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.
28 01, 2019

The Second Wave

2019-01-28T12:47:21+00:00By |Results, Strategy|

My friend Mario and I used to drive for hours out west in Australia. We would visit and advise local communities on strategy and risk. At sunset, thousands of kangaroos (roos) would be on the move. At sunset, we moved at a steady watchful pace to avoid a collision. The less common and more dangerous animals were emus. When we saw an emu, we literally stopped our car until we spied the second one. These ostrich-like birds traveled in pairs often roaming around 150m apart. If an emu raced across the road in front of us, there was a good chance, out of nowhere the second emu would come speeding past the front of our car to be with its mate.  With each new wave of technology, there is a second and far more significant wave that follows. People often overestimate the initial impact of technology but underestimate its impact in the long run. Mario and I were very cautious of the emus we could see. In the long run, we knew it would be the emu we couldn’t see that would have the greatest impact.  From 2014 to 2017 there was a lot of talk about self-driving cars. Many [...]

21 01, 2019

Keynote for AHRI Brisbane in February

2019-01-14T17:24:38+00:00By |Events|

I am looking forward to joining the Australian HR Institute on Wednesday 20 February 2019. My keynote will be ‘When Worlds Collide - A conversation about conflict, diversity and human performance.' I will be sharing that our potential as human beings can be realized better by understanding our own values and those of others, to reduce conflict, embrace diversity and maximize performance. Registrations are now open on the AHRI website at www.ahri.com.au or contact cpdevents@ahri.com.au

14 01, 2019

The Search for Contrast

2019-01-14T10:30:35+00:00By |Strategy|

Thirty years ago, when I trained as a school teacher, one of the skills I mastered and applied to enhance student learning was that of stimulus variation. Stimulus variation reveals the importance of contrast. I found that teacher mobility, pausing, storytelling, hypothesis testing, changing classrooms, the use of gestures and unstructured student interactions, all helpful. I still use contrasting methods today with audiences as a keynote speaker. Our brains are quite fixed (preferring to see reality as we are, not as it is) and lazy. Our brains are also efficient and are great at taking shortcuts. A little stimulus variation is good, too much is counterproductive.  In the 1870s, life for Thomas Edison had become counterproductive. While still in his thirties, Edison’s inventions had brought him great wealth and even greater notoriety. The constant stimulus of outside ideas and stream of ‘would be’ inventors overwhelmed him. He needed to use time differently and he needed a different space. Edison moved from his New York City Lab to the quiet and secluded New Jersey countryside at Menlo Park. A location that offered him a different time and a different space, with a short train ride to New York, when he needed [...]