Melbourne Branch Meeting - November 13

Join us at the Melbourne Branch Meeting with guest speaker Adam O’Donnell presenting on how to inspire trust and confidence in both your team and your management when dealing with a crisis!

Please note this event is now on Level 21, 2 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006 at PwC

Topic: Keep Calm and Carry On in a Crisis

There are two types of IT manager– those who are preparing for a major incident, and those who just hope it happens to someone else.

Whether it’s a cyber-attack, a coding error or an ancient piece of infrastructure finally deciding that it’s had enough, every incident will have a few things in common – you’re task-saturated, time-poor and running hard just to find out what’s going on before you can even start to think about what to do about it.  Stress levels are rising, executive management focus is laser-like and everyone is looking to you for answers.  In short, it’s not quite the day you’d hoped for when you were sipping your morning coffee.

And yet conditions like that are just another day at the office for the SAS who train their leaders for exactly that sort of situation.

In this interactive and information-packed session Adam draws on his extensive experience in Special Forces and the corporate world to show how to inspire trust and confidence in both your team and your management when the day just took a turn for the worse.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Quickly get the right people in the right place with the right authority to do what needs to be done right now
  • Build team cohesion in a multi-vendor or multi-team environment
  • Distinguish useful facts from noise and speculation
  • Make good decisions quickly under pressure and communicate them effectively
  • Create an environment where people know what they need to do and you know you can rely on them to do it
  • Manage fatigue – both yours and the teams - to avoid burn-out, mistakes and injury
  • Avoid distractions and maintain the team’s focus on the objective
  • Develop a culture of continuous improvement

Speaker: Adam O'Donnell

Adam O’Donnell is a Special Forces veteran who has led teams in some of the most volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments on earth.  He’s led elite teams into combat against heavily armed insurgents in Afghanistan; helped keep Bosnia from descending back into civil war and was a member of the successful British Army expedition to Mt Everest.

Transitioning from the Army to the corporate world as a senior manager in the technology sector he realised that while the challenges he faced there might not be as life-threatening as the ones he was used to, many of the skills that allowed him and his team to thrive in his old world were just as relevant in his new environment.

As a speaker, mentor and executive coach he now brings his unique insights into leadership, resilience and high-performance teamwork to the corporate world to help intrepid leaders build teams that they can rely on; teams that take ownership of problems, find ways to overcome them and deliver results rather than excuses - teams that go further, faster, together.

Organisations he has worked with include Federal Government, Victorian State Government, NSW Police, CFA, Jemena, NAB, GSK, AGL, News Life Media and GrainCorp.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speaker at the end of the presentation.

Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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Please contact Susanna Palermo, Event & Sponsorship Manager for any queries regarding this event

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11/13/2019 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
PwC (Melbourne) The Terrace Level 21 2 Riverside Quay SOUTHBANK, VIC 3006 AUSTRALIA