“When I left school I applied for a job as computer operator and was pretty rapt to get an interview in which I thought I performed well. The following weekend, I saw the job advertised again and can recall saying to mum ‘obviously I did not get the job’. She suggested I apply for it again. So after thinking, ‘Yeah right how lame would that be?’, I actually did apply for it again, writing a much stronger letter. I was asked in for a second interview, where the manager said to me, ‘Your second letter was lot stronger, why did you apply for the job again?’ I told him it was because I really wanted the job and I really knew I could do it (I may have left out the bit about my Mum telling me to do it). I was offered the job on the spot.

Fast forward about 17 years later. It was 4am in the morning, my young daughter was screaming for her bottle and as my husband was heating up her bottle he said to her, ‘Hang on the bottle’s coming soon, good things come to those that wait’. I remember snapping at him with, ‘Don’t you ever say that to our daughter again. It’s a stupid saying and good things don’t come to those who wait, good things come to those that get out there and do something about it and when they fail they don’t give up they try something different.’ At this point I think he suggested that perhaps I should go back to bed and he would do that feed.

Obviously my first time mother, sleep deprived state led to an unjustified over-reaction but the sentiment is something I truly believe. For people who know me well, they will say that one of my all time favourite quotes is, ‘if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got’.

So I am passionate about working with people to give them the clarity, confidence and capability to achieve their authentic potential, to be the most inspiring leader they can be and to make the difference they were born to make.

My work has seen me run workshops all over Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and London. This includes some pretty unique training settings, including the middle of a rice paddy field in Indonesia, a pub in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy and a castle that Henry VIII used to live in, just outside of London.”

How I work

I believe life is too short to do work that does not inspire you.  So I do work I love, with people I like, in a way that I think I can add most value.  I have a bit of criteria before I take on assignments and that is.

  • I need to be inspired and engaged with what you are trying to achieve.
  • I need to like you (we don’t have to become best mates but we need to enjoy working with each other).
  • I need to know that I can truly add value to what you want to achieve.


I believe the best relationships are built on trust and mutual respect, so if that sounds all good to you…let’s go.

Gabrielle Dolan’s official bio

Gabrielle Dolan

Gabrielle Dolan is a global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling.

She’s worked with thousands of high-profile leaders from around the world, helping them to become better leaders and communicators using the art of business storytelling. Gabrielle is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker, and works with some of Australia’s top 50 ASX companies, including National Australia Bank, Australia Post, Telstra and ANZ, and multinationals such as Accenture, Bupa, Ericsson and International Committee Red Cross.

In the past, Gabrielle has held various senior leadership roles at National Australia Bank in change management and organisational change. She also co-founded One Thousand & One, one of Australia’s leading storytelling companies, before launching her own practice in 2013.

In 2015 Gabrielle became an Australian and New Zealand Partner of Thought Leaders Global, where she works with organisations to help them gain a competitive edge through Thought Leadership. In the same year, she was also nominated for Telstra’s Business Woman of the Year award, one of the most prestigious business awards in the Asia–Pacific region.

She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education in both the Art and Practice of Leadership Development and Women and Power: Leadership in a New World. Her other academic qualifications include a master’s degree in management and leadership from Swinburne University and an associate diploma in education and training from the University of Melbourne.

Gabrielle is also the bestselling author of Ignite: Real Leadership, Real Talk, Real Results, which was published in 2015 and reached the top 5 on Australia’s bestselling business books. Her other published books include Storytelling for Job Interviews, published in 2016, and Hooked: How Leaders Connect, Engage and Inspire with Storytelling, published in 2013. Her latest book, Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling is due to be published by Wiley in March, 2017.

She is also passionate about changing the way we communicate in business and is the founder of the Jargon Free Fridays global revolution #jargonfreefridays (jargonfreefridays.com).

When she is not writing or working, she can be found wandering in her vegetable garden at her 25-acre rural property on the southern coast of New South Wales. She believes the world would be a better place if there were more manure in gardens and less in business.

Behind every good woman is a great woman

Elise Turner

Elise Turner is the executive manager that keeps this practice humming along. Gabrielle head hunted Elise for many reasons.  Firstly, she was a professional musician, playing Viola with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra around the globe including Berlin, France and Amsterdam, so she is used to operating at the highest professional level.

Secondly, Elise was more recently a primary school teacher so she doesn’t accept any excuses such as ‘the dog ate my homework’. As a result she keeps things moving along at a cracking pace with efficiency, grace and humour.

Finally, she has a passion for education and life long learning which is what this practice is built on …the fact that she is a good friend and loves a laugh also helps. If there is anything you need, just get in touch and Elise will be able to assist.


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