Masterclass Series:

Leading with Nobility for a New Era

Enabling purpose-driven leaders to confidently guide their teams through uncertainty, foster inclusive and innovative cultures, and create greater social impact

Leaders are being called to greater levels of responsibility


At this time of uncertainty, leaders are finding themselves:

  1. thrust into new roles requiring unexpected flexibility and agility
  2. called to collaborate and innovate in new ways to meet survival needs
  3. needing to make difficult decisions ethically and under stressful time pressures
  4. called to accompany and uplift their teams and communities 
  5. called to play a more courageous role in addressing systemic injustice 
  6. asked to make sense of our volatile reality and navigate these uncertain times 

It is time to increase your capacity to lead your team through uncertainty  and deliver purposeful change

Responding to these challenges calls for a deep level of integrity, courage, and compassion. 


It involves a renewal in the way YOU lead. 

“Will you consciously and bravely choose to reclaim leadership as a noble profession that creates possibility and humaneness in the midst of increasing fear and turmoil?”

~ Margaret J. Wheatley, author of "Who do we choose to be? Facing reality. Claiming Leadership. Restoring Sanity"

This Masterclass Series is designed for purpose-driven leaders to meet the challenges and possibilities of this new era

We have worked with thousands of purpose-driven leaders and hundreds of organisations and enable leaders to:

Foster workplaces and communities that are inclusive and diverse, where people feel they belong: Our program provides skills training to help you develop the courage and commitment to leading an inclusive and respectful workplace, which is open to new ways of working in 2020.

Face into ethical dilemmas and difficult times, with integrity, courage, and care:  Our program helps leaders build meaningful, purposeful, just and compassionate workplaces that deliver meaningful value to all stakeholders, including the environment.

Be agile and open to collaborate, drawing on the strengths in your organisation:  Our program boosts your flexibility and agility to make sense of this time, and create new possibilities.

Be innovative and perform under pressure: Our program will help you gain clarity of your guiding compass, so you quickly identify and implement ways to create meaningful impact, tap into deeper motivations and unlock performance.

When you lead with your purpose and values, and foster inclusion, you can guide your team through uncertainty and create greater social impact. 


You create greater psychological safety and enable higher levels of performance, creativity and wellbeing.

This Masterclass Series will enable you to:

Clarify your north star as a leader, refresh your values, and identify your focus qualities of character

Gain capacity to make ethical decisions

Identify ways to foster inclusive cultures and a sense of belonging

Build and cultivate trust in your team

Gain systems thinking and sense-making skills to envision new possibilities and futures

Listen with greater openness to diverse views and become a more effective collaborator

Strengthen your capacity to contribute to positive social and environment outcomes

Gain an understanding  of regenerative skills, mindsets and practices

The Program

6 x weekly sessions 

Tuesdays, 9:30-12:00 AEST (Sydney time) 

 November 10th - December 15th 2020

SESSIONS

WEEK 1

10 Nov 2020

9:30-12:00

Introduction - Leading with nobility for the common good

We are in a new era, characterised by even greater complexity and uncertainty. Get clear on who you are and the role you want play in creating positive change.  We are joined by Margaret Wheatley, best-selling author of nine books, speaker, teacher, leadership and organisational consultant, and former leader. 

WEEK 2

17 Nov 2020

9:30-12:00

Clarify and retune your guiding compass for uncertain times

At this time we need leaders with high levels of integrity and self-awareness of their guiding compass.  Check in with your purpose and values and learn how to activate your compass in different contexts. We are joined by two leaders in this session, David Sexton, Chair of PayPal Foundation, and previously CEO of Variety NSW. 

WEEK 3

24 Nov 2020

9:30-12:00

Shifting systems and creating new possibilities 

Explore and gain important leadership skills and tools for sense-making, working with discomfort and the unknown, hearing and working with diverse views, and leading in an emergent way to uncover new possibilities. We are joined by Claire McKendrick, a highly skilled, intuitive and purposeful leadership coach and systems consultant.

 

WEEK 4

1 DEC 2020

9:30-12:00

It’s a matter of trust - explore and build your capacity

Trust is foundational in enabling people to be creative and effective in any endeavour. Expand your capacity to build trust in your team context, by practicing with trust frameworks such as BRAVING from Brené Brown, and David Maister’s Trust Formula. We are joined by Chris Power, leadership coach and team unlocker. 

WEEK 5

8 Dec 2020

9:30-12:00

Create a culture of inclusion and belonging

We will explore systems thinking practices to learn how to create truly inclusive workplaces and organisations, where diversity is embraced and welcomed, where people feel they can make a contribution, feel connected and belong. We are joined by Nicole Endacott, highly experienced facilitator and convenor, focused on community-hearted systems change.

WEEK 6

15 Dec 2020

9:30-12:00

Reimagine how your organisation can be a regenerative force for good

Explore and practice with new economy models and regenerative approaches to leading for good, that will build your knowledge, skills and mindsets for your context. We will be joined by specialists in social procurement, B Corporation and regenerative business models, including Ash Buchanan. Expand your capacity to scale your impact as you lead for good.

A love of humanity and the planet, requires leaders to step up and, with unrelenting commitment, create a world  that is compassionate, just, and regenerative for all. Those leaders that answer this call, are distinguished by their honourable character, courage & wisdom, and service to the common good. We call this “Noble Leadership.” 

~ Dr Dimity Podger, Director Barasa Consulting Group & Lead Facilitator

Your Facilitators

Join our world-class facilitators who are experts in leadership development, systems change, regenerative and purpose-driven business. We bring you our collective experience in accompanying socially driven leaders like you to develop the skills and confidence in the new era.

Dimity Podger

Dr Dimity Podger, Director, Barasa Consulting Group & Lead Facilitator

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Dr Dimity Podger is a leadership development programming designer and facilitator, and Director of Barasa Consulting Group. She accompanies leaders to cultivate inclusive, collaborative, and innovative cultures, so that together they can navigate complexity with nobility, confidence and courage.

In Australia, and internationally, she has worked with over 2,000 leaders to create the foundations for success through purpose-driven and ethical leadership programs and initiatives. She facilitates ethical leadership and values-driven culture programs as an associate with The Ethics Centre, co-leads the Leading With Purpose program for AGSM UNSW @ Business school, and serves on the Corporate Governance Committee of the AICD Corporate Governance Committee.

Dimity is passionate about working with clients who are committed to their own personal journey of character development, and influencing principle-led system change for the regeneration of society and the environment.

Ramon Marmolegos

Ramon Marmolegos

Alkimia Learning & Co-Designer

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Ramon Marmolegos, is a learning designer, facilitator and strategy consultant with a passion for developing people and organizations. His purpose is to help people, teams, and organisations build the capability to become fuller and more vibrant versions of themselves—so they can constantly transform, and have a positive impact in the world. For over 15 years, he has worked with executive teams and leaders at multinational companies, global third sector organisations and top universities around the world. His focus has been on delivering transformational human capital strategy, leadership development, organisational change, inclusive workplaces and design thinking alongside leaders tackling the toughest issues of our time—education, diversity, health care, energy, and environmental sustainability. He is the co-founder of Alkimia Learning.

Claire McKendrick

Claire McKendrick

Facilitator

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Claire is a highly skilled, intuitive and purposeful facilitator, coach and consultant who thrives when bringing together diverse perspectives to navigate a way through complexity and create new possibilities. 

Claire is inspired by a deep sense of our systemic interconnectedness and brings this alive with attention to the relational space – the spaces between and how members of teams and parts of a system come together. This work cultivates resilient, adaptive and thriving individuals, teams and systems. 

 She has worked with thousands of leaders facilitating transformational and immersive leadership and learning programs for executives and social purpose leaders to discover new ways of being and relating to deepen their impact in the world. 

 Claire has also led significant systemic reforms in complex policy areas such as mental health, Aboriginal health, and healthcare delivery.

Nicole Endacott

Facilitator

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Nicole describes her work as “community-hearted systems change”. Her work comes from her experience in both community-led change and broader systems change. As a facilitator, convenor and writer, Nicole seeks to enable the thinking, being and acting required to address the issues of our time and build a better future. She creates opportunities for thinking and working systemically, and holds space for conversation and action across difference. 

 

Nicole brings a systems thinking lens to her work, recognising that to address the complex social, environmental and economic challenges of our time, we need to understand and address the multi-faceted causes, and cultural and structural drivers. She believes that true systems change can only occur with community, through the authentic inclusion of people who bring wisdom from lived experience, and by addressing issues of power, justice and equity.

 

She is the convenor of Possible Australias, a project focused on the questions: What is the Australia we’ll leave our future generations? What can we do now so that the best possible future can emerge?

Chris Power

Facilitator

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Chris is an accomplished and seasoned developer of people and teams - she’s known as the team unlocker! 

An insightful consultant coach and facilitator, she has extensive experience working with executive and leadership teams, multi-disciplinary and operational teams. 

Chris is recognised for her pragmatic and often courageous approach, commercial experience, and her ability to challenge teams and individuals in a positive way. This results in higher levels of clarity and performance at a team and individual level.

In her 21 years of leading consulting firm Power Projects, Chris has worked across a broad range of industries including government, agriculture, design and construction, telecommunications, financial services, tertiary education, FMCG, advertising, pharmaceutical, and the not for profit sector.

She holds a B.Arts (Psychology, Drama) and Post Grad Dip in Organisation Behaviour and is accredited in a wide range of leadership development and discovery tools.

For more information, including ‘what other people say’ go to powerprojects.com.au.

Margaret Wheatley

Margaret (Meg) Wheatley, Ed.D., Guest Facilitator

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Margaret Wheatley began caring about the world's peoples in 1966, as a Peace Corps volunteer in post-war Korea. In many different roles-- speaker, teacher, consultant, advisor, formal leader--her work has deepened into an unshakable conviction that leaders must learn how to invoke people's inherent generosity, creativity and need for community. As this world tears us apart, sane leadership on behalf of the human spirit is the only way forward.

She is co-founder and president of The Berkana Institute, (www.berkana.org), an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth, and a prolific writer. She has authored nine books, from the classic Leadership and the New Science in 1992 to Who Do We Choose To Be: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity (2017). Her new work is a CD, The Warrior’s Songline, a journey into warriorship guided by voice and sound. 

Meg received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University in 1979, just as the field of OD was gaining ground. She has been honored for her ground-breaking work by many professional associations, universities and organizations. For the past five years, she has been training leaders and activists from 35 countries as Warriors for the Human Spirit, an in-depth training program and path of service supported by a robust global global community. See details at: www.margaretwheatley.com .

Her website is designed as a library and resource for people with articles, videos, podcasts, poetry and others’ work that inspires Meg. All downloadable for free.

Ash Buchanan, Founder, Benefit Mindset / Guest Facilitator

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Ash Buchanan is an educator, collaborator, and wellbeing practitioner living in Melbourne, Australia. His work is informed by a love for the natural world and for bringing people closer together. He is a student of a number of restorative and regenerative practices, including: Theory U, collective healing, social process, systems leadership, co-design, mindfulness, and yoga. He is the founder of cohere, a wellbeing design agency, and he is the initiator of an action research initiative called benefit mindset, which supports schools and organisations with making a transformative contribution in the world.

https://cohere.com.au/https://benefitmindset.com/

David Sexton

David Sexton, Chair PayPal Foundation / Guest Speaker

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David is a values-driven commercial entrepreneur committed to the success of charitable and for-purpose organisations.  He has over 25 years of diverse executive leadership, governance and Board experience, across industry sectors.

 Most recently he was the CEO of Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT and has established Purposeful Consulting to provide strategic & project-based consulting as well as coaching/ mentoring to Founders and leaders across a range of industries.  He is also the Chair of PayPal Giving Fund Australia and a new tech start-up in the disability sector known as Kindship.

However it’s his passion for making a difference in people’s lives which truly drives him. His advocacy and passion for causes he believes in, inspires him to lead with purpose and create long lasting change for others.

In regards to leading, his mantra is “Stewardship not Ownership” and he believes this is relevant and transferable no matter the level of role or the type of organisation.

What is involved?

  1. 1
    Learning platform: virtual interactive sessions and a Community Hub 
    We will use a combination of Zoom and MURAL to support online collaboration and interaction with fellow participants, facilitators and speakers. You will also have access to our Community Hub, with resources and spaces for conversation and dialogue. 
  2. 2
    Join our Group Coaching Sessions in the PLUS package
    Adult learners perform at their best when they are accompanied while building confidence and mastering new skills. You can join our group coaching program of 3 x 90 minute sessions. There are limited places. 
  3. 3
    Bring a Colleague / Team member / Friend for 25% off
    Register a friend and save 25% off their ticket. This is our launch gift to you.

What other leaders say about our Masterclasses?

Exceeded my expectations

haris moraitis, associate director, HKA

“The [Values] Masterclass exceeded my expectations and provided me with the tools to effectively apply to projects.  I found the content very inspiring and valuable and applicable to any project. It is important that project values are clearly defined and agreed at the beginning of each project to provide alignment and form the pillars of success.”

Deep, rich, insightful and connected

carmen hawker, communicator, carmen getit!

“It is exactly what you hope a Masterclass would be – deep, rich, insightful and connected. My favourite content was learning about core, aspirational vs permission-to-play values – it felt like a lightbulb went off. I also loved the time you took to set up the connections in the room and set the scene. It paid dividends. It felt like such a gift to spend the day with Dimity deep diving on values, and I think every single organisation or project needs to know this information before embarking on a values exercise.” 

Why enrol in the Masterclass Series now?

Be supported as you forge new ways of leading through uncertainty.

Extend your network and explore insights and experiences with peers.

Update your ways of thinking about systems leadership in complexity

Access local and global leaders walking the same path

Engage in inner development for aligned outer action

We look forward to welcoming you!

MASTERCLASS PLUS

Access FULL series, PLUS coaching support

$

1550

inc GST

(SEE GUIDE FOR Not for Profit & Government Rates)

  • Attend ALL 6 x 2.5 hour virtual Masterclasses LIVE
  • Receive additional resources to support your leadership practice
  • Interact with participants and facilitators on our Community Hub
  • Sessions will be recorded and shared with participants

PLUS

  • 3 x 90 minute group coaching circles, to explore your practice, consolidate learning, and develop connected relationships with other participants.

Scholarships

Each intake has 3 fully funded scholarships. Please see the Application Form for further steps. Applications close 21 October 2020 and decision will be made on 23 October 2020. 

Equity Pricing and Payment Plans

We would like to ensure this Masterclass Series is accessible. If you are working for a charity, NFP, social enterprise, or experiencing financial barriers due to personal circumstances (eg. could be where you are in the world), please check our Equity Pricing Guide for Discount Codes. You can also access 3 month payment plans. Please contact us.. 

Thank you to our Community Sponsors

We all need accompaniment and support to be of great service

We do need to dig deep and develop our characters and competence.


We do need guidance and to work with each other so we can be better able to contribute to reshape the world where everyone can thrive; where human dignity is honoured and our natural world is regenerated. 


Responding to these challenges calls for a deep level of integrity, courage, and compassion. It involves a renewal in the way we lead.


Learning with peers who are on the same journey will accelerate your capacity to contribute positively to society and the planet, from where you are right now.


This is the beginning of a movement of passionate leaders, focused on bringing their intentions, curiosity, openness to the challenge, to be their best selves for the common good.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the program online? How will we form a community of practice, online?

We are online and will use Zoom as our platform. We will also be using MURAL for collaborative work across the participant group. 

How much time will we have to explore ideas with each other?

All sessions centre on participant interaction and engagement as you explore content. The Group Coaching sessions extend this with space created specifically for peer interaction and sharing of lessons learned.

How much time will I need to commit in addition to each Masterclass?

The Masterclass sessions are 2.5 hours long. You are also including no more than 30 minutes of pre-reading/watching/listening for each session. If you have booked into the Group Coaching sessions, they are 90 minutes and take place between the Masterclass Sessions.

Will the sessions be recorded if I miss one?

The sessions will be recorded and will be available to participants registered for the Masterclass Series. The Group Coaching session recordings will be available only to attendees. 

Are there facilitated peer groups to gain support and explore the content in more depth?

Absolutely. There are three 90 minute Group Coaching sessions you can book in for during the Masterclass Series to dive deeply into the content and practice of what you have learned. This is a wonderful opportunity to extend your network, address your specific challenges, and gain insights from purpose-driven peers. Each Group is capped to 8 participants to provide for deep conversations. 

Can I pay in installments?

Yes, we want this program to be accessible. Please contact dimity@barasaconsult.com to put in place a payment plan. 

What will the sessions involve? Is it just listening to people?

The program is designed to be a transformative learning experience. We incorporate experience, reflection, dialogue, knowledge generation and practice will make up the majority of our time together, in addition to content from the facilitation team and speakers.

 

Is there pre-work? Is there homework?

We will be providing you with no more than 30 minutes of thought provoking pre-reading/watching/listening for each session. Post-session you will have access to additional resources and tools through our community hub. 

Are there scholarships available?

We have 3 fully funded scholarships available. Please get in touch to apply: dimity@barasaconsult.com 

Will I be able to practice in the session with new tools and ideas?

Absolutely. Our sessions are fun, and balance practice with deeper reflection and content. 

Do you offer this program to individual businesses?

Yes. If you are interested in discussing this program for your business or team, please contact: dimity@barasaconsult.com 

 

Terms & Conditions

  1. If you cannot make it to a session, you are welcome to nominate a guest to attend in your place.
  2. We do not offer refunds, however you can transfer your place to another person.
  3. We are creating a safe place for deep learning and inquiry, where each participant is respected. Each session includes reflection on our participation guidelines, which the facilitators will monitor and maintain. Disrespectful behavioiur towards each other will lead to you being asked to leave the session. 

"We don’t have a map of the terrain.  What we do have is a deep sense of our profound interconnectedness and the opportunity to grow our potential to address the systemic challenges facing us, with courage, confidence and nobility."

~ Dr Dimity Podger, Director Barasa Consulting Group and Lead Facilitator

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