Leon Gettler began his career as a Melbourne journalist and worked his way to The Age, where he spent 18 years. In 2008 he became independent and is now recognised as the leading management writer, speaker, and interviewer in Australia.

Gettler covers business and management topics through articles, blogs and podcasts, as well as on radio. He has written 2 award-winning books, and is a sought-after speaker and presenter at events and conferences.

Today Leon lends his voice to a variety of endeavors – always bringing his readers and listeners along for the journey, as he explores ideas from his unique point of view.


I am Leon Gettler, an independent journalist, author and public speaker. I regularly contribute to leading business publications such as Business Spectator, Management Today, Charter, Inside HR, The Fifth Estate and ProPrint.

After 18 years as a jouralist at Fairfax Media, I freelanced for The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, Boss, BRW, CFO, Smart Company, Leading Company and StartUp Smart.

I specialize in writing about management issues such as strategy, globalization, leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, executive education, IT, marketing and human resources. I also have a strong interest in regulatory issues, including Sarbanes-Oxley ("Sox"), corporate governance and ethics. My free eBook The 9 Most Common Customer Complaints describes simple ways to keep customers and employees happy.

My first book, An Unpromised Land (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1993) received the National Book Council Prize. My second book, Organisations Behaving Badly: A Greek tragedy of corporate pathology (John Wiley, 2005) focuses on the forces that lead smart executives into making dumb decisions. It was short-listed for the Blake Dawson Waldron prize for business literature.

"When Leon Gettler speaks he is engaging, thought provoking and interesting. That's not just my view, but the view of MBA and International Business students and staff who have had the benefit of Leon's experience and depth of knowledge..."

Dr. Julian Lippi – Director MBA, Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University

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Talking Business is a weekly podcast review of the Australian economy, featuring interviews with prominent business leaders and expert analysis from RMIT University academics. The series is produced by experienced journalists Garry Barker and Leon Gettler and sponsored by RMIT.

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Talking Technology is a weekly podcast review of the world of technology, featuring interviews with leaders in the field and expert analysis from RMIT University academics. Garry Barker is a technology expert who writes the weekly Mac Man column for The Age's Green Guide. Leon Gettler writes widely on business.

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