David Whyte 2018 Tour

Sydney | Melbourne | Byron Bay

Friday 9 November 2018 - Friday 16 November 2018

 

Take the step that makes you half a shade braver in your leadership, or the step that sets your future direction in life.

“Start close in”.

 

We are so thrilled to bring our friend and internationally acclaimed poet, philosopher, author and pioneer of Conversational Leadership back to Australia - David Whyte.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear David Whyte’s masterful craft live on a stage near you.

 
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David Whyte Has Worked with Global organisations Including:

The Boeing Company | CEO Roundtable | Covey Leadership Center | Deloitte & Touche | Gap, Inc. Gibbs Business School | Harvard Medical School | Honeywell, Inc. | International Coach Federation Intel | KPMG | London Business School | Lucent Technologies | Massachusetts Banking Assoc. Mattel| Microsoft  | NASA | Novartis | Pace University  | Proctor & Gamble | Pueblo Bank | The Royal Air Force | Saïd Business School | University of Oxford | Seattle University | Sisters of Charity | Spence Diamonds | Stanford University | Strozzi Institute | Sun Microsystems | TEC International Unilever |University of British Columbia| University of San Francisco | Virgin Unite |Visa International | Wharton School of Business

Our 2018 Tour has something for the emerging leaders of the future, and something for the poetry & personal development enthusiasts.

 
 

Leadership

Take a deep dive into your personal leadership conversation, how do you lead in these times of magnified uncertainty and an arguably different future of work? How do you build cultures that thrive around conversational leadership and the nuances of relationship-based performance? Join David and Gayle Karen Young to find some answers in our two leadership seminars in Sydney and Melbourne.

Your personal development

And if your plight is more personal, join David for a long, winding morning of poetry, masterful storytelling, as you enter your own pilgrim journey towards your future life - with events in Sydney, Melbourne and Byron Bay.

 

Tour Events

 

Setting a Direction for a Future Life: Sydney A morning with David Whyte

Saturday 10 November 2018, 9.30am - 1.30pm.
Monkey Baa Theatre | Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre,  Terrace 3, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney

&

Sunday 11 November 2018, 9.30am - 1.30pm.
Clemenger BBDO Auditorium | National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 

 

Half a Shade Braver: Leadership in a time of magnified uncertainty with David Whyte and Gayle Karen Young

Friday 9 November 2018, 9.30am - 12.30pm.

Venue TBA in Sydney

&

Monday 12 November 2018, 9.30am - 12.30pm.

Venue TBA in Melbourne

 
 

Setting a Direction for a Future Life: Sydney A retreat with David Whyte

Full day retreat

Friday 16 November 2018, 10am - 4pm

Byron Bay Community Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW

 
 

Through our ticketing platform, Humanitix, we are proud to support global charity Room to Read, working towards world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world.

 
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Setting direction for a future life: a morning with david whyte

Saturday 10 November SYDNEY

Sunday 11 November MELBOURNE

9.30am - 1.30pm

David Whyte asks the great questions of human life through the eyes of the pilgrim:  someone up for adventure and good company; someone looking for the biggest context they can find or imagine; someone dependent on friendship, hospitality, and help from friends and strangers alike; someone who has to ask for visible and invisible help; someone for whom the nature of the destination changes, step by step, as the end of the path approaches; and someone subject to the vagaries of wind and weather along the way.

In this program, David invites you to consider internal resilience and the necessity for following a certain star not seen or perceived by anyone else, an internal migration or path running parallel to the outer road keeping your journey in the world relevant and true. Together, you explore the necessity for hardiness, for shelter and risk, for companionship and vulnerability, and discuss the absolute need to ask for help at transition points, as well as how to recognise help when it is being offered, and the humor, humility, and open hands necessary to receive it.

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Half a Shade Braver: Leadership in a time of magnified uncertainty with David Whyte and Gayle Karen Young

Friday 9 November SYDNEY

Monday 12 November MELBOURNE

9.30am - 12.30pm

We always work with uncertainty no matter the times in which we live, but in these days, we are living through a time of super-uncertainty, magnified by the feverish political climate and the rise of extreme stances and views taken by colleagues, customers and governments alike.

This will be a brief but intensive morning looking at foundational ways of shaping a deeper, more imaginative and more conversational leadership identity, able to live and hold a leadership conversation at the calm center of even the most difficult patterns, rather than being subject to their stormy and often distracting peripheries.

A centred, foundational, imaginative identity does not take sides, it is always creating products, services and forward-looking conversations that neither side is offering. Join Poet and Philosopher David Whyte and leadership and organisational development consultant and former Chief Talent and Culture Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, Gayle Karen Young for a few hours of intensive immersion in this timeless identity, both to face the challenges that confront us in this time and more importantly, to shape an identity that can find a way through them.

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Setting Direction for a future life: a retreat with david whyte

Friday 16 November BYRON BAY

10am - 4pm

In this program, David invites you to consider internal resilience and the necessity for following a certain star not seen or perceived by anyone else, an internal migration or path running parallel to the outer road keeping your journey in the world relevant and true. Together, you explore the necessity for hardiness, for shelter and risk, for companionship and vulnerability, and discuss the absolute need to ask for help at transition points, as well as how to recognise help when it is being offered, and the humor, humility, and open hands necessary to receive it.

This day long retreat allows you to explore the themes of human self-discovery, what it means to be on a path, as we are all pilgrims. If you find yourself at a cross-roads, and a critical juncture of your life, if you find yourself lost or directionless, lacking in meaning or purpose, this retreat is for you. You will find yourself, through David's poetry and storytelling, immersed in the world of pilgrimage, and will become aware of the first steps you need take to journey on, to a full and purposeful future. 

 

Probably the most inspirational session of the whole course. Whoever decided to include this in the program should be congratulated. David’s view of life and business was a brilliant complement to the rest of the program.

— Participant, Novartis Leadership Program
 

Thank you to our wonderful Supporting Partners

 
 

Who Is David Whyte?

David Whyte is an internationally acclaimed poet, author and philosopher. 

He David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

The author of nine books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology, honorary degrees from Neumann College and Royal Roads University, and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.

His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organisational leadership.

An Associate Fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organisational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies. 

In organisational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organisational change, particularly through his unique perspectives on his pioneering work - Conversational Leadership.