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Melbourne: Friday 31 July 2015

Joy Adan, Communications Manager, Redii


Redii have been researching how you can use recognition to change the game with productivity levels and engagement - and have some fascinating results to share.

If your recognition and reward schemes aren’t having amazing results - you may not be tapping into the principles of high speed, high volume social recognition.

Joy Adan is Redii’s Communication Manager and managing editor of the Redii blog. She will present the research and some fantastic examples of what companies have done with this. It may be that we’ve been going about rewards all wrong…..

Check out what Joy talked about in the Twitter stream!

Renee Troughton

Agile HR


Agile has been making waves in the IT world for years. The great news is that Agile is breaking out! In Sweden the Agile HR movement has been running for several years and the rest of the world is starting to catch up. We’d now like to build the NZ, UK and Australian Agile HR communities.


Running our Agile master class is Renee Troughton. Renee is one of the most experienced Enterprise Agile Trans-formation Coaches in the southern hemisphere with extensive experience working in small to large organisations across many sectors including finance, insurance, superannuation, government and telecommunications.

The author of both ‘Agile Forest’ and ‘Who is Agile Australia and NZ’, she has presented at both national and international Agile conferences.


Renee covered the basics of Agile and gave us an interactive experience of some of the tools (and yes, Colin and his team did best at making hand puppets!). Renee also drew awesome cartoon summaries of all the presentations during the workshop so check out the twitter stream to see them all.


Kellie Egan, HR Director, Atlassian


Kellie Egan is the HR Director, Australasia for Atlassian. Atlassian is an award winning enterprise software company that helps innovators everywhere plan, build, and launch great software. Atlassian has more than 25,000 customers globally and has been named one of the "Fastest Growing Companies" by both Deloitte and BRW Magazine.

They have also won a number of HR awards for their HR innovations including their recruitment strategy ‘Europe we’re coming to steal your geeks’ and their mood app.  Kellie says that Atlassian is not your typical company. She says “I don't get frustrated with bureaucracy or slow decision-making and creative thinking is always encouraged. I feel inspired working for this company everyday.”


Kellie shared how Atlassian have innovated with their people and culture policies. Have a read of what she shared in the Twitter stream!



Read Angela's blog More about Start with WHY Read Atlassian's blog Read Redii's blog

Emma Jackson

Design Thinker, Deloitte Digital


Stanford University’s d.school and IDEO have both brought Design Thinking into the spotlight in the last few years. It’s a process used by designers to put products together from the point of view of the customer. And a few HR innovators have tried the process as an HR tool - with amazing results.

Emma Jackson gave us a chance to try out design thinking as well as share how Deloitte Digital have used it to redesign their performance processes. Emma has over 8 years’ experience designing and building digital user experiences. Emma has worked on projects in varying capacities spanning functional testing, front-end web development, business analysis, UI and UX design, customer experience/service design and consultancy. Emma blends design thinking and a strong technical background to create innovative, user centric solutions.

Read about Design Thinking

Colin Ellis, Conscious Leadership Champion


Conscious Capitalism is based on four principles - Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Orientation, Conscious Culture and Conscious Leadership. At the HRGC Colin Ellis talked through what this means and how HR can achieve great results by helping their leaders use these principles.

Colin Ellis is from Liverpool in the UK and is a project management and leadership expert. In the work that he does with medium and large organisations he finds that there is still a great deal of confusion about what great leadership looks like and he works with organisations to take the confusion out and put the behaviours and emphasis on people back in. A popular trainer, speaker and mentor Colin is a conscious leadership practitioner and a member of the Conscious Capitalism movement here in Melbourne. Colin is married with 2 children and despite being in Victoria for over 18 months now still doesn’t have an AFL team.

Conscious Capitalism

Check out the conference photos!

Angela Atkins,

Founder of the HRGC

Angela Atkins opened the conference talking about HR game changing examples from around the world, why we need to change the game and why she started the HRGC movement.  

Angela has worked in HR and training for 19 years and co-founded Elephant in 2006. Elephant now have a team of 15 and work across NZ as SME HR managers, as well as running their HR and people management training.

She is the author of best sellers Management Bites, Employment Bites and Training Bites and is passionate about finding ways to help businesses be better places to work and achieve more.

Our presenters

Sharing the learning:

The Twitter storm - have a read of the hundreds of tweets shared!


Simon Sinek

Start with WHY


Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the

world, Simon has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.


Simon is best known for popularizing the concept of Why and for the talk he gave on the subject that became the second most watched talk of all time on TED.com. He is also the best selling author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last.


At the HR Game Changer in both Melbourne and Wellington he talked about what he sees as the biggest changes that need to happen to make our companies human, and how HR can be part of that.


Read Colin's blog

The Twitter storm - have a read of the hundreds of tweets shared!


The Twitter storm - have a read of the hundreds of tweets shared!


Read about Agile Check out Renee's awesome slides! Read the HRGC blog

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