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 and value for all stakeholders.
Leaders are being called to greater levels of responsibility
At this time of uncertainty, leaders are finding themselves:
- thrust into new roles requiring unexpected flexibility and agility
- called to collaborate and innovate in new ways to meet survival needs
- needing to make difficult decisions ethically and under stressful time pressures
- called to accompany and uplift their teams and communities
- called to play a more courageous role in addressing systemic injustice
- asked to make sense of our volatile reality and navigate these uncertain times
It is time to increase your capacity to lead 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
WE HAVE BEGUN THE SERIES. YOU CAN STILL BOOK INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS.
Tuesdays, 9:30-12:00 AEST (Sydney time)
November 10th - December 15th 2020
10 Nov 2020
Leading with nobility for the common good - SOLD OUT
We are in a new era, characterised by even greater complexity and uncertainty. Gain clarity on who you are choosing to be at this time, and the role you can 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.
17 Nov 2020
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. Dr Dimity Podger leads this session to guide you in a clarification and retuning into your purpose and values, and how to activate your compass in different contexts. David Sexton, Chair of PayPal Giving Fund Australia and Chair of Kindship, previously CEO of Variety NSW, joins us to share how his compass has guided him.
24 Nov 2020
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.
1 DEC 2020
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.
8 Dec 2020
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, and Morgan Lee Cataldo, Co-facilitator and Senior Manager Youth Engagement, Berry Street.
15 Dec 2020
Reimagine leadership as a regenerative way of being
This final session of the series focuses on leadership as a regenerative force. It has two parts:
Part 1: Bringing purpose to life through partnerships. We are joined by Blaise Porter, Director of Responsible Business, with Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand, and George Mifsud, Director of Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium who will share how Fujitsu is bringing pIndigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortiumurpose to life through the supply chain.
Part 2: Embodying regenerative ways of being, led by Sara Rickards, Regenerative Designer, coach, storyteller and alchemist, and Ash Buchanan, co-initiator of Benefit Mindset and Cohere. This session leads participants through a regenerative process to nurture integration and embodiment and to support everyone with building a sense of agency to create greater social and environmental impact in their leadership context.
Tickets available on request - contact info[at]barasaconsult.com.
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 and Speakers
Join our world-class facilitators who are experts in leadership development, systems change, regenerative and purpose-driven leadership. We bring you our collective experience in accompanying socially driven leaders like you to develop the skills and confidence in the new era.
Dr Dimity Podger, Director, Barasa & Lead Facilitator
Dr Dimity Podger is a leadership development facilitator and educator, and a consultant to purpose and values-driven organisations. She is the Director of Barasa Consulting Group, and creator of the Leading with Nobility Masterclass Series. For over 15 years, she has accompanied leaders and teams to get clear on their guiding compass - their guiding purpose, values and sustainability goals. Her focus is to support leaders and teams to gain clarity and capacity to create inclusive, collaborative, and ethical cultures, so that they can navigate through complexity with nobility, confidence and courage.
Dimity also 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. Her doctorate in "Infusing spirituality into education for sustainability", guides her approach to her work. She also draws on international research she was apart of with civil society organisations and businesses, focused on values-driven organisational change.
Dimity is passionate about working with people who are committed to their own personal journey of character development and making a meaningful contribution to the regeneration of society and the environment.
Margaret (Meg) Wheatley, Ed.D., Guest Facilitator
Margaret (Meg) Wheatley Ed.D. 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.
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 community. www.margaretwheatley.com.
Claire McKendrick, Leadership Coach and Systems Consultant / Facilitator
For over 20 years, Claire 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 to improve approaches and outcomes in complex policy and service areas such as mental health, Aboriginal health, and healthcare governance and delivery.
Knowing that true innovation and creativity emerge at the learning edge of systems, Claire masterfully holds individuals and groups at this edge, helping leaders to work with greater self- and system-awareness to make progress on current challenges.
She is inspired by a deep sense of our systemic interdependence 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 cultivates resilient, adaptive and thriving individuals, teams, organisations and systems.
Claire cultivates the skills and capacities that are required to catalyse new possibilities, and tends to the conditions that enable all of life to thrive.
Alkimia Learning & Co-Designer
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.
Chris Power, Power Projects
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.
Facilitator and Systems Consultant
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?
Ash Buchanan, Founder, Benefit Mindset / Guest Facilitator
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.
David Sexton, Chair PayPal Giving Fund Australia / Guest Speaker
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.
Sara Rickards, Regenerative Designer / Guest Facilitator
Sara is a Regenerative Designer - Renegade Biomedical Scientist & Recovering Environmental Engineer - With over 10 years experience in sustainability and systems change. She is a published author in education, systems, design, transformative learning and eco-footprinting.
In a previous life she was the Education For Sustainability Manager at Macquarie University, Program Manager for The Centre of Sustainability Leadership, Co-host for the Un-school of Disruptive Design, TEDx speaker and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Morgan Lee Cataldo, Senior Manager Youth Engagement Berry Street, Co-facilitator
Morgan has worked within the community sector for the past ten years in a range of policy, advocacy, and service development roles. Dedicated to transforming traditional ways of doing advocacy, her work centres the lived experiences of those whose voices aren't traditionally heard to influence social and systemic change.
She currently advises organisations on the role of power in their global and local contexts and supports them to meaningfully partner with communities of people who have experienced systemic oppression to design and shape better policies, services, and practice.
Morgan is currently the Senior Manager Youth Engagement at Berry Street, one of Australia’s largest independent family service organisations. In her role here, Morgan leads organisational and sector discourse and development in relation to lived experience work, youth engagement and knowledge exchange practices with young people.
She also advises, coaches and works on strategic projects with other organisations through her consultancy practice and sits on the Council to Homeless Persons Board.
Blaise Porter, Director of Responsible Business, Fujitsu Australia & NZ, Guest Speaker
Blaise believes technology can deliver inclusive and sustainable benefits for society – and as Director of Responsible Business at Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, she gets the job of putting it into practice! She directs Fujitsu’s sustainability, community and Indigenous programs; ensuring Fujitsu delivers value to customers and society. The wide-ranging sustainability practice includes both internal and external ICT sustainability consulting, energy, waste, product stewardship and employee engagement across the region. A passionate advocate for diversity in the ICT industry, she sits on Fujitsu’s D&I council and has chaired their Reconciliation Action Committee since 2016, and is currently completing her Masters in Sustainability & Climate Policy.
George Mifsud, Director Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium, Guest Speaker
With over 25 years’ experience in Senior Executive Leadership roles, his working career has spanned the globe and is a success story to be shared. George thrived as the Executive Director of Compass Group is a committed advocate of sustainable outcomes in the area of both Indigenous employment and Indigenous business. Under George’s leadership, Compass Group achieved a number of important milestones in its pursuit to promote Indigenous economic development including the following awards: Inaugural recipient of the Prime Minister's Corporate Leaders for Indigenous Employment Award; judged one of the "Top Ten Best Employers in Australia"; winner of the "Prime Minister's Employer of the Year" award ; the IFAP Safe Way Gold Award. He is now Director of the Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium (iDiC). George and the team at the iDiC are at the forefront of change working closely with federal and state governments, captains of corporate industry and prime contractors; and have the opportunity to innovate and develop a better future. George is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is the Chair of Sydney Montessori School and was a director Restaurant & Catering Australia, Supply Nation and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition centre. George is married to Krista, has 4 daughters and enjoys being with family and connecting with the land and water.
What is involved?
- 1Learning 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.
- 2Join 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.
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!
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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
We are online and will use Zoom as our platform. We will also be using MURAL for collaborative work across the participant group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applications are now closed.
Absolutely. Our sessions are fun, and balance practice with deeper reflection and content.
Terms & Conditions
- If you cannot make it to a session, you are welcome to nominate a guest to attend in your place.
- We do not offer refunds, however you can transfer your place to another person.
- 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 behaviour 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."
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