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Clinical Psychologist and mental health thought leader


Jacqui Maguire is a Clinical Psychologist and mental health thought leader, advocating for accessible evidenced based strategies and appearing regularly across media channels.

Jacqui’s career has been anchored in corporate wellbeing, providing workplace wellbeing services to Kiwi businesses, including consultation with executive teams and Boards, wellbeing programme design and training facilitation to small and large teams.

She is the author of “When the Wind Blew”, a book the mental health foundation quoted as providing “essential life skills to help children flourish”.

Jacqui is the founder of two number 1 ranking podcasts “Mind Brew” where she interviews leading psychology experts and ‘What Matters Most’ co-hosted with Antonia Prebble. She is the mental health adviser to global charity Movember and was awarded Wellingtonian of the Year 2021 for Education.

Talking Points

Leading Well in Challenging Times

It is only leaders that are able to truly influence wellbeing at every level of the organisation. This is both a privileged and pressured position.

Good psychological wellbeing at work fosters individual outcomes such as loyalty, perseverance, team morale and health. In turn, this boosts productivity, creativity, innovation, client satisfaction and decreases absenteeism and staff turnover.

Research suggests that individual wellbeing is most likely to succeed when their leaders’
behaviour, processes, interactions and manner reflect and support these efforts. Regardless of an organisation’s policy, if leaders are unsupportive, discouraging or lacking in action, this can obstruct wellbeing.

In this session examine the psychological research on leading wellbeing, highlight common roadblocks and discover everyday micro actions that have powerful impacts.

Pause, Reflect, Reset

Humans differ. Full. Stop.
Our taste in music, food, holidays, books and art is personal and so too are our reactions to large life events.

The way in which New Zealanders have responded to COVID-19 and the economic impact has varied. Fearful, angry, sad, fatigued, excited, opportunity seeking and apathetic are all within the ‘normal’ range of emotional reactions. It is important we can hold dual awareness of our own responses and those of others, to inform our interactions and strategic plans.

This unexpected global pandemic has presented both challenge and opportunity to reassess the status quo. Mental and emotional agility, compassion, collegiality and vision will be required to navigate this rapidly changing environment and optimise organisational learnings.

In this session uncover the evidence on how to thrive during challenge and change. Imagine if we emerged from COVID-19 a happier, healthier, better engaged and effective collective.

Safe to Innovate

At the core of every individual is the need to belong. To feel seen, welcomed, included and respected by the group. Under these circumstances we discover the best of people.

Take a moment to think about your team/ organisation and ponder the following questions:
• Are your skills and talents are valued and utilised?
• Are you encouraged to contribute in any way you feel able to?
• Do people feel comfortable in meetings asking about things they do not know or they do not understand?
• Do people feel comfortable in meetings raising difficult issues, concerns and reservations?
• How are mistakes, near misses, failures and critical incidents responded to?
• Do people ask each other and the team for help when they need it?

This session explores a brain based approach to team psychological safety: what is it, why is it important and how do you build it. Create a culture where your people are able to optimise their creativity, talents and skills.

Emotional Culture - What’s yours

“Every organization has an emotional culture, even if it's one of suppression”. Sigal Barsade

An organisation’s emotional culture is the shared affective values, norms and assumptions that guide which emotions people express at work and which ones they are encouraged to suppress. Emotional culture influences employee satisfaction, burnout, teamwork, performance and absenteeism.

Understanding the emotional landscape of an organisation is generally important, however critical in the
face of crisis, change and uncertainty. Despite the significant evidence on the importance of emotional culture, it is rarely understood or managed.

In this session understand the psychological evidence of emotional cultures, take a bird’s eye view of your organisation’s current emotional culture and recognise the potential waiting to be harnessed.


“Every person on this earth is full of great possibilities that can be realised through imagination, effort and perseverance”. Scott Barry Kaufman.

Many leaders are starting to acknowledge that fostering wellbeing at work is a necessity not a nicety. Supporting people to flourish is known to improve performance, motivation, engagement, conflict resolution skills and original thinking. Flourishing strategies are not quick “fixes”, they are evidenced-based processes that help people and organisations “build and grow.”
This session has been designed to provide an overview of positive psychology. What is it, why is it important and how do you foster it in yourself and others.

How to Have Mental Health Conversations

Preventing Burnout

Living Well (supporting individual mental health and wellbeing)

Health-Oriented Leadership

Leading for innovation in a hybrid world

Thank you, thank you, thank you. What a wonderful taonga every staff member has been given. The amount of information, explanations, tips and the way Jacqui is able to impart it is invaluable. Words cannot express how meaningful and timely it has been. Lots of opportunities now to be aware of, to take care of myself and those whom I work, associate and live with, as well as my whanau. Arohanui. Ministry of Justice

Jacqui’s style is very engaging. She is well researched and knowledgeable and makes, what can be incredibly difficult subject matter and conversations, accessible and practical.

Southern Cross Health Society

Jacqui was amazing so engaging and delivery on point.

Harcourts Gold
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