Grant here, the founder of Left of Boom and the host of the Podcast, Crisis Talks.
I’m obsessed with the idea of resilience and the adaptive capacity of organisations when they are threatened by a crisis. Whilst I acknowledge that a crisis is a fundamental threat to business, I also find myself inspired by stories of leadership and resilience in the face of adversity, and of the innovative solutions people come up with when challenged. The focus an organisation gains when bringing the enterprise’s energy, skill and collective brainpower to a problem is awe-inspiring. I have captured and shared some of these stories in my Podcast Crisis Talks.
Over the past 20 years I have helped organisations build their adaptive capacity through realistic and challenging crisis training that practices their ability to respond to different situations.
The outcome is leaders and teams that can respond to any situations proactively and with confidence. These organisations are operating “Left of Boom”.
Why Left of Boom?
“Left of Boom” is a common military phrase used to describe the timeline of events before an explosion or incident – a period when you still have a chance to prepare and avert a crisis. When faced with a crisis, staying “Left of Boom” means making proactive decisions, staying ahead of the evolving situation and leading confidently and with purpose.
What I can do for you
I prepare leaders for dealing with any situations that may threaten their people, operations or reputation. I use my experience advising Executive Teams and Boards in risk and crisis management to deliver realistic training and pragmatic advice that empowers leaders to prevent, pre-empt, detect and respond to emerging threats with confidence.
My Story (the long version)
Teamwork, adaptability and resilience. Three key words that have defined my life.
As the son of a career football coach, I learnt the values of teamwork, adaptability and resilience from a very early age. We moved schools regularly and each time I had to adapt to the new environment, establish new friends and build support networks. As I grew older, sport gave me an opportunity to lead and I loved the experience of being accountable for my team and their shared success or failure.
I built on this experience when I joined the defence force academy and found my calling as a junior leader.
I graduated as an Officer in the Infantry and led my first operational leadership deployment in East Timor in 1999.
Later in my career I served as a Military adviser, working with the British Army in Sierra Leone in 2002/03.
These deployments taught me about leadership in adversity, the importance of adapting my leadership approach in different situations and adjusting plans in dynamic risk environments.
Upon leaving the military I found myself in a completely new world. My foundations of teamwork and resilience were challenged and with a new family, I really struggled to find the same levels of success and accountability that I had achieved in my military career. The key reason I’d left the military was because I wanted to gain control of my professional life, however I found that I was initially out of control.
Entrepreneurism afforded me the leadership, accountability and motivation I desired. Now I get to work with people I like, doing the work I love and share the stories of great crisis leaders with businesses every day.
In my spare time I sit on the Audit and Risk Committee for a Not For Profit, Interplast, where I have helped manage their risk for international aid programs for the past 5 years. I am the President of the Balwyn Greythorn Jets Junior Football Club (yep – I cant step away from footy!) and I love spending time with my two boys, Sam and Angus, wife Melissa and our Lagotto, Coco.
Life’s pretty awesome.