The Science of What Makes People Tick

Matt Roadnight







Presenter’s: Matt Roadnight and Alan Furlong

Tracks: Culture and Leadership, and Strategy and Transformation

Session Type: Roundtable

Matt began his Agile career in 2004 and now has over 20 year’s experience coaching and training high-performing teams, working with organisations to transform their processes, improve quality and slash delivery times.

These experiences led him to explore how greater engagement of individuals, bringing meaning and purpose to the workplace can significantly improve performance and outcomes.

Alan Furlong







Alan Furlong (MBA, BA Hons, Cert Pos Psych) has built two successful businesses from scratch and at the same time trained and coached the science of Human Flourishing since 2012. He is co-founder of Sherpa People Systems.

His key skill lies in his ability to translate the latest research findings into practical strategies and habits to thrive in our daily business life. He delivers this with compelling case studies, easy to apply examples and a large dose of humour.

If you want your teams to be more engaged, empowered and motivated, or if you’re struggling a little personally, this session will reveal what really makes people tick and practical ways to address those challenges successfully.


In this interactive, fact-based and entertaining session, Alan Furlong and Matt Roadnight will explain the tectonic shifts that are occurring in society and in the workplace today, and as a consequence, why our personal, professional and leadership toolkits are outdated and need an upgrade.

They will share fascinating research and case studies from positive psychology, neuroscience, social science, systems thinking and other disciplines that ultimately create an aha! moment for anyone who has been struggling personally or with people issues.

You will walk away with practical tools you can use in your personal and professional life to transform your work, your team and yourself.

“We live in an era in which neuroscientists are teaching us about the malleability of our brain and the emotionally contagious nature of our workplace……we’re all human, it’s the most important, neglected fact in business”.
Chip Conley, former Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, Airbnb.