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Activate #4 - Session three blog

Week three of Activate was held at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and consisted of several different speakers with various backgrounds of experience. The day began with our leadership coordinator Janelle introducing a values based exercise, which entailed delivering a rather complex and confusing story about a jar, rocks, pebbles, sand and water. Once the story was finished it made complete sense and really began the thought process surrounding how we prioritise our values in life. Following on from Janelle, we were lucky enough to hear from Phil Clohesy who spoke about his career path and advice on how to achieve balance whilst in leadership. Three main points that were taken from his speech were "stick to your passions", "take risks" and "doing nothing is a decision". In short, Phil tried to emphasise that working within a field of your passion, whilst taking calculated risks combined with educated decisions is a good platform for success in the workplace.

The day quickly moved from one presenter to the other with Brad Clarke following Phil with a presentation on personal and organisational values. Personally I was quite unsure as to why Brad gave our Activate host an extended "hug" after he was introduced, it became clearer when Brad explained the powers of vulnerability and personally being vulnerable. We completed several group based exercises on values, and were confronted with issues such as what to do when our own personal values conflict with the values of employers. Brad explained that "values give meaning, and they're often not acted upon", which is why he implored that as leaders we are to test the values of our organisation and also raise concern to instances where individuals/groups aren't acting in line with these values.

After Brad's interesting and rather motivating presentation, we were taken on a tour of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club by Beth Davis. The tour began with a brief of the master plan for the Yacht Club including the anticipated redevelopment, followed by a walkthrough of the current facilities and harbour. It was quite amazing to see that located behind the silver spiked fencing was a perfectly located restaurant & bar looking straight over the harbour and Corio Bay. Overall the day was extremely engaging and interesting, and provided several different points of view that we can implement into our own life and work.



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