'As a mentor and Chair I encourage my members to build their own capacity to plan with their teams. The change from planning for their teams to with their teams is the point at which the lonely load of running a business is lifted. From this point on they can grow, acquire, merge, set themselves for the long term or set up to exit.'
The highlights of Mike’s journey of professional growth have come from seeing the power of like-minded people helping each other to solve their issues and challenges. Mike has seen farmers in their paddocks challenging and being challenged by the world’s best scientists to solve problems. Facilitating this is what drives him as a TEC Chair.
Mike’s leadership experience began running his family’s businesses. It was there that he first saw the power of effective communication in business, be it asking what motivated sales staff, how to run a team of mechanics, or how to change reporting styles to make information clearer and more useful for everyone.
Mike’s career has also taken him into government, becoming an advisor to government bodies. Here he learnt a new lesson in communications; that to give advice that will be heard, you first need to understand the needs of the person asking for it.
Most recently he has been CEO of an industry representative group where he has made an impact on how the organisation thinks collectively and collaboratively about a future that they can work towards.
Some highlights of his career include:
- Director of Land and Water Australia
- Director of Cotton Australia
- Chairman of the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation
- Director of the Peter Cullen Trust
- CEO of Dairy Connect
- Authored The Asking Leader
- Chairman of several advisory boards for leading companies