Speaking Engagements

In-Person, Online, or Hybrid

Dr Josie McLean has extensive experience as a catalyst for change. For over twenty years she has been seeding new ways of seeing and doing things by helping individuals, teams, and communities identify and rethink the unconscious assumptions by which they are held captive.

Keynote Topic Summaries

Josie offers keynotes on several topics of her expertise, all built on decades of research and practical experience. Her delivery is engaging, entertaining, and accessible.

Systems Thinking: An Introduction for leaders

Leaders need to stop treating their businesses as machines. Working like a “well-oiled machines”, “running at 100% efficiency” and “rolling the changes out” are a dead give-away! Understanding how living systems behave, means that you you can make better decisions and become more effective at leading change and nurturing teams that are resilient and adaptive. Learn the different types of systems and how they behave.

Adaptive Leadership: Leading from the inside out.

Much of what we think we, in modern Western societies, know about leadership comes from the legacy of Kings, military leaders and even Church leaders. For too long we have thought of leaders as being the authority figure, or the hero in charge. 

The present and immediate future are disruptive – and one person can never know enough, to know ‘the answer’. The challenges we face are complex and messy. We have systems

overlapping and interconnecting. Modern challenges require a different approach – they require us all to re-learn what leadership is. We need to look at our internal systems and drivers to transform ourselves. 

Cultural Change: Managing a sustaining human environment.

The challenge of human centred leadership is being able to innovate, satisfy staff, increase diversity and inclusiveness, manage environmental sustainability, respond to customers while leaving a legacy for your children and grandchildren! Josie offers simplicity on the other side of complexity. Learn how to transform your culture into a sustainable human environment.

Sustainability and Regeneration: Authentic systemic transformation.

What’s the difference between sustainability and regeneration? Both are complex or adaptive challenges that require us to think and behave differently to the way we created them. Most of us are applying the same thinking and tools to try and solve the problem that created the mess we are in.  New stories are emerging. New ways of working together. A culture of caring and nurturing that is founded in the interdependence of everything. Josie will explore three interrelated spheres of transformation, Personal, Structural and Cultural to show you what’s possible in systemic transformation.

Contact us

If you would like to book Dr Josie McLean for a speaking engagement, please fill out the form below and one of our team will be in contact with you soon. Otherwise, you can contact us directly at hello@the-partnership.com.au, or call Fiona Toy, Chief of Staff at The Partnership on +61 (0)405 323 001 to set up a time to talk with Josie.

Qualifications, awards, and publications

Josie’s Qualifications

  • PhD (organisational sustainability and cultural transformation, leadership, complexity)
  • Graduate Diploma in Management
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Leadership studies at Harvard University, USA.
  • Professional Certified Coach, ICF

Josie’s Awards

  • Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • International Coaching Federation – 2009 President’s Award for services to the Australasian coaching industry (International Award)
  • University of SA’s Most Outstanding Student Award in 1996 for Grad Dip In Mgt course.

Josie’s Publications


Big Little Shifts: A practitioner’s guide to complexity for organisational change and adaptation (2020)

Organizational Change as Emergence: A Living Systems Perspective, Handbook of Systems Sciences, Springer, 2021
Sam Wells, Josie McLean, Pages 559-581

Ecological and Climate-Conscious Coaching: A Companion Guide to Evolving Coaching Practice
By: Alison Whybrow (Editor), Eve Turner (Editor), Josie McLean (Editor), Peter Hawkins (Editor)
Due for release on 2 December, 2022

Academic Papers

The second industrial transformation of Australian landscapes
BA Bryan, WS Meyer, CA Campbell, GP Harris, T Lefroy, G Lyle, P Martin, …
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5 (3-4), 278-287, 2013

One Way Forward to Beat the Newtonian Habit with a Complexity Perspective on Organisational Change
S Wells, J McLean
Systems 1 (4), 66-84, 2013

Simple models for managing complex social–ecological systems: the landscape futures analysis tool (LFAT)
DM Summers, BA Bryan, WS Meyer, G Lyle, S Wells, J McLean, T Moon, …
Environmental Modelling & Software 63, 217-229, 2015

Regional engagement and spatial modelling for natural resource management planning
WS Meyer, BA Bryan, DM Summers, G Lyle, S Wells, J McLean, …
Sustainability Science 11 (5), 733-747, 2016

Adapted future landscapes-from aspiration to implementation
W Meyer, B Bryan, G Lyle, J McLean, T Moon, M Siebentritt, D Summers, …
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, 2013

Flourishing at the edge of chaos: leading purposeful change and loving it
J McLean, S Wells
Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management 4 (1), 53-61, 2010

Embedding sustainability into organisational DNA: a story of complexity
J McLean
University of Adelaide, Business School, 2018

Organizational Change as Emergence: A Living Systems Perspective
S Wells, J McLean
Handbook of Systems Sciences, 1-24, 2020

Emergent organisational change: A living systems perspective
S Wells, J McLean
Handbook of Systems Sciences, 2019

Flourishing at the edge of chaos: Leading purposeful change and loving it
R Wells, J McLean
Spirituality, Leadership and Management Network, 2010