Refactoring remote working - join the experts as they debate how to optimise your hybrid team

Hear how to keep your team together at a distance with Ben Dakers, Mel Rowsell, Stella Green & Midu Chandra

What's it all about?

Teaming in the new world of work

A tidal wave of change is occurring that makes the way we work almost unrecognisable. With the global shift to rapidly evolving flexibility, economic challenges and Covid workplace attitudes -all shifting concurrently - change is not only constant but exponential in its pace and scope. What is challenging your team's ability to adapt to remote working? What are the pitfalls?

Companies from startups to incumbents in all industries are experiencing the effects of the Covid Crash Course in teaming at a distance.  Many teams and their leaders have shifted from being co-located to shuffling between the workplace and home – in a hybrid mode of teaming. This shift has placed greater importance on evolving our techniques to support hybrid teaming to break down silos and strengthen cross-functional innovation.

Join our expert panel over five (5) live debate sessions as they challenge the best ways to prioritise resources to enable our teams to accelerate innovation to quickly regain productivity and competitiveness. 

 1: Leadership Monday 27/7 11am:  Self-leadership trumps being led by others 

 2: Productivity Tuesday 28/7 12 pm:  Teams get more done working remotely 

 3: Activity-based Wednesday 29/7 1 pm: Colocating teams in groups provides faster outcomes than allowing teams choice of where they work 

 4: Retaining engagement Thursday 30/7 2 pm: The extra engagement from remote work/life balance is more valued than office culture

 5: Ideation Friday 31/7 10am: Quality ideation is best done in a face to face environment

Safira Abdat from Be Confident will chair the panel discussion with industry experts from Human resources, Technology and Property and provide ideas and innovations to boost the engagement and effectiveness of your teams. 

You can drop into this event at any time.


Monday 27 Jul
11:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday 28 Jul
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Wednesday 29 Jul
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Thursday 30 Jul
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Friday 31 Jul
10:00am - 11:00am

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Ben Dakers

GM for Customer Transformation at Datacom

Ben Dakers is a strategic change leader and current GM for Customer Transformation at Datacom, focused on enabling NZ businesses to grow while evolving the customer experience to meet a transforming market.
Ben has spent the majority of his career in the UK across consulting, business change and director engagements – with a particular interest in new ways of working and bringing organisations to the forefront of the Agile and Cloud revolution that has reinvented the workplace. He brings a pragmatic approach from multiple industry sectors - Finance, Energy, Retail, Publishing and Technology.
He’s incredibly passionate about collaboration and currently chairs the WIN group - a cross-sector, innovation-focused community, that works for the individual, collective and wider prosperity of Wynyard Quarter & Auckland.

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Midu Chandra

Head of Foundry Australia & NZ

Midu is a senior executive who's been working within the strategy, product, technology, marketing and digital industries across Australia and NZ for over nineteen years.

At Datacom Midu heads up the Foundry which is a Business and Innovation Agency helping provide customers the fuel to realise their innovation capacity and transform their customer experiences.

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Stella Green

Work Experience Curator

Stella is a strategic change & workfuture thought leader with huge energy and strategic clarity. Working at the forefront of workforce change since founding Be Confident consultancy in 2006, reinventing workplaces across several NZ industries including food, science & technology, transport, energy, communications and government.

Focusing on making work more human during disruption, Stella relishes working across technology & workspace change. Addressing the mindset together with the cultural shift, bringing the change as an integrated experience for hybrid teams to thrive.

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Mel Rowsell

Mel Rowsell is a master practitioner in the human connection. With her 20+ experience in Human Resources; coupled with experience in brain based coaching, and a Diploma in Secondary Education, she has spent her entire adult life perfecting as she says “how to people”.

Mel played a founding role at Vend, a web based point of sale solution, which quickly grew from the founding team to 200 team members globally. Her role heading up the People function; and latterly focusing on culture and leadership gave her an opportunity to prove what a commonsense approach to people and culture can do.

These days Mel is principal consultant at Wisdom at Work. She spends her days helping businesses develop and scale amazing cultures, define their values and build strong leaders. She works with a range of businesses who are ambitious for the future, and see their people as a major asset.

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