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Charlie Simson

Director Plucky Frank & Facilitator Thrive Global

Charlie is the Director of Plucky Frank, a culture consultancy based in Melbourne. Plucky Frank works with businesses to create systems that support people to thrive.

Work holds a special place in our lives – it provides resources, allows us to build connections with others and is a source of meaning and purpose. Or at least, that’s what happens when it’s going well. Unfortunately for many, going well isn’t the norm. Charlie works with businesses and individuals to make loving work the new normal for them.

Before starting Plucky Frank, Charlie spent four years at Bellroy as the Head of Staff Flourishing. She has also previously spent 10 years working in education policy both in Australia and overseas.

The Conditions for Thriving (and how to create them) 

Session Outline
For organisations to allow people to thrive, we need to provide the right conditions for thriving to occur.  But what are those conditions, and how do we create them? When a plant isn’t thriving, we give it more water, more sunlight or better soil.  We don’t ask the plant to be more green.  Yet, when people aren’t thriving we forget about the environment. We look first at what’s wrong with them, not what’s wrong with their soil, sunlight and water.

This session looks at how we can create the conditions for thriving in our workplaces.  We’ll look at what the equivalents of soil, water and sunlight are for people (and what the equivalents of weeds, pests and pollutants are).  Lucky for us, we are both plant and farmer – so there’s a lot we can do to create the conditions for thriving.

Expected learning outcomes
How to pay attention to your environment
How to assess its impact on you
Some things you can do to make it better

How this session fits with meaning and purpose in work
At its best, work can be a powerful source of wellbeing. Work can provide us with community; the means to meet our material needs; and an opportunity to contribute to the world.  Unfortunately, work isn’t that way for most people.  If we want the world to be a place where people thrive, we need to make some changes.

Work is a system, where all the parts of that system combine to produce outcomes.  Currently our outcomes are disengagement, stress and burnout, and ethical disasters.  But we can change that. If we identify the key parts of the work system, and learn how to combine them, we can change our outcomes.  With a new way of working our outcomes could start to be belonging, excitement, meaning, and ethics we are proud of.