A unique framework to manage turbulence, optimise risk and take decisive action.

We are witnessing significant business and operating changes to our way of life and environment, with social confusion and slumping sales endangering employee health and impacting business continuity. These changes are already rewriting the future of how we will conduct business. 

We are in the midst of a classic paradigm shift. However, after the current public health emergency, far more impactful change will play out.

Business as usual no longer exists.

Smart organisations understand that they must prepare for the significant changes underway in markets and society.

Organisations must use their existing downtime and lessons learned from the current crisis to upskill their leaders, managers and workforce. They must build capability and improve their future business operations.

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Leading Through Uncertainty is an opportunity for you as a leader to update your skills – quickly – to ensure you manage turbulence, optimise risk and take decisive action.

This exceptional short course consists of four complementary modules. It is a rigorous, practical program grounded in best practice and backed by research.

Each module is led by an expert with extensive knowledge and significant experience. 

Module one: Systems Thinking

See the big picture – a framework for decision making

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Module two: Psychology of Risk

Thrive in uncertainty and social complexity

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Module three: More Effective Virtual and Remote Working

Deep skills in human communication: building a trust–based culture

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Module four: Caring for Self and for Staff

Effective workplace practices making a difference to productivity and staff wellbeing

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Leading in Constant Uncertainty will provide significant benefits to senior managers, functional managers, department heads and executives managing teams and/or responsibilities. It is suitable for both profit and not-profit organisations. The program is ideal for teams from the same company as this will assist in application of skills in the virtual and traditional workplace.

This intensive program is delivered via a real-time virtual classroom.

The course consists of four modules. Each module includes prework and an online intensive session with a duration of 3.5 hours. Upcoming workshop dates as follows:

October 2020

  • 20 October: Module One, Systemic Thinking
  • 22 October: Module Two, Caring for Self and Staff
  • 27 October: Module Three, Virtual and Remote Working
  • 29 October: Module Four, Social Psychology of Risk

This is a rolling series of workshops - further dates will be advised. 


  • Per module: $695 + GST
  • Full course: $2,395 + GST

Groups (15 or more):

  • Full course: $2,195 + GST (per person)

Upon successful completion of the assessment criteria in all four modules participants can apply to gain credit for one elective unit in our Executive MBA*.

*Conditions apply

Tom Ristoski

Tom is an experienced senior executive, board member, management consultant and executive coach. He leads ACU’s Strategic Partnerships and Executive Education Directorate and has significant consulting experience in executive management, strategy, sales, marketing, and workforce development. Tom has delivered a large range of executive leadership programs for companies including KMPG, Mallesons Stephens Jacques, Telstra, Optus, ACCOR, Employers Mutual, Woolworths, Baxter Healthcare, TAFE NSW, Australian Defence Force, Attorney General and Justice.

Dr Gavriel Schneider

Dr Gav Schneider is the Course Director for ACU’s Graduate Certificate in Psychology of Risk and CEO of Risk2Solution Group. He is an acknowledged subject matter expert on integrated and human centric risk management, safety, emergency, crisis management and security, with extensive senior level management and leadership experience. He has extensive operational and consulting experience in over 17 countries to a wide base of blue-chip clients including government departments and related agencies, multinational corporations and high net worth individuals. Dr Schneider is the RMIA Risk Consultant of the Year (2019) and is an IFSEC Top Twenty Global Influencer for Thought Leadership.

Bruce Mckenzie

Bruce McKenzie is a change practitioner and academic who develops systemic thinking principles and practices to assist organisations, governments and communities address their transformational goals to improve productivity, relevance and alignment in a changing world. He is one of the world’s most experienced Systemic practitioners. Recognised globally for successfully building organisational capacity to initiate and manage change, through generating innovative, sustainable strategies and developing alternative ways of thinking about challenges and crisis. He is a director of the Center for Systemic Leadership and a pioneer of WindTunneling software and Fulcrum online learning.

Professor Joseph Ciarrochi

Joseph Ciarrochi is professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at ACU. He has published over 150 scientific journal articles, and is a highly sought after speaker and best-selling author. He has been honoured with over four million dollars in research funding. His work has been discussed on TV, in magazines, newspaper articles, and on radio. Joseph’s research focuses on identifying how to help people develop flexible strength (also termed psychological flexibility). The psychological skills that support flexible strength have been given many labels, including: mindfulness, emotional awareness, value clarity, self-compassion, growth mindset, creativity, willpower, resilience, persistence, and grit.

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If you’re ready to strengthen your leadership skills, please reserve your place today.


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For more information or to discuss this program contact Executive Education at executiveeducation@acu.edu.au or call +61 2 9739 2652.

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