Hi, we're Hargraves Institute

Empowering leaders with a People-First Approach since 2006

In 2006, Hargraves started with a conversation and the commitment of 12 leading organisations. Today, we’re Australia’s first innovation consultancy founded on community and collaboration.

Our People-First Approach

At Hargraves, we are dedicated to enabling you and your teams to achieve sustainable growth and success. Developed from over 20 years of collaboration and experience, our People-First Approach focuses on empowering people, optimising processes, fostering a culture of ideas and innovation, and driving transformation through inclusion and collaboration.

Our Key Expertise

Leader Empowerment: 
Equipping leaders with essential skills and tools to foster collaboration, innovation, and productivity within their teams, ultimately improving overall well-being and performance.

Working with leaders and teams to navigate complex challenges, build consensus, prioritise, and drive outcomes using our proven processes and expertise.

Embedded Skills:
Ensuring long-lasting impact by embedding these skills and tools within teams and organisations, enabling them to adapt, continuously learn, and thrive in an ever-changing environment.

Our Unique Approach

Our focus on open communication, trust, and collaboration fosters a supportive environment that unlocks potential and paves the way for sustainable success. This proven approach has delivered tangible results and positive outcomes for clients across diverse industries, sectors, and contexts.

We’re proud to have worked with a diverse range of leaders, teams and organisations.

Just to name a few of our members, clients, and alumni: Australia Post, Cochlear, BlueScope Steel Limited, Atlassian, HealthShare NSW, Australian Red Cross, CSIRO Future Industries Sector, Horticulture Brand Management Australia, Dulux Group, Food Innovation Australia, Australian Department of Health, Boeing Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia, Morton Property, Bank of Queensland, Cerebos (Australia), Mars, NRMA Motoring & Services, George Weston Technologies, Geoscience Australia, BGIS, Coca-Cola Amatil (Aust), Habitat for Humanity, Nestlé Oceania, Qantas, Roche Products, AGL Energy, Selleys, Sydney Trains, Sydney Water, Symbio, University of Melbourne, Winc, AMP Services, CSR Building Products, Baxter Healthcare, Elders Rural Services, CHEP Asia-Pacific, ResMed, Griffith Hack.

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What people say about Hargraves

Awesome feedback from everyone. They are all saying it’s our best Connect event yet! Thank you [Allan] for your great presentation. No risk of anyone falling asleep with all that audience participation and learning.


In-house Networking Event

This was one of the most valuable training sessions I’ve ever done. Very clear concepts, well expressed and extremely applicable in both my personal and professional life. I feel like my eyes have been opened (and mind blown at times).

Public Sector


[The Collaborative Circle] was a truly valuable opportunity to connect with and learn from others facing the same challenges, regardless of industry and organisation size and dynamic.


Collaborative Circle

Tess was a wonderful facilitator. Warm and inclusive yet able to challenge us and push us to new ways of thinking. She was an excellent listener, drew out the quieter members of the group and created a safe space for people to share.

Public Sector


Allan was the keynote speaker at our innovation roadshow events. He distilled key messages down to simple, engaging bites that the staff could immediately relate to, demystifying the process of innovation. 



A Collaborative Circle provides an incredible depth of insights, contacts and ideas that can be taken away and used immediately, all for a small investment of a few hours. Very rich and meaningful.


Collaborative Circle

Thank you to Tess for an excellent program on innovation mindset. I found the course material succinct, it included some helpful tools and excellent references to books, blogs etc and it was great to learn from other participants. Changing my mindset to ask ‘Yes And’, instead of ‘Yes But’ is now a habit thanks to the program.

Horticulture Brand Management Australia

Innovation Mindset (Online Program)

Every day, leaders and teams face new and different challenges.

Facilitation and Projects

Sometimes, you need answers – fast. At Hargraves, we have the people, know-how and expertise to design and deliver a custom project to address your immediate challenge. 

Or, take a more strategic approach to driving long-term transformation and growth by embedding new habits and behaviours. Through training and team coaching, we’ll equip you with tools and techniques to improve productivity, enhance strategy execution, and create a thriving culture of collaboration.

Hargraves Tools and Resources

Perhaps you’re looking for something different for your next Team Day, meeting or feedback conversation. 

Our free downloadable tools include research and strategies to help you improve team culture, identify priorities and boost skills. 

Our purpose-built products empower leaders to create engaging experiences, fostering a stronger team culture, meaningful conversations, better relationships, and improved collaboration.

Because when you build innovation into the DNA of a company, it lasts.
It just becomes part of what you do.

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