Speaking Topics

While all topics are developed in conjunction with clients, Holly's most popular presentation topics are: 

  • Leading Change: From 'Why' to 'How'
  • The New Trust Landscape
  • The Intergenerational Shift
  • Communicating for Influence and Impact
  • Pillars of Peak Performance
  • Leadership is an Inside Job
  • E-Sports, Gaming and Social Media

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Leading Change

Change is inevitable but growth is intentional: harnessing change to drive results

Context: Research has shown, persistently for two decades, that 90% of companies fail to execute their strategy due to poor execution, and McKinsey data tells us that 70of organisational change efforts fall short of desired results. Against the backdrop of a world and business landscape that is changing at a greater velocity than ever before, we need to continually evolve the way that we work and lead so we can continue to achieve excellence.  
Focus: This talk will explore best practice on leading change and executing ideas. Specifically, this presentation will focus on empowering leaders to be able to build their own change roadmap- from framing the messaging and building cultural momentum around ideas, to approaches to ensure ideas get executed.

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The New Trust Landscape

Context: Trust is the social glue that holds our institutions, businesses, media and societies together but it’s under an unprecedented attack- with trust hitting an all-time low. But this isn't the age of distrust - far from it. A new world order is emerging; who and how we trust is shifting, dramatically and quickly, and we’re moving to an age of distributed trust where reputation has never mattered more. It’s critical for leaders for understand how to remain effective in this new landscape and to be aware of trusts role in human relationships, innovation and society.
Focus: This presentation will examine the change in the ‘trust landscape’ and the adaptions businesses need to make to position for a competitive advantage. This talk will unpack three core components of any trust equation: how has it broken; what can we do to build it; and what can we do to rebuild it when it’s dented? Examining companies and organizations who’ve successfully adapted to the new trust landscape, and examining the role of technology, robots and algorithms in our evolving trust conversation.

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The Intergeneration Shift

Context: Millennials comprise 37% of the Australian workforce but will occupy near 75% of it by 2025, yet currently 6 out of 10 are disengaged, costing about $20 billion annually. From a consumer standpoint, millennials have a current spending power of US $10 trillion and will control 28% of the world’s financial assets by 2030 as more than $59 trillion worth of wealth transfers between generations.

Focus: This talk will examine the driving forces behind this emerging generation: what motivates and engages them, and what leads them to make a purchase, become a brand advocate and develop brand or employer loyalty. Importantly, this talk will deal with key intergenerational differences and tensions: feedback, expectations, communication and key decision-making factors; allowing leaders to understand the subtle but significant changes they can make to drive greater employee and customer outcomes.

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Communicating for Influence & Impact

Context: We live in a communication age, and the we’ve got to be able to engage effectively in that environment t; record short attention spans, a saturated and noisy landscape and an increasingly sophisticated audience. However, According to an HBR study, 91% of employees say their leaders’ communication style limits the effectiveness of their leadership, and the Independent Directors Council research says miscommunication costs business $62 million annually.
Focus: This presentation is centred on building the communication toolkit of the leaders in the room through storytelling, psychology and engagement theory. We’ll unpack the techniques of some of the world’s leading communicators, get our heads around effective change theory and empower the leaders in the room to position messages in a way that builds cultural momentum around their ideas.

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The Pillars of Peak Performance

& how to drive them in your organisation

Context:  At the present rate of change 75% of the SAP 500 incumbents will disappear by 2027- with the rate of change and volume of new market entrants, it’s never been harder to remain at the top for an extended period. We have extensive data points (from workforce engagement falling, to skill relevancy declining and trust bottoming out) but we’ll still relying on leadership approaches that ‘are the way we’ve always done it’. We need a new approach to mindset, method and mastery that’s geared for the reality of the 21st century organisations and all their challenges.

Focus: A great talk to be paired with ‘Leadership is an Inside Job’, this presentation builds on those individual leadership traits to focus on the building blocks of high performance and the role of leaders seeking to inspire, interact and execute in a way that delivers high-performing and sustainable outcomes. This presentation will cover off topics such as ‘leading for effectiveness, not efficiency’, ‘constructive depolarisation’, ‘rapid prototyping’, ‘smart mob organising and ‘informing for influence’, and we’ll delve in to the way leading organisations are applying these techniques to achieve extraordinary outcomes.


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Leadership is an Inside Job

Developing a new era of leaders

Context: We spend around $14 billion annually on leadership development programs and yet but as a Boston Consulting Group report highlighted, because these programs aren’t building competencies that are linked to core, relevant business outcomes, a lot of that investment is wasted. Additionally, while we might have ditched roadmaps for google maps, but when it comes to work and leadership, we’re still teaching, and relying on, a 20th century handbook- that’s proving ineffectual in the face of present day challenges.

Focus: This talk is all about evolving leadership thinking and development for the present day reality. Over the course of this presentation we’ll examine the core development fundamentals necessary to be a leader of impact, unpacking the three core areas of mindset, method and mastery. Topics explored include ‘dilemma flipping’, ‘extreme listening’, ‘habit hacking’, ‘readiness discipline’ and ‘getting comfortable being uncomfortable’, and the audience will be exposed to case

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E-Sports, Gaming and Social Media

How they’re changing connection, commerce and our neurology.

Context:  Esports is one of the fastest growing entertainment markets, expected to rise to $1.5 billion market by 2020 with 303 million annual viewers; Gamers devote a collective 156 billion hours a week gaming and spend $23.5 billion for the privilege of doing so; and 2.85 billion people are using social media, with $31 billion currently being spent every year to try and grab their attention on the social platforms.
Focus: These three phenomena are profoundly shaping psychology, communication and commerce, and leaders who want to understand the future of consumer expectations, fan experience, commercial partnerships and customer interaction need to open their minds to the next frontier that leaders across these three industries are pushing for. Additionally, for community leaders, teachers and employers this talk will examine the inextricable link between these three phenomena and mental health, connection and community.