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Portia Tung

Executive Agile Coach, Executive & Personal Coach and Play Researcher at The School of Play


Playful Leadership: Enable Transformational Change and Have Fun Doing It
playful leadership, play, leadership, personal development, professional development, EQ, play science

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Does creating change seem like a constant uphill struggle? Are you blocked by relentless resistance? Do you feel lost and alone in your efforts to create positive change?

It turns out change need not be full of pain and suffering. What’s more, the pain can be managed and the suffering is purely optional.

According to child development experts, play is the most effective and efficient way of enabling children to learn, lead, collaborate and be at their best. It turns out this also holds true for adults, especially when it comes to organisational change, based on Portia’s 20 years of working and playing with adults in organisations large and small.

In this highly interactive talk, you will experience the catalysing power of play and gain an understanding of how play can convert seemingly relentless resistance to change into joyful anticipation of growth instead. You will learn and experience the benefits of play firsthand and, by being re-acquainted with the knowledge of play, explore what being a playful leader means to you.

You will get the chance to befriend your Mind Monkey (aka your amygdala) and through a pawful of tried and tested tools and techniques from play science, neuroscience, psychology and coaching, you will develop a greater appreciation of how to create transformational change for you and others.

Play your cards right and you will increase not only your EQ but develop your Play IQ, the foundation of all intelligences according to the latest Play Science theory. No humans or monkeys were harmed in the creation of this session. Bananas not included.


Coaching Fundamentals in Your Daily Work
Wednesday 9:00 - 17:00 -
powerful conversations
personal development
professional development
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In the Agile community, the term ‘coaching’ gets bandied around almost as much as ‘agile’. What do we mean by ‘coaching’? How does it feel to coach and be coached? What are the core skills of an effective coach? What does good coaching look like?

Join Portia Tung, a qualified coach, executive agile coach, and play researcher, in this highly practical coaching tutorial to experience what it takes to become an effective coach and experiment with ways to integrate it in your daily life in order to increase the value you bring when working with others. We invite participants to bring along issues and challenges as topics to be coached on.

This tutorial is suitable for both people new to coaching as well as those who have been practicing for some time because continuous personal development lies at the heart of effective coaching.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The definition and relationship between Agile Coaching and Coaching
  • Core coaching skills defined by the International Coaching Federation with a focus on: Establishing Trust and Intimacy, Coaching Presence, Active Listening, Powerful Questioning and Creating AwarenessIncreased self-awareness
  • Tips and tools for improving your self-managementInsights on improving your relationship with others.

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Portia is an Executive Coach, Executive Agile Coach, Play Coach and Play Researcher who enables organisations to become the place where their people long to belong. Portia combines coaching and business strategies with play to bring about positive and enduring change in organisations ranging from those in the finance sector to the Prime Minister’s Office, the NHS and British Airways. She is the founder of The School of Play, dedicated to promoting happier adulthood through lifelong play.

Portia is also the author of The Dream Team Nightmare, the first ever Agile novel where your discussions determine the outcome of the story. If you’ve enjoyed the Agile Fairytales, you’ll love this first novel in the Agile Adventure Series created by Portia.