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. My goal is to help people make better business and financial decisions. To this end, I cover topics such as strategy, globalization, leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, executive education, IT, marketing and human resources. I use plain English to explain complex regulatory issues, such as Sarbanes-Oxley ("Sox"), corporate governance and ethics.

I've published two eBooks: Congratulations, You've Been Made Redundant! represents the collective wisdom of many of us who have been through layoffs. It's a simple guide that describes what to do — and what to avoid — when you lose your job. 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.

My work appears in leading business publications such as Business Spectator, Management Today, Charter, The Fifth Estate, CRN and ProPrint. I run two blogs. The first for The CEO Institute is The CEO's Desk and the second, for The Fifth Estate, is Green MashUp.

I have podcasts for RMIT, Talking Business and Talking Technology, and I also have weekly news radio programs on J-Air (87.8FM).

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


"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

Leon Gettler


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.

Visit the Talking Business Site.


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.

Visit the Talking Technology Site.


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