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.

Core Values Drive Vision with John Hale

Some organizations have too many core values, which tend to confuse everyone and slow progress. e.g. Amazon has 14 core values and a Big Audacious Vision. Amazon’s Core Values: Customer Obsession Ownership Invent and Simplify Are Right, A Lot Hire and Develop the Best Insist on the Highest Standards Think Big Bias for Action Frugality Vocally Self Critical Earn Trust of Others Dive Deep Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit Deliver [...]

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Four Elephants with John Hale

Let’s say you finally have the right strategy to move forward. Can you still fail?  Absolutely! Not Communicating the right strategy to the organization (and customers) and not gaining the consensus needed to deliver on it is the first Elephant in the Room. The second Elephant is Lack of Goal Setting to support the strategy and forgetting to link performance measures and rewards to it. The third Elephant is Inadequate [...]

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Shared Value and CSR with John Hale

The ideas of shared value and corporate social responsibility (CSR) can be used as strategic tools. Shared value thinking allows CSR to become a core competence. CSR can become a strategic capability like any other capability your business decides to develop and can it take time. If your business has not given much thought to CSR, it’s probably a good time to make a start. Start small, learn quickly and [...]

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Corporate Social Irresponsibility with John Hale

In the modern era of globalization, the incentive to locate parts of a growing business into countries or zones, which offer radical cost advantages can be tempting. Traditional strategy tools such as the SWOT analysis, Porter’s Value Chain and Five Forces will readily point a globally expanding firm towards many sources of competitive advantage, including moving their manufacturing to far less expensive and far less regulated markets for labor. Alas, [...]

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Your Best People with John Hale

Your strategic future should be your top priority.  If you have a strategy and if it is to be valuable, it should identify the capabilities, competencies and skills you need to win in the future. Your next priority is to identify your very best (and often scarce) people and bring them together to execute and deliver on the very specific and unique capabilities you need to win. If you don't have [...]

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Click Digital with John Hale

At HCG, we think of business growth in five (5) stages. EXISTENCE - Get Customers, Deliver Product. SURVIVAL - Cash Flow, Early Positioning. SUCCESS - Quality People, Strategic Planning. TAKE-OFF - Operational Excellence, Teamwork. MATURITY - Control Systems, Sale/Merger. At last week's Brisbane Digital Click 2017 Expo, HCG's John Hale shared the secrets to business growth along with some digital strategy, which included the 4 Rs. A. REACH - link [...]

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Stop the Law with John Hale

If you are studying law, seriously consider stopping. Young lawyers are already starting to be replaced by software. Evolving legal AI software gives advice within seconds and with far greater accuracy. Some experts predict that we will need 90% fewer lawyers in the very near future. Shutterstock Image

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Getting HR on the bus with John Hale

At HCG, we advise clients that when it comes to strategy, the first step is getting the right people on the bus and in the right seats.  This sometimes means getting the wrong people off the bus. HR is needed to help find and move people.  Once the right management team is in place and happily driving the strategy, the trap Boards, Executive and HR Directors may fall into is to [...]

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