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121 Marcus Clarke St

Level 2, 121 Marcus Clarke St

Canberra, ACT, Australia

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A 1-day short course in visionary organisational leadership in preparing for global volatility & uncertainty

Foresighting is a valuable tool for discerning the potential organisational impact or business disruption that can be caused by social, environmental, political, economic or technological trends and drivers. In this class, structured foresighting is used as a contextual tool for achieving responsive and transformational behavioural change in individuals who may be leaders, managers or workers and developing organisational agility, flexibility and resilience.

It will prepare decision-makers and managers for the complexities of dealing with change and proactively steering their divisions or departments through the choppy waters of uncertainty, turmoil, ambiguity and volatility. It is about broadening perceptions and providing coherent contexts within which leaders, managers and their teams can mobilise and work proactively to achieve strategic goals.

This course harnesses the latest research advances from the field of contextual behavioural science and prosociality in shaping and moulding groups and individuals to recognise ingrained behaviours and habitual, patterned responses that are self-defeating and unproductive. In this course, foresighting exercises are used to systematically replace these attributes with adaptive thinking and acquiring a level of organisational plasticity for strategic responses in dealing effectively with a range of foreseeable futures being shaped by global or local trends and drivers.

The course is led by organisational psychologist Dr Robert Styles whose recent ANU research was lauded by the US-based co-founder of Contextual Behavioural Science, Professor Steven Hayes.


  • Explore probable (predictable), plausible (contingent) and preferred (chosen or desired) futures through group workshops
  • Deconstruct the barriers, uncertainties, hurdles and other mental mindsets that mitigate against strategic foresighting
  • Plan for preferred futures, assess the weaknesses, inflexibilities or strengths of present leadership, strategies, structures or processes and their appropriateness or fitness-for-purpose
  • Expand and optimise a repertoire of strategies, structures and skillsets (eg adaptive, prosocial leadership) that can best respond or adapt to different preferred scenarios at both an individual as well as an organisational level
  • Explore systematically the steps required for an agile and responsive organisation and which players within an organisation will need to drive such change


  • Define a set of strategic agenda questions and from this develop a focal question(s)
  • Identify Critical–Uncertainty trends and drivers in the system and chart adaptive challenges
  • Define ‘Axes of Uncertainty’ that will delineate the scenarios
  • Drafting future scenarios – particularly preferred and probable scenarios that explore a portfolio of outcomes including no-regrets moves, real options and big bets


  1. Take perspective on adaptive challenges your organisation is facing now and in the future
  2. Identify responses to trends and drivers impacting and shaping the behaviour of your organisation
  3. Strategically influence or coordinate organisation-wide efforts in realising tangible goals
  4. Communicate with impact in creating a robust organisational vision for the future
  5. Become a strategic-thinking and influential leader and advisor


“This work has impacted profoundly on culture. The whole process was empowering and engendered inclusivity which heightened the impact of strategy”

“At 54 and managing a billion dollar portfolio, I thought I had seen it all. This experience proved me otherwise... sobering”

“Foresighting reduced what is normally unnecessarily complex to something simple and accessible. It trans-lated aspiration into concrete actions”


Dr Robert Styles is an internationally-renowned academic expert in the field of psychological flexibility and adaptive leadership who has published widely in the field of contextual behavioural science. His PhD examined the influences of language on sustained, positive overt and covert behavioural change in leaders and managers. He has successfully trained hundreds of senior managers, executives, CEOs and leaders from businesses and public agencies throughout the Asia-Pacific and Australasia.


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Are there any Group discounts?

Group discounts are available for bulk registrations of 3 or more participants.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations or changes to course registrations should be provided in writing to at the earliest opportunity. Late substitution of registrants and shifting to other advertised courses is permissible but subject to approval and may incur a cost.

What is the refund policy?

Attendees are required to provide no less than 10 working days’ notice to request a full refund. No further refund will be offered once this period has expired. Participants are able to nominate another attendee from their organisation at no charge.

Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Yes, your registration is transferable to another employee at your organisation at any time prior to the day of the event. Please advise new registration details to

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