Alex Malley is the chief executive of CPA Australia, one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with 19 offices globally and more than 150,000 members.
He is also the host of the Nine Network Australia series The Bottom Line, author of the best-selling book The Naked CEO and provides professional mentoring via thenakedceo.com.
On The Bottom Line, Alex brings leadership issues into sharp focus through interviews with fellow leaders from business, politics and the community. The interview he conducted with the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, was the most substantive ever filmed; news surrounding it reached an unprecedented global audience.
Alex is a LinkedIn Influencer, as well as a regular leadership commentator on the Nine Network Australia’s The Today Show and Sky News Business.
He has addressed the National Press Club Australia on issues impacting Australia's economic competitiveness; been featured on The Accountant magazine’s Global Accounting Power 50 List; and currently serves on The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project and the International Integrated Reporting Council.
From suspended schoolboy to disruptive CEO, Alex Malley always does what he believes in.
Voters across the UK are starting to assess the big issues and major personalities ahead of the dissolution of Parliament at the end of this month, and the general election on 7 May. While immigration, the future of the NHS and tax reform are getting traction, recent electoral events in Australia may also resonate and are certainly worthy of consideration.
As we enter 2015, the UK general election is now just a few months away. Meanwhile here in Australia the Government is facing another year of dealing with what some have described as a hostile Senate to deliver on its priorities and election promises.
The recent announcement by the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne of a new levy on companies seeking to avoid income tax is firming up as a sign of what's to come for many jurisdictions around the world, including Australia. The business community is watching developments with increasing interest.
As they clear up the convention centre in downtown Brisbane, Australia and take down the banners and start returning the city to normal, this is the ideal time to reflect on what exactly hosting the G20 leaders meeting has meant for Australia, and moreover for the global community.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. With it anyone can appear to have insight into the complexities of markets, of trends that have emerged and of issues that have shaped the world. The much more rewarding and difficult task is seeing the warning signs and acting on them before the trouble strikes.
Whatever happens with Alibaba's Big Apple listing, it remains a motivating success story, illustrative of an evolving new world order where the West's stranglehold on ideas, innovation and commercialisation is a thing of the past.
Globalisation has transformed the way we do business... Governments worldwide are grappling with the challenges, albeit with mixed success. And they are looking to each other for inspiration. In my view they could do worse than seek to emulate the success the UK is starting to achieve.
Do you want to be the one in the nursing home with the best stories, not the biggest frustrations? That is the question that motivates me. Knowing when to make a career change can be challenging. For some it is a matter of impulse while for others, it is a decision they dwell on for years. Neither is perfect.
How do you develop a culture of innovation? This is the question vexing governments the world over as they struggle to harness the potential of changes in the global economy and seize the opportunities of technological and biomedical advancements.
There comes a point in many people's careers when they elevate from mentee, to mentor. Often you can tell when this transition is occurring. For instance, a former employee gets in touch wanting to chat about their career, or someone is referred to you by a friend or colleague.
For any leader, overseeing a group of talented individuals functioning as one unit, underpinned by a synergy of ideas, passion and motivation, is a wonderful thing to behold. Particularly as it can be so difficult to get the talent mix right.
You may have heard that Australia is in the throes of a federal election campaign. The incumbent Kevin Rudd and the challenger Tony Abbott are competing for the office of Prime Minister - the gloves are well and truly off as the September 7 election date looms...
Australia has a skills gap that is holding back the delivery of projects vital to its future prosperity, so it is in the national interest that we utilise skilled labour from other countries to plug those gaps. Blockading Australia from skilled workers, the majority of which will contribute to our knowledge economy and international competitiveness, is an obvious and huge mistake.
Of course, things have changed since 1969, but I do think the principles and essence of what Neil and his team demonstrated should be applied to today's leadership because, as it stands, there's a lot that needs to be learned.
23/09/2012 22:15 BST
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