In­spir­ing speak­ers fo­cus on re­silience

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Busi­ness lead­ers re­ceived a dose of in­spi­ra­tion from three ac­com­plished speak­ers at the Kar­ratha and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try’s Lead and Adapt event last Thurs­day.

Wa­ter polo Olympian Si­mone Foun­tain, for­mer Wal­la­bies player and World Cup win­ner-turned-coach Mike Fo­ley and work­place well­ness ex­pert Re­becca Han­nah shared in­sights from their high-per­for­mance busi­ness and sport­ing back­grounds with an au­di­ence of about 75 at the an­nual lead­er­ship sum­mit.

Among the main themes of their speeches was the need to fo­cus more on peo­ple per­form­ing at their best rather than win­ning, cre­at­ing a sup­port­ive team en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple could feel com­fort­able ask­ing for help, and look­ing af­ter per­sonal well­be­ing to avoid burn-out.

Foun­tain said most mod­ern busi­nesses had a dif­fi­cult re­la­tion­ship with fail­ure, even though it helped peo­ple learn.

“I think one of the big chal­lenges is that busi­ness doesn’t let you fail, and busi­ness doesn’t like fail­ure,” she said. “In busi­ness, typ­i­cally fail­ure is seen as dis­as­trous, whereas in elite sport, fail­ure is ac­tu­ally the area in which you grow and it sits quite easy with elite ath­letes.

“I un­der­stand that there’s times where it can’t hap­pen, but there’s got to be times where there’s sup­port around fail­ure to pro­vide peo­ple with the open space to learn.”

KDCCI chief ex­ec­u­tive Ky­lah Mor­ri­son said re­silience was a theme of­ten raised in dis­cus­sions about lead­er­ship.

“What I liked that came out of to­day was cre­at­ing that safe en­vi­ron­ment to be able to learn from fail­ure and be more re­silient,” she said.

“Cul­ture is a huge com­po­nent of lead­er­ship, and so I think that trust and safety to cre­ate a lead­er­ship en­vi­ron­ment is a re­ally im­por­tant theme.”

Lead and Adapt is a road­show lead­er­ship sum­mit de­signed to in­spire busi­nesses with top speak­ers, and is or­gan­ised by Mar­ket Cre­ations and hosted lo­cally by the KDCCI.

This is the third year the event has been held in Kar­ratha.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

KDCCI Lead and Adapt speak­ers Re­becca Han­nan, Si­mone Foun­tain and Mike Fo­ley and KDCCI’s Ky­lah Mor­ri­son.

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