#Courage2021 26-29 October - Another Successful Year!

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#Courage2021 26-29 October - Another Successful Year!


The third year of Courage, brought to you by insium Pty Ltd's Leading With Courage and the c word, has come to an end.

For those of you who were able to join our Courage Hosts Dina Pozzo and Vanessa O’Hanlon, and our guests Nikki Clarkson, Paul Kennedy and Alicia Stephenson for #courage2021, we hope you were inspired and empowered by the experience.

We kicked off #courage2021 with Nikki Clarkson's stories of courage and accountability. Nikki shared a number of tips to build own courage and help other's in building their courage.  These included:

  • Seek to understand; be curious and generous
  • Healthy risks pave new ground and create new ideas
  • It's ok to make a mistake
  • Lean on relationships to help you be courageous
  • Reach for courage on a day-to-day basis, and ... 
  • "Just smile," which had every participant on the zoom meeting smiling from ear to ear! I’m smiling as I write this now.

Day 2 of #courage2021 continued with Paul Kennedy sharing stories from his memoir, Funkytown, and his learning about authenticity and vulnerability which included:

  • The importance of dropping the mask of bravado
  • Surrounding yourself with magnificent influencers
  • The fear of failure and yet still having the courage to act
  • The importance of being authentic and respectful

 We know that:

  • To be truly seen and heard, to be authentic, we do need to drop the mask of bravado, we need to drop our armour
  • We don't have to be courageous alone; be sure to surround yourself with those who support you, who have your back and will be honest with you
  • We can hold fear and courage at the same time; it is not fear that gets in the way of being courageous, it is our armour (~ Brené Brown)
  • Authenticity and vulnerability have boundaries 

Our Day 3 guest was Alicia Stephenson who shared stories of courageous conversations.  Key messages shared by Alicia included:

Courage is a skill that can be developed and is invaluable when having conversations with more senior colleagues

  • The importance of practising “what if?” scenarios
  • Should someone erupt at you, the importance of:
  • Being curious in order to understand what has led to the eruption
  • Allowing the person to stuff up multiple times when responding to your curiosity
  • Taking a break if necessary … and of course, circling back

The #courage2021 journey concluded with my facilitating a “Courageous Conversations” workshop in which we explored 3 key tools developed by insium:

  • #worthwhile #risky #willingness
  • The 3Cs of Workplace Conversations
  • Courageous Conversations Checklist

 As you can see, the 3 key foci of #courage2021 were:

  • Accountability
  • Authentic Self
  • Courageous Conversations

These are 3 key areas of focus in insium’s Workplace Courage Questionnaire (wCQ); you can find the full results of the wCQ for each of these foci here.

Additionally, keep an eye out for the recordings of the #courage2021 sessions as they will be made available soon.

Thank you to each of our guests for sharing their stories and learning; for being vulnerable and courageous.  Thank you again Vanessa O'Hanlon for hosting inspiring conversations. 

Thank you to Jack & Geoff, our courageous behind-the-scenes team, this could not have taken place without them.

Thank you all who joined us; time is a valuable non-renewable resource; thank you for sharing your time with us.



Dina (aka @CourageChick)


Proudly supported by insium and the c word, #Courage2021 brought together Australia’s courage community for the third year in a row.

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