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The CLF Creative Leader Interviews on Leadership, Creativity and Innovation

A history of interviews with leaders by The Creative Leadership Forum and articles from the CLF


Entries in Education (9)


Creative Leadership in Eradicating Illiteracry - A Case Study from Egypt

Creative Leadership In Eradicating Illiteracy - A Case Study in Egypt from Ralph Kerle on Vimeo.

Sherif El Tokali, Assistant Resident Representative, Poverty Reducation, United Nations Development Programme, Egypt offers a quick insight into how a literacy programme designed around multi-media has had astonishing success with adult learners encouraged by their children to become computer literate initially as opposed to literate. To obtain full details of this programme and its aims and objectives go to the Egypt ICT Trust Fund.

A presentation The role of community telecentres in helping citizens help themselves offers further insight into how this programme's next step is being considered

Ralph Kerle interviews Elizabeth Ann MacGregor, Executive Director Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Australia

Ralph Kerle interviews Elizabeth Ann MacGregor, Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Australia from Grant Crossley on Vimeo.

Ralph Kerle interviews Elizabeth Ann MacGregor about her participation in the 2020 Summit and the role of art in the development of business, creativity and education


Ralph Kerle, Executive Chairman of The Creative Leadership Forum interviews Professor Roy Green, Dean, Faculty of Business, University of Technology, Sydney

Ralph Kerle, executive chairman of The Creative Leadership Forum interviews Professor Roy Green, Dean, Faculty of Business Unive from Grant Crossley on Vimeo.

Executive chairman of The Creative Leadership Forum interviews Professor Roy Green, Dean, Faculty of Business, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) about innovation and creative leadership within the education and services sectors


Rosemary Howard and Ralph Kerle podcast on Leadership, Creativity and Innovation


Chairmans Report - The Basics Have Changed

Back to basics is the mantra I keep hearing from senior leaders and business owners as they prepare for an indeterminate period of turbulence and uncertainty. However, it is not possible for us to return to the basics as the basics we know no longer exist. Our reliance on measurement and technology as a prediction for the future has shown to be false and often misleading as companies keep re-adjusting their revenue and profit projections, downwards in nearly all instances, and job layoffs start to take hold. The craziness is compounded when world trade collapses by 45% in a quarter; investors in super funds see their savings reduced by 35% and investors rush to invest in gold as it climbs beyond US$1000 an ounce as other commodities crash. Against these facts how can we make economic sense? The only certainty seems to be the media who keep perpetuating the doom and gloom.

In January 31, 2009 the leading article in the Sydney Morning Herald Weekend Business Section uses a pictorial metaphor of several old fashion galleons armed to the teeth carrying flags from America, UK and Australia rushing rapidly toward a giant waterfall created by melting icebergs with the caption "Drop the anchor, we're going over the edge!!"

Here we stand in a moment in time where everything we have taken for granted economically; everything we considered secure and certain about our assets and our ability to earn and grow those assets seems to be in question. Our reality is now contained in a miasma of ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty waiting for signals suggesting the economic order has either completely imploded or landed safely.


Just this weekend at the top end of town, the World Economic Forum 2009, Niall Ferguson, an economic historian from Harvard, named this coming period the Great Repression comparing the global situation to what happened recently in the Argentinean economy.

It is against this backdrop of systemic economic breakdown, the Creative Leadership Forum has recorded its best monthly revenue on record and goes into 2009 with an unprecedented number of bookings for leadership programmes, consultancies and for me, keynote speaking engagements.

It is not by chance this has occurred.

Senior leaders and managers know we are in a crisis of extraordinary proportions and as a result are keen for deep and meaningful dialogues devoid of posturing, propaganda and proselytizing. This week the World Economic Forum Davos 2009 has shown the importance and power of open dialogue at the highest levels. Leaders seem to be seeking different opinions, listening with new intent, not eager to make decisions necessarily; more to reflect, to gather their own thoughts; to try and understand what it is that is emerging globally and nationally. This is a scary uncomfortable place to be in especially for leaders in organisations who have relied on what they considered once reliable measurement and information systems.

What a time like this calls for is authentic dialogues devoid of any hint of rhetoric or status as leaders seek signs of new emerging conditions and directions. Open-heartedness, open-mindedness and an open will to live with the current darkness of uncertainty and to make hard decisions requires extraordinary personal powers of balance, perseverance, patience and resilience.

These are the philosophies and practices that great creative leaders such as Nelson Mandela have embodied - the ability to apply those values and concepts in times of darkness for the benefit of their constituents and stakeholders..

Are our business or organisational leaders equipped to embody those practices as we move forward in these times?