Retiring from The Australian Army in July 2008 after 40 years service, Major General Molan has seen service across a broad range of command appointments in operations, training and diplomatic genres. US Ambassador Negroponte wrote, “Molan excelled as a soldier diplomat in the complicated political and military environment of Iraq....he provided the wise counsel and strong leadership necessary for our success in creating a democratic, secure and free Iraq....Major General Molan literally made history and helped reshape the Middle East."
Fluent in Indonesian, a helicopter pilot, Commander of an Infantry Battalion, Commander of Australian Defence Colleges, service in East Timor and Solomon Islands all provided the necessary training and experience when in his posting to Iraq was promulgated. Major General Molan was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by the Australian Government and the Legion of Merit by the United States Government.
Each year the prestigious Australian Thinker of the Year Award is presented in recognition of the contribution Australian thinkers make both nationally and globally. Jim Molan, best-selling author of Running the War in Iraq, was awarded the 2009 Australian Thinker of the Year in recognition of his unique work as an Australian general leading 300‚000 troops‚ including 155‚000 Americans in Iraq.
If you think today’s businesses challenges are tough, then the experiences of Jim Molan will provide you with a unique perspective and assist you to explore approaches for achieving success in turbulent times.
In 2004 Jim was deployed to Iraq to oversee a multi-national force of 300‚000 troops. In a rapidly changing situation, facing a new style of insurgency, he was instrumental in leading a huge organisation to adapt and change, achieving results which included the first democratic elections held in Iraq.
Jim will share with you how high quality intelligent leadership can transform a massive organisation, and how it is able to adapt and change to find a way to success in the most challenging of environments.
Leadership, organisational behavior and management in extreme situations - Jim’s experiences, lessons and style are both refreshing and highly insightful and relevant to the world of business.
In August 2008, Jim published his book “Running the War in Iraq". It is a dbouble best seller currently in its second edition and is available as an e-book.
Combining steely resolve with a personal humility, Jim believes that success relies much more on the combination of ‘common language’ and developing social capital, than on position. Jim shares his organisational approach to leadership that can inform any leader in turbulent times.
Running the War in Iraq is an insider’s account of modern warfare that every leader will want to read.
It′s the most controversial conflict of our time: a war which has divided citizens, politicians, and militaries, resulted in headlines about torture and suicide bombings, death and destruction. There′s no single identifiable enemy and no exit strategy. So how will the war in Iraq be won? What will victory look like?
In 2004, when Australian Major General Jim Molan was deployed to the war to oversee a force of 300,000 troops, including 155,000 Americans, he faced these and other questions on a daily basis. In Running the War in Iraq he gives a gripping insider′s account of what modern warfare entails - the ghastly body count, the complex decisions which will mean life or death, the divide between political masters and foot soldiers - and the hard-won triumphs.
Completely captured and engaged our audience, feedback from our people was unanimously positive. Excellent messages delivered extremely professionally.
FYG Planners Pty. Ltd.
“This is a belated ‘thank you’ for your wonderful presentation at Risky Business symposium.
Your talk was inspiring and exciting and proved to be a major topic of discussion throughout the conference. It was referred to by many speakers over the course of the meeting, in such a variety of contexts."
Royal Children's Hospital
Your presentation at the Leader Forum was really well received, and we've had great feedback.
AMP Capital Investors Limited
You stimulated our thinking whilst giving us a precious insight into the reality and subsequent leadership behaviours that need to be processed in such high stake settings. Also we simply really enjoyed having you around and felt a natural affinity. Rob’s now got a few ‘General Jim’ sayings to add to his leadership quotes (something about a sixpence!) and it’s a really valuable experience for the whole team to be stimulated by exposure to someone who can so convincingly ‘walk the talk’.
The feedback has been tremendous and your message was loud and clear. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and wisdom.
5th World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery – Cairns
Everyone was unanimous in their praise for you as a speaker and for your contribution to the success of the evening. Your ability to speak with humour and candour on the serious topics was very impressive.
Australian Industry & Defence Network
You will be a hard act to follow.
On behalf of all of us in the School of Political Science and International Studies, thanks enormously for your presentation, which was the most well-attended politics event of any I have witnessed during my time at UQ. Both our students and the wider audience gained enormously from your insights.
University of Queensland