October 2022 – I have the privilege of celebrating nine years in business. 

In that time, I have added value to my clients by staying true to my WHY of improving the lives, productivity and performance of individuals, teams and organisations. All while positively impacting their health and well-being even in times of significant change. 

Nothing ever stays the same, and I am constantly learning and evolving. 

Challenges faced by my clients from providing the essential bridge between what CEOs want and effectively executing their vision through their people. To the onboarding of new talent and ensuring they are set up for long-term success. 

In the workplace environment, I have worked on improving it for talent retention, dealing with challenges of remote working and effectively collaborating, and leveraging the strengths of their people. 

Retaining your top talent

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (February 2022): 1.3 million people (or 9.5% of employed people) changed jobs. This is the highest annual job mobility rate since 2012. 

Job mobility remained highest for Professionals, at 22% of those who changed jobs. Plus, 2.1 million people left or lost a job.

The common causes of high employee turnover in my experience include:

  • Revaluation of work-life balance due to the overwhelming fatigue of heavy workloads
  • Upgrading to better-earning opportunities
  • Lack of recognition (not enough celebration of the organisational milestones along the journey)
  • Poor relationship with the manager (lack of leadership inspiration and engagement that motivates)
  • Poor learning and development opportunities (feeling like ground-hog day with companies expecting more and employees not feeling supported with the skills, knowledge and resources to achieve it). 

It is vital that organisations work on their ability to retain talent by building a brain-friendly workplace culture to ensure success. Unsatisfactory workplace culture will encourage employees to switch to another company.

The challenge of change

Leading change in the work environment is one of the most common leadership challenges that leaders will face. Regularly I work with organisations and their people to facilitate change.

It is important to understand: 

  • The environment that we are operating in
  • To value and encourage innovation
  • See change as an opportunity as opposed to something that needs to be managed in prescriptive ways

Change is a process, not an event – Barbra Johnson

The neuroscience of change

Our brains must determine whether the reward is great enough to engage in the process of change. It takes a substantial amount of energy and cognitive effort for our brains to make a change. Naturally, our brains will resist change as it takes considerable cognitive effort, which uses up valuable resources (oxygen and glucose).

The key to change is the decisions we make about whether to take action or not take action based on the sum of risk value + reward value. This means that if we perceive the reward as less than the risk, we are unlikely to engage in change. The brain will decide it is not worth the effort. 

For change to be successful in any organisation, it is critical to share the purpose of the WHY. This will support people to see the benefits of spending large amounts of precious cognitive resources to engage in a change process. As the brain is more wired to detect threat/risk, the reward (purpose of WHY) must be perceived as significant.

Uncertainty – Dealing with uncertainty in a change process is crucial for success. It is often overlooked and undervalued in the change process. We need people to feel certain about the purpose, benefits, and steps involved and that it is worth the effort!

The positive role of neuroscience in your organisation

The role of neuroscience is to explain behaviour in terms of the brain’s activities. 

I provide the essential bridge between academia and the corporate world to deliver brain-friendly goals, results, and outcomes. 

Identifying what is required for effective decision making, problem-solving, innovation, emotional regulation, collaboration, influencing, developing, and engaging the right mindset for self-leadership and for those leading others to reach goals. 

Most importantly, how to safely adapt and transition through changing environments. 

Knowing how people function and think can transform your business results to gain your vision and purpose more effectively, protecting the health and well-being of your people at the same time.


I look forward to the next nine years of improving productivity, performance and well-being for organisations and their people.


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About Link Success

Leadership and performance experts specialising in Neuroscience practices to help businesses grow and connect in meaningful ways whilst delivering measurable results in healthier ways.

Our ‘WHY’ improves the lives, productivity and performance of individuals, teams and organisations while positively impacting their health and well-being. Leveraging the latest scientific research made possible because of technological advances, we know there is a better way to evolve in this busy digital age.

Vannessa McCamley is the Founder, Principal Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, Author and Keynote Speaker

Vannessa has earned a reputation for assisting organisations, teams, and individuals in achieving impressive results through behavioural change. She leverages the latest in Neuroscience for brain-based, evidence-rich strategies to improve leadership of self and others. The outcomes for organisations are increased capabilities across performance, resilience, decision making, creative problem solving, productivity and revenue.

A passion for helping people and businesses to overcome obstacles allows them to reach their strategic goals. Bringing over 20 years of IT business experience collaborating with individuals at all levels and spanning several industries.