My work centres on "The Infectiously Optimistic Leader" and "infectious optimism" which brings together the research findings of The Australian Leadership Project , my research for the books "Optimism: The How and Why" and “The Case for Optimism: The Optimists’ Voices” and asking people "What makes you optimistic?"
I do this through inspiring keynote speeches, leading retreats, productive roundtables, meditation and one-to-one coaching.
My underpinning beliefs are “The leader looks like the person in your mirror” & “All good leadership is optimistic.”
I founded The Australian Leadership Project with the mission to "celebrate, understand and improve Australian leadership."
I wrote “The Case for Optimism: The Optimists’ Voices” to give voice to the yearning for a positive approach to leadership and life. My follow up book "Optimism: The How and Why" answered requests for more of "The How" of optimism.
I am an author, speaker, compère, moderator & barrister. My services include supporting & advising the finest Australian & global leadership with optimistic leadership advice and strategy, advocacy, engagement support, integrity, crisis management and social media. For the right causes, my team undertakes CEO & board searches with optimism as a sought-after quality.
As a Director, I serve on the Boards of Yarra Valley Water, Lifeguard Health Networks, the Global Integrity Summit & the Australian Centre for Financial Studies.
My LinkedIn peers rate me highly for leadership & strategy, international relations, public policy, corporate governance and public relations. My professional qualifications & experience include law, economics, education, technology, innovation & environment.
My life experience includes stints as Commissioner to the Americas, 18 years a parliamentarian, practice as a barrister, mediator, arbitrator, businessman and board service. I was Senior Engagement Adviser in the Australian G20 presidency supporting Australian leadership of the G20 Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors & in the Brisbane G20 Leaders Summit described by the Prime Minister as "the most important gathering Australia has ever hosted."