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Geoff McDonald - Ideas Architect

Disrupted before I even started…

My initial experience of disruption was before I’d even finished my first university degree. I was part of the last year of Deakin University architecture students to study for five full years and not touch a computer. It was like preparing for a career driving cars after serving an apprenticeship riding horses. My career was out of date before I’d even started!

At first I was totally #$%?! off! It hardly seemed fair. And, as one door closed I simply had to open another… It was at this time that I started my sense-making journey. If I didn’t get my head around computers in architecture my future prospects would melt like ice cream in the summer sun.

As a result, instead of going into architectural practice I headed to the US to pursue a Masters degree. I finished up working in London and speaking at the two biggest architectural conferences in the world on the future I saw for architects. Later I wrote a book about this.

I’ve since had a number of different careers. I’ve run my own website design business, a coaching business, written corporate training programs and even designed board games for clients.

The big lesson for me in my career was that the only insurance I had was to study, learn and make sense of what was going on around me. It didn’t mean I could stop the tidal wave of change coming. It simply gave me the chance to see it coming.

And, I didn’t always get it right. One of the reasons I quit architecture was because I hated the idea of sitting at a computer all day. It’s ironic that this is now normal for me and most other people. That’s a great reminder that one person doesn’t know it all.

Helen Macdonald

An astonishing ability to…

Geoff has an astonishing ability to see things from many and varied angles. He combines his outstanding design capability with a creative mind that draws on diverse resources to come up with solutions that you could not have imagined yourself. If you need a creative solution to a challenging problem… call Geoff!

Helen Macdonald
The Corporate Optimist - Keynote Speaker
HelenMac.com

2016-03-21T13:21:31+11:00

Helen Macdonald
The Corporate Optimist - Keynote Speaker
HelenMac.com

Helen Macdonald
Geoff has an astonishing ability to see things from many and varied angles. He combines his outstanding design capability with a creative mind that draws on diverse resources to come up with solutions that you could not have imagined yourself. If you need a creative solution to a challenging problem… call Geoff!
Mike Allen

None of which come close

Project Done has given me a flying start to the year. I have done a number of similar programs - none of which come close to what Geoff has put together.

Mike Allen
Executive Coach, Partner
Centre for Organisation Development

2019-06-21T16:17:22+11:00

Mike Allen
Executive Coach, Partner
Centre for Organisation Development

Mike Allen
Project Done has given me a flying start to the year. I have done a number of similar programs - none of which come close to what Geoff has put together.
David Carrington

I recommend him very highly indeed

Geoff was recommended to me as a speaker for our annual Local Government Lawyers Conference and I am very glad that he was. Geoff presented a fantastic session on our key themes of innovation and change. Critically for us, his work was really tailored and focussed on the issues we face in Local Government and was very well received by the group. It caused me to reassess my concepts of change and innovation and, importantly, how I could make changes big and small to ensure projects have the best chance of succeeding. Geoff is excellent at what he does and I would recommend him very highly indeed.

David Carrington
Executive, General Counsel
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Linked In

2019-06-23T12:18:34+11:00

David Carrington
Executive, General Counsel
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Linked In

David Carrington
Geoff was recommended to me as a speaker for our annual Local Government Lawyers Conference and I am very glad that he was. Geoff presented a fantastic session on our key themes of innovation and change. Critically for us, his work was really tailored and focussed on the issues we face in Local Government and was very well received by the group. It caused me to reassess my concepts of change and innovation and, importantly, how I could make changes big and small to ensure projects have the best chance of succeeding. Geoff is excellent at what he does and I would recommend him very highly indeed.

Better than anyone I know

There is a greater need than ever before to be smart, to have great ideas and to be able to commercialize them and put them into practice. Geoff is one of the people that does that better than anyone I know.

Gihan Perera
Futurist • Speaker • Author
GihanPerera.com

2016-03-21T13:20:19+11:00

Gihan Perera
Futurist • Speaker • Author
GihanPerera.com

There is a greater need than ever before to be smart, to have great ideas and to be able to commercialize them and put them into practice. Geoff is one of the people that does that better than anyone I know.
Robyn Walshe

Loved your presentation

I really loved your presentation. Good content, simply and effectively presented, good use of chat questions to take things further, the right pace, an authentic and honest approach in terms of your “selling” - I’d be very pleased with myself if I was to deliver a webinar at your professional standard. I usually come away from webinars with a tinge of disappointment. Not so with this!

Robyn Walshe
Director, Davidson Kemp Consultancy
DavidsonKemp.co.nz

2019-06-21T16:21:38+11:00

Robyn Walshe
Director, Davidson Kemp Consultancy
DavidsonKemp.co.nz

Robyn Walshe
I really loved your presentation. Good content, simply and effectively presented, good use of chat questions to take things further, the right pace, an authentic and honest approach in terms of your “selling” - I’d be very pleased with myself if I was to deliver a webinar at your professional standard. I usually come away from webinars with a tinge of disappointment. Not so with this!
Dr Jason Fox

Better than anyone I know

You’ve been at the intersection of so many different ideas and trends. Geoff has a better sense of the collective zeitgeist of our times than anyone I know.

Dr Jason Fox
Wizard-rogue, Keynote Speaker, Author
DrJasonFox.com

2019-06-21T15:58:18+11:00

Dr Jason Fox
Wizard-rogue, Keynote Speaker, Author
DrJasonFox.com

Dr Jason Fox
You’ve been at the intersection of so many different ideas and trends. Geoff has a better sense of the collective zeitgeist of our times than anyone I know.
Sally Mabelle

Inspiring. Motivating. Uplifting

Thank you Geoff for the inspiring, clarity-creating process you shared with me in encouraging to write my manifesto. I appreciate your great ability to structure a thinking process which led me to create a motivating and uplifting statement. My manifesto now gives me a keen sense of purpose and mission and adds a new sense of direction to my work in the world - and can help others know clearly what I'm about as well.

Sally Mabelle
Leadership Expert and Speaker
SallyMabelle.com

2019-06-21T16:03:56+11:00

Sally Mabelle
Leadership Expert and Speaker
SallyMabelle.com

Sally Mabelle
Thank you Geoff for the inspiring, clarity-creating process you shared with me in encouraging to write my manifesto. I appreciate your great ability to structure a thinking process which led me to create a motivating and uplifting statement. My manifesto now gives me a keen sense of purpose and mission and adds a new sense of direction to my work in the world - and can help others know clearly what I'm about as well.

A Potted History…

Education

  • Master of Architecture degree (US)
  • Bachelor of Architecture degree with Honours (Australia)
  • Practitioner and Master Practitioner in NLP
  • Multiple Team Leader of Team Management and Leadership Program, Landmark Education
  • Diploma of Ontological Coaching from Newfield Institute
  • Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) and The Mindful Life Program with Mark Molony
  • Plus certificate courses in Small Business, Training and Assessment and a couple of others

Author

Programs

Presenter and Facilitator

  • American Institute of Architects – St Louis
  • Union of International Architects – Montreal
  • American Institute of Architecture Students – Chicago
  • Eco-City: International Design Conference
  • Eco-Design: International Design Conference
  • Professional Speakers Association (PSA)
  • (formerly National Speakers Association of Australia)
  • Accelerative Learning Society of Australia
  • Centre for Organisation Development
  • Leukaemia Foundation – Victoria
  • Leukaemia Foundation – Australia
  • Leader Newspapers
  • Thought Leaders
  • Macquarie Bank
  • James Hardie
  • NEC
  • Business Blueprint
  • Local Government Lawyers
  • Commercial Metals Group (CMC)
  • Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE
  • Leadership Development Centre (LDC) (NZ)
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • More here…

Change Agent

  • Facilitator of Strategic Planning events
  • Coached small business clients to a wide range of successes
  • Manifesto Maker at the 1000 Manifestos

Geoff McDonald - The Centaur

Interesting Bits

  • Exhibitor of his paintings and sculptures – including The Centaur
  • Owner and chief strategist of a website design studio
  • Architectural practice experience in Australia and the UK
  • Stock market trader – this funded living in the US for 18 months
  • Sports Nut – will marvel at almost any sport
  • All-Australian Intervarsity Baseball team
  • Read over 550 books in the past 12 years

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