"Success is a
function of our support base, our training, our capacity to
influence others, and having the insight to know what we don't
know - and to seek the answers."
Don McKenzie counts himself lucky to have had
several mentors who assisted him at key points in his career
“Executive coaching can bring benefits that range from
developing leadership and organisation skills to addressing the
everyday issues and concerns associated with interpersonal
relationships, stress and role ambiguity. Confidentiality and
trust can be assured and this is critical to the coaching
relationship” he says.
Don’s background as an industrial engineer and organisational
psychologist gives him an edge. “I have a very logical and
pragmatic view of organisation development and organisation
change strategies, as well as having insight into the
motivation, development needs and aspirations of managers and
Any advice on career advancement needs to be based on a solid
knowledge of what organisations are looking for at the senior
level. The youngest individual and only the second non
accountant to be made partner at the Australian arm of Arthur
Young (now Ernst and Young), Don was involved in establishing
its national recruitment practice and founded the Strategic
Management practice. He was seconded to the US firm to oversee
the strategic management practice there, personally consulting
to law firms, corporate legal departments, banks and other
corporations with respect to strategic thinking, restructuring
merging and change.
Don has experience in making organisations grow. As Group CEO of
Gadens Lawyers, he took the organisation from a mid-sized firm
to what is now a significant national firm with over 95 partners
and specialised practices in banking, commercial, litigation,
energy & resources, intellectual property, insurance law,
workplace relations and other areas.
Don gets a genuine “buzz” out of developing people. He has spent
almost all of his professional life assisting with the growth of
individuals and teams.
Don is an active member of several community organizations,
reads widely and is a passionate fly fisherman and traveller. He
has memberships for the following: State President of The
Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Chair of
Community Connections Australia (CCA) and FAICD.