Mick Ryan is a highly skilled leader, strategist and manager with over three decades of experience working in the Australian military, as well as in the United States. Mick is a widely recognised expert in leadership, institutional strategy, national security and the strategic impacts of advanced technologies. His expertise in thinking about, and preparing for, the future has been sought after in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Mick's consulting services focus on strategic analysis, advice and support for the Australian Defence and National Security community to clients ranging from Defence Primes through to Small to Medium Enterprises. His work is focussed on projects that have value for the security of Australia, and its partners.
Mick advises on leadership, developing leaders and leading 21st century organisations. He has led many different types of organisations within the Australian Defence Force, the Department of Defence and in the United States military. He not only has deep experience in the leadership and management of complex organisations, but has developed and implemented leadership development programs at every level of the Australian Defence Force.
Mick is able to provide strategic advice on the development of learning cultures in all kinds of organisations. He has designed and led multiple reform programs over the last two decades that aimed to enhance learning cultures in different institutions. These include the design and conduct of training initiatives for many units through to the Ryan Review of Army training and education, and the development and implementation for Defence's approach to joint education and learning from 2018-2021.
Mick provides strategic advice on the planning, conduct and measuring of organisational change. As both a leader of change, and a planner supporting more senior management, Mick has extensive experience in the theory and practice of change. His experience includes the design, training and deployment of units for operations through to wholesale institutional reforms that include the Adaptive Army initiative and participation in the development of White Papers, the first Network Centric Warfare Roadmap and other strategic documents.