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Andrew May

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Burnout Proof

Proactive organisations are placing more awareness on the signs and symptoms of burnout, what causes it and how to avoid it. At its core, burnout occurs when the demands of a job outweigh a person’s ability to cope with the pressure. Our biology has not been designed for extended periods without respite or recovery. Humans work to the same rhythms of nature as other living creatures. Inherent in each of these rhythms is an expansion and contraction, a rise and fall, an energy and an idleness. COVID lockdowns on top of recent bushfires, droughts, royal commissions, economic challenges and the perpetual connectivity of technology have disrupted these rhythms. There has been no downtime or relief from the pressure and pace of our lives. Andrew outlines 5 evidence-based factors providing inoculation against burnout including Purpose Alignment, Restorative Sleep, Active Recovery, Physiological Capacity and Social Connectedness.

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High Performance Reset

Recharge, refresh and recalibrate after a crazy 18 months and fire up for the year ahead. Research combined with the opportunity of working with world-class performers in sport, business, science, education and the military for two decades shows success leaves clues. High performing individuals and winning teams display similar characteristics. In this thought provoking presentation, Andrew explores 5 universal elements that underpin high performance in the workplace including energy management and sustainability (not burning out); constant learning and adapting to change (growth mindset); emotional regulation and staying calm (keeping your shiz together); creating a psychologically safe environment and building trust (relationships, belonging and inclusion) and psychological flexibility (mental skills training to optimise

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Leading with Optimism

Embrace constant change and lead with optimism, positivity and clarity. Leaders cast large shadows. Attitudes are contagious and constant negativity permeates throughout an organisation and is demotivating, putting the brakes on creativity and productivity. Leadership requires a specialised set of skills to navigate VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity). Agility, innovation, foresight, emotional intelligence, focus, concentration, large amounts of energy, the ability to attract and keep talent, discipline, ambition, visionary thinking, a global perspective and connecting with and empowering others are essential skills for leaders and progressive teams. Our brains are malleable and can grow, learn, develop and lead by harnessing the power of neuroplasticity. However, brain and cognitive reserve don’t develop in a vacuum: the process requires stimulation through constant learning and adaptation, along with the essential building blocks of exercise, good sleep and proper nutrition.

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MatchFit

MatchFit is being able to play and compete at a consistently high level and continue performing at your best in an ever-changing environment. It is also about negating the biological decline of the body and brain post 40 years of age. There has never been a more important to be physically and psychologically MatchFit. Businesses are increasingly aware of the critical importance of employee health and sustained business performance. Maintaining cardiorespiratory fitness, sustaining energy, boosting immunity and focusing on mental wellbeing is imperative. Andrew outlines 6 Levers (Move, Fuel, Recharge, Think, Connect and Play) that help restore energy; build resilience and optimise productivity and performance in work and life.

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Mental Skills & Survival of the Fittest

Survival of the fittest is all about pushing through challenging times and coming out stronger. It is about embracing change and stepping out of your comfort zone, persevering in the face of rejection and overcoming obstacles in life. Neuroscience, the scientific study of the nervous system and brain, shows our brains are malleable and can grow, learn and develop throughout our lives if provided with the right nutrients and stimulation. Even when under extreme levels of pressure. Content is drawn from Andrew and Dr Nicola Gates’ Mental Skills Academy, a ground-breaking program based on neuroscience and performance psychology, exploring what it takes to perform under pressure and achieve optimal human performance. Just like putting a fitness program together to train the body to be healthy, fit, flexible and strong; we can do exactly the same for your brain.

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Work. Upside Down

Reports indicate 40% of the global workforce is looking to resign. We don’t buy into the hype! Let’s reframe as The Great Realignment – where proactive employers change the narrative and recalibrate to be more aligned, purpose-driven and include a compelling employee value proposition (EVP). COVID-19 has been the shakeout causing people to revaluate all parts of their life and is starts with work. Employees around the world are questioning: • What is work all about? (Redefining the definition of work). • Why is work important and what meaning do I receive from work? (Purpose) • How, when, and where do I want to work in the future? (New Ways of Working) We need to establish new operating rhythms that incorporate a hybrid of WFH, WFA (Working From Anywhere), and being in the workplace. Companies need to adopt flexible ways of thinking and working; provide support in redefining personal productivity; and create psychologically safe environments for employees to flourish.

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Andrew May

An award-winning speaker, author, leadership and transformation specialist, and coach for athletes and high performers

Andrew May is recognised as one of the world’s leading strategists in workplace performance, resilience, and leadership. He delivers scientifically proven strategies that foster lasting change in the workplace and on the track. He has a knack for blending science (psychology, neuroscience, physiology) with practical experience working in high-performance sport and business.

Andrew is a former middle-distance runner who was an assistant coach at the Tasmania AIS. He worked with a number of Olympians in a range of different sports, and soon became the Physical Performance manager for the Australian Cricket Team. He has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Coaching Psychology and is gearing up for a PHD in Performative Psychology.

Andrew built Executive Health Solutions Co., which is Australia’s largest provider of executive health assessments. In 2016, Andrew sold The Performance Clinic to KPMG, where he worked as a partner for 3 years.

Andrew’s clients span across the world, and the reason why is clear; as CEO of StriveStronger, Andrew and his team partner with organisations to formulate and instil cultures of Wellbeing.

Andrew is also a published author; his most recent book, MatchFit, has sold over 75,000 copies. He has a regular segment on ABC News Breakfast and is a coach and confidante to many of Asia Pacific’s leading CEO’s, executives, and entrepreneurs. He also leads the Paramatta Eels NRL Team as their Mental Skills Coach.

He seeks to inspire. He seeks to support organisations in unlocking their full potential and to live in a better way. To work better. To lead better.

Andrew’s personal philosophy is to: Live Energetically. Love Passionately. Lead Optimistically.

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