From his roots as a young journalist in Richmond, Leon worked his way to The Age. Over the past 18 years, he has developed a reputation as a strong, independent voice addressing a diversity of business, management and organisation related topics through articles, blogs and podcasts.
During that time he also expanded his reach, writing 2 award winning books, speaking and presenting, and has continued his passion for music as a critic and playing sax in jazz and big band ensembles.
Today Leon lends his voice to a variety of endeavors – always taking the opportunity to bring others with him as he explores ideas from his unique point of view.
I am Leon Gettler. I am a freelance journalist, author and public speaker. Publications I write for include The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Australian Financial Review, BRW, CFO, Smart Company, Business Spectator and The Fifth Estate.
I specialize in writing about management issues which covers a range of areas including strategy, globalization, leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, executive education, IT, marketing and human resources. I also have a strong interest in regulatory issues, including Sarbanes-Oxley, corporate governance and ethics.
My first book, An Unpromised Land (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1993) received a National Book Council Prize. My latest 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.
I am also a jazz critic and semi-professional musician. My heroes are George Orwell, Marcus Aurelius and Dexter Gordon.
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"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 when he has interacted with them at the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne. On May Day Leon presented "The workers untied" a session on the changing world of work and careers. In it Leon untied and united ideas using well-told stories, historical snippets and provocative questions as well as trends in data to leave his audience energised and wanting more."
Dr. Julian Lippi – Director MBA, Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University