ABOUT DON DUNOON

Don Dunoon is:

  • Author of In the Leadership Mode
  • Pioneer in differentiating leadership-mode and management-mode interventions for dealing with contentious problems
  • Developer of the ARIES Framework: Practices and Tools for When Talking is ToughTM
  • Expert in assisting groups and individuals strengthen their capabilities in working through messy issues
  • Skilled as a facilitator, diagnostician and change agent
  • Engaging as a speaker and presenter.


As an independent leadership and organizational development specialist Don has 20 years consulting experience. His work centers on helping clients in diverse settings apply learning-centered leadership approaches in gaining traction on contentious – messy – problems.

Based in Sydney, Australia, he works with clients and colleagues internationally, particularly through the use of web-conferencing tools.

Among his recent clients are:

  • Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Thomson Reuters (Thomson IP Management)
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Health
  • Flinders University
  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • PLC (school) Sydney
  • Link Up Queensland (pro bono)


Don is the author of a recent article with Prof Ellen Langer of Harvard: "Mindfulness and Leadership: Opening up to Possibilties," Integral Leadership Review, October 2011.

His 2008 book, In the Leadership Mode, was described as “groundbreaking” in the January 2009 edition of Integral Leadership Review. The book, or parts of it, has been used in graduate leadership programs at Indiana Wesleyan University and Pennsylvania State University.

Frameworks from In the Leadership Mode were also used to support the change processes associated with the New South Wales Education Department’s rollout of laptop computers to students, as part of the Australian Government’s Digital Education Revolution program.

Don is a regular presenter at leadership-related conferences including, in 2010, at the 17th International Conference on Learning (Hong Kong) and the 12th annual conference of the International Leadership Association (Boston), and in 2011, the International Leadership Association, in London.

He has an M Com (Hons) degree from the University of New South Wales, and has contributed to post-graduate teaching at that University.