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Dr Denise
Quinlan

Champion of Future-Focused Leadership & Founding Director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience

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Future-focused leadership is about being proactive, strategic, and adaptable in the face of uncertainty and change.

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Dr Denise Quinlan is acknowledged internationally as a world-class facilitator and trainer who tackles difficult subjects with her trademark humour and compassion, generating hope and practical actions.
Synthesising insights from her multi-disciplinary background she supports leaders to develop solutions to the urgent issues facing work, family, and community.

Dr Quinlan addresses the urgent need to support leaders to tackle challenge and uncertainty head on. Her Future-Focused Leadership Masterclass Series equips leaders to confidently face the future and lead with vision, hope and practical action for their organisations. No other facilitator brings this depth and breadth of experience in systemic thinking across management assessment and development, resilience and wellbeing, international economics, sustainability and diversity, equity
and inclusion. Every session is carefully curated ensuring it will stimulate and challenge, while also providing easily absorbable, well-;med learning, that will inspire hope and action.

Dr Quinlan’s ground-breaking academic research on the impact of strengths-based approaches to relationships, wellbeing, and social climate is acknowledged internationally. Her corporate background in the financial sector and management assessment and development, coupled with her expertise in course design and delivery, have enabled her to deliver transformative training to corporate leaders around the world.

As an award-winning guest lecturer at globally ranked IE Business School in Madrid, Denise has taught Strengths-based Leadership to senior executives from Fortune 500 and leading global organisations. Part of the team delivering the first science-based resilience training programme ever created (by the University of Pennsylvania), her work is published in international academic journals and won her international impact awards.

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Talking Points

Future-focused Leadership: Rising to the Challenges of Our Time

As uncertainty and change gather pace in 2023, leaders face a dual challenge: how to build the adaptive and innovative organisation required to thrive through these times, and how to attract, motivate and retain the people they need to do this. In this thought-provoking and energising pretention, Dr Denise Quinlan introduces an approach that addresses both challenges, explaining why ‘the future will be deeply human’. She shares the global, multi-industry research base demonstrating how creativity, innovation, effective teamwork, employee experience and job satisfaction can all be dramatically improved by building psychosocial safety and implementing strengths-based practices in your organisation. Dr Quinlan outlines the essential skillset for Future-Focused Leaders and the core practices they will need to embed within and beyond their organisations.
Equip your leadership team to be at the leading edge of change, to strengthen the collective resilience of your organisation, and to unlock engagement and motivation in your people.

"The organisations that can unlock the creativity and innovation of their people are the ones who will
successfully adapt and innovate to meet future challenges - and retain a motivated and engaged
workforce.”

Strengths-based Leadership: how to elevate your skills and inspire your people

In 2023, first class leadership requires us to inspire teams, while equipping them to handle ongoing disruption, challenge and change. Experienced leaders know it’s time to elevate the way you manage and draw the best from your people and teams. Learn the strengths-based leadership skills Dr Denise Quinlan has taught to senior executives from Fortune 500 and leading global organisations, as an award-winning guest lecturer at globally ranked IE Business School in Madrid. Find out how strengths-based leadership offers a proven pathway to identify and leverage your personal strengths, provide more effective and motivating strengths-based feedback to your teams, and can help you unlock engagement, performance and retention through improved culture and relationships.

The secret to sustainable high performance: Attract, motivate and retain the best people

Leaders, managers, supervisors and team mates all benefit when an organisation has an engaged, competent, stable team of people. It’s in everyone’s interest, at all levels of the organisation, to build a culture that attracts top talent, enables them to deliver their best work, and is where they want to belong. Dr Denise Quinlan, resilience researcher and thought leader, will share a series of practical, actionable steps you can take to build this high-performing culture in your organisation. We call it building collective resilience and, as well as enabling high performance and keeping your best people, this type of culture is your best protection against burnout.

Collective Resilience: Why your team holds the secret to coping with challenge and unlocking sustainable high performance

High performing leaders and effective organisations understand an important truth - when we work well together, we build each other’s resilience. You cope better with challenge and uncertainty when someone ‘has your back’. Collective resilience is also what enables individuals and organisations to keep doing their best work. The good news - there’s a lot you can do at the team level that will support your collective and personal resilience. And these changes will also build a more equitable and inclusive environment for everyone.
Denise will share practical strategies that you can use immediately to build psychological safety and enable sustainable high performance - for you and your team.

Beyond the Burnout Bandaid: How to grow and keep a resilient team

Most people are over being told to ‘be resilient’, but many staff are still feeling tired and overwhelmed. Organisations need a better approach - one that cuts to the core of the problem. Dr Denise Quinlan, resilience researcher and thought leader, will share practical steps to build your collective resilience by addressing the workplace drivers of burnout. You’ll leave with immediate actions to provide clarity and autonomy, support and value one another, and implement ruthless prioritisation to address workload. Not only do these strategies help avoid burnout, but they have also been demonstrated to unlock engagement and high performance.

How to take the wheel in a chaotic world: building hope, resilience, and a better future

In this thought-provoking session, Dr Denise Quinlan, sets out the essential skills and strategies to better navigate this era of uncertainty and change. First, resilience tools to put your own ‘psychological house’ in order and keep it there. Next, how to embrace and influence change rather than fearing or hiding from it. Articulating your positive vision for the future -for home, work, or community - is vital to fuel the hope and energy required for persistent, determined action. The stakes have never been higher - building a caring economy to sustain our grandchildren’s grandchildren on this planet, will require the best of all our talents. Denise will map out strategies to help navigate the future together with optimism and hope.

When the glass isn’t even half-empty: essential skills for recovering calm, focus and a sense of humour

As a recovering pessimist, Dr Denise Quinlan knows that some days that annoying glass isn’t half full. It’s broken on the floor and your feet are wet. If your team has been giving their all and is heading towards overwhelm, overload, or even just ‘over it’ - then it’s time for a break and a reset. It is possible to have greater calm and focus in your day, to look after your wellbeing, and to be equally, if not more productive.
Dr Denise Quinlan, global thought leader in sustainable, future-focused wellbeing and resilience, will share the strategies she has taught to senior executives around the world and used to build her own resilience. You’ll learn why perfectionism and isolation are toxic for wellbeing and productivity and leave with science-based practical skills to sustain personal wellbeing and boost team performance. If you’re tired of chasing your tail or keeping too many plates spinning, this humorous, interactive, and practical session is the tonic you need.

Leadership Development Masterclass Series: Future-focused Leadership: Rising to the Challenge Ahead

As uncertainty and change gather pace in 2023, leaders face a dual challenge: how to build the adaptive and innovative organisation required to thrive through these times, and how to attract, motivate and retain the people they need to do this. In this thought-provoking and energising pretention, Dr Denise Quinlan introduces an approach that addresses both challenges, explaining why ‘the future will be deeply human’. She shares the global, multi-industry research base demonstrating how creativity, innovation, effective teamwork, employee experience and job satisfaction can all be dramatically improved by building psychosocial safety and implementing strengths-based practices in your organisation. Dr Quinlan outlines the essential skillset for Future-Focused Leaders and the core practices they will need to embed within and beyond their organisations.

Equip your leadership team to be at the leading edge of change, to strengthen the collective resilience of your organisation, and to unlock engagement and motivation in your people.

This Masterclass Series is for you if…
• Identify and adopt the Waypower practices that will strengthen your personal resilience and leadership
• Feel confident to execute a range of strategies to influence and build the Collective Resilience of your team.
• Develop your go-to strategies enabling your team to know each other, build trust, and perform at the highest level despite
ongoing changes, uncertainty and disruption.
• Elevate your leadership skills by discovering how to fuel hope and energy through a positive vision for the future that builds
confidence and self-efficacy in your team.
• Have the confidence to empower and enable within your organisation and collaborate effectively beyond it.

Leadership Development Masterclass Series: Strengths-Based Leadership: Elevate your skills to attract, motivate and retain the best people

In 2023, first class leadership requires us to inspire teams, while equipping them to handle ongoing disruption, challenge and change. Discover how to become a strengths-based leader and future-proof your leadership in this stunning Masterclass taught by one of the world’s most highly regarded resilience trainers.

This Masterclass Series is for you if…
• Attracting, engaging, motivating, and retaining the best people is a top priority for your organisation.
• You need strategies to motivate and engage all your people to successfully navigate challenge and uncertainty.
• You’re an experienced manager looking to elevate the way you manage and want to draw the best from your people and teams.
• You’re leading in a competitive environment and want to outperform the competition.

By the end of this Masterclass Series you will…
• Identify and leverage your personal strengths boosting your personal resilience, wellbeing and performance
• Equip your team to identify and leverage their strengths, and develop your abilities to recognise strengths in each other
• Feel more confident in your ability to provide effective and motivating strengths-based feedback, even in challenging situations
• Develop your personal go-to strategies for building psychological safety within and across teams
• Discover how to maximise team engagement, performance and retention by building better work relationships and practicing strengths-based task allocation within teams
• Identify your go-to strategies for enabling teams to know each other, build trust, and perform at the highest level despite ongoing changes, uncertainty and disruption.
Feedback
Denise was a true gift to the team. Keep doing the amazing work that you are Denise, it is incredibly powerful. Netball NZ

Dr. Quinlan’s approach is steeped in solid science, coalesced with compassion and spiced with whole lot of fun. She won’t do the work for you, but she will be with you to harness your strengths so that you can do the work.

International Positive Psychology Association

The whole audience is entranced the moment Denise starts to speak, her lilting Irish accent SO compelling... you wish she would never stop! Not only does she engage the audience with a wonderful stage presence but she connects to them with powerful, intelligent, clearly articulated, thoughtful, relevant content. Denise’s use of humour along with a genuine warmth and empathy enables her to deliver powerful messages. I whole heartedly recommend her as a keynote speaker, facilitator, MC, or panellist. She is fantastic!

Conference Innovators

Dr Denise Quinlan was a fantastic addition to our in-house TRILife program. The audience were fascinated by what they were hearing which Denise communicated in a funny and down to earth way. Denise was an absolute pleasure to have and her friendly and approachable nature created a wonderful atmosphere for our event.

Qestral

Denise is a fantastic speaker and brings a lot of energy and useful information to her talks.

Nufarm

Denise was well prepared and engaged well with the audience. She followed the brief provided and added in mentions of our brand when appropriate.

Anderson Lloyd

Exceptional delivery with empathy and warmth.

Dilworth

Denise was absolutely PERFECT for our event. She is very warm and engaging and has a way of presenting information that is easy to listen to. We received a lot of positive feedback afterwards.

Hospice Taranaki

Everyone loved Denise's presentation - her messages were pragmatic and practical; her expertise was clearly on display and her delivery was compassionate.

Client Self Storage Association of Australasia (SSAA)

Amazing and very easy to communicate with - a delight!

New Zealand Vets Association

Denise was absolutely fabulous, she managed to connect with some very stoic funeral directors.

Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand

Denise engaged with our staff so well. The feedback I have been receiving since her presentation has been wonderful. Lots of our staff are now 'accepting the good' and celebrating the wins... Massive thank you to Dr. Denise.

Gisborne District Council

Excellent talk, lovely person, really thankful to spend time together.

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