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Peter Rennie

Dr Peter Rennie

Peter is the Managing Director of Leadership Australia.  For the last twenty years he has run his own organisation development consultancies with core work on leadership development and cultural change.  He has led workshops throughout Australia and in South East Asia with senior level managers and executives to develop and enhance their leadership capacities.  His client list includes BHP Billiton, John Sands, Sensis, Utilimode (United Energy) and TXU along with a range of other small to medium sized organisations.

Peter came to the business of consulting after a professional life as a medical practitioner and family therapist.  He has integrated his understandings from these spheres in three ways. 

First, his knowledge of the field of psychodrama grounds his work with clients in an engaging and action oriented method. 

Second, as a methodical diagnostician he has reflected deeply on causes and remedies for problems that plague organisations and thwart intentions for productive leadership. 

Third, his fascination with systems has stimulated the development of practical frameworks, tools and programs including the FIBS ROCK model, The Question Generator, the Australian Leadership 360° Feedback Process, the Australian Leadership Program, the Reciprocal Feedback System, and Parabolic Leadership.

Peter is the author of “The Power Of Feedback” (1997), based on the Reciprocal Feedback System for which he won the National Award in Adult Education and HRD, and is a co-author of “Fresh Thinking” (2003).  He has been featured in numerous journals and publications including BRW, The Australian Financial Review, Executive Excellence, The Age, and The Australian.  He is featured in Business Essentials with Michael Shildberger (Nov 2003) and has been interviewed on radio many times.  His workshops and conference keynote addresses are highly acclaimed.

After graduating with Honours in Medicine from Melbourne University Peter spent the first four years as a hospital doctor before moving into the area of Social and Preventive Medicine at Melbourne University.  He worked with the Victorian Health Department as a senior health educator and medical consultant in campaigns promoting awareness and understanding of habitual drug and alcohol behaviours.  A further 18 months were committed to medical practice in Melbourne prisons before choosing a career change.

Peter then trained as a psychotherapist with the Cairnmillar Institute and Williams Road Family Therapy Centre.  He undertook seven years of extensive training in group dynamics work and action learning methods.  As a qualified Family Therapist he managed a busy private practice.  His interest in family systems extended to organisational systems.  From this background Peter developed a deep understanding of group behaviour and the processes that underpin effective change and organisational development.

He travelled widely and attended conferences and workshops in different countries around the world.  Formal learning coupled with deep reflection about his clients and his own life experiences have informed much of his work.  During this period he and colleague Ian Shrives were Directors of Shrives Rennie & Associates working with organisations on large-scale cultural change. 

In 1995 Peter established his own consultancy business Learning Research and Development Pty Ltd with a special focus on the development of organisational learning cultures and feedback systems, for which he was the 1995 Winner of a National Award for Adult Education and Human Resource Development. 

In 1997 Peter published his first book, The Power of Feedback, which was launched by Philip Adams and Barry Jones with a forward by Sir Gustav Nossal.  

In 2000 Peter chose to focus on leadership with the advent of Leadership Australia.  Since then he consulted with a large range of organisations on cultural change and leadership development. Peter is currently writing a book on leadership that explores how middle and senior managers can thrive through collaboration in predominantly command and control organisations.