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Why two heads are better than one.

We believe that leading others is one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities you can be given. But who knew just how hard it could be some days? It’s why we show up each day – to help you navigate complexity, move beyond your fears, lead authentically, and discover how to truly thrive – even in the midst of uncertainty.

Here’s our official story. As best-selling authors, leadership coaches, and playful change activators, Drs. Paige Williams and Michelle McQuaid are passionate about translating cutting-edge research from neuroscience, positive psychology, leadership, and change, into practical strategies that help leaders amplify their thriving mindset and build cultures of care that supercharge wellbeing and performance.

After spending more than twenty years in senior leadership roles around the world and seeing the challenges many leaders face to consistently bring out the best in their teams, we were each curious about what the latest research in human behavior might offer to help leaders supercharge wellbeing and performance. Separately, we each embarked on learning adventures with leading scientists – Michelle completed her Masters In Applied Positive Psychology and her Ph.D. in Positive Systems Change, and Paige completed post-graduate studies in Organizational Change and her Ph.D. in Positive Organizational Psychology. Then we teamed up to tackle our greatest challenge – how could we make the science practical and effective for even the busiest and most challenged leaders?

Highlights of our work:


Michelle climbs public relations ranks and becomes the youngest general manager for a large advertising firm. Along the way, she loses 100 sheep in the middle of Melbourne.


Paige is heading up a ski operation in Europe that spans seven countries, 14 hotels, and 400 staff. Along the way, she narrowly avoids a concussion after an altercation with a ski lift.


Michelle travels the world working for IBM and PwC and becomes global brand director in New York. She realizes most efforts to change people’s behavior get compliance, but rarely commitment.


Paige comes to Australia to lead communications for the Geelong Grammar School. Along the way, she loses a box with her wedding album somewhere across the Atlantic.


Michelle flies from Melbourne to Philly every three weeks to complete a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree. Along the way, she loses her passport but still manages to convince customs to let her into the country.


Paige helps establish Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School and trains with Martin Seligman to become a Master Trainer. Along the way, she learns that the voices in her head are normal and that she doesn’t have to listen to them.


Michelle joins PwC Australia’s HR team and uses positive psychology to build a thriving firm culture. Along the way, she teaches accountants and auditors the value of being optimistic.


Paige leads the Positive Institution Project at Geelong Grammar and embeds her Ph.D. research within it. Along the way, she sings in a band and runs two half-marathons.


Paige receives her Ph.D. from the Centre for Wellbeing Science at the University of Melbourne.  Along the way, she embraces the benefits of sweating through Bikram Yoga.


Michelle completes her Ph.D. and co-creates The Leaders Lab with Paige to help leaders build cultures of CARE. Along the way, they create a new measure of thriving leadership.


Paige co-creates The Leading to Thrive program with Michelle to help leaders foster mindsets that THRIVE through uncertainty. Along the way, they uncover the AMPlifiers for thriving leaders.

Leaders are the most powerful leverage point in any system to create positive change.

A trusted advisor and mentor to senior leaders across business, government, education and beyond, Paige uses a potent blend of neuroscience, psychology and her own twenty-plus years of international business leadership experience to surface uncomfortable truths and help leaders see the rules they need to break in order to breakthrough and lead themselves, their teams, and their organizations to thrive. The results are dramatic and measurable.

An Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Wellbeing Science and an Associate of Melbourne Business School, Paige is known as a leadership and culture expert. Her combination of real-life leadership experience and deep academic knowledge fuels Paige’s ‘superpower’ of translating complex ideas and academic research to make them real, relevant, and relatable to the work that leaders do every day.

Paige’s work has been featured in a variety of academic and non-academic journals including Psychology Today, Smart Company, Australian Financial Review and Human Resource Management and her latest book Own It! Honouring and Amplifying Accountability explores why accountability is the strategic imperative in the post-COVID economic landscape, and how we can be better at it.

Designing and delivering practical strategies that amplify wellbeing.

With more than twenty years of senior leadership experience in small and large organizations around the world, Michelle is passionate about translating cutting-edge research from human flourishing, into practical strategies to help leaders minimize psychosocial risks, build psychological safety, and create cultures of safety and care.

An Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Wellbeing Science, she blogs for Psychology Today and her work has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Boss Magazine, The Age and more.  In 2022, she as recognized as one of LinkedIn’s top 10 mental health experts. And, she was the host of the top-rated podcast, Making Positive Psychology Work, which featured leading researchers and practitioners from around the world.

She holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her PhD in Appreciative Inquiry under the supervision of David Cooperrider.

Michelle lives to help people thrive, even in the midst of struggle.