About Dr. Adam

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Let’s face it, life is getting faster and faster and shows no signs of slowing down. Business is more competitive now than any other time in history. Companies and individuals now more than ever need to out create, out innovate and out market their competition. The result of this is a workforce that is having serious issues around sustaining high performance. 83 percent of employees are indifferent to or hate their job, 65 percent or all strategy is never implemented and approximately 73 percent of all change efforts fail.

What a session! We laughed, we learned, we listened and we loved it. Thanks so much for making the morning so memorable at our recent Business Owners Conference. Our MD tell tells me his wife keeps reminding him to “be present.
— Matrix Planning Solutions

Dr Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organisations adopt a high performance culture to thrive in this challenging and evolving business landscape. While other speakers talk about research, he does the research, partnering with various Universities through Asia Pacific. He is at the forefront of how neuroscience and positive psychology can be used to improve work place performance. In fact he is thought to be the only keynote speaker in the world to have had the impact of his keynote presentation measured in a University study (It improved the behaviour of attendees by 41%).

Dr Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organisations adopt a high performance culture to thrive in this challenging and evolving business landscape. While other speakers talk about research, he does the research, partnering with various Universities through Asia Pacific. He is at the forefront of how neuroscience and positive psychology can be used to improve work place performance. In fact he is thought to be the only keynote speaker in the world to have had the impact of his keynote presentation measured in a University study (It improved the behaviour of attendees by 41%).

He has worked with elite level athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels. In the last 5 years he has delivered more than 600 presentations to over 50,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He has worked in many industries and his clients include, CBA, Westpac, Optus, IBM, ABN AMRO, PWC, Asteron, AON, Tower, Local Government Managers Association, Merck Sharpe & Dohme, Queensland Law Society, and the Department of Education.

His topics included the psychology of performance, improvement of productivity, transformational leadership, engagement of teams, work life balance and development of high performing cultures.

He is regularly featured in the media. Having appeared in the Australian Financial Review, CEO magazine, Business Review Weekly (BRW), Fast Thinking, Readers Digest, Human Capitol magazine and Management Today. He has held regular radio spots on ABC 702 and his own slot on Sky Business. He is also regularly on Channel 7's Sunrise & The Morning Show, Kochie's Business Builders, Channel 9's Today show and Mornings, What's good for you and Close Up in Auckland.

He is married to a woman who is far brighter than he is, two daughters who have him completely wrapped around their finger and a dog Tilly who routinely outwits him.

Topics

GRIT - Getting You to Thrive

Dr Adam Fraser and Dr John Molineaux from Deakin University analysed over 800 professionals who worked in highly complex environments that were experiencing large amounts of change. The research showed that people who thrived in these environments had one distinguishing characteristic, they saw pressure as a challenge (an opportunity to develop and grow). In contrast people that faltered and suffered in complex environments saw pressure as a threat (I could mess this up, I could fail, I could be exposed as not knowing what I am doing). The ability to view pressure as a challenge not a threat is a characteristic we refer to as GRIT.

Why do we need it? The business world is evolving faster than any other time in history. Environments are becoming more complex, margins are being squeezed, our customers are more informed than ever before and technology is changing our behaviour.

It’s harder and tougher than it has ever been before. And the companies that thrive are the ones that see challenge and change as opportunities. The ones with GRIT, lean in, buckle down, and work together to master a task and see it through to the very end. The ones who lack GRIT breed a workforce that is allergic to change, avoid innovation and ultimately become irrelevant. 75% of all change efforts FAIL. Organisations low on GRIT cower at the first sign of a struggle and retreat to a “why can’t things stay the same” mentality.

Dr Adam Fraser will open your eyes to the importance of GRIT. He’ll uncover the level of GRIT in your company and give you the tools to have a truly gritty workforce, one that pushes for success.

Key Outcomes

  • Strategic leadership skills
  • Enhanced ability to Identify key problems
  • Tools to distill the most useful Information
  • Gain Insights into the nodes of navigation.

SHIFT - The Science Behind Change

If you’ve tried to implement change in your business you may have felt that you were banging your head against a brick wall. Well, you’re not alone. 75% of all change efforts introduced into organisations fail to get traction. Compelled to investigate why, Dr Adam uncovered the 3 main reasons that cause change to fail. More importantly he can show you what your company can do to overcome these debilitating obstacles.

Using compelling business case studies to illustrate the science behind change, Dr Adam will;

Key Outcomes

  • Identify the 3 main reasons change fails and detail strategies to overcome them.Provide a simple yet incredibly effective behaviour change model that can be implemented straight away that dramatically increases the chance of sustained behaviour change.
  • Show you how to reduce the anxiety teams normally associate with change.
  • Create a greater level of empathy amongst co-workers during times of change.

SPARK - Staying In High Performance Mode

Everyday your business faces high-pressure demands. Your work- force has been cut in half. Your people are being asked to do twice as much as they use to. You’re all expected to deliver 3 times the results. It’s a state that drains your workforce of its power and fills the workspace with mounting stress.

Dr Adam’s innovative research has shown that the only way to over- come this is to get into, and stay in, high performance mode by effectively managing your physical wellbeing.

It’s what he calls SPARK.

And getting, and keeping, that SPARK helps your workplace be more creative, more innovative and more productive. It allows us to better prioritise tasks and enables clearer, more strategically powerful thoughts.

To help companies attain this high performance SPARK, Dr Adam has developed a diagnostic Red Line Program that acutely measures your team’s level of Physical, Intellectual and Emotional Stress. It predicts areas of burnout and fatigue and gives you the tools to manage your own physiology to elevate you to a high level of performance.

You and your team will walk away armed with the knowledge of;

Key Outcomes

  • How sleep impacts performance and how to maximise your sleep.
  • How to maintain your energy and avoid the 3 o’clock slump.
  • How to structure sleep, nutrition, physical activity and stress management to optimise your workplace performance and overall quality of life.
  • How to manipulate your brain chemistry to be more focused, learn faster and be happier.
  • How to structure your day to optimise productivity and reduce stress.
  • The key to preventing burn out.

The Third Space - Developing Behavioural Agility

“Work harder, Work longer” was an adage that was easy to subscribe to before your business was at full capacity. But this old business model just doesn’t cut it any more.

The greatest challenge in business within the next decade is not the amount we have to do, as this shows no signs of lessening. Instead it’s the way we transition between tasks. Your job as a manager, your job as a leader, your job as a sales person is to adapt your behaviour to meet the needs of the next role/environment/task. However too often one setback, one bad meeting, can derail a persons day by having a domino effect that robs them, and your company, of energy and focus.

Dr Adam’s cutting edge research with Deakin University explored hundreds of people with demanding jobs, ranging from palliative care nurses to sales people to surgeons to leaders to special forces soldiers to elite athletes. What the high performers all had in common was that they used the Third Space to overcome setbacks and assume a mindset to get the most out of what is coming next.

The Third Space is the transitional gap between “what the hell just happened?” and “what’s next?. High performers use this space to decompress, jettison the negative and bring new focus and energy to the next task at hand.

In one study, when people used the Third Space between work and home it lead to a 41% improvement in work/life/balance.

In outlining The Third Space, Adam will bring to life his leading edge research and you’ll learn:

Key Outcomes

  • How to use the Third Space to transition effectively between the different roles/environments and tasks that make up our day to get the maximum value from each.
  • How to access your own Third Space to be resilient to any challenges just encountered. To reset and get back in an optimal state for high performance to take on the next task with a freshly focused and optimistic mindset.
  • How to empower groups with tools to “Show up” at work fully responsible for the energy they bring to positively affect the behaviour and culture of the organisation.
  • Proof of a direct correlation between truly engaging at work and the positive impact it has to an employee’s wellbeing and happiness.
  • A simple three step process to per- form on the way home from work to dramatically improve work life balance and overall happiness.