Statesman Institute's Newsletter (22 July 2015)

Date: Oct 2015

Having only launched in May 2015, I’m pleased to inform you that Si is off to a very strong start with significant progress in all key areas including an overwhelmingly positive response from consulting experts and industry analysts.

Expert Update

Our growing expert network already includes a number of former Federal and State Cabinet Ministers with a concentration on key economic portfolios and a bipartisan spread. Also included are people with board and executive experience from Australian Banks, Superannuation Funds and Fund Managers.

The experience of Si Experts already includes Prime Ministerial level policy advisers and international credentials such as experts who have represented Australia to foreign governments and worked with international organisations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, OECD, United Nations, G20 and APEC.

Other recent Si Expert appointments are from the highest levels of the public service including former Department Secretaries and Director-Generals across Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, with a concentrated depth of expertise in education policy, funding and regulation.

This deliberate education industry focus positions Si well in the ever growing international education environment, Australia’s largest service based export market, to attract clients for our Expert Members from China, India and South East Asia.

We expect to have a sufficient number of Experts as Si Members by early August to commence Client Engagement and Fee generation for our Si Members.

Client Update

Whilst activities have so far been focused on building our quality Si Expert Network, presentations to potential clients has been very positive, with an appreciation for the speed and flexibility of the platform and high quality of people. Word about Si is definitely spreading through our broader networks in Sydney and Melbourne.

Si Business Development activities to engage clients will begin in earnest during August, and we look forward to providing you with examples of client engagements in forthcoming updates.

Improve your Consulting Skills and Strategies

Say NO to clients for a free lunch.

Do your clients invite you for lunch in exchange for obtaining your free advice?

  • You have spent many years building your career, networks and experience. It has been hard work and long hours in high pressure roles with significant responsibilities to the public, shareholders and the community.
  • Stop giving away your advice for free!
  • While you are enjoying a glass of wine your brain is being picked and mined.
  • Your advice has considerable value. Why should you give this away for free? Lawyers, management consultants and other professionals don’t, so why should you?

Ever been asked for advice in an airport lounge, cafe or restaurant?

Stop giving away your expert advice for free.

If you are a former CEO, Board Chairman or Government official, you may have what it takes to join our expert network.

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