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Dr Amantha

Leading creativity and innovation psychologist.


We live in a world littered with digital distraction and temptation. It's time to reinvent the way you work.

Dr Amantha Imber is an organisational psychologist and founder of behavioural science consultancy Inventium.

Amantha is also the co-creator of the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies list and the AFR BOSS Best Places to Work list. Amantha has helped companies such as Google, Apple, Disney, LEGO, Atlassian, Commonwealth Bank and many others reinvent the way they approach their work.

In 2019, Amantha was named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.
In 2021, she won the Thinkers50 Innovation Award (described by the Financial Times as the ‘Oscars for Management Thinking’), which recognises the thinker who has contributed the most to the understanding of innovation globally over the last two years. Amantha was the first Australian to win this award.

Current Work:

Amantha is also the host of the number one ranking business podcast How I Work, which has had over 3.5 million downloads, where she interviews some of the world’s most successful people about their habits, strategies, and rituals.

Amantha’s thoughts have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Fast Company and she is the author of two best-selling books: “The Creativity Formula” and “The Innovation Formula”. Her latest book Time Wise is coming out on July 5.

Talking Points

Thank God It's Monday: How to create the best place to work in the universe

According to research, only 15% of employees are fully engaged, which means the other 85% are just rocking up to do their job, get a pay cheque, and go home. Yet to thrive as an organisation, having happy, enthusiastic, and productive staff is critical for success.

Where did organisations get it so wrong? Why do most people hateMondays? And what do leaders need to do to create the best place to work in the universe post-Corona?

Hear from Dr Amantha Imber, Founder of Inventium, who attracted global attention by being the first CEO in Australia to introduce unlimited paid leave and is now one of the few companies in Australia embracing the four day work week. Amantha will share some of the insights gained from Inventium’s headline-grabbing practices and from her consultancy's work in judging the Australian Financial Review's Best Places to Work list.

Key takeaways:

- Practical, science-backed strategies on how to create a group of
truly energised staff
- Counter-intuitive methods to keep people fully engaged
- The key ingredients required to create the best workplace in the universe.

Who this is for: Business leaders, executives, human resources professionals, entrepreneurs, small business owners, anyone who is passionate about creating a great place to work.

Hack Your Productivity: Lessons from the world's most successful people

While it is unlikely that anyone became more productive or achieved greater heights as a result of these words, it does beg the question: Do high achievers approach their days and their work differently than most people? And how do they become so efficient and productive?

Dr Amantha Imber has explored the answers to these questions for over two years through her top ranking business podcast How I Work, which has achieved nearly two million downloads. She has interviewed over 100 of the world's most successful people to unpack the strategies they use to achieve so much with their lives despite having the same number of hours in the day as the rest of us.

In this highly practical keynote, Amantha will share some of the most impactful, practical, and proven strategies, hacks, and tips to become more productive and happier at work that she has learnt from guests on How I Work.

Key takeaways:
- How to double the output you produce at work without working more hours
- Impactful yet simple-to-apply strategies to dramatically improve your daily productivity
- New rituals and habits to integrate into your working life to achieve more
- Simple hacks to boost your happiness at work.

Who this is for:
Business leaders, office workers, sales teams, executives, entrepreneurs, small business owners, anyone who is keen to level up their output at work.

5 Workday Reinvention: Science-backed ways to do the best work of your life

Email. Social media. Endless pings and dings. We live in a world littered with digital distraction and temptation. And when we need to do focused, impactful, and creative work, protecting that time is precious.

In this highly interactive keynote, Dr Amantha Imber will take you bthrough the latest productivity research from psychology and neuroscience. Amantha will reveal evidence-based strategies that will help you transform your work habits, turbo charge your output, and optimise your work hours.

Dr Amantha Imber has helped thousands of people turbo charge their productivity, wellbeing, and energy levels. Her programs have increased productivity by over 25% and have increased people’s job satisfaction and energy levels by over 30% in a matter of weeks.

Key takeaways:
- Understand how your current behaviour is killing your ability to do
impactful work
- How to create the optimal structure for your workday, based on
- The simple strategy that will let you win back at least two hours in
every workday
- Discover hacks that can be applied immediately to tune out digital

Who this is for:
Business leaders, executives, small business owners, knowledge workers, entrepreneurs, anyone who wants to achieve more with less.

Work From Anywhere: How to thrive in a remote future

In 2020, we were forced into a world where working from an office bwas the exception instead of the rule. As we venture into 2021 and beyond, the way we work (and more specifically, where we work from) has changed forever.

How do we create clear boundaries between work and life when we work where we live? How do we stay connected with our team when we are rarely all in the same physical location at the same time? And how do we ensure productivity doesn't decline when the siren song of Netflix is only a room away?

Dr Amantha Imber will provide you with a science-backed, practical approach to answering these questions. You'll leave with a set of strategies to help navigate the new world of work and ensure your employees thrive.

Key takeaways:
- How to turbo-charge connectedness in remote teams
- How to create clear boundaries between work and life, no matter
where you work from
- How to boost productivity when you no longer work from an

Who this is for:
Business leaders, executives, small business owners, knowledge workers, entrepreneurs.

How to create an ultra-productive team (even while you’re working remotely)

Building a great team was hard enough when the office was a place where we all gathered and worked from. But now, in the new reality of remote or hybrid working, helping your team collaborate effectively and work ultraproductively has become even more challenging, but all the more important.

Dr Amantha Imber will take you through a set of proven and practical ways to instantly improve the way your team works together. She promises you’ll leave with a bag of tricks to make your team super productive and happy, even with all the craziness going on in the world today.

Key takeaways:
- The three key ingredients to keeping your team happy and motivated, especially during COVID
- A method to help you “clean up” your team meetings
- A simple strategy to allow everyone on your team to know how to get the best out of you.

Who this is for:
Business leaders, executives, entrepreneurs, teams seeking to improve the way they work together.

To do or not to do? The science of how to make better decisions

Every day, we make hundreds of decisions. Some are big, some are small. And some may seem inconsequential. But it's our ability to make good decisions that ultimately determines our success in life. Good decisions lead to success at work, better relationships, improved health, and ultimately, greater happiness.

But here’s the strange thing: despite the fact that making good decisions is so important, the majority of people never receive training in how to become better at making decisions.

The good news is: scientific research can shed a great deal of light on how to become an excellent decision-maker.

Dr Amantha Imber will delve into the latest science on how you can significantly improve your decision-making prowess.

Key takeaways:
- The optimal time of day to make decisions
- How to future-proof your decisions
- How emotions can kill your ability to make good decisions - and what to do about it
- The types of decisions you need to avoid
- How to allocate an appropriate amount of time to your decisionmaking

Who this is for:
Business leaders, executives, small business owners, knowledge workers, entrepreneurs, anyone who has to make important decisions at work.
Like most people, I'm only half listening to the presentations towards the end of conferences. That's because my attention is focused on the long list of emails on the BlackBerry I'm hiding under the table. Amantha Imber's presentation was different. It was compelling, intrusive, provocative and insightful. I powered off my BlackBerry and listened. Wunderman EMEA

It was during the final session of an incredibly boring seminar that Amantha made her first impression on me. She blew me away. She was quirky, engaging, energetic, energising and incredibly insightful. Since then, I've involved Amantha in running my part of the business because she causes people to be more productive in their roles by helping them to be more creative. Amantha is one of those great educators who does not teach things, she helps people to discover things. Through group workshops and one on one coaching Amantha has introduced a new language and a set of concepts into my team. These concepts act as triggers to remind us when we should be thinking more creatively and tools to help us make this happen. The evidence of Amantha's value, to my business, has been made clear to me through my teams' increased willingness to embrace and apply creative thinking as a critical discipline for running a large and complex business. I have no hesitation in recommending Amantha to any business leader.

Medibank Private

Amantha is a person who makes a lasting impression and changes people's lives. There aren't many who can claim that. Of course it helps that she has a PhD in cognitive behaviour, but she combines her deep expertise with an exceptional gift to teach and inspire and enthuse and build deep personal connections with people from all walks of life, culture creed and colour. She teaches the most complex science in a way that makes it seem simple, easy and very do-able. She is also one of the most professional people I have ever worked with- reliable, prepared, personable. I love working with her!


Amantha provides her audience with strategies that are directly translatable into practice - no small feat given the phobias and anxieties that a large number of people experience when reflecting upon their own personal levels of creativity. I recently invited Amantha Imber to present both a keynote address and a workshop at a conference for Tasmanian teachers. Amantha's keynote was exceptional and profoundly moving for me as a person and as an educator. The conference has since proven to be something of a hit. The 'secret weapon', in my opinion, was Amantha Imber!

Vocational and Applied Learning

Amantha Imber's presentation was a refreshing change. Clearly a gifted public speaker, she implored us to 'crush our assumptions', 'go wide', and 'step into the shoes of others', in order to stimulate creativity in our marketing teams. It set a creative tone for the conference and engaged the delegates on several levels. I would recommend Amantha as a conference speaker to other conference organisers looking to get the most for their delegates and add a little spice to their planned schedule.


Amantha recently led an interactive keynote with the Disney Consumer Products team, which bowled everyone over. Amantha’s style is disarming, engaging and thought provoking. She presented pragmatic insights in such a way that the team felt really empowered to take the information and run with it. Was a wonderful reset moment and we’re all looking forward to living more of our best work life. Thoroughly recommend.

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