Business Leader, Author & Keynote Speaker
Graeme loves being a professional speaker because sharing ideas can lead to conversations, and conversations can lead to action and change. As a founding Board Director of R U OK?, he has watched this simple idea lead to substantial change.
Audiences around the world frequently describe his style as authentic, relevant, compelling, and thought provoking.
In his earlier career he worked in senior leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and AT Kearney. In 2000 he went through a 5-year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated.
He emerged from this crisis with a different view about how we can increase our resilience, mood, and performance. He is described by the Australian Financial Review as a “resilience expert”.
He is the author of 5 books, including the internationally acclaimed BACK FROM THE BRINK, which has a testimonial from the former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and which has become a best seller in China.
Graeme lives beside Sydney’s Lane Cove National Park with his wife Karen, and enjoys bushwalking anywhere nature shines. He loves spending time with family and friends, and eating great food.
Graeme Cowan talks about:
All of Graeme’s speeches are customised. He works with you to understand your audience, your theme and your goals for the presentation. The following titles and concepts can be mixed and matched to create the perfect program for your audience.
- Resilience for uncertain times – Small steps, remarkable results
In volatile times, it can be easy to forget self-care. Adopting tiny habits can help you enjoy the direct link between self-care, resilience, and growth. These small steps are the secret to being prepared for moments that matter at home and at work.
- Growing psychologically safe and resilient teams – Building care AND high performance
Are we connected? Do we have a shared future? Are we safe? These 3 qualities are central to better team performance in an uncertain world. Our #1 priority is to help build more caring and resilient teams, who enjoy growing together. We show how everyone can contribute to this.
- Building an R U OK?365 culture – Mental health for all – by involving all
The CSIRO has identified rising work stress as a mega risk to productivity for the next 20 years.Major disruptions like Covid-19 have amplified this. Setbacks can happen any day, so having a sustainable and caring culture is critical.
- Live your one thing – Doing more by doing less
In times of rapid change, it is easy to think that multitasking is the answer. The key to thriving is focusing on a few things that really matter, and taking charge of what we can control. It is more important to manage our mood than our time.You’ll learn the surprisingly simple truth about how to find your focus and get the right things done.
Amazing, thankyou Graeme. I learned so much from my time with you. You are a wealth of knowledge! Looks like I have a new guru for Mental Health! I really appreciate your insights.
-EHS Project Manager,- Asia Pacific, James Hardie Australia
Many of our leaders said that your presentation was the best they had seen at a Partners Meeting – and we have had some great speakers – so that says it all. I would recommend you to any CEO who is interested in the sustainable success of their leadership team
-Gary Mcdiarmid, CEO, Russell McVeigh NZ
I have worked with Graeme in a number of organisations and find myself continually referring his name on to the CEIs and Executives I work alongside with. Graeme is authentic, empathetic in nature, and has supported the coming together of executive teams that face challenging times through transformation and changing environments. Is style allows senior executives to think differently about emotional resilience and wellbeing strategies that can increase performance and culture in an organisation.