Career Development: Respectful Conversations

Career Development: Respectful Conversations

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We now live in a more dynamic and connected world than ever before. Transparency, equality, respect and inclusion are significant issues. We have an ethical responsibility to move education beyond critical thinking towards developing a critical and respectful dialogue. Given this, critical thinking is an indispensable life and workforce skill.

Respectful conversation is a collaborative process to engage in respectful and sometimes, difficult conversations. Respectful conversations are learned in the community and serve the community, aiming to unite people from all walks of life, diverse backgrounds and viewpoints around difficult, yet shared, issues and problems.

Elizabeth Griffin asks: how do we ensure we can respectfully share our different views and perspectives while collectively evolving together?

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This presentation is open to all members of the public.

Delivery Style

Presentation followed by Q&A.

Professor Ann Brewer is the Dean, University of Newcastle, Sydney. Her career has spanned organisational behaviour, psychology, education and business as a researcher, lecturer, and author. Her research expertise is people at work including conflict, change, leadership, commitment, stress as well as gender.

Ann is an accredited executive coach with more than 20 years of experience enhancing the performance of individuals, teams and organisations. In that capacity she designs and develops coaching programs for whole-of-organisations as well as 1:1 coaching consultations. She begins with establishing a foundation for each client to clarify their professional aims and values for developing and sustaining leadership resilience. Her coaching strategy is focused on leadership, relationship and culture building as well as dealing with thorny issues and conducting difficult conversations.

Ann’s professional background incorporates diverse programs and initiatives for individual development, team building, organisation design, and facilitation. Her practical approach to leadership and organisation development is derived from her own senior leadership positions.

Her work has been applied in diverse industry sectors such as business, education, industrial relations, human resource management, health administration, public policy, transport and logistics; banking and mining. She has led commercial facing entities including a start-up to success.

Elizabeth is a senior organisational development specialist with deep expertise in learning and development, diversity, inclusion and organisational change. Her background has included a variety of roles and responsibilities across several industries including financial services, professional services, airline and education. She has worked in global, regional and local roles and is experienced in operating in complex matrix structured environments in both mature and emerging markets, especially across Asia Pacific.

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