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Monday, August 5


How to Manage Your Attention in a World of Distraction (Chris Bailey)

The research is clear — the state of our attention determines the state of our lives. Yet our attention has never been as overwhelmed or in-demand as it is today. We’ve never been so busy while accomplishing so little, and we’ve grown increasingly uncomfortable with a lack of stimulation and distraction.
Modeled after Chris Bailey’s bestselling new book, Hyperfocus, this talk reveals how effectively managing our attention hinges on working with greater intention, taming stimulating distractions in advance, and strategically unfocusing to take better mind wandering breaks.

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Monday August 5, 2019 09:00 - 10:15
Potomac Ballroom
Wednesday, August 7


ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of (Lynne Cazaly)

Excellence, quality and continuous improvement are important, but the pursuit of perfection …not so much. Our drive to make things look or seem perfect is dangerously on the rise and has dire consequences for how we feel about ourselves, how we live and work and how we collaborate with others. Lynne Cazaly shares the latest thinking on how being more ‘ish’ – which means somewhat, more or less, to some extent - is a more flexible, helpful and effective way to think and work. We can go for iteration over perfection more often.

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Lynne Cazaly

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Lynne Cazaly helps individuals, teams and organisations transition to new ways of working. Lynne is an international keynote speaker, author and a master facilitator. She is the author of 6 books: ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of... Read More →

Wednesday August 7, 2019 09:00 - 10:15
Potomac Ballroom
Friday, August 9


Playful Leadership - How to enable transformational change and have fun doing it (Portia Tung)

Does creating change seem like a constant uphill struggle? Are you blocked by relentless resistance? Do you feel lost and alone in your efforts to create positive change?
It turns out change need not be full of pain and suffering. What’s more, the pain can be managed and the suffering is purely optional. According to child development experts, play is the most effective and efficient way of enabling children to learn, lead, collaborate and be at their best. It turns out this also holds true for adults, especially when it comes to organisational change, based on Portia’s 20 years of working and playing with adults in organisations large and small.
In this highly interactive talk, you will experience the catalysing power of play and gain an understanding of how play can convert seemingly relentless resistance to change into joyful anticipation of growth instead. You will learn and experience the benefits of play firsthand and, by being re-acquainted with the knowledge of play, explore what being a playful leader means to you.
You will get the chance to befriend your Mind Monkey (aka your amygdala) and through a pawful of tried and tested tools and techniques from play science, neuroscience, psychology and coaching, you will develop a greater appreciation of how to create transformational change for you and others.
Play your cards right and you will increase not only your EQ but develop your Play IQ, the foundation of all intelligences according to the latest Play Science theory. No humans or monkeys were harmed in the creation of this session. Bananas not included.

Learning Outcomes:
  • An understanding of the importance of play
  • ● A working knowledge of play
  • ● One or more ideas to play more
  • ● What being a playful leader means to you



Friday August 9, 2019 10:45 - 12:00
Potomac Ballroom