John Groarke, has over 37 years experience as a management consultant in a career that also includes:

Operational (strategy consulting) – providing and leading internal support in business operations, service delivery, learning and knowledge, and training to major professional services firms in Asia Pacific | IBM Business Consulting Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting

External Consulting – working for clients of major professional services firms in Europe and Asia Pacific as a strategy consultant specialising in information technology | IBM Business Consulting Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, Price Waterhouse Urwick, JEGMC - UK, Grant Thornton Management Consultants

Internal Consulting – working as the internal IT consultant to a large group of companies in the United Kingdom | Silentnight Holdings plc

Operational (industry) – developing proven IT skills from programming, through systems design and analysis, to IT management and finally management services (managing IT plus Organisation & Methods and Operations Research activities) | GB Papers plc


CLIENTS

My 400+ clients, over ALL my years, are from these sectors (ANZSIC divisions), with 200+ from Professional, Scientific and Technical Services:

Mining

Manufacturing

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

Wholesale Trade

Transport, Postal and Warehousing

Information Media and Telecommunications

Financial and Insurance Services

Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

Public Administration and Safety

Health Care and Social Assistance

Arts and Recreation Services

Other Services

Reference stories and case studies are available, on request. Client testimonials are also available, depending upon the non-disclosure agreements entered into.

I was a Mentor for the Australian Government's Enterprise Connect - Enterprise Learning and Mentoring (ELM) program until June 2012 when the program closed.

Pro-bono

NSW Enterprise Workshop - presenter (services strategy), review panellist, trial judge, mentor ... closed in March 2017

Women in Film and Television NSW - Mentor Scheme - business plan judge, business pitch judge

Small Business Mentoring Service [SBMS] - business mentor (NSW)

Memberships

Member - Institute of Managers and Leaders
Member - Sydney Facilitators Network

 Connections

AUSTRADE

Google+

LinkedIn

Twitter

Joint venture

FindaConsultant is a lead generation service for consultants ... a joint venture with Sharon Melamed.


News


TRAINING for the University of Sydney's Centre for Continuing Education

I have an integrated series of three Consulting Business courses:

  1. Starting a consulting business
  2. Operating a consulting business
  3. Boosting a consulting business (... for greater success).

I also have a supporting Consulting Skills course - Effective consulting skills.

Starting a consulting business [SACB]

  • basic training
  • for professionals who intend to establish a sustainable and profitable consulting business, either as a sole practitioner or as a small boutique
  • two full days (09:00 - 17:00), including lunch at a local cafe
  • previously run 12 times
  • remaining 2017 dates - two (2) consecutive Sundays:
    • 20 & 27 August
    • 19 & 26 November
  • review content & ENROL here.

Operating a consulting business [OACB]

  • core training
  • for consultants (sole practitioners, small boutique) who:
    • have been operating for up to two (2) years and wish to establish that they are ‘on track’ for a sustainable and profitable business, or 
    • are very committed to launching a consulting business
  • six evenings (18:00 - 20:30), with light refreshments
  • previously run 19 times
  • 2017 dates:
    • not scheduled
  • contact me for a course description, or, register your interest for 2018 by email to cce.programs@sydney.edu.au.

Boosting a consulting business ( ... for greater success) [BACB]

  • advanced training
  • for consultants (sole practitioners, boutiques, consulting firms) and professional advisors who have been operating for two (2) full years or more - there are no restrictions on the size (ie number of consultants) of a boutique or a consulting firm
  • two full days (09:00 - 17:00), including lunch at a local cafe
  • previously run 3 times
  • 2017 dates:
    • not scheduled
  • contact me me for a course description, or, register your interest for 2018 by email to cce.programs@sydney.edu.au.

Effective consulting skills course [ECSC]

  • core training
  • to provide participants with the techniques necessary to develop effective client relationships and improve consulting delivery skills, in order to ensure the success of their projects
  • two full days (09:00 - 17:00), including lunch at a local cafe
  • participants should have a consulting project in mind. Either one that they would like to do, or one that is already in progress. All 22 of the course activities and exercises will be relatable to that consulting project
  • previously run 4 times (for clients)
  • remaining 2017 dates - two (2) consecutive Sundays:
    • 10 & 17 September
    • 3 & 10 December
  • review content & ENROL here.

WORKSHOPS for the 'Clearly Business' Sydney Metro Business Enterprise Centre

I will be running a series of workshops for consultants, professional advisors, services-centric businesses and product businesses intending to introduce services and/or solutions:

  1. Consulting as a career ... is it for you?
  2. Rapidly transition to a consultant … and a consulting business
  3. How to make a living as a consultant … the 18 fundamental actions
  4. How to grow a consulting business … ready? .. steady .. grow!.

Consulting as a career ... is it for you?

  • basic training
  • for professionals who intend to consult – as an external consultant (sole practitioner, in a boutique, for a ‘brand-name’) or as an internal consultant - and not join the 20% of consulting businesses which fail in the first year
  • you will leave the workshop with a clear “yes” or a clear “no” decision on whether this is the right path for you or not
  • and during the workshop you will have received all the facts and insights you need to make that critical decision
  • previously run 8 times
  • 2017 dates:
    • to be scheduled
  • register your interest here.

Rapidly transition to a consultant ... and a consulting business

  • basic training
  • for professionals who are actively considering a consulting career and need to know what’s required to rapidly start-up their business.
  • you will leave the workshop with an outline action plan, which results in the development of a marketing plan
  • previously run 16 times
  • 2017 dates:
    • to be scheduled
  • register your interest here.

How to make a living as a consultant ... the 18 fundamental actions

  • core training
  • for professionals who want to know the core skills, knowledge and experience they must possess to be an effective consultant, and, the 18 fundamental actions which they must implement to set the foundations for a successful, sustainable and profitable consulting business
  • previously run 25 times
  • 2017 dates:
    • to be scheduled
  • register your interest here.

How to grow a consulting business … ready? .. steady .. grow!

  • advanced training
  • for professionals who want to know
    • What’s needed to be ready for growth
    • The two options for growth; organic, inorganic
    • How to grow organically
    • How to grow inorganically
    • The further steps to build business value in both options.
  • previously run 1 time
  • 2017 dates:
    • to be scheduled
  • register your interest here.

'Old' news 

Expert Contributor to Kochie's Business Builders

I was writing fortnightly insights and anecdotes on how to further develop your consultancy business:

Please note that some of my articles were published via their Kochie's Business Builders Bulletin which is an iPhone and iPad app.

Conference: Institute of Management Consultants - November 2016 National Conference - short talk - "How to rapidly improve / transform ... ADAPT + INNOVATE + FACILITATE".

Workshop: Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber - October 2014 - How to make a living as a consultant - the fundamental actions - at Blue Mountains Business Central.

Workshop: Village North Sydney - November 2013 launch - Answers to three BIG consulting questions: #1 - Fending off contractors, #2 - Keeping topical and maintaining relevance, #3 - Generate certainty and confidence.

Workshop: Sydney Business Month - May 2013 program - A consulting career - is it for you?

Exhibitions & Conferences: Flying Solo LIVE! / Independent's Day - I exhibited at Flying Solo's public event at the Australian Technology Park, Redfern, Sydney for four consecutive years (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008).

Workshops: NSW Government - Trade & Investment - Small Business September initiative - I presented my How to make a living as a consultant - the fundamental actions seminar and workshop at The Business Centre, North Parramatta in 2011, 2010 and 2009 (three times each year).

Workshops: NSW Government - Trade & Investment - MicroBiz Week initiative - I presented my How to make a living as a consultant - the fundamental actions seminar and workshop at The Business Centre, North Parramatta in 2011.

Conference: Hargraves Institute 2009 Innovation Conference - paper - "Have we got an innovative advisor for you" - which examined the characteristics of such an advisor.

Keynote speech: Lexmark - May 2009 - "The new normal in professional services".


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