Activate week 4 'Leading with influence' was jam packed with
three speakers, set at the Karingal St Laurence Eastern Hub. We
were greeted by a colourful gallery of butterflies being made in
celebration of Hearing Awareness week.
First up CEO of Karingal St Laurence, Mike McKinstry, took to
the floor with practical and frank advice.
"Learn to be authentic and know who you are. When young, we put
on a persona of whom we want people to see and who we think we
should be. Learn to be honest, know what you can offer, know your
strengths and values."
He also recommended keeping a sense of humour in adversity; not
trying to be perfect; staying grounded; and setting your own
challenges in the workplace and not waiting for "someone to set
them for you."
Mike shared his cross sector career highlights and made an
impression with his view on the termNot For Profit. The better
vision he said is Profit with purpose.
Next up was the eagerly anticipated Rebecca Casson, CEO of the
Committee for Geelong (CfG), who shared her remarkable life and
passion for Geelong.
Rebecca's very first impressions of Geelong in 2009 were - a
good place, inspiring people and a caring community. Now all these
years later as CEO of the CfG she is able to advocate for the
people and the city she loves. The CfG has a vision for Victoria's
Second City, from their International Winning from Second research.
The vision she shared was incredible and something not to be
We were inspired tolive in the gap as leaders. Taking care of
what is, and then nursing things through/guiding change to what
should be. From Rebecca's experience we learnt it takes guts and
faith to endure as leaders in this gap but we were inspired to do
so. "Be courageous" she said.
Much of the dedicated work the Committee does might go unheard
of but Rebecca noted "Who cares who gets the credit, as long as we
get the success for Geelong."
Kath Essing from Integrated Heart was up next with tools for
effective communication. She encouraged us to have a conversation
with audience instead of present to them and shared the power of
utilising stories and metaphors. We learnt how to write a
presentation quickly and effectively using the rule of 3 model and
the Kolb learning system - an effortless way to connect content to
At the end of the day the connecting lesson between all three
speakers was to BE AUTHENTIC. This came up time and time again.
We were challenged to present our leadership brand in a 3-minute
presentation to the group. Some of us learnt we were
conceptualisers who would like more time to THINK about our
presentation but even so we all braved the stage to sell ourselves
anyway since we now know keeping a good sense of humour is also an
important part of leadership.