An eclectic compilation of pieces by leaders, role models, influencers and thinkers from diverse backgrounds,. generally directed to younger people who are embarking on 'public life', or who may do so in future.
It focuses on the knowledge, skills and qualities needed for success in public life. The objective is to contribute to the formation, over time, of better 'civic dialogue' in this country.
Contributors are 36 successful Australians who share the view that it is possible to achieve a national conversation that is kinder and gentler, more rational and competent.
They include two former Premiers, the former most senior Commonwealth public servant, two currently-serving federal politicians, a number of people who have held CEO positions in the public, non-profit and private sectors, and other leaders, role models, thinkers, advisers, advocates and observers from diverse backgrounds.
About the Author
Philip Crisp has over 30 years' experience in the law, policy and practice of intellectual property (IP) and information and communications technology (ICT). He has served as Secretary to the Copyright Law Review Committee and principal lawyer advising the Commonwealth on the Cooperative Research Centres program. From 1990 he advised numerous clients on IP ownership and licensing, as well as the strategic management of their IP.
... Philip Crisp has done us all an enormous favour by assembling not only a first class and diverse group of leaders, but ones who are willing to be frank, confronting and not merely offering the usual 'leadership' platitudes.
Simon McKeon AO Australian of the Year 2011
... a 'must read' for any aspiring leader... a treasure trove of invaluable insights into effective leadership.
Laurie Wilson President, National Press Club
... a most timely and comprehensive analysis of leadership and the making of good leaders ... compulsory reading.
Anne Henderson AM political historian