My vision is to have all professionals learn effectively from experiences,
and to perform above the line
I firmly believe that with the right framework in place we can progressively become better as we learn from our experiences, and the experience of those around us. In a team environment, where we can learn to encourage this practice, we see engagement skyrocket and business KPI’s smashed!
My Mission is to have the very best professionals as life-long training partners, learning what they need, that works the way they want, to improve their performance.
I Bring To My Professional Practice
Humour is a defining human quality. It is easier to learn if you have a smile on your face. If there is a dark side to something, the light side can illuminate it. I like to laugh and to bring smiles to other people.
Being kind and generous to others needn’t cost a thing, perhaps a little time. But the return on that investment of time can be a wonderful thing when you’re trying to grow people or get things done.
Leadership for me is about getting things done through building and maintaining positive relationships in a group.
Valuing close relations with others, where sharing and caring is reciprocated develops strong and effective teams, be it at home or
Love of Learning
Mastering new skills, topics and bodies of knowledge whether formally or informally from experiences is another of those core skills we all need. It is perhaps my defining character strength.
A little about Clive
Clive is a high school failure who became a Professor. The shock of failure at high school to his system meant that reading, thinking, writing and learning became more important that rugby, beer and girls. He is a learning ‘tragic’ with a grasp of business, management, learning and teaching best practice and theory that is probably not good for him.
A Professor specialising in experiential learning, leadership and management, he has worked at top business schools in Europe and held senior educational and business leadership positions in New Zealand and Australia. He is a widely published writer and speaker at international professional and academic conferences.
In his early career, he worked in commercial artificial intelligence and machine learning research and development, before moving into business and management higher education, and executive development in the 1990s. He worked at Bradford and Cambridge Universities, mentoring and teaching managers and executives from multi-nationals (e.g. Ford, GM, Shell, Nestle), as well as small and medium sized enterprises. He moved to independent higher education in 2016.
Clive established his own Thought Leaders Practice in mid-2017. His present clients include Coca Cola Hellenic’s Group Chief Risk Officer, Insight Intelligence Group’s Managing Director, Your Business Minder’s Managing Director, Education Centre of Australia’s CEO and the Higher Education Leadership Institute (an independent higher education start-up).
What clients say
I have worked closely with Clive over the past six years as he guided me through applied research in crisis management leadership and teams as a mentor. During this process we engaged in extensive business dialogue on a variety of topics during which time I came to appreciate his broad depth of knowledge across a variety of specialist streams and of business issues and trends in general. Clive’s specialist knowledge and skills cover fields including risk management, crisis management, and people development. He is a thought leader who is passionate about all aspects of his work and in particular the mentoring and development of leaders at all stages of their careers through professional learning. His guidance has been invaluable and I am looking forward to a continued collaboration and dialogue on business and research projects and trends in the years ahead.
Clive is a truly unique mentor who never stops to encourage you, assist you and to bring out the best in you. I am grateful to him for being my mentor over the past few years, assisting me with my higher education, inspiring me to write books and to be a better man. If you ever wish to be inspired by a mentor with extreme knowledge in academics and business, including public speaking and you want to reach your full potential, then I highly recommend Clive!!
I have known Professor Clive Smallman for over 6 years. He has tremendous knowledge of the Australian higher education sector including governance and risk management. He assisted us with our higher education provider registration and accreditation application, his guidance throughout the application process was excellent. Professor Smallman also facilitated a risk management workshop to our Executive Management Committee and Board of Directors. The workshop was very informative and useful, and was widely valued by all.
Clive is a well-established thinker, change agent and organisational leader who is a prolific writer on a range of business and management topics. His work at APIC was instrumental in establishing the business on a sound commercial footing and academically leading the development of new courses and directions. His focus as a thought leader couldn't be more appropriate.
Wow! it has been ten years since I first met Clive. I was that lucky student who was supervised by Clive and it is hard to explain just how much we looked at things with a similar lens, but Clive was the more experienced and knowledgeable one of course. Ever since Clive has been a mentor and guide. He is a good sounding board for ideas and always provides amazing feedback. He is one of the best coaches I have ever worked with.
Clive was able to bring his rigorous intellect, good humour, and outstanding analysis skills to bear whilst managing his workstreams at both the Royal Bank of Scotland and Halifax Card Services. In these highly politicised programmes, Clive was extremely adept at managing his stakeholders and the Senior Management teams. Clive's exceptional gift is his ability to simplify, demystify and inform across multiple organisational layers. Clive is definitely a high calibre consultant who I would thoroughly recommend.
I first met Clive when he was Dean at Western Sydney University. I thought “this is someone I can work with. He’s not a typical academic.” He joined Education Centre of Australia as President of Asia Pacific International College, and also as a member of the group’s operations committee. He led major projects for both APIC and ECA. I was sorry to see him go, but I am pleased to support him on his new commercial journey. It is always good to work and think with Clive.
Professor Clive Smallman has worked in international education field for many years. Given his professional background and experiences in ICT and senior management Clive drives international education and academic cooperation projects using an innovative approach, which is well-suited to the culturally diverse regions and countries particularly China, India and South East Asia.