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Key Points for Jason Clarke
- Jason Clarke is the Founder of Minds at Work, a commercial collective of innovators tackling strategic and cultural issues within organisations.
- He is the Co-founder of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, now at Monash University.
- He is also Course designer and lecturer in Innovation, Logic and Problem Solving at Melbourne Business School.
- Jason is a Guest lecturer in Innovation at the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, the Stern Business School of New York and the Ben Gurion University of Israel.
- He is also a Guest Lecturer in Innovative Leadership at the Nossal Institute of Global Health and Population Medicine.
- Jason is the Creative Director of Australia’s largest multimedia production company, responsible for the creative health and output of 200 media professionals on big budget creative projects for large business and government clients.
Topics for Jason Clarke
- Are robots coming for your job?
It seems like every second day we’re told about yet another thing that machines can do as well as (if not better than) we humans; it’s enough to make you wonder how long before an algorithm puts us all out of a job.
But we don’t hear that much about tasks where Team Human still have a significant edge… which is a shame because they may well become the most important jobs of the future. And after two centuries of treating workers like machines, is it time to rehumanise work?
Let’s see what happens when we stop fretting about Artificial Intelligence and see what we can do with the real thing.
- The future of work
After 30 years of arguing about flexible work, it took a global pandemic for us to actually give it a try and it’s left us in a weird place; our most sacred assumptions about work don’t ring as true as they once did.
We’re not only questioning the what, when and where of work but the why – is it just about earning an income or are there other, possibly more important reasons to do work? What constitutes ‘employment’ in the era of the gig economy and what happens to organisational cultures if everyone works in isolation? How come so many people don’t want to come back to work, let alone the office… and does it still make sense to talk of a ‘Central Business District’ when business takes place anywhere but in there?
That’s a lot of questions. Let’s see if we can come up with some answers.
- Does your culture need rehab?
Our workforces may be back on deck in the Post-pandemic Era but have you noticed our work cultures still look a little… sick?
The last few years have dramatically altered the way we feel about our jobs, our workmates and the organisations we serve. Our loyalties are now more local; we trust our immediate team but we’re not so confident when it comes to our leaders. Our focus has narrowed from our shared vision, mission and values to more pressing, short term tasks.
Worse still, our motivations have lowered; we’re more concerned with our own needs and wants, than with the goals of the organisation.
Our cultures can recover but they’re in need of some serious rehabilitation.
So where do we start?
- Overcome your overwhelm
Every day you’re bombarded with a ton of new things you have to think about… and every day your capacity to do any kind of thinking is being rapidly depleted. So what do you do?
Most us reach for some kind of brain booster to make our minds run faster, longer and more efficiently and the marketplace has responded with all sorts of exercises, apps, workouts, seminars and techniques… none of which so far have delivered real, long term results.
But we rarely consider the other side of the equation; thinking slower, deeper and more carefully about the few things that actually matter.
What if we stopped obsessing about the quantity of our thoughts and paid a little more attention to the quality?
Is your mental bandwidth nearly all used up? No headspace for new thoughts and ideas?
Maybe it’s time to clear out your head, organise your thoughts and take out the trash.
- Secrets of the disaster masters
Watch enough of those ‘aircraft disaster’ shows and you’ll see that for every cool-headed pilot that calmly masters the situation there’s a dozen who either freeze at the controls or simply freak out.
Some people are just better in a crisis. Rather than tell themselves ‘this can’t be happening’ these folks accept that it is and deal with it.
But that’s not something they’re just born with; it’s a way of thinking that anyone could learn and – with time and practice – develop into a skill. It means knowing what is and is not the problem, fighting the urge to ‘do something’ before you even know what… and being willing to crash on your own terms while you still can
All good things you’ll want to master before things go pear-shaped. So how about right now?
- A new model of leadership
When you look at the people currently leading our institutions, our nations and our world do you think any of them are up to the job? Or do you think we need better people?
We’re constantly trying out different leaders but always with the same result – no matter how good they seem before they take the job, they all look exactly the same once they’re in it. So maybe we need to think a little deeper; maybe it’s our assumptions and expectations of leadership that are due a rethink.
One thing’s for sure - the leadership model of previous centuries is completely inadequate for the challenges of the century we’re in.
Let’s see if we can’t come up with something a whole lot better.
- Change is coming. Now what?
Everyone says we live in a rapidly changing world but no-one talks about what to do about it.
Are we supposed to buckle down and weather the storm or try to manage the chaos as best we can? And how come some people are so much better at change than others? If change really is inevitable then maybe there’s a set of skills we should all pick up before things get too crazy.
Mind you, all that assumes that change is some kind of external nuisance that is inflicted on you, whereas it could just as easily be a rare opportunity to create and innovate, to be the driver of change instead of just another passenger.
- Resistance is rational
If you’ve ever had an idea then you know what happens next; most – if not all – the people around you don’t like it. They don’t see the possibilities, only the problems.
They say it’s already been done. Or it’s never been done. [That covers everything.] Or there isn’t the money or the time or the will. Or it’s just not the way things are done around here. But ultimately they all say the same thing: NO.
That can be pretty dispiriting, especially when it happens every time anyone has any idea about anything and it’s easy to become a little jaded and even cynical about the people around you. But take a minute to see things through their eyes and you’ll see why they react the way they do.
And once you know why something happens you know how to stop it happening again.
Give people the answers they need… and they’ll give your idea the hearing it deserves.
- Solve [almost] any problem
When asked: ‘What would you do if you only had one hour to solve a problem?’
Einstein replied: ‘I’d spend 55 minutes working out which questions to ask’.
He’s right about that. Problem solving is about asking the right questions, of the right people, at the right time… and that’s true of any problem, regardless of size, shape or flavour. And it’s not some specialised discipline that only geniuses can do; problem solving is an intuitive process that any interested group of people can learn to do for themselves.
Are you ready for playful yet proven, step-by-step approach to pulling apart virtually any problem to discover effective, elegant solutions that actually work?
If so, so is Jason.
- In none we trust
Trust has always been a precious, fragile thing; it takes years to build but only seconds to destroy.
But it’s in particular short supply these days and not just because of recent institutional failures and scandals but of something much, much bigger: the devaluation of reality itself.
The truth may be out there but would we even recognise it if we found it?
Alternate facts, deep fakes, conspiracy theories and personal ‘truths’ are undermining our trust in everything from business and politics to science, media and in some cases, reality itself. Which is a huge problem, as our whole society - its laws, economy and even the value of its currency - is built entirely on trust. Without trust, we have nothing.
Clearly, we have some serious rebuilding to do. So where to start?
- World's next practice
Anyone can lead in a period of stability and repetition; ‘Business as Usual’ neither needs nor demands much imagination.
But we haven’t enjoyed that kind of routine since last century and the next few decades promise unprecedented levels of change and invention: we’re already seeing the failure of yesterday’s leaders when faced with tomorrow’s challenges.
Tomorrow’s leader will need a mind that can rapidly embrace, connect and develop new and strange ideas, a mind that can both learn and unlearn, not only as fast as the world demands but before the rest of us catch on. Tomorrow’s leader needs to be astute observer and theorist, brilliant collaborator and a fierce competitor, inspiring visionary and creative problem solver.
So how do you do that?
- Mind your head
Every day brings more and more things to think about… and less and less time to think in.
Studies show that our heads are so busy dealing with change that it’s seriously affecting our capacity to process the world around us, let alone decide what to do about it.
We could do with a little extra mental bandwidth, a little more room in the mind to do the kind of bigger, deeper thinking these crazy times demands of us all.
Mind Your Head offers simple but powerful techniques to declutter your head and upgrade your mind to think clearer and faster, sharper and smarter. And who doesn’t need that?
Join us… it’s a no-brainer.
- Reinventing your business from the ground up
If you haven’t realised it by now, your business has some serious rethinking to do – the assumptions and habits of the last few decades will simply not get us through the next few years - but how are you supposed to do that exactly?
You have your own specific structures and systems that probably weren’t designed for world-changing disruption and innovation. And chances are, the culture you’ve had to date hasn’t exactly encouraged an agile and inventive mindset.
Luckily, you’ve probably already got more than enough brains, resources and challenges to build a truly vibrant culture of growth and innovation; maybe what you need next is a handful of practical but powerful thinking skills and tools to get that party started.
- How to make really big decisions you won’t regret
Chaotic times force us all to make big decisions and make them quickly and communities, businesses and governments all around us are scrambling to make the right call about situations they barely understand.
Stay or Go? Do or Don’t? Deal or No Deal?
But the only real measure of a decision being ‘good or ‘bad’ is how happily you could live with its consequences, which means that thinking through all those possible outcomes in advance is better than discovering them once the decision’s been made.
Big Decisions explores the personal, national and global dimensions of choice and offers simple but powerful tools and techniques to resolve some of the most vexing dilemmas of our time on the back of an envelope.
- The art of seeing forward – How to see what’s next
The future belongs to whoever sees it first, but how can anybody do that?
There are patterns in the turbulence around us, recurring shapes and rhythms that we can understand if we take a moment to observe; you already know a great deal about what the next version of your smart phone will look like. What else do you already know about what’s Next?
See how the future may not be as unknowable as you’ve been lead to believe, especially since What is About to Happen is the first child of What is Currently Happening and the grand child of What’s Already Been.
- The joy of problem solving
Einstein said you couldn’t solve a problem with the same thinking that caused the problem, and he should know. This workshop will introduce you to an essential tool kit of simple yet powerful ‘back of the envelope’ tools for understanding and resolving those annoying little foul-ups that threaten to turn everything pear shaped.
Uncover how you got into your current situation and just how many ways out there are. Understand your problems and develop effective strategies to solve them. Identify what’s stopping you from doing great things… and get past it.
Learn how to see a problem clearly, how to identify vital parts of its anatomy and most importantly, find its structural weak points. Discover the 6 basic solution strategies and see how to bring fresh eyes to an old problem… and actually have fun doing it.
- The art of change
How to anticipate, embrace and even drive change – ever notice how some of us are just better at change than others? What’s the trick… and can anyone learn it?
- Rethinking leadership
Our traditional models of leadership are woefully inadequate to deal with the challenges of the current century. So what does 21st Century Leadership look like?
- Future ready
The future belongs to whoever sees it first; so switch your mind onto high beam and start looking!
- Automate this!
Are you keeping an algorithm of a job… and if so, for how much longer? What can you do that a machine can’t; and could that be your next career?
Testimonials for Jason Clarke
I have NEVER heard anything but incredible feedback whenever we have had you speak (and that’s been quite a few times now!) Let’s face it Jason, it’s hard to follow someone like you, a person who has so much energy and who generates enthusiasm and involvement from everyone in the room.
International CEO Forum
It’s like having your brain enlarged without the drugs!
Department of Innovation
We have had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback…some elaborated with “Jason Clarke provided the greatest value in terms of challenging and encouraging the industry”. I had a delegate walk up to me when you had finished speaking and said “It was pure genius to invite Jason Clarke along.
Office Operations and Events Manager
I have been involved in corporate events for over ten years, booking speakers and organising workshops and have never seen a crowd respond so positively or so quickly in all that time. Every single attendee that approached us told us they felt inspired, enthused, full of potential and wanted more.
Melbourne East LLEN
Frankly, these are the highest ratings I have ever seen.
As always, you blew the audience away with your thoroughly interactive, entertaining and thought-provoking presentation. You continue to top my list of all-time favourite speakers – and constantly win over any audience I throw at you and in any time slot. It was a truly terrific way to kick off the event with the room so alive and buzzing after you had finished with such great positive energy.
International HR Director Forum
What you delivered at our Leadership Forum was like nothing else the audience has experienced and was just a wonderful way to kick off the innovation concept, methodology and IDEA framework and was rated off the charts!!
Director, People and Corporate Relations
Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals PTY. LTD
I found Jason after researching over 1000 speakers and had amazing feedback from his keynote speech. I would unequivocally recommend Jason if you are needing an amazing speaker at your event.
Suncoast Solutions, Kindred at Home, FLORIDA USA