Dr Amanda Ferguson | Organisational Psychology
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Organisational Psychology

Dr Ferguson is an experienced organisational psychologist consultant, communicator, and trainer. Organisational Psychology is a specialisation that deals with everything relating to the world of work: individuals, organisations and industries.

Amanda holds a PhD and Master’s Degree in organisational Psychology and is a Registered Organisational Psychologist with the Australian Health Professional Registration Association (AHPRA), and Fellow of the Australian College of Organisational Psychologists (FCOP). Her PhD focused on employee engagement – what makes people love and like their work in optimal ways for themselves and organisations. Amanda has a particular interest in helping people to gain the skills and understanding to make successful work and career changes for improved satisfaction, fulfilment and meaning of life. Her PhD thesis is at http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/353781 Once into the Macquarie University site use the third-down black menu and click “down load”.

Corporate Speaking & Training

Since 1996, Amanda has been engaged as a professional trainer, writer, management consultant and speaker. Amanda conducts staff and executive training, coaching, performance management, strategic planning, development, keynote addresses and motivation in some major national and international companies (some listed below).

Amanda’s presentations provide the new knowledge, skills and attitudes that people at all levels of organisations now require for sustainable success in business.

She has additional workplace training qualifications from the Monash Mount Eliza Business School. Her approach combines elements of corporate culture, industry trends and personal ethics, with a focus on enabling personnel to achieve self-management and motivation, to improve work performance and to adjust to the accelerating pace of change. Amanda can be engaged as a speaker through Saxton’s Speakers’ Bureau.

Amanda has conducted keynote presentations, seminars and workshops to organisations including: IBM Global Services, Telstra, Johnson & Johnson Medical, AC Neilson Marketing, Nortell Communications, Arnott’s Biscuits, MMI Insurance, ORICA (ICI), Healthworks Corporate, Macquarie Bank, AMP, GIO, Ernst & Young and NSW Department of Health.

Individual Career and Performance Management

Amanda is experienced in providing individual staff and executive career and work coaching, professional development and performance management. Many corporate organisations as well as the major public teaching hospitals in Sydney refer employees to Amanda. Individuals may also consult Amanda independently of their organisations. Amanda deals with all workplace and career issues. She uses tests and other processes to assess and hep with personality, fit, transition and satisfaction in work, organisation and career.

Personnel and organisations alike are currently facing unprecedented pressures and challenges of accelerating change, globalisation and competition. These new times call for a new set of skills if we are to survive and thrive in the new market place. Current research in psychological and business management literature shows that while we now have less time than ever to understand and manage ourselves and our interactions with people, this such knowledge most strongly predicts our success.

Individual work-life satisfaction and meaning is more important than ever due to these pressures.

Organisational Psychologists follow strict ethical guidelines to protect the public. These are developed and supervised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and The Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists, each of which Amanda is a member.

Social Anthropologist and Culture Analyst

Amanda also holds an Honours degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney. She combines knowledge and expertise from business, psychology and social anthropology in her work, focusing on the relationships between individuals and organisational cultures for successful business and personal outcomes. One of her key roles within organisations has been guiding strategic change planning and management as well as in improving workplace relationships.

New Skills For A New Business Era

Personnel and organisations alike are currently facing unprecedented pressures and challenges of accelerating change, globalisation and competition. These new times call for a new set of skills if we are to survive and thrive in the new market place.

Amanda’s presentations provide the new knowledge, skills and attitudes that people at all levels of organisations now require for sustainable success in business.

Current research in psychological and business management literature shows that while we now have less time than ever to understand and manage ourselves and our interactions with people, this knowledge most strongly predicts our success. Amanda provides training to enable personnel to achieve self management, motivation and satisfaction, to improve work performance and to adjust to changes within the workplace and within personal careers.

Her programs focus on the fit between individuals and organisational cultures and she assists in guiding change management and in improving working relations.

Amanda’s presentation are based on extensive research and experience from organisational psychology and business management literature and maintain a current focus on cutting-edge issues and developments. Amanda uses current methodology from organisational psychology in developing presentations based on the training objectives and evaluation criteria of the client. A pre-training needs assessment is conducted to identify learning outcomes required and the results are measured after training. A report of the findings is available to management.

Past and Present Clients Include

And Many More

Programs have included

Surviving the new market

New skills for a new era

Surfing waves of change

Stress, change and self management

Keeping the balance

How to maintain work-life satisfaction

Clear paths to communication

Communicating, negotiating and conflict resolution

Papers

7th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (IOP) / 1st Asia Pacific Congress on Work and Organisational Psychology (APCWOP), 28 June-1 July 2007. ‘Employee Engagement’: What is it, and how does it work in business and medical contexts?

Annual Industrial/ Organisational Psychology Conference. Australian Psychological Society ‘Employee Engagement’: Does it exist, and if so, how does it relate to performance and other job constructs such as commitment?