ABOUT JOHN

When I am not speaking at conferences, advising on strategy or coaching leaders, you’ll probably find me on a nearby beach, mountain moto riding and sharing life with my devoted wife Johanna and our talented children.

My parents are both teachers. In my early childhood, we moved from Australia to New Guinea and California and then gradually back again, which resulted in me attending six different primary schools. Living in a remote Papuan village taught me a great deal about emotional intelligence, wildlife and tribal people. Our suburban home in Silicon Valley was less than 5 mins drive from where Amazon, Facebook and Google are headquartered today. At the age of seven, my father created a login for me on the Stanford University network, but I preferred to connect in person with my friends down the street. Not much has changed, I still prefer meeting and getting to know people in person. My people skills individually and in groups have been fine-tuned throughout my life and I enjoyed success in many leadership roles early in my career. At age 35, I found myself being called upon to advise, coach and speak to leaders and groups and support them both professionally and privately. I learn something new from each and every person I meet and I feel blessed to have been touched by thousands of people in my work. As a presenter, I have given over 1000 speeches in 12 countries on 4 continents. My speeches aim to inspire people to think differently and share ideas. These days my speaking role is less and less about being the expert, but rather I look more and more to uncover the incredible expertise already in the room.

In terms of expertise, my various sales, leadership and director roles within multi-national technology firms, education and elite sporting programs allow me to shed light on conversations around strategy, digital transformation and human performance. I am the founder of Hale Consulting Group, a boutique strategy firm. I have worked as a Visiting EMBA Professor and taught at Singapore Management University, Melbourne Business School and Bond University. I have spoken at the Global Speakers Forum, as a member of the Professional Speakers Association. My keynote messages include powerful models and metaphors from my own life along with narratives woven together from a diverse range of sources. Clients share that they find my messages uplifting, memorable and often helpful in defining the future agenda for their industry or business culture.

For six years I led a monthly men’s group that raised money for humanitarian aid and micro-credit projects in Nepal and supported the precious work of Claudine Andre saving and rehabilitating orphaned bonobos in the Congo. Over the years, animals have helped me to open my heart even wider, access greater intuition and rest in my own natural authority. I believe we humans have much to learn from such beautiful creatures. While many people and businesses have fears about the future, as a strategy facilitator, I see fear as an invitation to reframe, re-focus and advance. As a speaker, I communicate with authority, commercial clarity, compassion and humour. As a coach, I help leaders transcend fear, overcome frustration and confusion, by creating the space and mindset necessary to re-focus and take purposeful action.

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