Services & Expertise
Culture & Change
There is a growing appreciation in business of the importance of a diverse and positive culture in their workforce. Technology, globalisation and demographic change are shaping a more diverse working environment. In 1978 61 per cent of Australian employees were full time males; in 2018 this figure was only 44 per cent.
More recently, 86 per cent of millennials believe an organisation’s success should be measured in terms of more than just financial performance. As a younger generation takes a greater share of leadership roles, businesses that let purpose rather than profit dictate their strategy will have the advantage.
Over the next decade, the workforce will need to be able to engage at a global level, through a range of mediums. people that tolerate cultural differences, communicate effectively and listen to different points of view will increase efficiency and decrease conflict. Ako helps organisations prepare for this cultural shift by:
- Developing cultural strategy
- Preparing individuals for the future work environment
- Reduce conflict and increase consistency within teams
Developing Leaders in Sport
The professional nature of sport has seen a change in the expectations of sportspeople and sporting organisations. In addition to being talented in their sport, sportspeople are now brand ambassadors, role models for children, and continually in the spotlights of their corporate sponsors and the community. This changing landscape means that a professional sportsperson’s success is not guaranteed through their sporting ability, or even work ethic. To be successful in the modern environment, athletes and clubs must develop new skills.
Specifically, we work with sporting clubs and athletes by:
- Improving individual wellbeing and performance
- Adapting to the mental demands of professional sport
- Creating positive ‘self-efficacy’ or state of mind
- Developing a knowledge and understanding of sub-conscious performance factors and ways to control these
- Improving goal setting
- Aligning individual aspirations with team and club goals
- Implementing mentoring and role model programs
Inclusion and Diversity
As a whole, society is increasingly acknowledging and celebrating inclusion and diversity within organisations and the wider community. We know that a diverse and inclusive organisation is important, both as a matter of principle, and in achieving business outcomes.
Creating a culture that genuinely embraces inclusion and diversity can be a challenge. The existing culture of a group, which often develops over a long period of time, can be resistant to change. It is essential for an organisation to develop a policy on inclusion and diversity, and then ensure its authentic implementation.
Ako works with organisations to develop a practical strategic plan and focus on inclusion and diversity. We provide support to groups and individuals within an organisation in ways that balance the individual and the team, allowing them to gain an understanding of the importance of a diverse and inclusive society and workforce. We address issues and concerns that may exist and provide support at all levels of an organisation in order to build a genuinely positive culture.
The education sector has experienced rapid change, with technology, standardised testing, a National curriculum and student behaviour providing challenges. Globally, one third of teachers are leaving the profession within their first 5 years. Heightened pressure and demands from parents and society make teachers responsible for far more than just academic guidance.
Ako’s approach has been developing since 2005 in a range of educational settings. Ako has developed research based personal development for teachers and programs for students with a focus on a positive school culture and student engagement. Specifically, we work with schools and students by:
- Developing school culture
- Improving curriculum and assessment
- Implementing mentoring programs
- Engaging students through physical activity