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  • Rupert MurdochTom PetersPeter SheahanJohn SymondJohn McGrathPaul CaveSteve VamosAndrew ConnolePeter WilliamsTom PanosCase Studies presentedMarshall WhiteJellis CraigHarcourts Cooper & Co.McGrath Estate AgentsCobden HaysonOuwens Casserly


  • The Concept of Mastery Introduction


  • Mountain View, California, has always been a mail town. In 1857, James W Butterfield made the town a stop for the Butterfield Overland Mail and in doing so made his company the holders of the largest land mail contract yet awarded in the United States. Shy of two hundred years later, this same town is now home to the world headquarters of Google, who in 2004 revolutionised mail themselves, launching Gmail.

    Butterfield was an entrepreneur. He enacted change through gumption. Sergey Brin and Larry Page followed Einsteins advice on mastery: learn the rules, then play better than everyone else. They had one thing in common: doing something best - mastering what they did. Vastly different enterprises, in vastly different times but a common vision.

    Mastery itself is difficult to define because it is built of other qualities: innovation; craftsmanship; passion; expertise; leadership; success; and mentoring. Its dictionary definitions are so numerous they bear testament to its complex nature. Despite this or perhaps because of it, great figures in history are indisputably recognised for their mastery, though they might never share a discipline: Sir Christopher Wrens architecture; Benjamin Grahams timeless fiscal sense; Steve Jobs design; or Elon Musks technological innovation are all examples.

    Master describes the very best practitioners in fields as diverse as the visual arts, business to golf. A master is the head of a school, a rank of academic success, an honorific bestowed on those seen to have perfected the game of chess. That tells us mastery might be hard to define but we know it when we see it.

    In fact, all this variety only serves to prove that mastery bears common elements. Wherever it is practiced, however it is practiced, we may learn from it. Learning is its key. Two thousand years ago, Julius Caesar told us that practice is the master of all things. Today, Daniel Goleman teaches us that those at the top never stop learning.

    Whatever else mastery is, it is endlessly evolving.


  • Everyone thinks of changing the world,

    but no one thinks of changing himself.

    Leo Tolstoy

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  • The Speakers Mastery brings together what we believe is the finest line up of leadership experts, coaches and mentors on the planet. Here are the creators of some of the worlds finest businesses, from small to empire, in an intimate workshop environment.

    The speakers assembled provide a blend of information and inspiration, describing mastery in all its forms: from Rupert Murdochs thunderous capacity to recognise opportunity, to Tom Peters brand of revolutionary management thinking; from John Symonds tireless industry and innovation, through to the purity of Andrew Connoles passion for his craft.

    Surrounded by just 150 of your peers, Mastery is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the worlds great thought leaders.


  • Rupert MurdochTom PetersPeter SheahanJohn SymondJohn McGrathPaul CaveSteve VamosAndrew ConnolePeter WilliamsTom PanosCase Studies presentedMarshall WhiteJellis CraigHarcourts Cooper & Co.McGrath Estate AgentsCobden HaysonOuwens Casserly


  • Rupert Murdoch An Hour with One of the Worlds Greatest Business Leaders

    Rupert Murdoch is Executive Chairman of News Corporation, the largest news and information services provider in the English speaking world comprising leading newspapers in the US, Australia and the UK; integrated marketing services; digital real estate services; book publishing; digital education; and sports programming and pay-TV distribution in Australia. He also serves as Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox.

    In 1954, Mr Murdoch took control of News Limited, whose only key asset at the time was a majority interest in the number-two daily newspaper in Adelaide. In 1960, the Company acquired the Daily Mirror and in 1964, launched na-tional newspaper, The Australian. In 1969, the Company ventured into the U.K. and later purchased The Sun newspaper.

    In the 1980s, News Corporation purchased The Times and Sunday Times as well as HarperCollins Publishers, one of the worlds largest and most digitally advanced English language publishers. In 2007, News Corporation acquired Dow Jones & Company, including The Wall Street Journal.

    News Corporation purchased Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in 1985 and the following year created the Fox Television Stations group, the foundation of FOX


  • Broadcasting Company and FOX Sports. In 1996, News Corporation launched the FOX News Channel the undisputed leader in 24-hour news service.

    Through the acquisition of Consolidated Media Holdings in 2012, News Corporation expanded to include Australias number one sports programming provider, FOX SPORTS Australia. News Corporation also owns a majority interest in REA Group.


  • Tom Peters 22 Things Before The First Thing & Getting Things Done

    Tom Peters is widely credited with almost single-handedly inventing the public management guru industry. His iconic publication In Search of Excellence was ranked as the greatest business book of all time by Britains Bloomsbury Publishing. With Bob Waterman, he redefined the way businesses managed themselves, encouraging management to return to a commitment to core drivers: people, customers, culture, action-execution and self-renewal. He is vocal in his commandments to leaders: nurture, enhance, study and act. In ongoing pursuit of excellence, the pursuit is key you should never think you cant improve. Under his tutelage, American businesses achieved a renaissance in time when they felt foreign industries were moving much faster. Tom is an advocate for women in business: as leaders, and as controllers of the three quarters of the worlds wealth. He has given well over 2,500 speeches before almost 3 million people. His latest publication The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways To Pursue Excellence, was called the best management book I have ever read by leadership guru, Warren Bennis.


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  • Peter Sheahan Creative Strategies for Turning Challenge into Opportunity

    Peter Sheahan is a globally recognised thought leader, having created an international business based on his leadership strategies. He works with the worlds leading brands to inspire innovative thinking and create lasting behavioural change. In his spare time, hes also a best-selling author and internationally acclaimed speaker. Peter defines the three strongest qualities of leaders as clarity, courage and self-awareness in his words Ive never met one individual who created an amazing company. Ive met individuals who have great teams. He was among the first to recognise the significance of the Generation Y trend and urges businesses to be open and responsive to new cultures, styles and trends. He is founder and CEO of ChangeLabs, through which he has executed some of the largest change initiatives undertaken worldwide. In 2012, he was inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame and received the lifetime achievement Council of Peers Award for Excellence. He has published six books, including international best sellers Flip and Making it Happen, and has been engaged to speak over 2000 times to an audience of more than 300,000 people.


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  • John Symond The 10 Most Important Things Ive Learned About Business

    John Symond launched Aussie Home Loans in 1992 with a $10,000 loan from his brother. He immediately fundamentally challenged the supremacy of banks in the Australian home lending industry and hasnt looked back. Aussie is now Australias leading mortgage broker with a loan portfolio value over $55 billion. In 2004, he became the first non-banker inducted into the Australian Finance and Banking Magazines Hall of Fame. As Executive Chairman of Aussie, John further disrupted the credit industry in 2005 with his introduction of a low-rate credit card and is positioned to do the same with his recent venture in car and personal loans. He is an Australian business icon, recognised for his services to the industry with a Member of the Order of Australia. Last year, he was awarded the Gold Harold Humanitarian Award for his ongoing philanthropy in childrens causes and charities. The Australian Financial Review listed him eighth in a poll of the most influential business, economic and political leaders of the past 60 years.


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  • John McGrath 5 Key Leadership Strategies & Building a Great Brand

    What turned a lounge room start up into Australias fastest growing real estate brand? Heres the first tip: its actually not all that complex. John McGraths distinct leadership, industry insights and strategies now lead a real estate group that last year sold more than $10 billion of residential property. He is a steadfast proponent of the customer-centric business model, seeking constantly to innovate through service and technology. He manages a high performance team, actively maintaining a constructive, progressive culture to retain the best people. Nailing the brand and design are crucial to giving his customers the confidence theyre making the right choice in listing with McGrath Estate Agents. McGrath Estate Agents began as a single office in Paddington in 1988. Under Johns leadership, it has grown to comprise over 55 offices through a franchise network.

    John has also written th