Enabling Organisations to Culture Shift

We create learning environments where participants hear from each other, challenge themselves and arrive at insights.

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Who we are

We are facilitators, consultants and thought-partners

Ananth Gopal
Dr Ananth Gopal
Tom Henderson
Tom Henderson
Polykala Cheyonne Kreltsheim
Chyonne Kreltsheim
Polykala Lina Patel
Lina Patel

Who we work with

Polykala is trusted by courageous organisations and communities to facilitate adaptive change


“Overwhelmingly the feedback from participants (all who are senior leaders) was that this was one of the best development experiences they’d undertaken.”

Joanna Giannes

Organisational Development Specialist

City of Mitcham, South Australia 

“I had to make some big decisions towards the end of last year, and the tools you introduced helped me to think these through more carefully.”

Tiffany Morrison

Professor, Environmental Policy & Governance

James Cook University

"The course was unlike any other. It was a real experience in self-learning which challenged how I see myself and how I understand and reflect on the work of leadership."

Liz Stockley

Chief Executive Officer

Health Hawkes Bay (New Zealand)

"I was looking for a leadership program that was about more than learning bullet points and that’s exactly what I got. I feel that I came away with a resilience and leadership agility that will stick with me and be applicable in many situations."

Jessica Christiansen-Franks

Co-founder & CEO



“Polykala developed and shaped an incredible professional development program that was deeply layered, beautifully modulated and rigorous yet gentle.”

Adam McGowan

Director, Industry Initiatives

Australia Council for the Arts

Case studies

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Facilitation micro-skills training for the Marketing and Client Services team

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Supporting a robust, diverse workplace culture within the Productivity Commission

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Artists and arts workers undertake a year-long immersive leadership development fellowship

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Enabling high-impact scholars to lead with purpose

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Building on a healthy team culture through feedback training

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Rapidly growing sustainable engineering firm brings its values to life


Adaptive Leadership is a framework that views leadership as a practice, rather than a position.  

Collaboration literally means ‘working together’. But somehow it seems to have much more to it than working next to others on the same project; it has a more substantial essence. But what is it?

After about seven years running Diversity & Inclusion training across Victoria and Australia, we thought it wise to share our thoughts and approach on workplace and community ‘Diversity & Inclusion’.

The word change shows up a lot, especially around an election. We need change, we fear change and we are changing all the time, all at once. We are also told that people are somehow inherently ‘change-averse’.

Facilitation, like the word leadership, is overused. It’s also confusing. People often use the term to refer to running a meeting, hosting a town hall, presenting information, clicking through a PowerPoint and many things in between.

In October 2020, Dr Ananth Gopal (Director of Polykala), led a discussion among fellow Australian Adaptive Leadership practitioners at an Australian Adaptive Leadership Institute (AALI) seminar.