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Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders Today


Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: Breaking Down Generational Barriers At Work
by Avril Henry

We have entered a bold new era in which the “skills shortage” is the norm and the balance of power has shifted from employers to employees. In this constantly evolving world, it is crucial to build inclusive, collaborative relationships that enable us to achieve personal, professional and organisational goals.

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders Today brings a unique approach to this highly topical issue and dispels many of the myths and stereotypes. Meticulously researched, Avril Henry takes a comprehensive profile of the cultural, political and ideological factors which have shaped the various mentalities and values of each generation and examines how these values impact working and social relationships.

From an analysis of the factors which engender company loyalty and job satisfaction, to an examination into the centrality of corporate branding, Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders Today is a distillation of the wisdom and insights Avril has gained throughout her outstanding international career in HR and management. Expect a pragmatic book rich in content that provides the keys to greater employee engagement and loyalty.

Avril Henry, Managing Director of Avril Henry Pty Ltd and author, embarked on a career which spanned senior roles in Finance, IT Project Management, Change Management and HR. From 1996 to 2003, Avril held HR Director roles at DMR Consulting Group, Merrill Lynch and Clayton Utz, covering the Asia Pacific region.

During 2006, Ms Henry completed a Ministerial Review for the Minister of Defence into Recruitment and Retention in the Army, Air Force and Navy. The recommendations of “The Henry Report” were accepted by the Australian government in December 2006. Following the review, Ms Henry was appointed as a Strategic Advisor to the Chief of Navy and joined the Navy’s Workforce Planning Committee. In 2002, Avril was one of five finalists in the Australian HR Awards for Best HR Director. In 2006, she won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in HR Award at the Australian Human Resources Awards. In 2005, she was a finalist in the Sydney Business Review Business Woman of the Year. In 2008, she was recognised by the NSW government, as part of International Women’s Day, as one of the 100 women nominated for the NSW Woman of the Year 2008. She has been honoured in the 2009 Australian Who’s Who of Women, as one of the most inspiring businesswomen and female leaders.

Ms Henry has been contracted by the University of Western Sydney to develop a three year leadership programme for their gifted scholarship students, to be delivered in addition to their academic studies to better prepare them for leadership positions in the future.

Ms Henry is the author of “Leadership Revelations: An Australian Perspective”, “The Who What When and Y of Generation Why?”, and is a co-author of the book “Ideas, Original Perspectives from Leading Thinkers”. She is featured in the book “Secrets Exposed of Inspiring Leaders”, as one of Australia’s most inspiring female leaders. Her latest book released in 2007, entitled “Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: Breaking Down Generational Barriers At Work” is the first in a four part series to be released over the next few years.

In 2003, Ms Henry established Avril Henry Pty Ltd, a managing consulting business focused on leadership, change management, talent management, diversity, recruitment and retention strategies. In 2008 her business was one of the five finalists in the City of Sydney Business of the Year awards.