Speakers Profile - Prof Jim Bright

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Professor Jim Bright, BA, PhD, FAPS, FCDAA

Professor Jim is a widely experienced Keynote and workshop presenter. He skilfully combines authority, intellect, humour and entertainment to convey important messages about change and creativity in an accessible, fun and memorable way.

Jim is a world authority specialising in Organisational Psychology and Career Development. He has devoted over a decade to researching how individuals and organisations can respond optimally to a rapidly changing and uncertain world. This led to his recently published book, The Chaos Theory of Careers (Routledge) that was described by international luminaries Psychology in the following terms "?In The Chaos Theory of Careers, Pryor and Bright present an innovative model that comprehends the uncertainties and complexities of the work role in contemporary organizations. Using this model, they describe creative counseling methods that enable clients to capitalize on change and chance in designing careers that enact personal meaning and social contribution.? Mark Savickas, Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine . ?This is the book we have all been waiting for. The authors present a readable and detailed account of chaos theory applied to career development. Certainly this represents one of the new faces of career development theory and practice.? Norman E. Amundson, Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

Jim is one of the leading researchers in the field and a in-demand speaker, having keynoted in the last 3 years the major national Conferences of the United States (NCDA), Canada (Cannexus), New Zealand (IAEVG Conference) and Australia (CDAA twice, NAGCAS) as well as speaking by invitation twice at the International Centre for Guidance Studies in the UK. Jim?s many clients include leading organisations such as Commonwealth Bank Westpac, BHP, Lend Lease, Dimensions Data, Datacom, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Tax Office, Sports Institute of Australia, DEST, Knox Grammar School, Workcover, Audit Office and many others.

He has published 10 books on psychology. His books have become international verified best-sellers and have been translated into 10 languages with one alone selling well in excess of 100,000 copies (Bookscan audited sales). He has over 100 scientific journal articles, reports, chapters and tests. He holds a BA(Hons) and PhD in Psychology and is a Fellow of both the Australian Psychological Society and the Career Development Association of Australia.

Jim enjoys a portfolio career, running Bright and Associates, a career management consultancy working with senior level executives with their transitions, in addition to his research and teaching. He has also worked in the media for over a decade, first on ABC radio as their careers and employment expert (5 years), then with Mikey Robbins on Radio 2, on Channel 10 Home & Lifestyle show and Kickstart Careers. He is currently a Mid-week conference panelist on Richard Glover's top rating ABC Drive show in Sydney as well as writing the weekly Brightside Column for the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald for the last six years.

He presents alongside jazz legend James Morrison showcasing his original and practical model of creativity while James demonstrates it in their acclaimed Beyond Corporate Mastery? show. In addition he presents both a solo version of Beyond Corporate Mastery?, and a variant Beyond Personal Mastery?. He also presents Slow Shift, Fast Shift, Deep Shift: Shift Happens on the psychology of shift and why you need to mastery shift in your life or organisation.