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Expert in Team Care, Resilience, & Growth


Graeme Cowan helps leaders and teams to be more caring and resilient - and enjoy growing together.

He is a Founding Board Director of R U OK? and host of The Caring CEO podcast, where he interviews CEOs who champion a culture of care AND high performance.

In his earlier career, he held senior leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and the management consulting company Kearney.

In 2000 he went through a 5 year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated. He emerged from this crisis with a different view about increasing our resilience, mood, and performance.

He is the author of four books, including the internationally acclaimed BACK FROM THE BRINK, which has a testimonial from former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and has become a best seller in China.

He is also the Co-Founder of WeCARE365, which creates simple practical eLearning to help managers lead mentally healthy and safe teams.

Talking Points

Resilience for uncertain times

Small steps, remarkable results.

In volatile times, it can be easy to forget self-care. Adopting tiny habits can help you enjoy the direct link between self-care, resilience, and growth. These small steps are the secret to being prepared for moments that matter at home and at work.

You will learn:
- How small habits lead to remarkable results
- How to identify your mood vampires through Graeme’s science-based 15-point Self-care Snapshot
- How to embed ONE new small habit to boost your mood

Growing psychologically safe and resilient teams

Building care AND high performance.

Are we connected? Do we have a shared future? Are we safe? These 3 qualities are central to better team performance in an uncertain world. Our #1 priority is to help build more caring and resilient teams, who enjoy growing together. We show how everyone can contribute to this. You will gain simple, actionable steps, including:
- 4 daily connection questions every leader should be asking their team
- How to inspire team psychological safety (#1 of predictor of team innovation) during lockdown
- How to embed a growth mindset and reduce risk

Building an R U OK?365 culture

Mental health for all - by involving all

The CSIRO has identified rising work stress as a mega risk to productivity for the next 20 years.

Major disruptions like Covid-19 have amplified this. Setbacks can happen any day, so having a sustainable and caring culture is critical.

You will learn how conversations are the key to:
- Identifying someone who is struggling
- Asking R U OK? with empathy
- Guiding them to the help they need

Live your one thing

Doing more by doing less

In times of rapid change, it is easy to think that multitasking is the answer. The key to thriving is focusing on a few things that really matter, and taking charge of what we can control. It is more important to manage our mood than our time.

You’ll learn the surprisingly simple truth about how to find your focus and get the right things done, including how to:
- Write the first draft of your personal purpose
- Identify your #1 wellbeing strategy (it’s different for each person)
- Know your #1 work project for today
Graeme was absolutely brilliant. He was well accepted by the audience. His professionalism shined through throughout the days. Flinders University
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