We are a membership community of high-impact individuals who work on complex business and societal issues. In an increasingly polarised world, we bring extraordinary courage, compassion and imagination to the task of shaping the future.
Current leadership approaches are failing. The evidence: declining productivity and engagement and the constant challenge to remain relevant and competitive. We support and develop leadership that’s comfortable with complexity, uncertainty and change. This helps people see and create new opportunities in a volatile environment.
‘This world does not need more entrepreneurs (or) technology breakthroughs. This world needs leaders. We need leaders who put service over self, who can be steadfast through crises and failures, who want to stay present and make a difference to the people, situations, and causes they care about.’Margaret Wheatley, Who Do We Choose to Be
Who are Catalysts?
Catalysts are different in how they see the world and create value. As individuals, Catalysts create immense value. Together, they’re a potent force for good.
The Catalyst Community supports emerging leaders and change agents who seek different ways to tackle complexity and change.
The Catalyst Circle brings together senior leaders who think differently and thrive on complex business, community and nation-building issues.
‘They help us to think differently about the world, and to take actions to make it a better place.’Dean Williams, Head, World Leaders Project and author, Leadership for a Fractured World
How we work
Individually and in collaborations, we contribute to, design and lead initiatives to improve wellbeing and ensure our collective prosperity. Examples include a pilot on South Australia’s new economic future, Melbourne homelessness, government-citizen engagement in Europe and a universal basic income.
We are undertaking research to identify Catalysts’ unique capacity to create and lead large-scale transformation. Catalyst capabilities have been harnessed by organisations to explore issues such as viable not-for-profit funding models, alternative refugee employment pathways and how to create a pipeline for high-quality retiree housing stock.
Our coaching programs are designed to support individuals with systemic awareness and catalytic capabilities or potential. We help build their ability to envision, mobilise and lead significant change, navigate complex systems, influence at senior levels and collaborate on multi-stakeholder initiatives.
”We are living in the middle of a remarkable increase in our ability to share, co-operate with one another, and to take collective action, all outside the framework of traditional institutions.’Clay Shirky, Internet pioneer
A former journalist, Josie has a longstanding interest in management, leadership, networks and emerging trends. She has held senior roles in organisations in different industries and has experience across all sectors. An entrepreneur and innovator, Josie co-created Australia’s first leadership index and founded and built several highly successful businesses including a chief financial officers membership, initiatives for senior women in business, and a collaborative innovation venture. Through this, she has coached and mentored scores of executive leaders in Australia and internationally.
Sacha has extensive experience building and nurturing senior executive networks. During five years with CEO Forum Group she organised major government forums in Australia and New Zealand that put key policy and political decision-makers in front of foreign investor CEOs, part of a comprehensive program of executive retreats, professional networking lunches and business briefings. She has managed projects across a range of industries and has a passion for connecting people, broadening thinking and encouraging learning through exposure to influential business figures, innovators and thought leaders.
‘Put smart, passionate people in a room together, charge them with identifying and solving problems, and encourage them to be candid with one another… In many ways it is no different to any other group of creative people – within it you will find humility and ego, openness and generosity. It varies in size and purpose, depending on what it has been called upon to examine. But always, its essential element is candor.’Ed Catmull, President of Pixar Animation, 'Creativity, Inc.' (2014)