Calm in Chaos Virtual Learning Group

Weekly 'pause' and learning conversations to spread calm during these difficult times

2020 has certainly not been a year like any other.

At this time of uncertainty, you may be feeling worried, anxious and maybe panicked about a range of things. Uncertainty - simply not knowing what will happen - creates anxiety.  Prolonged anxiety and panic increases the stress hormone, cortisol and suppress our immune system - which is the last thing we need right now. The worry and stress can also stop us from responding creatively and adapting.

The Calm in Chaos virtual learning group series is a weekly opportunity to 'pause' and deliberately create space to step back, create a resourceful state to learn strategies, skills and tools to manage ourselves and navigate through these uncertain times.

Let's spread calm, rather than the virus or panic.
Then scroll down to see other Calm in Chaos session recordings with:
  • Katrina Webb - Paralympic Gold Medalist and International Speaker on Leadership and Personal Mastery, on Calm under Pressure
  • Anneli Blundell - Professional People Whisperer, on Communicating with people during challenging times
  • Susan Wahhab - Financial Strategist and Money Mentor, on How do you plan for financial uncertainty?
  • Michelle Gibbings - Workplace Expert, Author and Speaker, on Using Gratitude to successfully navigate our way forward
  • Jo Skipper - Director at The Next Group, on job searching and networking while physically distant
  • Jacinda Fisher - Clinical Psychologist working with children and teens, on supporting children through the crisis while caring for our own needs
  • Stephen Dowling - Founder of ETM, business/individual agility expert, on 'Unlearning' as a key skill to adapt in the rapidly changing world
  • More to be added!
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Calm in Chaos Recordings

Katrina Webb, Paralympic Gold Medalist 
Calm under Pressure

Katrina Webb is a Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist from the Paralympic Games in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.

As an elite athlete, she trained to manage her mind to access calm under pressure. Katrina said she uses these tools every day now, in these uncertain times. She shared some of her tools and tips to help us during these difficult times where fear and anxiety can take over.

Access to our inner calm is critically needed now, more than ever.
Director, Silver 2 Gold and Newday Leadership
Keynote speaking/Emceeing
High performance programs
Katrina Webb OAM B.Physio AIMM

Katrina Webb is recognised and acknowledged for her success as a Paralympic athlete. She has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in athletics at three Paralympic Games.  She was the first torch bearer to enter the Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and in 2006 Katrina was selected on behalf of the International Paralympic Committee to speak at the United Nations in New York. 

Off the track Katrina is the Director of Silver 2 Gold High Performance Solutions which specializes in powering organisations, teams and individuals best.  Katrina is a global ambassador for the International Paralympic Committee and due to her own experience in dealing with a disability and a deep love of helping others, Katrina is the Founder and Director of Newday Leadership a platform to inspire leadership for the greater good. 

Katrina Webb is an international speaker, a leadership and personal mastery consultant, a trainer in Wellbeing and Resilience, a physiotherapist and an accredited workplace trainer and assessor.

Katrina loves to be challenged. She has walked the Kokoda track and has trekked to Basecamp Everest twice. She is also a mother to not just to one but to three beautiful boys. 
Katrina has also generously shared her 

Anneli Blundell, Professional People Whisperer
Communicating with people during challenging times

Anneli Blundell is a Professional People Whisperer who decodes people and communication.

Listen to Anneli's tips and insights into questions such as:

How can we influence and help others to stay calm?

How do we communicate with people who are anxious, stressed, angry, frustrated, panicking?

How to stay focused in all the noise while staying informed?

How to communicate with teams working remotely?
Anneli Blundell
As a professional People Whisperer, Anneli has been working with leaders and teams to improve their communication and interpersonal intelligence for over a decade. She brings to her clients a recognised expertise in the field of below conscious communication and motivation. She is obsessed with decoding people and performance dynamics for improved results.

Anneli is also an accomplished leadership speaker, mentor and co-author of Developing Direct Reports: Taking the guesswork out of leading leaders. She is currently working on her next book: ‘Decoding Resistance: The real reason people won’t do what you want’. Anneli’s flagship leadership program for young professionals was a recent finalist in the 2014 LearnX Awards and she was a proud finalist in ANZI Coaching’s ‘Coach of the Year Awards’ in 2010, earning the designation of Master Coach in 2012. 

Susan Wahhab, Financial Strategist and Money Mentor
How do you plan for financial uncertainty?

Susan Wahhab is a Financial Strategist and Money Mentor, passionate about empowering people to become financially free.

Listen to Susan's advice on:

- How to deal with uncertainty

- What to do to prepare financially for the short term and long term

- 8 steps to survive the next 6 months and be ready to recover and grow

A great mix of philosophical and practical advice on preparing ourselves through the challenge ahead.
Susan Wahhab

Susan is the author of the transformational and practical book, Money Intelligence® – Anchored in Values (click HERE to learn more). She is driven to help people achieve financial liberation and truly believes you can become financially free by developing a healthy relationship with money.

Susan is a leading financial strategist with an uncanny ability to create lateral solutions to complex tax and financial problems. She is a CPA, an Authorised Financial Adviser with Wealth Today Pty Ltd (AFSL no. 340289) and an SMSF specialist.

Susan Wahhab is known for transforming her clients' financial lives. She listens carefully and asks insightful questions to get to the heart of people’s financial issues and tailor solutions.

Michelle Gibbings, Workplace Expert, Author and Speaker
Using Gratitude to successfully navigate our way forward

Michelle Gibbings is a Workplace Expert, Author and International Speaker who is studying Gratitude in the workplace in her PhD.

Listen to Michelle's insights on:

- What gratitude is and why it matters

- How gratitude is different to but related to optimism and happiness

- How to access gratitude when we are stressed and anxious

- How to encourage others to be grateful - including teenagers!

Founder and Managing Director, 
Change Meridian

Michelle Gibbings

Comfortable with getting uncomfortable, she’s at the forefront of creating workplace success by helping people embrace the unknown and fall in love with change.

Her key to cultivating thriving environments is working with people through three lenses: as an individual, a leader, and in their wider role (and influence) within their organisation. Tapping into each of these facets, she brings self-awareness to the forefront, empowering people to work with those around them in a way that is productive, healthy and happy.

With every industry, market or sector facing disruption, we are living in a time of unprecedented change. Now more than ever organisations need leaders at every level, inspiring progress by harnessing the energy and capability of its individuals. No matter the organisational system, Michelle is able to equip people with personal insights and a practical toolkit so they are able to take the pragmatic and purposeful steps needed to identify, harness and leverage unseen opportunities.

With her PhD underway, Michelle also holds an Undergraduate Degree in Communications and Commerce, a Masters in International Trade, Certification by the International Federation of Compliance Associations, and Chartered Manager status. She also finds time to give that little bit extra – regularly featuring and writing for major national publications and media outlets.

Jo Skipper, Director at The Next Group
Job search and networking while physically distant

Jo Skipper is a Director at The Next Group with 20+ years experience in recruitment, including times when she saw a number of previous recessions.

Listen to Jo's insights on:

- What she is seeing in the market, how recruiters and organisations are responding

- Key tips for successful job searching

- Networking in a physically distanced environment

- What opportunities are starting to emerge

Jo Skipper

Jo heads up the Melbourne business and partners with the executive HR community to source exceptional talent across contract and permanent positions. Jo has a deep understanding of, and interest in, change management and total reward specialisations.

As a member of the company's executive team, Jo is responsible for developing the strategic business plan for the Melbourne HR consulting practice and leading initiatives through to execution.

As a Recruiter she likes to work in an open and transparent manner. She ensures her customers are provided with all the information they require to make the best possible decisions for them and their business. Drawing from her experience across three overseas markets, she has the additional advantage of bringing a level of international insight to the table.
Outside work she tries to maintain a level of sanity in an extremely active household which includes two Jack Russells and a Maltese Shih Tzu.
Useful resource that Jo mentioned:

Jacinda Fisher, Clinical Psychologist working with children and teens
Supporting children through challenging times while caring for our own needs

Jacinda Fisher is a clinical psychologist at Developing Minds, a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD from Flinders University.
Listen to Jacinda's insights on:
- How children may be experiencing the Covid19 world

- What signs to watch out for, especially if they don't talk about how they feel

- How to communicate and support them
- Looking after ourselves and managing expectations

Clinical Psychologist working with
children and teens at Developing Minds
Useful tools that Jacinda mentioned and also provided later:
Calm Kid Central for primary school children
Developing Minds (where Jacinda works) also has free articles and newsletter for parents 
Jacinda Fisher

Jacinda is a Clinical Psychologist and a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD from Flinders University.
Jacinda has worked as a psychologist over the last 17 years working in both the public and private sectors. She worked as a psychologist with the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) for many years, providing support to teachers, SSO's and families around understanding and supporting students' emotional, social and learning needs and needs in relation to identified disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD and dyslexia in the classroom and at school more broadly. Jacinda has also worked previously as a psychologist within a large Adelaide R-12 school to support students, school staff/mentors and parents about how to promote student well being within a classroom and home setting.
Jacinda has also worked as a research psychologist, including herr PhD research in the areas of caregiving, coping, illness and grief and loss.
Finally, Jacinda has also had many years of working with children and teens individually in a therapy setting. In her current role at Developing Minds, she is passionate about helping young people who are finding life difficult because of different personal, social, familial or other circumstances.
She is experienced in supporting individuals experiencing anxiety, depression/low mood, social issues, bullying/exclusion, disordered eating and body image issues, anger and frustration, sleep issues, oppositional/defiant behaviour, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, LGBTQ+ / gender diverse issues, drug and alcohol issues, perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive disorders and organisation/study issues. She is particularly passionate about helping children, teens and families in managing challenges so they don't get in the way of living the life they want.
Jacinda’s therapeutic approach is flexible and adapted to the individual, their age/level of development and their presenting concerns. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) feature predominantly in her work.

Stephen Dowling, Founder of ETM, business/individual agility expert
'Unlearning' as a key skill for adapting in the rapidly changing, uncertain world

Stephen Dowling is the founder of ETM, a niche organisation passionate about delivering high impact learning to help organisations to rapidly improve performance. He helps people & organisations to learn, unlearn and relearn.
Listen to Stephen's insights on:
- How critical yet difficult 'unlearning' is to be able to adapt
- How to work out what to unlearn and relearn
- How to unlearn without losing what's still useful
- How to support others to unlearn so teams and organisations can adapt
- Examples of unlearning and adapting
Founder of ETM
Unlearning and driving
business agility
Stephen Dowling

Stephen is the founder of ETM, a niche organisation passionate about delivering high impact learning to help organisations to rapidly improve performance. He helps people & organisations to learn, unlearn and relearn.
He loves helping people to make sense of our fast changing and complex world, and, to play a role in supporting and developing world class leaders for the future. He is pragmatic about supporting organisations achieve the goal of 'Business Agility'.
Stephen has many years (over 25 years+) of international business experience working in countries such as UK, Ireland, Belgium, Hong Kong, USA and Australia. As a project manager, he successfully managed a multitude of different types of projects across many different countries, the largest being a complex upgrade of a US$2bn ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system across 17 countries in Europe.
Over the last 8 years he has become an exceptional course designer and workplace trainer/facilitator in project delivery practices, and is a presenter at events & conferences.
Find out more about Stephen's Unlearn to Learn programs
Megumi and Quietly Powerful
Quietly Powerful is a movement started by Megumi Miki, to help quieter professionals to succeed on their own terms and help organisations and society to expand their definition of what good leadership looks like.

Due to current mainstream beliefs about what good leadership looks like - typically outspoken and dominant - quiet professionals feel overlooked workplace. On the other hand, Quietly Powerful leaders exist, they make significant contributions to organisations and society. Organisations miss out as incredibly talented people, potential Quietly Powerful leaders, remain hidden and under-utilised. We need to expand our definition of what good leadership looks, sounds and feels like.

Since starting in August 2016, the movement has attracted thousands of people from around the world, with growing interest in Australia and globally on LinkedIn.

The work is firmly based on the view that quieter professionals can be powerful leaders in their chosen field because of their quieter nature, not in spite of it. Powerful shifts have occurred in professionals with whom Megumi has worked.

In this current uncertain and chaotic environment, one of the quiet superpowers - inner calm - is critically needed, regardless of personality and natural tendencies. Calm in Chaos aims to spread calm, not panic in these extraordinary times.

Megumi is constantly developing a range of resources and tools for quieter professionals and organisations who wish to unlock their hidden talent - join the movement and Unlock the music you were born to play!

Get in touch...
Quietly Powerful LinkedIn Group:
Twitter: @megumimiki1

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