to supercharge your leadership legacy, register now:

https://xedspace.com.au/register/

                                     
                       

05/10/2023

Join XEd Space and the Center for Creative Leadership to explore the future of leadership.

24 October 2023 - in person in Melbourne and live online. 
9.00 am - 12.30pm

Featuring speakers from:

The Center for Creative Leadership - one of the world’s leading research institutions in getting to the heart of how to develop more effective leaders in your organisation https://www.ccl.org/

the Australian Scholarships Foundation - an Australian not for profit helping to develop leaders for a better society https://lnkd.in/gvps5gtA

The Helping Hands Program - a local not for profit that builds prosthetic hands that are then donated to amputee landmine victims throughout the developing world and one that makes a real and lasting contribution https://lnkd.in/gJ6Kh8D

Elite level sport - what are the lessons we can take from the Matildas, our Olympians and other athletes to drive our success as leaders?

Business leaders - sharing their differing perspectives on what the future of leadership looks like to them.

Get your tickets at: https://lnkd.in/g2XZr_HZ

50% of the proceeds go to support one of the not-for-profit/for-purpose organisations speaking at the conference.

                     

29/09/2023

😃 We are so proud to see the smiling faces of our first Better Conversations Every Day™️ cohort, who came together over two days this week for the program facilitated by Ross Anderson.

Feedback from the group highlighted the importance of having a safe space to learn about and practice the four core behaviours we need for better conversations:
- Listening to understand
- Asking powerful questions
- Challenging and supporting
- Establishing next steps and accountability

Better Conversations Every Day™️ enables participants to lead and sustain culture change, manage high-stakes negotiations, improve relationships, embrace diversity, bolster resilience and reduce burnout.

Our next BCE program will be on the 20th and the 27th of November, 2023.

Visit our website for more information or to register.

https://xedspace.com.au/register/

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25/09/2023

We are proud to have Dr Matthew Henricks, founder of the Helping Hands Program, as one of our distinguished speakers on the opening panel of the XEd Space Leadership Summit, where, along with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), we will be exploring what experts in their field think about the future of leadership. To register or to get your event tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/xed-summit-tickets-695702804817?aff=oddtdtcreator

Here is his story:

A leader in Philanthropic Team-building, Matt’s passion is helping workplaces realise the power of purpose-driven work. Matt is a Registered Organisational Psychologist and has worked within the field of People and Culture for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Macquarie University, a Masters of Organisational Psychology from the University of NSW, and a PhD from UNSW, which investigated the malleability of employee attitudes toward change.

Matt founded the Helping Hands Program in 2012. Since then, he has built 23,372 prosthetic hands for amputees in need. The project now builds and donates between 200 to 300 prosthetic hands monthly. Helping Hands is designed as a team-building and leadership development activity enabling everyday people to build and donate a hand themselves. Since its inception, this work has allowed Matt to work with thousands of companies worldwide.

Not satisfied with funding only one humanitarian project, Matt launched the Water Works Program in 2015. Since then, they have built and donated 14,566 life-saving water filtration systems to refugee families living in Uganda. There are conservatively over 140,000 people who have benefited from this project since its inception, and the project has become truly global with major partners based in the USA and UK.

He is passionate about shaping workplaces where employees are emotionally connected to the overall purpose of their business and inspired to reach their full potential.

Join Dr Hendricks on the 24th of October in Melbourne or live online. To register or to get your event tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/xed-summit-tickets-695702804817?aff=oddtdtcreator

50% of the proceeds go to support one of the not-for-profit/for-purpose organisations speaking at the conference.

Helping Hands Program
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18/09/2023

3 Best Practices to Build your Resiliency

The past few years have reminded us that change is ongoing, plans unravel, and expectations are not always met.

Work priorities shift, players change, and, for many of us, work will likely never return to a pre-pandemic "normal." People who cannot handle a fast pace or uncertainty are less likely to feel motivated at work and more likely to become overwhelmed. In addition, stress is not limited to the office; personal setbacks and crises do not go away just because work is already difficult.

That is why resilience — maintaining equilibrium under pressure — is among the most crucial skills for leaders at all levels to master. Resilience, communication, self-awareness, influence and thinking systemically are all a major part of the Center for Creative Leadership's LDP®️, the only leadership course offered in Australia ranked in the world’s top 10.

At XEd Space and the Center for Creative Leadership, we advocate for these 3 best practices to build your resiliency:

1. Manage your personal energy.
Control your own resistance. “Show up,” give your best, and relinquish attachment to the outcome. Stay in the present.

2. Shift your lenses.
Take charge of how you think about adversity. Understand your beliefs about the situation, and choose your response. Exercise compassion for yourself and others.

3. Find your sense of purpose.
Develop a “personal why” that gives your life meaning. This helps you better face setbacks and challenges. Also, look for ways that crisis and adversity may connect to your larger life purpose. Lessons can be gleaned from hardships.

If you are ready to supercharge your leadership legacy, our next LDP®️ will be held in Melbourne on the 20-24 November. Register now: https://xedspace.com.au/register/

14/09/2023

Join us and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) at our first Leadership Summit to explore what experts in their field are thinking about the future of leadership. We are proud to have Diana Khaitova from CCL as one of our distinguished speakers on the opening panel. To register or to get your event tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/xed-summit-tickets-695702804817?aff=oddtdtcreator

Here is her story:

Diana is a seasoned leadership and human capital consultant with two decades of experience across the global corporate landscape. With a flair for innovation and a passion for empowering individuals, Diana has carved her path as a trusted partner in her field.

Currently donning the hat of APAC Head of Client Development at CCL, Diana is on a mission to expand leadership development solutions throughout the Asia Pacific market. Her role involves championing CCL's mission in the region, overseeing a portfolio of transformative programs, including the Global Asian Leader initiatives, Leading Digital and Cultural Transformation, High Potential programs, executive coaching, and digital learning solutions.

Before her journey with CCL, Diana served as the Regional Client Development Director at Korn Ferry International (Asia). Having spent over two decades living and working in various Asian countries, she possesses a keen understanding of the intricacies and nuances of the APAC region.
Her heart beats for cultivating the next generation of Global Asian Leaders, and her dedication is unwavering. But there's more to Diana than just her professional achievements. She's also a true advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diana understands the challenges that women face, especially in the Asian context, and fervently believes that change is not just desirable but necessary.

In a world that's constantly evolving, Diana’s journey isn't just about professional success; it's about making a difference, one mentorship, program, and transformative insight at a time.

Join us and Diana on the 24th of October in Melbourne or live online. To register or to get your event tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/xed-summit-tickets-695702804817?aff=oddtdtcreator

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06/09/2023

Join us on 20-24 November to take your leadership skills to a whole new level.

Leadership comes with complex challenges. Turn these challenges into opportunities with the Leadership Development Program (LDP)®.
https://lnkd.in/ghatNsE7

Why choose the LDP®?

Globally recognised: The only leadership course offered in Australia ranked in the world’s top 10.

Tried and tested: The longest-running executive development program of its kind, with over 50,000 alumni worldwide.

Human-powered: 5-day immersive experience in the Melbourne CBD with one-on-one coaching sessions plus ongoing support.

Based on science: Backed by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)’s human-centred behavioural and leadership research.

The LDP® is presented by XEd Space, one of Australia’s most experienced executive education firms, together with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a pioneer in global leadership research.

If you are ready to supercharge your leadership legacy, register now:

https://lnkd.in/gybzqGqD

Center for Creative Leadership Australian Scholarships Foundation RealPlay Media Spirit of Tasmania Queensland Health Helping Hands Program Ric Leahy Margo Lockhart Paolo De Dominicis


31/08/2023

What does the future of leadership look like? Join us and the Center for Creative Leadership at our first Leadership Summit to explore what experts in their field are thinking about the future of leadership. We are proud to have Louisa Graham as one of our distinguished speakers, featured as a panelist in conversation with XEd Space, the Center for Creative Leadership and the Helping Hands Program. To register or to get your event tickets, visit: https://lnkd.in/g2XZr_HZ

Here is Louisa's story:

Louisa is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Scholarships Foundation and the Australian Leadership Hub, whose mission is to develop leaders for a better society. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Louisa is passionate about the for-purpose sector and has extensive experience in not-for-profit management and governance.

She began her career in journalism at Network Ten and was most recently Chief Executive Officer of The Walkley Foundation for Journalism. Louisa has worked in senior leadership roles for the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and UN Women. She has also led awareness campaigns for White Ribbon Day and the Australian Republic Movement.

Finally, Louisa is on the board of the Community Broadcasters Association of Australia and has served on the boards of the Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom, Media Diversity Australia, Taikoz and the Copyright Council.

Join us and Louisa Graham on the 24th of October in Melbourne or live online. To register or to get your event tickets, visit: https://lnkd.in/g2XZr_HZ

50% of the proceeds are going to support one of the not-for-profit/for-purpose organisations that will be speaking at the conference.

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25/08/2023

Join XEd Space and the Center for Creative Leadership to explore the future of leadership.

24 October 2023 - in person in Melbourne and live online.
9.00 am - 12.30pm

Featuring speakers from:

The Center for Creative Leadership - one of the world’s leading research institutions in getting to the heart of how to develop more effective leaders in your organisation https://www.ccl.org/

the Australian Scholarships Foundation - an Australian not for profit helping to develop leaders for a better society https://lnkd.in/gvps5gtA

The Helping Hands Program - a local not for profit that builds prosthetic hands that are then donated to amputee landmine victims throughout the developing world and one that makes a real and lasting contribution https://lnkd.in/gJ6Kh8D

Elite level sport - what are the lessons we can take from the Matildas, our Olympians and other athletes to drive our success as leaders?

Business leaders - sharing their differing perspectives on what the future of leadership looks like to them.

Get your tickets at: https://lnkd.in/g2XZr_HZ

50% of all ticket sales will go to the Helping Hands Program

Center for Creative Leadership Australian Scholarships Foundation RealPlay Media Spirit of Tasmania Queensland Health Helping Hands Program Ric Leahy Paolo De Dominicis


16/08/2023

At XEd we are known for accelerating the development of people, teams and organisations. It takes a talented team of highly skilled problem solvers, facilitators, and coaches to consistently deliver that for our clients. We’d like to acknowledge and share the story of one of our most successful team members, Dr Lynn Scoles. We are truly proud to have her working with us. Here’s Lynn's story.

My business is people! When asked what I specialise in, my answer is - People!! I am a life-long and avid learner with a fascination for people and their behaviour.

Growing up in the small rural community of Castlemaine in Victoria, I needed to move to the ‘big’ city of Melbourne to pursue my studies in Medicine at Melbourne University. My down-to-earth, country upbringing is never far away and sets the scene for my work. After completing my degree and several years in the hospital system in Victoria, I transitioned to a career in General Practice which now spans 35 years. While still maintaining an active practice today, I teach (initially University and now undergrads and registrars in General Practice), write, review for the Journal of General Practice and examine for the College of GPs.

Twenty years ago, my curiosity for human behaviour led me to a coaching course and my true passion for leadership development emerged. I care deeply about enabling people create lives (working and beyond) that are sustainable, productive, and fulfilling. My years as a GP mean I bring the rigours of medicine to coaching along with an ability to rapidly develop rapport; a highly trained intuition; flexibility of approach and the ability to see things others may miss. When working with business leaders, my job is to help them understand themselves, their impact on others and to gain perspectives on the challenges they face that enable them to move forward, taking the needed steps, congruently and effectively.

I love the variety of the work I do and maintaining my GP practice keeps me real and grounded for my coaching work. My breadth and depth of knowledge and experience with people is a true asset, enabling me to get to the heart of matters quickly and afford the needed changes in a smooth and congruent fashion.

I keep up to date by reading widely, attending seminars/forums and by examining my own practice of coaching through regular supervision. The best thing about working with people is the continuous variety and challenge. I truly love what I do!

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