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Graeme Cowan

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Mental Health

Having spent most of his life as a senior executive for organisations like Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Morgan & Banks and AT Kearney, Graeme Cowan’s life hit a seemingly insurmountable roadblock in 2000, when he was diagnosed with severe depression. Five years and numerous hard setbacks and decisions later, Graeme emerged not only with the bestselling book BACK FROM THE BRINK to his name, but also with a new attitude towards the traditional ways that companies and individuals approach adversity. His second book won a national mental health award, and he is also the author of the report “Best Practice in Managing Mental Health in the Workplace" which shows the quantitative benefits of building corporate resilience.

In 2000 Graeme Cowan went through a five year episode of depression which his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated. This experience has fuelled his passion to prevent other people from suffering a similar fate.

Five years and numerous hard setbacks and decisions later, Graeme emerged not only with the bestselling book Back from the Brink to his name, but also with a new attitude towards the traditional ways that companies and individuals approach adversity. His second book, Back from the Brink Too: Helping your Loved One Overcome Depression won a national mental health award, and he is also the author of the report Best Practice in Managing Mental Health in the Workplace which shows the quantitative benefits of building corporate resilience. He is also a Director of RUOK? Day and the creator of the R U OK? atWork program.

His knowledge is based on interviewing over 3000 people to understand their bounce factor, combined with exhaustive evidence based research. This confluence of practice and theory has changed the paradigm on how to turn adversity into an inspired and meaningful life.

With depression and anxiety disorders currently accounting for 34% of all lost productivity, knowing how to thrive during changing times is essential. Conversely, a recent Harvard Business Review study shows that employees with a positive mood are 300% more creative, 31% more productive, and sell 37% more than their low mood colleagues. This highlights how imperative it is optimize both employee performance AND mood. It is the key to sustained performance.

In his early career Graeme worked as a Marketing Manager with Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, and then worked in recruitment, career planning, and culture change with Morgan and Banks, before becoming Joint Managing Director with AT Kearney Executive Search. He shares case studies from 20 years applying successful productivity improvement strategies in his presentations.

Presentation Style

Graeme speaks regularly at conferences in Australia and internationally. Thousands of people around the world have benefited from his knowledge through seeing him in person, in the media, reading his books, or via webinars. He has presented to diverse groups ranging from the leadership team of multinational organisations, to people immobilised by the dual diagnosis of cancer and depression.

Graeme comes across as the “ordinary guy", with deep authenticity and fascinating stories from his travel to 48 countries. Despite experiencing many different cultures, he observes more “oneness" than “difference" in people.

To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, it is not how many times you fall that counts, but how high you bounce, that ultimately determines your performance and fulfilment.

Every presentation is tailored to the client’s current situation and meeting objective. This involves interviewing the organiser, and preferably some prospective attendees. He has a strong preference for attendee involvement.

Topics Include:

Thriving Self – building resilience and mood to outperform and outlast

In times of unprecedented change and uncertainty, the only thing we can control, is what we chose to do each day – and that directly impacts our mood. Harvard Business Review reveals that employees with a positive mood are 31% more productive, sell 37% more and are 300% more creative. Through his own story and research, Graeme shares practical strategies to help people better understand themselves, sustain a positive mood, and thrive through change. 
• Understanding your moodometer and its implications for a thriving self.
• Identifying and living your whYcode™ – your purpose, passion and positive strengths.
• Why realists perform better than optimists during change and disruption.
• 10 things science says will make you thrive.
• Identifying your one thing that is core to a thriving life.

Enhancing Mental Health in the Workplace

Significant change causes significant stress. A recent Medibank report revealed that stress and low mood account for 34% of lost productivity in Australia, and according to Comcare, the average cost of a person on stress leave is $250K. Setbacks can cause us to slide down the moodometer, but we can learn the skills to bounce back faster than before.

85% of your employees know someone close to them with depression and an anxiety disorder.

• What people are doing in your workplace to avoid being “found out."
• The 3 different approaches an organisation can take to reduce harmful stress – and the best option.
• Strategies to create a more open culture – we are as vulnerable as our secrets.
• How to ask “Are you OK?" – 4 important steps.
• 4 proven ways to help a stressed employee.
• The remarkable 500% ROI experienced for early intervention programs.

The Thriving Tribe Coach

As leaders, we are the Chief Energy Officer (CEO) of our tribe. Our daily rituals can either enhance or destroy the tribe’s energy and mood. A Tower Watson global survey showed that leaders that focus on engagement and mood as well as performance have a 270% higher operating margin.

In researching 5000 people who have experienced the challenges of change, Graeme has been able to identify some surprisingly simple leadership coaching strategies to enhance the will and skill of the self and the tribe. When adverse events happen, we often slide down the moodometer – what’s important is focusing on what we can control and choosing the right course of action. The 6 P’s to focus on are – Personal, Purpose, Progress, Positive Strengths, Physical Health, and Profit.

This Session Will Reveal


• As a leader your first responsibility is enhancing your own mood and energy.
• Why only 30% of change efforts are successful despite 25,000 books in the last 15 years.
• How to identify your current tribal mood: “Life sucks," “My life sucks," “I’m great," “We’re great," “Life’s great."
• Understanding and applying the 6P’s of coaching.
• Introducing the power of rituals to sustain change.
• Applying a 90 day micro strategy for quick results.

Presentation Topics

  • Bounce Back and Thrive
  • Thriving Tribes
  • Thriving Self - building resilience and mood to outperform and outlast
  • Enhancing Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Men’s Health
  • Living your whYcode

Testimonials

"Graeme delivered one of the most compelling presentations I have seen. He and his message are relevant for any workplace experiencing change, and have had a lasting impact on my group. Highly recommended."
National Australia Bank

“Graeme’s story allowed us to talk about what was once considered a taboo topic – how stress and change fatigue can compromise effectiveness. His message helped create some light bulb moments for my team. It was highly relevant for increasing productivity and living a more purposeful life." 
Medibank Private

“Graeme is quite simply a thought leader. He has utilized the lessons gained during a personally horrific time to guide, teach, inspire and coach millions of Australians."
Mental Health Association of NSW

“Graeme is a true force of nature in the mental health sector and his ability to get things done second to none."
Founder R U OK? Day (1968-2011)

“Graeme is very engaging. People listen to every word he says. You could hear a pin drop" 
Financial Services Council

“Extraordinarily practical advice on how to turn problems into opportunities" 
Australian Financial Planners

“Graeme is very engaging. People listen to every word he says. You could hear a pin drop" 
CEO, Investment and Financial Services Association

“Extraordinarily practical advice on how to turn problems into opportunities" 
Managing Director, Sentinel Wealth

“You could have heard a pin drop as Graeme Cowan opened the morning session with a harrowing account of his battle with the black dog… he received a thunderous applause." 
Wyeth Conference Newsletter

“I am both inspired and empowered by your concept of Bouncing Back and Thriving. Simply wonderful! Everyone needs to hear your message." 
Brooke Alexander, Discovering Uniqueness

“WOW! You are so inspiring and your principles touch on the core of what the whole of life is about. Immaculate, fluent, & brilliant. Thank you." 
Dr. Helena Popovic

“Very compelling – amazingly engaging to share such personal experiences. Really applicable to everyone everyday." 
Emma Collins, Ambition Consulting

“Mesmerising, heart wrenching - you captivated the audience." 
Michelle Bowden

“Your presentation to our national sales team was authentic and very impactful. It also reinforced to us the potential of turning every adversity into an opportunity. Thank you." 
Managing Director, Lundbeck Australia

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