Special Offer for the Worth Working Summit 2012

$197(approx £127) if you purchase the entire interview series now!

When you purchase the digital version of the entire 2012 Worth Working Summit you’ll be able to listen to each interview over and over again.

We have extracted the Big Ideas each speaker shares so you have an easy way to search for the highlights quickly.

Here is what you get:

  • Online PDF Worth Working Big Ideas tips sheet for each interview
  • USB Flash Drive containing every interview and the Big Ideas pdfs

You can listen at your desk, on your MP3 player, iPod or iPad, while travelling or relaxing in the garden – anytime and anywhere you please. 

Happy listerning...

Jo Ann Sweeney
Worth Working Summit host


Derek Appiah
Director, Business Solutions, Vodafone Ghana

Secrets for creating effective teams in Africa and the West – open-mindedness, adaptability and flexibility

  • The three differences between organisations that have loyal and motivated staff and those that don’t – these hold true around the world
  • Why organisations need to improve the people skills of their managers, and what happens if they don’t
  • Six things Africa and the West can learn from each other about helping teams work effectively together

Derek has a successful track record setting up innovative business units in the converging telecoms, IT and media industries in Ghana, Nigeria, UAE, Qatar, Japan, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK.

Jonathan Champ
Research & Content Director Asia Pacific, Melcrum

Using Communication Techniques to Support Business Performance and Business Strategy in a Two-speed Economy

  • How Australian businesses are recovering from the global financial crisis and adjusting to the longer term global downturn
  • Why leading companies are shifting away from the cult of the celebrity CEO and instead involving employees in deciding vision, values and purpose
  • The emerging role of middle and line managers in creating authenticity and context, and the different set of skills they need to do so.

Jonathan is responsible for delivering insights, case studies, advisory briefings, webinars and training to members of Melcrum’s Strategic Communication Research Forum in Asia Pacific.

He has 17+ years change leadership experience in top 50 Australian companies, is currently on the IABC Excel Award selection committee, and a past board member of IABC NSW Chapter.


Debra Covey
Vice-President Customer Experience, Alcatel-Lucent

Linking Business Practices to Mission Creates Passion and Empowerment

  • Secrets for motivating teams if you are an ex-pat working in Europe or the United States
  • How to motivate employees around charitable efforts that lead to powerful collaboration, contribution and energy within the business also
  • Practical ways of bringing the passion and commitment of the volunteer sector into commercial organisations so employees get behind your corporate objectives.

Debra is an experienced director and has worked for BT, Genuity, GTE, Sprint and Southwestern Bell.

She is also a strategic advisor to Connected Nation and director of an historic buildings renovation company.


Neil Forster
Head of Technology & Innovation, New Zealand Post

Using Technology to Connect People and Create Collaboration

  • How to use unConferences to get people talking to each other, creating synergies and developing new ideas and ways of working
  • Why leaders should have deep and meaningful conversations around introducing new technologies, involve employees in discussions, and clearly explain decisions so people understand the constraints
  • The two alternative technology environments leaders should consider for improved employee engagement and effective working.

Neil is an experienced CIO who helps companies introduce major change programmes that break down silo working and kick-start new approaches to communicating and ideas generation.


Nicholas Ind
Author, lecturer, consultant

Finding meaning at work through challenge, satisfaction and fulfilment

  • Three essential ingredients for finding personal satisfaction and meaning at work – and how to use them
  • How to create balance between employees’ needs for security and freedom so people have space to be creative
  • Circulating information in ways that give people context and help them understand what the organisation is trying to achieve.

Nicholas is a brand management specialist based in Norway. He has written 11 books including Meaning at Work (2011), is on the advisory board of Corporate Reputation Review and the editorial board of the Journal of Brand Management. He is a professor at Oslo School of Management, ESADE in Barcelona and Napier University, Edinburgh.


Thomas Power
Digital coach, internet scout, professional networker, chair of four start-ups

How Do You Think: Moving Mindsets and Culture along the Spectrum from Institutional to Networking Thinking

  • The two types of thinking - open, random and supportive vs closed, selective and controlling – and the difference they make in organisations
  • How to respond to the challenges new social technologies bring to attracting and retaining talented people
  • Developing proficiency in using social technologies that suit the way employees think and how customers want to engage with you.

Thomas is renowned within the social media circuit for his knowledge of internet trends, shapes and patterns, and speaks at symposiums worldwide.

As an Internet Scout, he has spent the last 20 years watching the market and making predictions about its' future.


Jo Ann Sweeney
Communications consultant, mentor, trainer, Worth Working Summit host

Authentic Relationships: Empowerment, Influence, Belonging and Context

  • How to reduce opaqueness in decision making so employees have confidence in their leaders
  • The information people want and need to do their jobs and why everything else is nice to know
  • How to find out what is really going on in your organisation at the front end and what employees think and feel.

Jo Ann specialises in stakeholder engagement and is known for her ability to clarify technical and complex information so audiences understand both the detail and the relevance to themselves.


William Trout
Director, Wealth Management Product & Segment Development, BBVA Compass

Employee-shaped Culture at BBVA Compass: Authenticity and Open Discussions Translate into Greater Discretionary Effort

  • Why changing the mode of conversation to two-way via platforms people use outside work is critical for engaging employees
  • How to help employees understand what the business is seeking to achieve and how what they do supports the goals, purpose and financial objectives
  • The difference an employee-driven strategic planning approach has made to culture, commitment and a greater sense of ownership

William is responsible for creating strategic business development plans to grow emerging and existing markets at this top 20 US bank. He is founder of the Houston Financial Services Communicators Group, a network of industry marketing and communications leaders.

David Zinger
Speaker, author, networker, lecturer, consultant

Business results come through fusing work and play – in a Zen kinda way

  • How to combine work and fun in ways that feel authentic for the organisation and employees
  • Engagement is an experience to be lived – helping employees take responsibility for their own engagement, and be accountable for their influence on others
  • Leadership lessons from the honey bee hive – team collaboration on the upside, cooking the queen when she’s ineffective.

David founded and hosts the 4,600-member Employee Engagement Network and writes about employee engagement. He is the author of two books, a sought after speaker globally, and teaches counselling and educational psychology at the University of Manitoba.


Aphra Cheesman
Graduate trainee, Tesco

Monique Collman
Head of Executive Search Services, Mail Hunter International; charity trustee

Luke Parle
Senior sales negotiator, Bushells Estate Agents

Understanding what motivates 18-27 year olds with high expectations about the rewards for their hard work

  • Why Gen Y prefers face-to-face over social technologies for connecting with people and building relationships
  • How a long hours culture causes Gen Y to lose motivation in their job and interest in their employer, even if they don’t show it
  • The three key things Gen Y people look for when they’re changing jobs, and the difference these make to retention.

Aphra was clear on her ideal job while at university, studying fashion buying and merchandising at night school, interning with ateliers in London and Sydney during the holidays, as well as putting in the effort required for a BSc honours in Maths and modern languages. Her first job is with Tesco’s Central European clothes manufacturers.

Monique has a BSc in Computing Science and is now doing an MBA. Her first role was as a business analyst at Merrill Lynch. She has been head hunted twice since then and been involved in two start-ups, the most recent her own recruitment agency under the Mai Hunter umbrella.

She is also a founder and trustee of the social enterprise Worda Mouth which helps homeless young people.

Luke followed his heart when he left school taking jobs related to his hobby - keeping tropical fish - initially working in an aquarium and then a tropical fish importer.

He fell into his second love - selling houses - when he realised he wanted a career and by chance became an estate agent. Luke joined Bushells four years ago when he moved to London.