Would you like to humanise your work?
“When Talkpoint came to market in 2003 it had the singular purpose of reinforcing the capablity of HR Leaders. To meet today’s imperatives (navigating work in a hurried, complex, interconnected world) Talkpoint’s services have expanded to assist a wide range of individuals, businesses and systems to break down silos and stay human.”
Robyn Katz, Founder & Director, Talkpoint
Our unique vantage point and broad network enables us to identify patterns and opportunities to share knowledge and to collaborate. Talkpoint curates educators and information pertaining to more human ways of working.
Skilled facilitation, informed by Talkpoint’s Guiding Principles, generates trust, rapport and a safe environment for people to access and articulate courageous, high quality thinking. Talkpoint facilitates and creates spaces for conversations that matter.
Talkpoint stages peer-to-peer learning programs and events distinguished by a commitment to invite people to show up fully. We are often praised for producing thoughtful, connective and refreshing experiences.
An external peer coaching and adult development program for individuals. Through a series of five professionally facilitated, half-day meetings with an intimate and diverse cohort, you gain the time and space to reflect on your strengths and challenges, develop authentic leadership capabilities and grow your professional network. Learn more…
A bespoke intervention for organisations committed to embedding a culture of learning and collaboration. You select people from across your system who have the potential to become an internal community of practice. Guided by an independent expert facilitator, the group develops trust and rapport, positively affecting engagement, knowledge sharing and innovation. To find out more contact Robyn.
A networking game designed to facilitate deeper connection and relationship building through sharing challenges, experience and knowledge. Fast, fun and focused – a fresh approach to mentoring based on equality. Experience the Speed Mentoring game as an individual at one of our public events or arrange a private workshop for your organisation. Learn more…
A curated community of highly skilled practitioners who share our aspiration to humanise work. Talkpoint has been collaborating and exchanging knowledge with subject matter experts and service providers since inception in 2003. If you are seeking thoughtful, fresh and edgy input we are happy to make introductions to values-aligned, peer educators. For further information contact Robyn.
Purposeful, interactive learning and networking experiences for Australia’s business community. By partnering with select teachers, focusing on meaningful topics and creating special spaces, Talkpoint brings people together to learn, make genuine connections and potentially collaborate. Your participation impacts our collective growth and humanises our work and lives. To be kept informed of our next event, sign up to our blog.
NIKKI HARRISON, Head of People, M&C Saatchi
RICHARD CORNALLY, Actor & Diretor
SIMON STROUD, Manager Education & Interpretation, Office of Environment & Heritage
” The Talkpoint sessions have allowed me to challenge my own thinking in a safe environment that has at times provided impetus to return to the organisation and challenge the leadership team in different ways. The network developed has also opened doors to help with opportunities across the broader community that Canon, as a relatively small organisation, couldn’t offer internally e.g. through the network I was able to find a specialist mentor for someone in my team who is the only person of her discipline in the company. A peer on my Talkpoint group took the request away and found a match within their organisation.”
IAN FLEMINGTON, Chief People & Change Officer, craveable brands
” Developing strong and lasting relationships through a network of peers, I have found Talkpoint to be the most effective way for me to grow personally and professionally. The Talkpoint community moves beyond any other networking forum. It has always been a secure space to openly discuss challenges, learn new material and be updated on legislative changes, but it’s also a supportive space to leverage off the knowledge and experience of my immediate group or extended alumni to solve problems, seek alternate opinions or gain recommendations. After several years in the Talkpoint community, for all the funds I can invest in conferences and courses, I believe I still receive more value from my membership and would highly recommend joining to any Senior HR professional.”
ANGELA HOWARD, VP People & Performance AsiaPac, Carnival Australia & Japan
” I find the discussions inspiring in terms of the information that members share about how they approach key HR activities, and the influencing of their leadership teams. It is an excellent opportunity to share challenges and receive diverse feedback that can be applied in my own organisation. The discussions are insightful given the calibre of members, and I leave the meetings re-energised.”
RENE JOHNSON, National Resourcing Executive, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Forget the Pecking Order at Work, Margaret Heffernan, TEDTalk: Marageret Heffernan shares surprising findings about what drives high-achieving teams. “Companies don’t have ideas; only people do. And what motivates people are the bonds and loyalty and trust they develop between each other.”
Richard Branson: Why You Should Network, Virgin: Richard Branson explains the importance of building relationships “Business is all about personal contact. No matter how heavy your workload is, do not allow yourself to work in your cubicle or office all day, every day – for your own well-being and the health of your business, you need to get out and about, meeting people and developing relationships.”
Let Your Workers Rebel, Harvard Business Review, Oct 2016: Research conducted by Francesca Gino, professor of business administration, concludes that the key to increased engagement, productivity and innovation is encouraging workers to challenge the status quo, be themselves and apply their unique strengths.
Why effective leaders must manage up, down and sideways, Thomas Barta and Patrick Barwise, McKenzie Quarterly. “Complex modern organisations benefit when people engage with their peers across functional and business-unit boundaries to bring a range of perspectives and drive change and innovation.”
Reflecting on Work Improves Job Performance, Harvard Business School: New research shows that taking time to reflect on our work improves job performance in the long run. “When we fall behind even though we’re working hard, our response is often just to work harder. But in terms of working smarter, our research suggests that we should take time for reflection.”
What if Companies Managed People as Carefully as They Manage Money? Harvard Business Review: This article recognises the often over-looked importance of effectively managing our scarecest resource – human capital. It explains how we can bring a greater discipline to the field. “Inspired employees are three times more productive than dissatisfied employees, but they are rare.”
How Leaders Create and Use Networks, Harvard Business Review: This article talks about the importance of networking and how effective leaders learn to employ networks for strategic purposes. “As a manager moves into a leadership role, his or her network must reorient itself externally and toward the future.”
Four ways to build a human company in the age of machines, Tim Leberecht, TED Talk: Tim argues that we need to build beautiful organisations to thrive in the modern world and proposes four ways to go about it. “To maintain our humanity in the this second Machine Age, we may have no other choice than to create beauty.”
Humanising Work: What’s the point?,Robyn Katz, LinkedIn Pulse: argues that organisations, just like governments, have responsibilities beyond making money and that putting people before profit is our moral imperative. “Most of us spend at least one third of our time (more than half of our waking hours) at work, and as employers, we are responsible for how our employees answer the question ‘How was your day?'”