About John Hale

John Hale speaks at conferences, advises on strategy and runs development programs for leaders. He is the founder of Hale Consulting Group, co-founder of Leadership Intelligence Academy and a Visiting EMBA Professor. He has taught at Singapore Management University, Melbourne Business School and Bond University. He has spoken at the Global Speakers Forum, as a representative of the Professional Speakers Association. His leadership and director roles within multi-national technology companies and elite sporting programs allow him to shed new light on strategic conversations around digital transformation and human performance. From this space, he inspires people to think differently and share ideas. His keynote messages include potent models and metaphors along with narratives woven together from a diverse range of sources. Many say his presentations are uplifting, memorable and often redefine the future agenda for an industry or business culture. 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. More recently he has moved with them to Brisbane for secondary and university education.
12 09, 2019

Memory Lane – Sic Itur Ad Astra


It was such a treat to go back to school this week. The Geelong College, my alma mater, invited me to speak to one hundred and fifty graduating students this week on human potential, the world of work, and finding the ideal career. The students were well informed. They had questions around cognition, AI, and how they should be approaching the next decade of their lives.  I shared that our twenties are a great time to work on exploring and then building solid foundations. We agreed that foundations for life, career and a primary partner relationship were essential, but as some of the girls pointed out, not necessarily in that order!

2 09, 2019

Competitive Agility


Agility can be a powerful asset for small players and one a Judo student must learn. Being quick helps neutralize competitive threats posed by larger players. Being balanced helps us absorb counter moves by more off-balanced giants, which in turn gives us leverage to use their strengths against them! Former Southwest Airlines Chief, Herb Kelleher passed away this year, but his lessons about strategy live on. Herb said, "If you think and act big, you will grow smaller. If you think an act small, you will grow bigger." Southwest gained market share by targeting the smaller regional airport hubs and leaving the larger and congested airports to the already entrenched larger airlines. Southwest also gained market share with its "bags fly free" strategy. A strategy that larger airlines could not match, as they relied on it for short term cash flow.