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Igniting Leadership Program Blog: Series 2 Day 3

5 June 2014 By Jeremy Frampton

It wasn’t until I found myself lying on the couch at home on the Friday evening after the first two days of the Igniting Leadership Program that I realized just how exhausting taking in so much new information and interacting with a whole new group of people for two solid days can be.

So it was with equal parts excitement and trepidation that I arrived for day three of the program, where our theme was to be ‘Change’.

Our day began in earnest with a networking exercise where we were instructed to commence a series of ‘speed networking’ discussions with three of our fellow participants. This exercise was a great way for us to ‘re-introduce’ ourselves to each other and also provided a useful opportunity to reflect on what we took away from the first two days before commencing on a brand new topic.

We had three guest speakers lined up for the day, so there was a danger of potential information overload, but all the participants seemed eager to get the day underway.

Ulli Baxter started off with a discussion about the drivers and dynamics behind change, which provided a number of interesting insights about the experiences of change within organisations, including a startling statistic amount the number of organizations that fail in meeting their objective for change.

In the afternoon session, we had Joanne Marriott (Marriott Ideas and Solutions) give an enthusiastic presentation on ‘Emotional Intelligence’. This was an aspect of leadership I had heard of but had not had the opportunity to learn anything about, so I found this to be an enlightening discussion.

Dana Eisenstein of Mindscape Consulting was the final guest speaker for the day. Dana conducted a very interactive session on coaching and also provided us with several useful coaching tools that I know will be of great use to me as I begin my leadership journey.

Other than these insightful and engaging presentations, the highlight of day three would have to be the lamingtons and scones at morning tea. Without the requisite sugar hit that this food provided us, I’m sure the energy levels of the participants would have been much lower in the morning session.