Ex-army chief joins Deloitte as special adviser to CEO

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Ex-army chief David Morrison joins Deloitte as special adviser to CEO

14 September 2015: Deloitte Australia’s CEO Cindy Hook has recruited Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, as a special adviser on leadership, further strengthening the firm’s commitment to developing leaders who are adaptive, inclusive and capable of leading their organisations to future success.

“I am delighted to announce that we have engaged David as a special adviser for about 25 days in the next 12 months, starting with our 2015 Partners Meeting in Melbourne. We expect to benefit significantly from his personal experience of challenging the status quo and building an organisation of strong leaders,” Cindy Hook said.

Cindy sees the development of quality leaders as one of her core responsibilities as CEO. “Diverse talent and ideas lead to innovation, which requires an inclusive culture. I want to foster a leadership culture in which people understand what it means to behave inclusively and the importance of that in the context of future business challenges. 

“I can’t think of a better role model than Lieutenant General David Morrison. It was under his determined leadership in early 2012 that the Australian Army began the historical transformation of its culture. His insights on leadership behaviours and workplace culture are compelling. A world-renowned thinker on organisational leadership and cultural reform, he is a true inspiration,” Cindy said.

Lieutenant General Morrison said he was looking forward to working with Deloitte. “Cindy Hook is an inspiring and energetic CEO with a genuine commitment to creating an inclusive leadership culture. She and her leadership team are forward thinking, innovative and change agile.”

As a special adviser to Cindy, Lieutenant General David Morrison will provide a unique and independent viewpoint when it comes to developing inspiring, quality leaders. He will be part of Deloitte’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, chaired by Margaret Dreyer, (Inspiring Women champion and Diversity and Inclusion Leader), also joined by Partner Juliet Bourke who leads the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion (Consulting) practice and co-leads the Leadership practice.

Juliet is co-author of the recently launched Fast Forward – Leading in a brave new world of diversity, which recognises Lieutenant General Morrison as a best practice example of a leader with courage, one of six traits key to building diverse and inclusive organisations.

Cindy said: “Lieutenant General Morrison will also work with the firm’s Chief Operating Officer David Hill as a member of our Leadership Development Team to help us create and maintain an environment where every man and woman is able – and encouraged – to reach their full potential. As you know, this is something I am very passionate about. Diversity and inclusion in all forms will bring out the best in our people, who can then deliver the best outcomes for clients.”

In future, demographic shifts will change the workforce profile even more, putting greater pressure on leaders to be highly inclusive to allow individuals to succeed regardless of their irrelevant differences (such as visible diversity). Leaders will require greater levels of adaptation of personal behaviours and organisational systems to bring out the best from this diverse talent pool.

Lieutenant General Morrison will work closely with Deloitte’s partner community to provide advice and counsel. He will be a great asset as the firm engages with clients and the market to challenge some of the ways we think, behave, work and manage at the forefront of change in what it means to be a successful leader.

“Deloitte’s commitment to achieving equality in the workplace has been longstanding. We don’t always get it right, and have a way to go,” said Cindy.

She said Lieutenant General Morrison had unsurpassed skills and experience to make a significant contribution to Deloitte’s mission to develop the best leaders of the future.

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