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Hargraves Conference 2011 - Impact & Inspire through Innovation Leadership & Transformation

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Hargraves Conference 2011

As sponsors, Total Executive benefited from personal discussions with many Hargraves members.

Many members outlined how Hargraves have now moved into a new realm.

Over 200 senior executives attended. The core message taken from the conference is:

Australian business leaders need to maintain courage to lead their organisations forward and embrace the challenge of remaining innovative.

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Hargraves Conference 2011 Overview

This week I have been enjoying the Hargraves Institute Conference 2011.

This year the focus was:

Step up and transform your approach and your business to lead and thrive in the world as it is today

View a summary of highlights here

I would like to congratulate the key speaker at their gala dinner - Dawson Ko.

Dawson Ko (right) and comedian Anh Do

Dawson Ko has had a very interesting life since starting to lose his sight at age 15, he has been totally blind since 20.

Dawson explained about his ups and downs - a road often traveled by people on the road to success.

TaiChi became a solution that was quickly converted to Karate.

Dawson has an acute sense of humour and originally asked those who suggested he change to karate if they were mad given he could not see.

Dawson progressed to number three in his black belt karate category worldwide - competing against people who had full vision.

Despite success in sport, Dawson found it hard to get a job.

So Dawson talked to other blind people and asked what they wanted.

The result was starting a fashion website for the blind - Fashionable Eye for the Blind Guy and Gal - a great success.

More recently, Dawson gathered support for projects he has been developing through 'Secret Millionaire'.

View the video Here

(NB: If prompted the password to view the video is dawson)

Dawson is providing talks with Australian students (Year 10 in particular - when he started to lose his sight)

To engage Dawson for a presentation at a school near you contact us


Responsible Leadership is about Creating a Legacy - Paul Thorley - CEO, Capgemini Australia and New Zealand

Yesterday I met up with Paul Thorley, Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini Australia and New Zealand, the local subsidiary of Capgemini Group, one of the world's largest technology, consulting and outsourcing services companies.

We discussed Paul's thoughts on responsible leadership and Paul explained that he believes responsible leadership has a lot to do with sustainability in its broader definition, that is not just about being green.

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Responsible leadership is also about creating a legacy. Responsible leadership leaves behind something stronger and better,

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Dr Bob Every, Chairman - Boral and Wesfarmers talks about Responsible Leadership

Yesterday I met with Dr Bob Every, Chairman of Boral and Wesfarmers.

We have written an article on Bob's thoughts about leadership previously that you can read here

Today we spoke specifically about the element of Responsible Leadership.

Bob covered many points including the common elements that responsible leaders need to be responsible to all stakeholders and look towards the long term.

Bob also covered interesting concepts like how Wesfarmers, with over 200,000 staff are working towards improving aboriginal lives through employment options.

Bob also talked about the importance of philanthropy - particularly with sectors like the arts.

Another area Bob discussed was that businesses need to make a decision on where they stand in regard to key issues like climate change and make a stand on them and communicate and debate their point of view.

Download the podcast with Bob here

Another Directors Report by Grant Crossley


Driving Innovation in the Legal system through Responsible Leadership - An Interview with John Denton

Recently I caught up with John Denton who is the Partner and CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms.

John has had an interesting life that has been formative in his movement into leadership.

In his previous career as a diplomat he worked in three autocratic states: The Soviet Union, Bangladesh and Iraq. In this way, John learned that a future in law required an essence of democracy. The concept of participation in society with a healthy, functional democracy moved close to the left hand side of his chest.

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