For those of you who follow this blog, you will know that I’m very passionate about creativity, education, learning and all things performing arts.

I’m also in my own business that focuses mainly on being a master of ceremonies for events as well as a corporate performer. Well, my business is taking a change of direction. I will still be blogging on creativity and education, etc., but my blogs will also now feature writings on leadership, change and culture.

I have been involved in change and change management for over 30 years. My own career path has seen significant change, starting work as a police officer who turned to teaching, who turned to IT specialisation, business change management, acting, theatre directing, a radio DJ and now my current business.

But by far the biggest change I have has seen is in leadership and culture. Individuals and organisations alike have been in the constant daze of cultural and leadership metamorphosis but it is still the one thing that lies at the heart of us all. It’s the ethos, the spirit, the vibe that keeps us together.  But to do so, culture and leadership are things that must be practised both as an individual and as a group. Culture defines us. It is our character. Leadership guides us. It is our True North.

I believe that leading is a skill that can be learnt and practised. True leading, however, must always start in our own backyard. Before we do anything else, we need to lead ourselves.

My posts over the coming weeks and months will introduce you to topics that I am currently delivering as speeches to businesses looking to improve their leadership and culture in an environment where change is happening so fast that even just keeping up seems like a full-time occupation. 

If you or your organisation stare at their wardrobe (metaphorically or otherwise) before work and think, what am I am going to wear? If you go to order your morning coffee and suddenly feel the need to order something different from the ‘usual’? Or if you are someone who wonders what Julie in accounts really thinks of you then my blogs on leadership will be right up your alley.

If you want to know how you can change our life by simply picking that shirt, going with the long black instead of the flat white, all while dancing with a Suzuki motorcycle around fuel bowsers at a servo in a country town then follow my blog to find out.

If you often wonder, why I am here? What’s my purpose? Why do only Australians understand the importance of Vegemite to national security?

If this is you or your organisation, I can show you why culture must be the essence that drives our lives, interests and organisations. Why it must be our value proposition. Even if it means practising your quick draw in front of a mirror in your underpants in the locker room.

I look forward to your comments, whatever they may be.

Shane Mallory

Shane is a performer, emcee, host, communicator, creative, mentor and innovative theatre director. He lives in Ipswich, Queensland with his wife Natalie, who are almost 'empty nesters' providing a home for their two daughters' dog and two cats.


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