20 - 21 May 2021


Leadership & Innovation stream presented by GHD

Friday 21 May 2021

The Leadership and Innovation stream will take place on Friday (Day 2) where we’ll host another great stable of expert speakers that will challenge, excite and inspire you. We will begin the morning with a look at 'blockers' and 'enablers' to achieve innovation, then onto an update from WorkSafe Victoria.

After morning tea we will deep dive into one of the hottest topics around the globe - working from home (WFH) and it's place as we enter Covid-normal.

Our afternoon session will focus on the psychology of risk and is bound to be a fascinating session, delivered by a leader in the field of human based risk management and the psychology of risk. We’ll also look at heat stress, covering the myths and misconceptions. 

Session 1 : The Surprising Secrets of Scalable Innovation in the Water Sector

Dr Nick Fleming will provide practical, evidence-based insights to illustrate how the water sector can make innovation a more routine and achievable aspect of modern operations, asset development and service provision. Commonly held beliefs and approaches to innovation will be challenged in surprisingly useful ways. Examples from the water sector and other industries will be used, along with behavioural science, to bring the insights to life. The presentation will be valuable to operations staff, executives and company directors alike.

9.00am - 9.45am Friday 21 May

Session 2 : A Sector Perspective from WorkSafe Victoria

Julie Nielsen from WorkSafe Victoria will provide a perspective on the safety record of the water sector, highlighting the current/emerging safety issues and advise the best practice approaches that other sectors are using that may benefit your organisation.

9.45am - 10.35am Friday 21 May

Session 3-4 : New ways of working

As we now enter the next phase of ‘coexisting with COVID’ there’s an opportunity to consider how you take the lessons learnt from responding to, and surviving through, the pandemic phase into how you thrive in the ‘new normal’.

Strategically, you may continue to seek ways to reduce operational costs or enhance ways of working to gain (or sustain) productivity improvements in the medium to long-term through work delivered in new and technology-enabled ways. Or most likely, both.

Matt Lovegrove leads EY’s Asia-Pacific 'Work Reimagined' project team – undertaking research and interpreting how clients need to rethink, repurpose, and reshape work in a ‘coexisting with COVID’ world in order to thrive.

EY’s recently completed, global Work Reimagined survey of more than 16,000 employees, including more than 1,000 across Australia and New Zealand, shows for most industries and countries there’s no ‘going back’ to the old normal – 9 out of 10 employees want flexibility in where and when they work, and 54% of employees are likely to quit if they aren’t offered this ongoing approach to hybrid working. This represents both a threat (for those not willing or able to embed hybrid working) and an opportunity (to tap into new labour markets and skills, both in terms of geography and from other industries).

In part one of the session Matt will share with you insights from this research and bring it to life through case studies and in the second half of the session, with our panelists, explore what this means for the Water sector.

11.00am - 12.30pm Friday 21 May

Session 5 : Heat Stress Management – Myths and Misconceptions

Based upon the latest evidence, this session challenges several common heat stress management practices. Matt Brearley will include a pragmatic overview of how heat impacts the health and safety of workers, with region and industry specific insights. In doing so, several common heat stress management practices will be challenged, providing attendees with the knowledge and practical strategies to mitigate the impact of heat on their workforce.

1.30pm - 2.15pm Friday 21 May

Session 6 : Presilience, Resilience & the Psychology of Risk

Presilience model is that the outcome of a Resilience model is based on ‘recovery’. Presilience is about dealing with an incident to achieve a new agreed normal outcome. Presilience is much more than simply being reliable and ensuring business continuity in case a negative event happens, it’s about high performance and outcomes that make us better than we were before. It’s about constant learning and adaption to seize opportunity, not simply recovering from a negative event. There is a formula to follow and skills to develop that will see businesses and business leaders emerge.

In this session you will learn:

  • Why presilience is the key skill set required to thrive in the new normal
  • How to manage stress and thrive under pressure
  • Understanding the whole of person model in practice
  • Why understanding how we make decisions is crucial to high performance
  • The journey from compliance to resilience
  • Why agility and resilience are crucial for success

2.15pm - 3.00pm Friday 21 May

Registrations for Connect close 5pm Friday 14 May 2021

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