In any given year, one in five Australians experience mental ill-health. Almost half the population experience mental ill-health at some stage in their lifetime. The 2018 KPMG and Mental Health Australia report, Investing to Save, estimated that the cost of workplace mental ill-health in Australia was $12.8 billion in 2015–16.
This highlights a commercial challenge for organisations. And investing in mental wellbeing holds significant opportunities: research such as Google’s ‘Project Aristotle’ have highlighted that psychological safety is the number one contributor to effective teams.
Caring about someone's mental wellbeing and psychological safety at work is, however, more than an opportunity for enhanced performance. Underneath the numbers, we must see the individual stories of our colleagues and their families. It is our responsibility as humans to contribute to a workplace culture where people can thrive.
Investing in your teams' mental and emotional wellbeing will support them in working with focus, and direction, especially in an increasingly complex and uncertain world which is testing people’s resilience and adaptability.
In 2012, Adobe conducted their global benchmark study ‘state of create’ to explore the topic of creativity in the workplace. Even though 80% thought that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth, 75% also felt that the pressure on productivity comes at the expense of creativity and two thirds stated that risk aversion stifles creative thinking.
In their 2010 study among 1500+ CEOs, IBM found that “chief executives believe that (…) successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity.”
Tom and David Kelley (IDEO) have long promoted the idea that one has to choose creativity. Instead of reserving it for the ‘creative types’ or especially gifted individuals, every individual can rekindle their creativity, imagination and courage with some encouragement and guidance and the time and structure to commit to a practice.
In the Future of Jobs Survey 2020, the World Economic Forum identified the top 10 skills of 2025 which also include creativity, alongside resilience, problem-solving and ideation - all skills that can be learned and practiced in creative coaching.
Creativity is a natural impulse that needs nurturing. We need to foster divergent thinking and imagination.
Creative coaching provides a safe space for this with a focus on an organisation’s objectives and needs. It has the flexibility to respond to different learning styles. It does this through different modalities, creative processes, a strengths-based approach, individual ‘sensemaking time’ as well as group discussion and synthesis. The emphasis on the process, not just outcomes, ensures experiential learning that encourages experimentation and activates all parts of the brain.
I help organisations in supporting their workforce’s mental wellbeing as well as nurturing their creativity and imagination to drive innovation.
I offer bespoke creativity-based workshops and training and can tailor existing workshop content to fit your team’s needs.
Workshop outcomes can include:
Tackling uncertainty & creating your own support kit
Deepening your team's creative process and potential
Improving workplace communication and trust
Infusing work with meaning
Practicing a beginner’s mind
Practical steps to strengthen self-care
Exploring and leveraging workplace diversity
Steps to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue
Stress management and prevention
Contact me for a customised proposal based on your needs and objectives.
Different rates are available to not-for-profits, small businesses (2-100 staff) and corporate clients (100+ staff).
Workshops can be held at your premises or at an external venue. Online webinars are also an option.
I also work with individuals in 1-on-1 coaching as part of their personalised learning & development, to help explore their leadership and communication style, optimal career path and to assist with stress management. You can find more about my 1-on-1 coaching here.
"Something I’ve been keen to argue for a long time is that creativity has to be seen as an operational idea. For example, in education, we’ve long recognised the importance of promoting literacy. We don’t just hope it will happen. We don’t just leave books around and hope someone takes an interest and figures out how to read them. We teach people to do that. There’s a very clear analogy to me with creativity. If you don’t stop to think what creativity is, it’s hard to know how to promote it."
―Sir Ken Robinson