About John Hale

John Hale has built his career advising leaders. As a strategic advisor and university professor teaching MBA students, he has a unique perspective on strategy development. John is the founding partner of Hale Consulting Group, a boutique firm specialising in strategy and leadership development. HCG partners with corporate groups to clarify their strategic future, drive value and enhance profitability. John is an author and a dynamic platform speaker. He has been a facilitator and presenter at hundreds of conferences and events. His client list includes corporations such Royal Dutch Shell, Westpac, TP Health and Telstra. John has also taught at Bond University, Melbourne Business School and Singapore Management University. Most importantly, John is a devoted parent. He has four children, which he moved from inner-city Melbourne as toddlers and infants to enjoy a happy and healthy childhood on the sun kissed North Coast of NSW before returning with them to the big smoke.

Unreasonable Rewards with John Hale

In many ways, we are all created equal. Yet we evolve at different speeds. Shutterstock Differing and disproportionately abundant rewards flow to those fast and curious few, who constantly strive to make purposeful and enduring heartful contributions to the world. Are you moving fast enough, in the right direction and playing from your heart?  If you know you aren't or you aren't sure, maybe we can help?  Contact us at HCG if [...]

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Killing Options with John Hale

Competitive advantage is defined as superior performance that results from sustainably higher prices, lower costs or both.  This means companies must make decisions that shift relative prices or relative costs in their favor. Shutterstock Image The word decide comes from the Latin root word cis, which means to 'cut' or 'kill.'  Strategic decision-making is often about 'cutting off' all possibilities except for one; if you are decisive, you 'kill' [...]

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Good Designs with John Hale

Iconic Australian Architect Harry Seidler once said, “Good design does not date.” Last week HCG was the guest of Hilton Hotels and we dined with them in Brisbane, beneath their soaring atrium designed by Harry Seidler 30 years ago.  The great space and distinctive curved feature walls and staircases are still a delight to behold. Life is too short for bad designs.  If you are not a designer and you [...]

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Set your horizon alight with John Hale

We recently traveled to the NT for meetings with outback businesses and along the way, we watched the spectacular roadside fires where hundreds of raptors constantly darted through the flames to capture the fleeing reptiles. We witnessed something the Australian Aboriginals have known for millennia. These brown falcons and black kites will swoop for burning twigs and carry them another 20 feet or so to set the next horizon alight. At [...]

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Strategic Expressways with John Hale

Cooperating is a useful strategy. Alliances are successful when like-minded players join together to create and capture additional value. Added value they could not achieve on their own. Greater speed and market penetration often result. This is because players do not have all the skills and strength needed to reach their goal, particularly if the players are young, less experienced or small. Shutterstock Alliances have many benefits. In [...]

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Tips for giving your Brain a Hand with John Hale

HCG recently commenced a Strategic Learning assignment for a statewide workforce across 30 offices. Helping the client understanding how employees’ brains organize themselves and learn in the workplace will be key. When it comes to conscious thinking (e.g. prioritizing our day, developing ideas, writing this blog) our mental capacity is finite and our brains tire quickly. We need both rest and glucose to optimize performance. To give our brains a [...]

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Inspirational Talks with John Hale

HCG’s John Hale delivers inspirational talks on the art of strategy and the science of leadership. John’s talks address the question “What are going to be your future unfair advantages?” He will facilitate an event or talk specific to your industry to clarify your future direction. John Hale's popular talks include: ‘Looking for your Sweet Spot’ – Can you say what your strategy is? ‘Growing your Digital Wings’ – Smart technology [...]

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Destiny with John Hale

Failure and Invention are inseparable twins according to Jeff Bezos. Bezos says that his company, Amazon, is the best place in the world to fail. I disagree. The best place to fail is your life. Big failures make us cry. In comedies, others hurt themselves or fail and we laugh. Actors and cartoon characters remind us that we are always learning from success and failure. The future is always uncertain and [...]

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