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If ever there were the ideal speaker for the challenges and contradictions of our times, Dr. John Smith is it. John Smith’s message is as powerful as his Harley Davidson at full throttle, and he is as committed  to transforming businesses, as he is to helping youth and society’s outcasts. John is a passionate story-teller, who has lived on the fringe, and co-authored five books.

In 2002, he completed six years of doctoral studies in the United States, focussing on cross-cultural studies, including corporate culture, charismatic leadership and globalisation. He offers powerful historic, economic and ethical perspectives on modern business. Keynote speaker, Anthropologist, Bikie, Preacher, Businessman,  Author, Advocate  – these are all Dr. John Smith

John Smith’s life has been extraordinary. He was gaoled and nearly executed in the Philippines for defending the rights of rural peasants,  and has been an advocate for the marginalised peoples of Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

As founder and Executive Director of five highly successful youth outreach organisations, Dr. John Smith has turned young lives around. As pioneer of the ‘Values for Life’ schools seminars, John has spoken to students in more than 4 thousand Australian high schools. The ‘Handbrake Turn’ training and rehabilitation program boasts a success rate of 85% in reducing youth offender recidivism. His founding of the ‘Care and Communications Concern’organisation, which has now grown into ‘Concern Australai’, has been recognized in 2003, with the awarding of the Governor-General’s Centenary Medal.

John Smith’s message goes to the heart of those in business who are seeking not only sustainability and success, but also a great sense of direction in their working lives. His message is entertaining, engaging and relevant to Christians and non-Christians alike.

He has spoken around the world at music and arts festivals, shared the stage with former President Jimmy Carter and addressed a full hearing of the United Nations Human Rights Commission.  Some of John’s artist associates have named him the Blues Preacher because of his classical training, improvisation form of presentation and love of blues and jazz.

Dr. John has appeared as a regular commentator on Australian television and radio, and as a guest on the BBC, including an appearance with General Schwarzkopf on the ‘David Frost Show.’ John Smith and his organisations have appeared in feature length articles in leading newspapers throughout Europe and Australia. John was also a regular columnist for The Age. John Smith is passionate about blues music – describing popular art as ‘the nerve ends of our culture.’ He is married to Glena Fay, and has two daughters, a son and fifteen grandchildren.


Rebels, Outlaws, Misfits ... and other resources your business can't do without!

Who of us has not met a business leader whose arms sport tattoos from early rebel days?” In an exciting presentation, rich in anecdotes from an extraordinary life spent amongst society’s outlaws, John Smith offers corporate advice from unexpected and unorthodox sources, and reveals the promise of unconventional risk-taking. As a keynote address, or in-depth workshop presentation, John Smith weaves anecdote, academic research, historical analysis, cultural anthropology and spiritual perspective to deliver management skills that business school never taught you.  

Is Darth Vader Lurking in the Board Room?

In this presentation, Dr. John Smith confronts creativity gone wrong – the ‘Dark Side of the Force’ – and its hold on some businesses. In a humorous and illuminating presentation, Dr. John discusses the right use of the ‘Energising Force’ so that genius, creativity and organisational strength may enhance and not destroy the enterprise and the surrounding social matrix. He shares anecdotal and academic perspectives on dysfunctional personalities, distorted perceptions, de-personalised relationships and unworthy motivations. 

Investing in Social Capital – Surprising Dividends

Was the would-be Prime Minister just making political capital, or is former treasurer Peter Costello’s ‘Social Capital’ something that business needs to get serious about? Dr. John Smith explains that, just like the body’s circulatory system which spreads lifeblood to our extremities, society and business suffers when social capital fails to circulate through our economic system. Understand how your investment in ‘Social Capital’ becomes an investment in sustainability and success, and the benefits of keeping a ‘personal balance sheet. 

Feeling Good About Doing Bad – Time for a Corporate Reality Check

Why is it that in international performance assessments, American maths and science students are sixteenth and seventeenth respectively in performance, but first in self-esteem? In contrast, Asian students score among the best in performance, but are lowest in self-esteem. Dr. John Smith, business anthropologist, reveals the myths and self-delusion that enable us to feel good about poor performance. He exposes the mission statements and ethics codes that conceal reality, and the exhilaration and sustainable profit of ‘doing it right.’ 

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