On The Couch

We’re always excited about tackling the big issues here at the Institute of Managers and Leaders. Our new interview series ‘On the Couch’ features the Institute’s Chief Executive, David Pich discussing a wide variety of issues with some of Australia’s most respected managers and leaders.



Episode 1

Dave is joined for the first episode of On the Couch by two esteemed Members of the Institute, John Goddard FAIM and Simon Smith FAIM.

Managing and leading teams has been a lifelong interest for John Goddard and many of his personal experiences are covered in his new book focused on SME business owners ‘Business Owner to CEO’. His current activities as a Director of advisory firm, Better Managers include: establishing and improving advisory Boards, implementing people development programs, coaching on how to recruit the best people, and implementing Balanced Scorecard business planning processes.

Simon Smith is the Founder, Owner and Principal of Southern Cross Coaching and Development. Simon was awarded Coach of the Year 2013 by the International Coach Federation Australia, and was a Finalist in the Owner/Manager of the Year 2014 in IML’s Excellence Awards. He also holds the Queen’s Commission having been an officer in the British Royal Air Force, where he led a variety of teams in peacetime and non-peacetime situations.

Part 1

Hear this month’s topic: The Distinction Between Management and Leadership

Part 2

To view the full video of On the Couch – Episode 1 click here

Episode 2

Dave is joined for this, the second episode of On the Couch, by two esteemed Members of the Institute, John Pender FAIM and Stephanie Lorenzo AIMM.

Stephanie Lorenzo is the Founder and CEO of PROJECT FUTURES, a not-for-profit organisation combating human trafficking by empowering individuals to take action in their communities. Stephanie has been responsible for the growth of PROJECT FUTURES from a start-up to raising over $1M annually, supporting beneficiaries in Australia and Cambodia and plans to expand across Asia Pacific. Stephanie has twice been named one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence and currently sits on the Emerging Leaders Board of the Institute.

John Pender is Executive Director of the Australian Press Council.  He is the former Company Secretary and Senior Legal Counsel at Australian Institute of Company Directors and Secretary of the Global Network of Director Institutes. Previously, John was a private practice lawyer with wide experience.

John is a Fellow of the Institute and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (successfully completing its Board Ready program). He has a law degree and a BA (Industrial Relations/Political Science), both from University of New South Wales.

Part 1

Enjoy this month’s topic: The Future of Management and Leadership

Part 2

To view the full video of On the Couch – Episode 2 click here