ELF 2015
-Brain Changing

Anne Riches
-Change Leadership

Past Events
Seismics and the City 2015
ELF 2014
Steve Simpson
Stress Management
Seismics and the City 2014


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ELF15 focused on insights from neuroscience into boosting student achievement and leading learning change. This forum was for education leaders and aspiring leaders from across the learning spectrum from early childhood to tertiary education.

Key Speakers
Author of The woman who changed her brain
Prof. Peter Thorne
Centre for Brain
Auckland University

Anne Riches
Change Leadership

ELF15 provided a dynamic intersection of research and practice which will strengthen education leadership and emerging learning practice. It also featured learning and leadership case studies from a variety of learning communities.

ELF 2016 is being held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Center - 23&24 August 2016.
Register your interest now in ELF 2016

Brain-Based Change Leadership with Anne Riches

Open Session

Taking People from Reisistance to Commitment
How to Lead Effective Change Initiatives
Anne Riches is a pioneer in exploring the crossover between the fruitful fields of Leadership, Neuroscience and Change and communicating insights and practical resources to leaders and aspiring leaders at all levels in an organisation to bring about positive change.

Anne's speciality is Change Leadership, with a focus on the change leader's personal journey to doing that well, starting with an awareness of what is going on from the neuroscience perspective, then looking at the key personal skills change leaders must have to 'be the change they want to see it the world'.

Anne's 2.5 hours tandem session gave participants the evidence-based insights, knowledge and resources to enable them to implement organisational change faster and more effectively with minimum resistance and maximum buy-in.

Past Events


Creating a Greater Christchurch
Envisioning. Engaging. Energising

Seismics and the City 2015 was held on 27 March 2015 at the Rydges Latimer Conference Centre, Christchurch. The 2015 theme was Creating a Greater Christchurch - Sketching the Bigger Picture.

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The 2015 forum was the fourth forum in an annual series involving representatives of public, private and community sector organisations and interested individuals engaged in the re-building of Greater Christchurch in the wake of the earthquakes of 2010-11.

Christchurch is at a tipping point as it moves into the 5th year of a largely top down disaster response and recovery process. The countdown has started for the transition from centralised control to much more distributed local ownership of issues and solutions.

The forum connected the dots on a broad canvas and fill in the bigger picture of recovery and renewal as rebuild momentum gathers pace. It also provided opportunities for feedback and input by those who wish their voice to be heard in shaping a renewed Christchurch.

Register your interest now in Seismics and the City 18 March 2016

The eighth annual Education Leaders Forum Enhancing Learning Culture was held at Rydges Latimer, Christchurch on 21 and 22 August.

Learning culture is the invisible force that shapes professional behaviour and student achievement. Nothing is more important or potent than culture. ELF 14 focused on how to tap into what is really going on in the culture of a learning community in order to enhance positive learning practices.

The Government's evolving Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative has implications and lessons not just for the compulsory schooling sector at which it is aimed but for any education organisation from early childhood to tertiary which wants to lift learner achievement, professional job satisfaction and the status of the teaching profession.

ELF14 provided a neutral forum and a wider frame to explore and shape some of the key IES proposals. It also provide a forum for education leaders to share professional insights into how they have gone about enhancing the learning culture of their education community by strengthening professional engagement, learning development and knowledge sharing.

View links to online resources, including videos and photos; Steve Simpson's resource documents.
View ELF14 Feedback and IES group discussion summary.
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Register your interest in ELF 2015 - being held 25-26 August 2015 at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland


Steve Simpson - Cracking the Corporate Culture Code
3 separately bookable short events

Friday 22 August 2014
Venue: Rydges Latimer , Latimer Square, Christchurch
Organisational culture is the invisible but undeniable force that shapes people's behaviour in any organisation. Nothing is more important, nothing can be more potent than an organisation's culture - it is the key determinant of the performance of any work team or business.

Australian Steve Simpson is an international speaker, consultant and author. His concept of UGRs® (Unwritten Ground Rules) is a simple and practical tool to understand and improve organisational culture. [add his photo] Steve offers three separately bookable events-a breakfast presentation, a workshop and a masterclass.


Building Momentum

Building Opportunities
Building Collaboration
Building Innovation
Building Confidence
Building Connectivity
Building Communities
Opportunities + Collaboration x Innovation= Canterbury's Future

The third annual Seismics and the City forum was held on Friday 28 March 2014 at Rydges Latimer, Christchurch.

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