Business Leader and Strategist
Steve Lennon is an experienced business leader with a background that spans investment banking, technology, management consulting, creative agency and executive leadership roles in Australia, the US and Europe.
An expert in strategy, business transformation and culture management, Steve helps clients align their brand promise, operational capability, leadership and organisational culture to deliver sustained high performance. He brings a powerful combination of energy, insight, financial acumen and creativity to bear in his consulting and leadership approach.
Steve has led many large, enterprise-wide business transformation projects for leading organisations such NSW Government, Transport Construction Authority, Barclays Bank, National Australia Bank, Johnson & Johnson, Laing O'Rourke, Qantas and NRMA Insurance.
Steve Lennon started his career as a Chartered Accountant, before moving into investment banking with Lehman Brothers in New York. After a spell in commercial banking, management consulting and technology, Steve led the world-renowned creative agency, Imagination, in Australia for 5 years, before moving into the infrastructure sector, with APP Corporation and Arup, an independent firm of more than 10,000 consultants, designers, planners, engineers and technical specialists.
In early 2014, Steve was appointed a Consulting Principal for Fujitsu Australia, part of one of the world's largest IT services companies. He leads a team of management and technology consultants, working with Fujitsu industry and solution specialists to support clients and deliver consulting assignments.
He is adept at strategy formulation and has international consulting experience across large capital projects in transport, telecommunications, housing, commercial property and financial services. Steve has led the development of new businesses in financial services, consulting and technology and has been directly involved in more than 15 M&A transactions.
In his presentations Steve shares his firsthand experience of the challenges involved in aligning teams around a common goal, and how to successfully address the strategic, leadership, cultural and implementation challenges involved.
He enjoys adventure travel and in 2013 played a key support role in the successful Shackleton Epic expedition to Antarctica. A crew of five British and Australian adventurers joined expedition leader Tim Jarvis to re-enact Sir Ernest Shackleton's perilous 1916 Antarctic journey of survival sailing a replica of his original 22.5ft wooden boat the James Caird.
Steve is accredited to deliver the Shackleton's Way leadership program and is a Lead Facilitator of Walking the Talk, the world's leading culture management methodology.
In his presentation, 'Leading through the Wilderness', Steve explores Shackleton's leadership principals and his own modern-day pilgrimage through rural France, Antarctica and Patagonia, sharing what he learned, personally and professionally, from the epic stories of the Camino de Santiago and Sir Ernest Shackleton.
I was able to get new points/ideas that will be implemented in my workplace.
HSBC Bank Qatar
Excellent workshop. Came to solve many of our problems and the target was achieved.
He walks the talk and inspires interaction with teams.
Working with Steve and his team, we brought staff together across divisions and asked them what we needed to improve. The employees drove the process and the focus areas that we are now working to develop. They are working together as one team and have an underlying sense of achievement in everything we do. The culture journey so far has been transformational for the entire company, and it has brought people together. The outlook for SBS is more positive than it was 18 months ago, employees are happier, and we are achieving more success.
The ‘One Story’ was most probably one of the best ideas that you have suggested to us and your guidance in this regard is appreciated. We have used it to create shared meaning of what the acquisition means and what the vision for the bank is. It helped to align the integration teams and focused their energy on the task at hand. Something I need to thank you for is the unofficial work you have done as facilitator to develop balance and understanding between the Absa and Barclays team members of the Culture Work Stream. You were able to take a third position and guided us through conflict and misunderstanding.
Steve stood out as someone of exceptional integrity, respect, and with high emotional intelligence. He and his team over-delivered and were a joy to work with at all times.
National Australia Bank
Thank you for your contribution & support with building the strategy. I think we have traction now & we are on the way!
Steve has an amazingly creative and strategic mind. He is highly astute and has an uncanny ability to help clients to see around corners. High energy, determination and able to support clients to cut through the noise to get to the heart of the issue is Steve’s true gift. Hope we get to work together again.
Heidrick & Struggles
As a business leader, Steve has both the ability to see opportunities that others miss and the creative energy to get them over the line. As a people leader, he knows how to challenge and stretch teams beyond their comfort zone, providing the platform and the environment for others to succeed.
I've worked with Steve Lennon for 4 years now, and have always found him to be a great leader and motivator. He has the complete trust and respect of all of his colleagues and clients, and always leads by example.