I had a very humbling experience last night.

My book The Courage to Lead – Resilience and Compassion in Police Command was read by a Zone Readiness Officer in the NSW State Emergency Service from the Northern Rivers District of NSW. Her name is Lacy L.

Lacy loved my book so much she asked her Commander Gregory Swindells if I could be the After Dinner Speaker at Zone Commanders Conference for the NSW SES last night at The Pacific Bay Resort in Coffs Harbour.

I don’t think I have ever felt so welcome as I engaged with a packed room of amazing leaders who are those community leaders who helped the Northern Rivers area of NSW when they experienced two of the most unprecedented floods NSW and Australia has ever seen.

It was a privilege to share my stories about how to give yourself a chance to lead events like the Mosman Collar Bomb and the 1st 2 hours of the Lindt Cafe Siege and more importantly how you pay those experiences forward and prepare your people, your partner agencies and your community for the next big thing.

My talk and book also highlights how to form a formidable leadership team that empowers others to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive.

Thank you Carlene York APM , Debbie Platz and Sean Kearns ESM for entrusting your wonderful leaders with me whilst I shared my story and experiences. They are a great bunch of leaders and our community is fortunate to have such a wealth of expertise and experience especially who the majority of leaders in that room are volunteers.

Love the NSW State Emergency Service they are a premier, agile and dedicated Emergency Service who are recognised at a National level.