IML Conference 2018: Leading Well – People & Performance

27 April, 8:45 am to 5:00 pm
Collins Square Events Centre, Melbourne

A good leader motivates, develops and challenges their team to achieve their best results, but the skills needed to successfully manage high performance is not always obvious or easy to develop. Trust, emotional intelligence, and being able to adapt when confronted with disruption are some of the essential skills that drive an efficient and accomplished team.

The IML Conference 2018 series explores the topic of Leading Well, and this Melbourne event will focus on how to develop and build high performing teams that drive financial success and ROI. This conference will be an interactive day including keynote presentations, panel sessions, case studies and Q&A’s. Join us for the third-year running to uncover the latest management and leadership thinking.

You will learn how to:

  • Develop the emotional intelligence needed to become a strong and approachable leader
  • Develop team trust and facilitate collaboration
  • Coach and direct well with the right language and approach
  • Develop values and ethics to adapt to change and navigate teams through high-pressure transitionary periods
  • Transform teams into centres of excellence.

Our industry leaders will cover the following topics:


KEYNOTE: Building talented high performing teams

5 decades of experience, 1000 games, 8 premierships.

AFL Legend Kevin Sheedy heads up the IML Conference 2018: Leading Well – Performance as the keynote speaker. Drawing on his experience as a successful sportsman, astute leader and co-author of eight books, Kevin will deliver valuable and unique insights into building talented and high performing teams.

Delving into the attributes of a high performing team, Kevin will not only share stories from his time in the AFL but his session will ignite inspiration for leadership development and much more…


Kevin Sheedy – Former AFL Coach / Managing Director Sheedy Vision


Trust Matters:  

5 Hidden Trust Decelerators that Sabotage Leadership Results

In today’s rapidly changing world, leaders with a good grasp of trust – who know how to judge, build and rely on it – have an enormous competitive advantage. But surprisingly only 47% of Australian employees always trust their immediate manager and this drops even more when it comes to senior management at 24% (2016 SunSuper Australian Employee Insights Report).

Trust is a leadership competency. It’s also a discipline. According to Google Work, it is one of the most important factors that contribute to a high-performance team.

In this session, attendees will discover how trust issues are showing up in their organisation and best practices to create a high-performance environment.

Marie-Claire Ross GAICD BA (Hons) – CEO, Trustologie


Approaching emotional intelligence: 

How emotionally intelligent leaders handle performance management

How do you manage under performance in a way that keeps relationships cordial, self-esteem intact, and produces positive results?

According to TalentSmart, emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of performance, explaining a full 58% of success in all types of jobs. What does this mean to your professional development? Well, it might be the line in the sand that separates a “boss” from a great leader.

Being able to inspire, build confidence and motivate others is a skill and is something that can be learned and practiced. In this session we will explore, discuss and try-out the approach, that emotionally intelligent managers and leaders apply. You’ll leave this session with tools, techniques and the latest strategies to managing performance.

Ian Hamilton BSc (Hons) MA –  National Director Client Services, Genos International


Leading through disruption:

Rethinking Leadership – A Different Paradigm

As companies transform and new digital organisational models emerge, agile and pre-emptive leaders are now in demand. The markets are becoming increasingly complex, and a new model of leadership is required that is adaptable and nimble enough to address the volatile, uncertain and complex world we have today.

In particular, a strong foundation on values and ethics will ensure that the leader is able to withstand the constant pressure of change that threatens to blow them off course.

Leadership focuses on engaging and driving people through transformational change that is required to ensure the organisation remains sustainable and effective into the future.

Erwin Loh CMgr, FIML, FAICD, FRACMA – Chief Medical Officer, Monash Health


The Neuroscience of Leadership – Change Your Brain for Habits of Excellence

We are all familiar with the airplane oxygen mask analogy that we need to help ourselves first before seeing to others and this is nowhere more evident that how we role model our leadership and management behaviours, in particular our daily work habits.

Habits are necessary – they help us to function effectively in an increasingly fast-paced and complex world – but what are our daily habits demonstrating to our people? Habits are catching so as we self-reflect, would we want our people adopting our current habits or not?

‘The Neuroscience of Leadership – Change Your Brain for Habits of Excellence’ is a powerful message for those who want to develop habits of excellence in productivity so that they have more time for leading and developing people, and it all starts with what’s going on between our ears.

From this session you will discover:
• How our brains create and form habits
• How to overcome being hijacked by ineffective habits
• From working harder to working smarter – how to transform frustration and procrastination into achievement and execution

Clare Edwards  MIML  – Principal BrainSmart Consulting


Leadership means Relationships

The Intrapreneurial Odyssey: One Intrapreneurs insight into succeeding at leading in a corporate world

Attendees will explore:

• Why soft skills are often the key ingredients to success in a leadership role
• Why it’s now integral to ‘lead from the heart’ rather than the head
• How true leadership is built on attitude, the ability to curate and sell a vision, and on delivering on commitments to internal stakeholders – rather than technical ability
• How industry ‘in-expertise’ can actually be a source of innovation as it enables a ‘fresh’ pair of eyes to identify and solve issues by drawing from alternate skills


Anna Thomas – Chief Operating Officer, Stockdale & Leggo


Panel session: Developing, managing and sustaining high-performing teams

Kevin Sheedy
Former AFL Coach & Managing Director
Kerri Tepper
Dual Olympian & Manager, Enterprise Events, Brand Experience
National Australia Bank Limited
Garry Warren FIML
Managing Director
ARRB Systems

A high-performing team can be defined as a group of people who share a common vision, have complementary skills, know their role, collaborate, innovate and hold each other accountable to achieve outstanding results. Talented teams drive financial success, measurable results and return on investment and it is the leaders of these teams are a business’s most valuable asset.An effective leader starts by recruiting the ‘right’ people, then it’s their role to motivate, develop and challenge their team encouraging them achieve their best results. In this panel session we will discuss leadership strategies that will help drive high performance within your team.


Panel session: Leading in 2025 and beyond

Rob Soros FIML
Principal & Director
Mapfort Consulting
Dr. Andrea North-Samardzic
Course Director, Master of Professional Practice (Leadership)
Deakin University
Chief Medical Officer

We are living in a constantly changing world that is increasingly more dynamic and automated which is creating new challenges – and benefits – for the leaders of tomorrow. Organisations in 2025 and beyond will need leaders who are capable of adapting to this exponential change, and are able to manage their team successfully through this transformation.

In this panel session, predictions will be made on what changes may occur and how organisations, leaders and workers will need to adapt. The diverse backgrounds of our speakers will present views on the future of leadership that have stemmed from different groups within our society; millennials, futurists, academia and business.


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 Friday 27th April
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