Inspirational, passionate, and rich with stories, Major General Jim Molan served in the Australian Army, and is an Honorary Colonel of the Australian Army Aviation Corps.
An Officer of the Order of Australia and 2009’s Australian Thinker of the Year, Major General Jim Molan was the leader of a multi-national force of 300,000 troops in Iraq. He has served all over the world, including in Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Germany and the United States. He ran the evacuation of the Australian citizens from Jakarta and Bali during the collapse of the Suharto regime, and organized the military evacuations of thousands of foreigners in East Timor. He also commanded the evacuation force from the Solomon Islands in 2000, and was the chief of operations in Iraq during 2004 and 2005. For his work, he was awarded the Legion of Merit by the United States Government and the Distinguished Service Cross by the Australian Government.
- Major General Jim Molan spent over forty years in the Australian Defence Force, retiring in July 2008.
- In 2004, Jim was deployed to Iraq to lead a multi-national force of 300,000 troops. In a rapidly changing situation, facing a new style of insurgency, the Molan plan achieved results which included the first democratic elections held in Iraq and rebuilding and protecting Iraq's infrastructure, including vital oil production.
- Major General Jim Molan was key in leading a huge organisation to adapt and change.
- For "distinguished command and leadership in action" in Iraq, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Legion of Merit by the US Government.
- In 2009, he was the recipient of the Australian Thinker of the Year Award in recognition of the contribution Australian thinkers make both nationally and globally.
- 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 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.
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 help you to explore approaches for achieving success in turbulent times. In a rapidly changing situation, facing a new style of insurgency in Iraq, Jim was instrumental in leading a huge organisation to adapt and change. The results of his achievements include the first democratic elections held in the country.
Jim served in the Australian Army from 1968 to 2008, and is an Honorary Colonel of the Australian Army Aviation Corps. As a public speaker, he is inspirational, passionate, and rich with stories. His presentation topics include various leadership presentations, including his most popular “Leadership in Challenging Times: Leading, managing, changing, and winning in tough times.”
Jim Molan’s military career was incredibly eventful. He ran the evacuation of the Australian citizens from Jakarta and Bali during the collapse of the Suharto regime, and organized the military evacuations of thousands of foreigners in East Timor. He also commanded the evacuation force from the Solomon Islands in 2000, and was the chief of operations in Iraq during 2004 and 2005, overseeing a multi-national force of over 300,000 troops. For his work, he was awarded the Legion of Merit by the United States Government and the Distinguished Service Cross by the Australian Government.
He has served all over the world, including in Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Germany, and the United States. Jim also served five years in the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, and was awarded the Indonesian decoration Bintang Dharma Yudha Nararya by President Suharto. An Officer of the Order of Australia and 2009’s Australian Thinker of the Year, Jim currently teaches operational art at the Australian Defence College and is a director at the Saint James Ethics Centre.
A true leader, Jim is insightful and incredibly experienced in leading individuals and groups under highly stressful conditions, while being uniquely articulate enough to translate these experiences into workable skills for civilians and military alike.
“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 CardiacSurgery – 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
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