"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."

- Albert Einstein

Professional Development Courses

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  • TAKE OUT THE GUESS WORK - Embracing change
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
    Course Start Date/s
    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • Get on the front foot
    • Do more than just react
    • Follow a process for confident execution

    Change is the only constant, with technological advancements, political and economic instability and environmental uncertainty, we have never had to adapt to so much change so rapidly. Change is often viewed as uncomfortable, unsettling and upsetting.

    Participants attending this session will walk out feeling confident in leading people through change and learn tools and strategies to get their teams on board to initiate and keep the change momentum.

     

    What skills will I gain?

    • An understanding of the personal barriers that get in the way of effectively delivering change

    • Awareness of the different types of change and strategies to plan around these

    • Understanding of the phases of change people go through and emotions they may experience during times of change

    • Application of a model to assist in moving people through each of these stages

    • Preparation to roll out a new change or enhance a current one using the skills learned in the session

     

    What does it cover?

    • Barriers to instigating or driving change

    • Reactive vs proactive change and the different approaches

    • A model to explain change
    • a tool to deliver change in your organisation

    • Thought provoking activities designed to assist participants in using new skills in a controlled environment

     

    Who is it for?

    This course is appealing to Aspiring, Emerging and current Leaders, Business Owners, Salespeople, Volunteers and Teammates who are interested in how they can successfully deliver change in their organisations. There is an optional qualification upgrade available, please enquire for more details.

                        

  • BEGINNING WITH YOU - Self awareness in a whole new light
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
    Course Start Date/s
    Friday, 01 Nov 2019 (1 day)
    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • Understand emotional triggers

    • Adopt strategies to manage emotions

    • Adapt communication style

    Forbes magazine reported that self-awareness has been cited as a key attribute to determine leadership success and organisational profitability. When there is a lack of self-awareness, we are unable to notice the impact of our own behaviour on others, which affects our ability to collaborate and drive the business forward. For this reason, we have created a course to explore how to attain a greater level of self-awareness and usable tools to transfer learnings into business success.

     

    What skills will I gain?

    • Ability to use self-awareness techniques in the workplace
    • Identify thoughts that determine helpful and unhelpful behaviours
    • Understanding how our interactions trigger responses from childhood
    • Managing these triggers in an adult manner
    • Develop the ability to effectively challenge staff on unhelpful behaviours
    • Implement a plan to lead basic behavioural changes

     

    What does it cover?

    • The biology of the brain and how it links to human behaviour
    • Evaluating and challenging the origins of behaviour
    • Leadership Communication styles
    • Usable tools to open up the blind spot

     

    Who is it for?

    This course is suitable for Aspiring, Emerging and Current Leaders, Business Owners, Salespeople, Volunteers and Teammates seeking a greater understanding of themselves, how they can achieve success by shifting their perspective. There is an optional qualification upgrade available, please enquire for more details.

  • EMOTIONS ARE DATA - Building personal resilience
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
    Course Start Date/s
    Friday, 15 Nov 2019 (1 day)
    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • Increase personal power

    • Improve flexibility

    • Regulate emotions

    When we approach workplace situations with the notion we can’t influence them, our culture can often become toxic, or at best underproductive, with individuals deflecting responsibility to be part of the solution.

    Participants will discover how the lens we look through colours and shapes our behaviour and hides powerful actions we could take. One component of the day is helping people to understand how their own perceptions are limiting their success. We also share tools to allow participants to change their view of situations and achieve greater personal results when relating to others and tasks at hand.

     

    What skills will I gain?

    • How to take control of my environment
    • Evaluate behaviours that are considered to be helpful or unhelpful
    • Develop an ability to regulate emotions
    • How to use the tools acquired to enhance self-regulation within the wider team 
    • Implement leadership changes as a direct result of the learning

     

    What does it cover?

    • The psychology of control in the brain
    • New tools which can be applied to control emotions
    • Strategies and models to enhance self-regulation
    • Take home activities to ongoing build resilience

     

    Who is it for?

    This course is suitable for Aspiring, Emerging and Current Leaders, Business Owners, Salespeople, Volunteers and Teammates seeking a greater understanding of how to achieve personal and organisational success.

             

  • THE SOCIAL BRAIN - Managing relationships
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
    Course Start Date/s
    Friday, 20 Sep 2019 (1 day)
    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • Understand others

    • Improve collaboration

    • Transform relationships

    A lack of collaboration negatively affects organisational performance. Harnessing skills to create a desire for people to work together will improve the profitability and output of any organisation.

    This module focuses on how to build empathy and a climate of psychological safety around you. Participants will walk away with an understanding of and ability to apply techniques to increase cohesion, morale and motivation.

     

    What skills will I gain?

    • An awareness of the different levels of Empathy
    • An understanding of how to create Psychological Safety
    • Understanding areas of importance to people and how to meet the needs of colleagues
    • How to apply key strategies in managing relationships

     

    What does it cover?

    • Understanding three levels of empathy
    • Psychological Safety and the link to workplace performance
    • How to identify and mitigate the threat response
    • Collaboration from the brain’s perspective

     

    Who is it for?

    This course is appealing to Aspiring, Emerging and Current Leaders, Business Owners, Salespeople, Volunteers and Teammates looking to improve their ability to influence collaboration. There is an optional qualification upgrade available, please enquire for more details.

     

                             

  • WHAT'S YOUR STORY? - The science of impactful storytelling
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
    Course Start Date/s
    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • Define your intention

    • Design your message

    • Deliver with impact

    If you’re having trouble communicating a vision, selling an idea or getting the team on board, you may be interested in using Storytelling as a strategic influencing tool.

    With the average attention span lasting no more than seven seconds, it has never been more important to capture and hold attention. This session focuses on how to craft and deliver an artful story. Using contemporary neuroscience, we explore what works to help make messages memorable.

    We delve into how to communicate stories in the most potent way. Participants learn presentation skills, hints and tips and get to practice presenting their stories back to both large and small groups.

     

    What skills will I gain?

    • How to sell an idea using an easy, structured approach 
    • Understanding how to adapt the use of language to be more memorable
    • How to draw real life parallels and connect emotion to inspire change
    • Learning a structure that works to create a powerful message
    • How to improve professional speaking ability, regardless of the current level
    • An improved level of confidence when speaking to groups, large or small

     

    What does it cover?

    • The scientific rationale for using Storytelling as an influencing tool 
    • A design model to deliver a persuasive message
    • How to use inspirational language that engages, persuades and provokes new thinking
    • Presenting hints, tips and techniques
    • A presentation workshop with peer feedback and self-reflection
    • The opportunity to practice in a safe environment

     

    Who is it for?

    This course is appealing to Aspiring, Emerging and Current Leaders wanting to influence the people in their organisation as well as Business Owners, Salespeople, Volunteers and Teammates. There is an optional qualification upgrade available, please enquire for more details.

     

                              

  • CRYSTAL CLEAR, NO CRYSTAL BALLS - Business planning that works!
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
    Course Start Date/s
    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • Planning for success

    • Aligning performance

    • Measuring results

    Insubstantial strategic planning and execution lead to organisations missing the mark. This session showcases contemporary instruments and activities to align employee performance with business objectives. Participants will engage with tools to bring the vision to life and measure results in new and adaptive ways.

     

    What skills will I gain?

    • Clarity over discerning new business streams and opportunities
    • Designing what these opportunities look like
    • Understanding how to plan a vision into reality
    • What key success factors look like and how to measure them
    • Strategies to plan for and mitigate risk
    • How to write robust KPIs which deliver

     

    What does it cover?

    • The Business Model Canvas
    • Balance Scorecard
    • Operational Planning
    • Risk Planning
    • KPI writing

     

    Who is it for?

    A must for Big Picture Thinkers, Entrepreneurs and Leaders intending to reinvent their organisation, start a new business or create fresh initiatives. There is an optional qualification upgrade available, please enquire for more details.

     

                         

  • FILTERS ARE NOT JUST FOR INSTAGRAM - Unconscious bias
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
    Course Start Date/s
    Friday, 18 Oct 2019 (1 day)
    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • Objective decision-making

    • Diversity

    • Unconscious bias

    Biased decision-making and a lack of diversity create a vicious cycle of stifled innovation and doing what we’ve always done. This session focuses on opening up the blind spot and learning about the various biases we may have. It also explores tools and techniques to mitigate these biases. Applying tools and information helps businesses increase collaboration, encourage new ideas and boost the bottom line.

     

    What skills will I gain?

    • Understand the critical importance of sound decision-making
    • Evaluate personal bias and how this affects decision-making
    • Identify key areas to improve in the decision making process
    • Develop new strategies to mitigate bias and make balanced decisions
    • Application of Cognitive Framing and reframing
    • Implement changes to support a healthy decision making culture within your team and organisation
    • Knowledge of how to foster inclusion in the workplace

     

    What does it cover?

    • The biology of the brain and how biases are formed
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Cognitive framing
    • Decision Making
    • Practical tools to mitigate biases

     

    Who is it for?

    Current leaders, new leaders, emerging leaders, employees, individuals and volunteers looking for tools to mitigate bias and create cultural success and longevity.

     

             

  • YOUR PERFORMANCE, THEIR PERFORMANCE - Motivation & coaching
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
    Course Start Date/s
    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • Asking killer questions

    • Coaching

    • Building motivation

    Are you looking to motivate your team and improve performance quickly? The discipline of coaching gives Leaders and Coaches skills to empower people to elicit their own solutions rather than telling them what to do. Human beings are hardwired to seek autonomy, which is why this skill is so effective.

    We explore the science behind what parts of the brain are engaged when we feel motivated and offer applicable tools to motivate our teams in the workplace.

    The majority of this course is experiential. Participants will be practicing new techniques as well as giving and receiving peer feedback to improve the application of this skill acquired in the session.

     

    What skills will I gain?

    • Learning how to uncover people’s motivators and how to engage them
    • How to ask powerful questions and the different techniques available
    • Understanding important factors in setting the scene for coaching
    • Learning how to coach effectively

     

    What does it cover?

    • Learning about what happens in the brain when we are motivated and why motivation is important
    • A tool to ascertain motivating factors
    • Skills and attributes required for coaching
    • Active listening and questioning techniques
    • Following the steps to coach effectively 

     

    Who is it for?

    This course is appealing to Aspiring, Emerging and Current Leaders, Business Owners, Salespeople, Volunteers and Teammates who are looking to enhance their skills in motivating and developing themselves and others. There is an optional qualification upgrade available, please enquire for more details.

     

                                       

  • THE SECRET INGREDIENT - Leading effective teams
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
    Course Start Date/s
    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • Fostering teamwork
    • Building trust
    • Encouraging peer accountability

    Cohesive teams collaborate, support each other and innovate to achieve results. This can only be built on a foundation of trust and psychological safety. In this course we examine how creating familial type bonds and peer accountability rockets team performance. We explore the science behind how trust advances performance and explore how we can enhance trust in our organisations.

    What skills will I gain?

    • How to work collaboratively with others
    • A structures to create peer accountability and teams operating independently
    • An understanding of the biological relationship between trust and team performance
    • Strategies to increase trust

    What does it cover?

    • Aligning behaviour with organisational values
    • The biology of the brain and how it links to human behaviour
    • The presentation of research linking trust and high performance
    • Activities and discussion pieces to increase teamwork

    Who is it for?

    This course is suitable for Aspiring, Emerging and Current Leaders, Business Owners, Salespeople, Volunteers and Teammates looking to improve the performance of their team. There is an optional qualification upgrade available, please enquire for more details.        

  • GET UNCOMFORTABLE & IMPROVE PERFORMANCE - SOS conversations
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
    Course Start Date/s
    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • Open communication

    • Resolve conflict healthily

    • Improve collaboration

    Have you ever been in a conversation where there were high stakes, varied opinions and strong emotions and it didn’t go as well as you had hoped? Alternatively, do you just want to be more effective at having challenging conversations? If either of these apply to you, this course provides a valuable opportunity to overcome fear and achieve the desired outcome.

     

    What skills will I gain?

    • Understanding how to structure and prepare for a challenging conversation
    • How to match your message up with your body language
    • An opportunity to practice having important conversations and receive feedback
    • How to negotiate for a win-win outcome

     

    What does it cover?

    • The SOS Conversation model
    • Seven steps to go from preparation to accomplishment
    • Basic steps to successful negotiation
    • Games and activities to improve presence and confidence

     

    Who is it for?

    This course is appealing to Aspiring, Emerging and current Leaders, Business Owners, Salespeople, Volunteers and Teammates who want to be masterful in ensuring challenging conversations go well. There is an optional qualification upgrade available, please enquire for more details.                   

  • YOU'D BETTER BELIEVE IT! - Mindset for success
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
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    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • Discover what’s important to you

    • Understand different mind-sets

    • Flip your thinking and achieve results

    This course focuses on continuous improvement from an organisational and personal empowerment perspective. Participants will look introspectively at what is important to their lives and how in balance these aspects are.

    We unpack research about different mind-sets and the benefits, as well as disadvantages of adopting a particular mind-set as well as equipping participants with practical tools to change their mind-set.

     

    What skills will I gain?

    • An understanding of the political, social, generational and economic landscape what exists in 2019
    • The skills and attributes required to navigate this landscape and be successful
    • An understanding of the levers to put to increase personal and team motivation
    • Knowledge of what categorises a learning mind-set and why this achieves results
    • How to leverage this mind-set personally and encourage a learning mind-set in others

     

    What does it cover?

    • Examining different areas we can focus on to improve our work-life integration
    • The work and lifestyle factors which affect our mind-set
    • How to apply a mind-set focused on continuous improvement
    • Tools to shift our mind-set to thrive in the landscape of 2020

     

    Who is it for?

    This course is appealing to Aspiring, Emerging and current Leaders, Business Owners, Salespeople, Volunteers and Teammates who want to shift their mind-set to achieve greater success. There is an optional qualification upgrade available, please enquire for more details.   

  • WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE DON'T KNOW - Influential feedback
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
    Course Start Date/s
    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • How praise and appreciation improve performance

    • How to evolve feedback that works

    • Change behaviour through language

    Gallup research suggests that the traditional model of feedback is ineffective. This course focuses on understanding why certain methods of giving feedback don’t work and a range of techniques to explore how to deliver helpful feedback that sticks, improves performance and enhances business results.

     

    What skills will I gain?

    • Understanding of how and when to give tokens of appreciation
    • The ability to link helpful behaviour to personal attributes which reinforce positive behaviours
    • Understanding the context of how we can change people’s behaviour by the environment we create around them
    • Confidence in using contemporary feedback methodologies

     

    What does it cover?

    • The research behind why traditional feedback methods can be ineffective and unhelpful
    • How to give praise that is meaningful and positively reinforce desired behaviour
    • Attribution theory and how it can be used to influence behavioural change
    • Ways to phrase feedback using hypnotic language for maximum buy-in

     

    Who is it for?

    This course is suitable for Aspiring, Emerging and Current Leaders, Business Owners, Salespeople, Volunteers and Teammates looking to build a culture of open, honest and straight forward communication with their peers. There is an optional qualification upgrade available, please enquire for more details.

     

                       

  • FAIL QUICKLY, SUCCEED FASTER - Innovation & insight
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    Course Duration
    1 Day
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    Course Cost
    $550 per student
    • Cutting-edge tools

    • Fresh Ideas

    • Games and creativity

    Bored of the brainstorm? Are unique ideas in your company drying up and are you worried about getting left behind? The 2017 World Economic forum cited problem solving, critical thinking and creativity as the top three most necessary skills required for people and businesses to succeed. In this course, we explore innovative idea generation tools, games and activities to encourage divergent thinking and an avalanche of novel ideas.

    Participants will feel surprised and delighted by what they discover and will walk away with an exciting suite of modern tools and tips to implement a culture of innovation and creativity.

     

    What skills will I gain?

    • How to keep it fresh and avoid groupthink
    • How to involve people in creative idea sharing
    • A new perspective on how to encourage unique thinking
    • Tools to implement back in the workplace

     

    What does it cover?

    • The neuroscience behind out of the box thinking
    • The commercial benefit of innovation
    • Strategies to encourage insights
    • The background behind why new thinking leads to success
    • Take away tools which can be used back in the workplace

     

    Who is it for?

    This course is appealing to Aspiring, Emerging and current Leaders Business Owners, Salespeople, Volunteers and Teammates wanting to look at how contemporary tools and techniques can produce results through thinking in unique ways. There is an optional qualification upgrade available, please enquire for more details.                                     

                             

  • Leadership and Management
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    Course Duration
    8 Days
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    The Illuminate Group is offering a Leadership and Management course which is underpinned by the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management. 

    We have shed the old redundant and sometimes irrelevant methods of training. We unapologetically use progressive development methodologies that are respectful of the modern business environment and expectations of participants.  Our approach to delivering this program is closely aligned to contemporary neuroscience and behavioural concepts.

    Particpants attending the course can either attain a Certificate of Participation or a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management, in which case the participant will need to complete assessments outside the course timeframe.  

    The full course is 8 days, and is delivered in four modules;

    • Conscious Leadership 
    • Operational Planning 
    • Building Exceptional Teams 
    • Continuous and Never Ending Improvement

    Course Objectives and Outcomes

    Conscious Leadership

    Leaders are the single most important factor in employee engagement, retention and productivity.

    Good leaders set workplace culture allowing businesses to operate efficiently and effectively.

    This cluster is designed to develop and enhance the skills and knowledge of leaders to effectively and consciously lead a team or workgroup in a work environment.

    Effective communicators adapt and modify personal styles to match what they want an audience to feel and understand. They understand the impact they have on others and how to achieve optimal outcomes by bringing people along the journey.

    This program explores the psychology of influence in order to embrace ideas, recommendations and deliver information persuasively to stakeholders to gain their trust and confidence.

    This workshop focuses;

    • How to develop emotional intelligence
    • Building personal resilience
    • Relating powerfully to all workplace situations
    • Influencing others
    • Dealing with difficult people and situations
    • Self-awareness and how to open up the blind spots
    • Creating impactful behavioural change through the communication process

     

    Operational Planning

    Leaders are actively engaged in planning activities to achieve the objectives of the organisation.

    The role of leadership is to provide safe, efficient and effective products and services to client satisfaction.

    Leaders will learn to implement operational plans by monitoring and adjusting performance, producing short term plans, identifying and acquiring resources and providing reports on performance. 

    This workshop focuses on:

    • Executing an effective operational planning process
    • Deconstructing goals into initiatives/programs and projects
    • Developing contingency plans by identifying hidden threats and options to resolve them
    • Aligning the operational plans to the project goals
    • Action planning

     

    Building Exceptional Teams

    Leaders directly impact how well their teams work together.

    Team performance is paramount in project success. This cluster provides a range of thought provoking tools for leaders to build more effective and highly performing teams.

    This workshop focuses on:

    • Building trust with diverse team members
    • Team and stakeholder communication
    • Team performance goals, roles and accountabilities
    • Encouraging intrinsic motivation through 'Ovation' strategies
    • Developing and facilitating team cohesion
    • Leading through change
    • Managing and resolving conflict in a healthy way
    • Coaching and mentoring effectively for success and team growth

     

    Continuous and Never Ending Improvement

    'Standing still equates to going backwards'.

    In the VUCA age where uncertainty is rife and the goal posts continue to move, leaders need to adapt mindsets to keep up with emerging trends. Being able to access unique and novel thinking to problem solve and overcome challenges is a key skill to navigate the modern business landscape. The continuous and never-ending improvement workshop focuses on how we set the wheels in motion to continually improve alongside the constant state of flux.

    This includes;

    • Encouraging teams towards a growth mindset
    • Making insightful and innovative thinking the status quo
    • Developing tools and techniques for innovation
    • Developing an environment that generates cognitive insights