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The Leadership Sphere

Clarity. Capability. Contribution.

James O'Brien

Consultant, Facilitator & Coach, The Leadership Sphere

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive Coaching & Mentoring (focus on senior finance professionals including CFOs & General Managers)
  • Leadership Development
  • Business Acumen
  • Business in Asia
  • Sourcing CFO Talent
  • Career History

  • Senior finance & commercial roles with Coles Myer, Lend Lease & Parmalat
  • Chief Financial Officer with CBRE (Global property services business)
  • Experienced adviser to CEO and Boards
  • Background

    James is a strategic advisor with more than 20 years of progressive leadership and change management experience across a variety of industries covering retail, property & construction, consumer goods (FMCG) and professional service organisations. This broad commercial experience and diverse industry background allows James to proactively work with his clients to identify and develop exceptional senior finance talent.

    Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University
  • Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School
  • Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Australia)
  • Member Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • What We Care About

    The issues we face today in organisations and globally will require unprecedented leadership and unprecedented levels of co-operation concurrently, to mobilise communities and organisations.

    A New Paradigm for the Future

    To make progress on our most significant issues, we need a new paradigm—one that inspires us to:

  • Act constructively in a values-driven way
  • Empower each other to take responsibility and accountability at all levels of the organisation
  • Shift our focus from problem-centric to solution-centric (positive change)
  • Make progress on the toughest issues and challenges
  • Create an environment of breakthrough performance, and high levels of commitment and learning
  • Liberate ourselves from old ways of thinking about how to manage and lead people
  • Develop systems intelligence.
  • As the industrial age wanes, new possibilities emerge to create a different paradigm of leadership. I propose a new paradigm that draws from many sources and builds on them in an integrative way.

    The mechanistic, industrial paradigm has been in existence since the latter part of the 18th century and continues to shape society and modern organisations. It is a long, slow journey, yet incredibly worthwhile.

    Our Definition of Leadership

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    Contact Details

    Phone: 1300 100 857


    Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth


    GPO Building, Level 2, 350 Bourke St, Melbourne Vic 3000