Workshops & Leadership Programs

Collaboration, creative leadership and innovation are critical in this uncertain and highly complex global environment and the saying “innovate or die” has never been more accurate.

Disruption of existing models is the greatest threat your organisation will face within the next 5 years. Virtually every business and institution is threatened and yet disruption can also provide extraordinary opportunities.

Tania de Jong AM is a leading authority on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.

She believes that every individual, team and organisation has untapped creative potential. Mostly, whilst organisations claim that innovation is important, they only pay lip service to this. They do not foster a culture of innovation and pipelines for ideas and innovation to be implemented.

Through Tania’s work as Founder of 2 charities/social enterprises (Creativity Australia and The Song Room) and 4 businesses (Pot-Pourri, MTA Entertainment and Events, Creative Universe and Creative Innovation Global) and her collaboration with major organisations and top teams over many years, she has developed a number of strategies and programs to unlock capabilities in creativity and innovation.

She believes strongly in the power of diverse teams, collaborations and “positive human collisions” to bring about creative abrasion and new insights and learning from adjacent sectors.

Tania consults to a number of national and multinational organisations at C-Suite level providing keynotes, performances, leadership and innovation workshops, connections and strategic advice. Clients incl. McKinsey & Company, David Jones, AGL, ANZ, Perpetual, BCG, BHP, Telstra, PwC, AON, The Florey Institute, Melbourne Business School, La Trobe University, Monash University, Deakin University, Spotlight,  etc.

Tania can assist you, your clients, teams, organisations, conferences and special events through:

  1. Delivering an inspirational, customised keynote speech, customised keynote speech 
  2. Creating a special, customised performance to enchant and inspire as a solo performer or with her acclaimed group Pot-Pourri 
  3. Being an informed and interactive MC
  4. Presenting a creative workshop to transport your people into a right-brained ‘can-do’ headspace. See One Team, One Voice workshops
  5. An innovation consulting project to unlock more of the potential of your people and brand
  6. Developing and producing a one or two day workshop or conference bringing in a range of world class speakers, facilitators to inspire and teach strategies and skills to take back and implement in your workplace       

Tania’s particular skills include:

  • Unleashing greater creativity, passion and energy quickly and sustainably
  • Executive and other teams – ‘Building a can-do team’
  • Helping to develop a culture of creativity and unlocking innovation capability
  • Removing self-limiting beliefs and inspiring new possibilities for achievement/success
  • Being an agent for change
  • Resilience, storytelling and other key leadership tools
  • Unleashing potential and breaking down barriers
  • Corporate social responsibility, developing community and culture
  • Inspirational keynote speeches and world class customised performances
  • Facilitation and workshops
  • Event and conference design and management

The Challenge

Sustainable growth in the future can only be achieved by the continuous generation of new, creative ideas and strategies.

There are a range of ways in which organisations address this issue including structures, processes, incentives and systems unleashing the creative potential of individuals. Many organisations today have turned to workplace innovation programs in the conviction that creativity is one key to competitive survival. And organisations know their ability to innovate lies in the creativity and abilities of their people.

The individual needs to understand and adopt internal thinking processes that increase the potential for new thinking. Organisations have to do the same. Creativity will be the strategic tool for the 21st Century.

Our Approach

Creative Universe is working with business, creative, community and thought leaders and universities to develop new thinking, outstanding programs and evidence-based research in this area.

We work with you to create a program designed to suit your challenges and provide leadership practitioners who guide your organisation and your staff to finding creative solutions using an integrated and creative approach to strategic leadership.

Leadership

Inspiring Minds is delighted to offer a diverse suite of exciting new programs that facilitate unique, creative experiences, executive leadership, training, and break-outs for strategy days, conferences, retreats and meetings.

These programs are designed to create ultimate brainstorming power, improve wellbeing and engagement and unlock leadership and innovation potential. Programs can be customised to achieve key business outcomes including healing stressed or dysfunctional teams, developing new strategies and a culture of innovation, caring and sharing throughout the organisation.

We offer a creative menu from short sessions to half and full day sessions, as well as keynote speeches and briefings and individual and team coaching.

Tania and her team can design everything from short leadership workshops to full 2-3 day starategic leadership conferences and retreat programs. These are very powerful team building and change tools, and quite different from other management and leadership programs in the market place at present.

“You make the world a much better place. This city and country are blessed by your talents, generosity and immense vision.” Louise Karch 

“Creative Brainstorming plays a critical role in developing campaigns for the release of Universal’s films but it’s important for us to create new stimulus in order to get the best out of these sessions.  For this reason we engaged Tania and her team at Creative Universe to help fuel the brainstorming by using the technique of singing to unlock our creativity.  It really worked and we saw a difference in the quality of ideas generated by each individual.  In addition the experience of singing as group also served as a great team building exercise and was loads of fun.” Universal Pictures

“Tania’s keynote address was an inspiring call to action on our individual and collective creative capacity.  And I never thought I would witness our national team in full and rapturous song together.  The experience left us all with a sense of unexpected elation!” Mathew Browning, General Manager, Myer Family Company

“A big thank you for your contribution to the Unleashing our Potential workshop. The excitement and energy you created was amazing – what a buzz! We are very optimistic about the ideas that were generated and have already commenced the next steps to implementation. Again, thank you all for your commitment and professionalism and giving 150 of our top people a thought provoking and fun day.”
 David Jones

“Overall, one of the most impressive workshops I have ever been to (note: 30 years in Defence = 100s seminars/workshops etc). My judgement is based on the fact that despite a very humid working area (Melb Indian summer) the energy levels of all participants was at maximum right up to the final minute. Overall, highly informative, motivational and fun” Defence Science and Technology Group

“The session was very well received and will always be a memorable one.” AGL Senior Leadership Team

“Tania’s presentation was one of the most insightful and entertaining talks we had in recent months. The students and the professors thoroughly enjoyed the engaging talk and learnt about the power of creativity, innovation and collaboration. The importance of creativity in large corporations, the need for innovation specially in Australia and the real power of diversity are some of our key learnings we will remember and use. It was our privilege to hear her beautiful voice in the end , a perfect finish to the event. The event was a great success. A big thank you to Tania, on behalf of the students at Melbourne Business School.” Melbourne Business School

“The feedback we received from the session indicated that many thought it a highlight of the conference. By the conclusion of the session, the room was abuzz with energy, the faces of participants were bright and there was a really positive vibe.” Brown Brothers

“Session was great. A terrific buzz after it. Freedom is coming…truly first rate!”  McKinsey & Company

“While I have travelled the world, taken on vast spiritual adventures like Everest, Kokoda, Mt Kilimanjaro, volunteered for several organisations and charities and always tried to experience as many diverse and interesting things as I possibly can…. nothing really compared to the “Voices of Yoga” and how much this day seemed to resonate with something inside my soul.  The work you do is simply incredible and inspiring and I absolutely applaud you for being able to create so much power and energy in the universe and touch so many people.” Emily

“The ONE TEAM, ONE VOICE Workshop was truly a binding experience, inspirational to a group in need of self-belief and confidence. In an engaging and memorable way, the team was able to perform as a unit like never before. Something to refer to for a long time!” Mondelez

“A big thank you for your contribution to the Unleashing our Potential workshop. The excitement and energy you created was amazing – what a buzz! We are very optimistic about the ideas that were generated and have already commenced the next steps to implementation. Again, thank you all for your commitment and professionalism and giving 150 of our top people a thought provoking and fun day.”  David Jones

“Your One Voice presentation and workshop was the perfect fit for our conference which brought together over 100 of our management and leadership team. You, Shaun and the entire team at Creative Universe were the ultimate professionals in the lead up to the event, and made my job as the event organiser so much easier. At the dinner event where you presented your personal and uplifting life-story, followed by some memorable performances set the perfect tone for engaging with the crowd to demonstrate the power of an individual and then that of the group! I have received nothing but positive feedback from attendees about how invigorating the workshop was and how in a very lively and active way, we could indeed sing with one voice! The general make up of our delegates was very “blokey” and I was fearful that they would not give 100% when they found out we were all going to be singing – but how wrong I was… I can still see them all stamping their feet and singing with gusto!” Veolia

“The team building undertaken on the first day led to the excellent planning results we achieved on the second. Thanks for your oustanding leadership program.”  La Trobe University

Tania is expanding her work with a range of organisations and ASX blue chip companies (incl. Telstra, ANZ, BHP, Leightons, Thiess etc.) who are all interested in the work she is doing around building innovation capability, developing leaders out of managers, harmonising executive teams and finding greater meaning and purpose.

We are happy to develop a bespoke program and presentations to suit your themes and required outcomes.

“The event last night was a great success, and on a number of different levels. It was fun, built trust and shared experience amongst our group, and helped advance the leadership program we are workshopping.Your contribution was wonderful and you obviously have a winning set of products that are refreshingly different. Thanks you for sharing the experience with us last night.”
 Tony Oliva BHP Worsley Alumina

“Tania provided us with an evening of entertainment and personal challenge. Her own history and achievements make for some captivating listening and the group exercise was challenging but was also a fun thing to participate in.”
Coates

“Tania is most effective with Management and Executive teams who wish to work more cohesively together, or have social dynamic problems within their respective corporations. Teams under pressure, stressed or suffering from communication challenges or executives who wish to be more creative in their leadership approaches would benefit from such an experience. Tania is an accomplished professional and delivered an immaculate performance with substantial impact in a short space of time, which in itself confirmed to the delegates how sustainable new behaviors can become when committed.”
PHA

“We were delighted with the impact and outcome of your session. Many people have made positive comments on the session and the energy and passion that it produced. Brilliant!” AON Top 200 Conference

“You were wonderful. You engaged with over 700 of our consultants in a powerful way and reinforced our own potential. The standing ovation was a testament to the way you moved us into a different headspace. Many people have mentioned it was the best session they have attended at a conference anywhere!”
Price Waterhouse Coopers

“One of the most memorable participative workshops many of us have ever experienced. The “With One Voice” workshop highlighted our key aims of creativity and innovation as tools for great leadership, and team work. The workshop brought these to life and proved that working as one team aligned to one outcome, can achieve amazing results.”
Mark Goddard, Spotlight

“Your workshop at the Mind & Its Potential conference was inspiring and exceptionally joyful…My head was still buzzing with the harmony chord for a good hour after the workshop.”
Irene Tj, Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre

“It is a rarity to meet a person like yourself, and the world becomes a better and brighter place in your infectious presence and for what you stand and do. A spellbinding presentation. Keep up the great work.”
The Indus Entrepreneur (TIE)

“If there was only one word I could use about Jessamy and her work it would be this: WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW 

She absolutely stunned me (and the other 200 people in the room) with her genius (yes, a strong word) at being able to capture a fast-moving seminar I was presenting. 

The program was called INSPIRE! And that is precisely what Jessamy does. Use her — you’ll be as thrilled and stunned as I have been.”
Paul Dunn – Chairman, Buy1Give1

“The choir experience was a standout session of the conference – exceptional!”
Australian Positive Psychology Conference

“Tania entertained staff after a day long workshop and uplifted us all. The staff were primarily telecommunications and project management staff – and predominantly male.

 For any post workshop activity after a long day and dinner, to energize and entertain would be a challenge. Tania managed to totally engage and take her audience to a place where I don’t think we ever expected to go. To get her audience harmonizing as a group activity was a fantastic experience, and I can say from my perspective, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would recommend her without reservation.”
Michael Bruce, Chief Technology Officer, Visionstream

A most unique and inspiring bonding experience that simulated and confronted our norms. We initially found ourselves entirely out of our comfort zone to then be transcended as a team through harmony as one voice!
Ric Oldham, General Manager, Visionstream Leighton Contractors Telecommunications Division

“Most inspiring, innovative and refreshing. The program was very interactive and required all present to participate. It empowered us as individuals and as a group. It was challenging and also helped to release some tension and frustrations in a constructive manner.

 I would strongly recommend this program as a team building exercise, to assist in improving self esteem and enhanced communications between groups that need to work together more closely.

 The program is most useful in transforming and building a stronger and more cohesive team.”
Steve Karistianis, Senior National Project Manager, Visionstream

“A great activity that really brought together our 250 HR leaders as one team. We started with 70% saying they couldn’t sing and finished with an amazing four-part harmony song that they really were proud of. Highly recommended!”
Andrea Grant, Telstra

“I write to congratulate you and your team and your facilitation of the Faculty of Law and Management’s recent two day retreat at Werribee Mansion for 32 of our senior staff. I had wanted to do a serious team building exercise and canvassed a number of options deciding against the “rope climbing over water” type facilitators in favor of the creativity exercises that your team undertook. The exercises undertaken were certainly different, and innovative, creative even! I was pleased with your team’s efforts to gel our group. The team building undertaken on the first day led to the excellent planning results we achieved on the second. While we have much to do, we have developed four very clear areas of focus to take us forward over the next decade. Our thanks for your role in leading us to that path.”
Professor Raymond Harbridge LLD, La Trobe University

“The event last night was a great success, and on a number of different levels. It was fun, built trust and shared experience amongst our group, and helped advance the leadership program we are workshopping.Your contribution was wonderful and you obviously have a winning set of products that are refreshingly different. Thanks you for sharing the experience with us last night.”
Tony Oliva BHP Worsley Alumina

“It brought the group so much closer together … the room was tingling with our combined energy.”
Macquarie Bank

“I could not stop my lips from turning upwards and smiling during the session! It made me feel so happy and alive!”
Accenture

“Tania de Jong managed to challenge and inspire us to think beyond the usual bounds of leadership style by taking us on a journey of breath, chant and song. It affirmed for many that if allowed, creativity can and will ‘create’ great leaders.”
Committee for Melbourne

“Can you pass on our appreciation for demonstrating that creativity in business can actually work. Although a short session, it was apparent to me that Tania’s passion, energy and initiative can flow through and bring out the creative side in everyone and can assist in improving all aspects of a business, irrespective of its field of expertise. Interactive leadership workshops are always more productive and enjoyable and this one was a belter.”
Committee for Melbourne

“Your work is really inspirational and your presentation was a huge hit!”
2nd Australian Positive Psychology and Well-Being Conference

“We had great feedback about your session – in fact, I was sitting next to someone at the dinner who had been in your session and they said that you had them all singing and she was amazed that everyone participated! She said she gained some ideas that she would not have thought about to help with her teaching.”
Girls Education National Conference

Teambuilding

We create programs that will add an important dimension to the development and recognition of high performing teams and creative-thinking individuals. These programs are custom designed to ensure everyone steps out of their comfort zones and participates, learns and grows together. They are powerful, fun and highly interactive.

 

“A great activity that really brought together our 250 HR leaders as one team. We started with 70% saying they couldn’t sing and finished with an amazing four-part harmony song that they really were proud of. Highly recommended!”
 Andrea Grant, Telstra

“Can you pass on our appreciation for demonstrating that creativity in business can actually work. Interactive leadership workshops are always more productive and enjoyable and this one was a belter.”
 Committee for Melbourne

“Tania engaged the workshop audience with her passion and creative flair. The singing and laughter coming from the workshop room was a sure indicator of a successful and compelling workshop.”
 Beth Phelan, Conference Director, Mind & Its Potential 2010

Creative Universe is growing fast due to the support and referrals of our highly valued clients. We have a range of outstanding consultant and faciliators to suit your specific business needs around Australia and internationally.

We are also producing an important conference which may be of interest for your executives. Creative Innovation 2012 will take place 28-30 November 2012 at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins and will bring together delegates from all sectors, leading thinkers and speakers to discuss the importance of creativity in re-inventing the future and solving community, organisational and global issues. It will be a highly interactive, entertaining and educational experience in the style and spirit of TED.com events held overseas.