Living and Breathing Change

Achieving Your Organisational PB will be delivered on the Gold Coast and in Gladstone and Mackay this month. The principles of marathon running will be applied to behavioural change and resilience in an organisation.

When AIM presenter and Manager of Management Diagnostics, Michelle Cooper AFAIM, strapped on her running shoes just nine months out from her first marathon - the iconic New York City Marathon - little did she know the transformation it would have on her life.

In this new keynote presentation, Ms Cooper illustrates that the principles of progressive and lasting change apply to achieving a personal goal, like running a marathon, and achieving an improved organisational performance through motivated individuals.

"Creating lasting behavioural change in an organisation starts with the individual and is just like training for a marathon - it requires a firm commitment, a clear plan of attack, dealing with obstacles and riding it out when you just want to stop," said Ms Cooper.

"Increasing the health, happiness and productivity of those in an organisation is not a speed race or a quick fix. Organisations need to be patient with individuals in the process of creating a 'new normal' in their lives because that is what is required for lasting change to occur."

Ms Cooper will take participants through an implementation process to change, sharing personal anecdotes and examples to illustrate how determination and planning can have a significant effect on a workplace. She will explore how individuals can achieve so much more than they ever thought possible when the foundation work and planning is put in place.

"At the end of the process, the first thing to think about is 'what can we do next?'. Lasting change requires constant development," she said.

Ms Cooper will run the New York City Marathon on 6 November 2011. She already has her sights set on her next challenge; the Olympic-length 2012 Mooloolaba Triathlon in March 2012.

Achieving Your Organisational PB will be presented as an afternoon session on the Gold Coast on Monday 21 November, and as an interactive breakfast event in Gladstone on Wednesday 23 November and Mackay on Thursday 24 November 2011. For more information or to book online, visit