Leadership & Ethics

CAAL Podcast Series Episode #8: Social Capital, Trust and Rapid Team Building - Mr Tom Harkin

By The Centre for Australian Army Leadership November 9, 2021

Centre for Australian Army Leadership Podcast Series

Host: LTCOL S Padman (SO1 Army Leadership)

Guest: Mr Tom Harkin

Topic: Trust, rapport and developing social capital in leadership.

In this episode we are hosting another non-uniformed guest: leadership coach Tom Harkin.

Tom is the founder of Tomorrow Architects; a consulting firm specialising in behavioural change, leadership development and organisational transformation. He has been invited to conduct leadership interventions, workshops and training with PwC, IKEA, NAB, Telstra, Red Bull, Channel 10, Melbourne Football Club and many more.

His focus is building rapid social capital, breakthrough leadership and team performance, emotional agility, enhanced culture, and resilience to name a few.




The Centre for Australian Army Leadership

Formed in 2019 and based in Canberra, the Centre for Australian Army Leadership (CAAL) is the ‘centre of excellence’ developing leadership, character and ethics initiatives within the Australian Army. CAAL is responsible for delivering the Australian Army Leadership Program (AALP) across all promotion courses. Visit the RMC-A DPN page and find the CAAL tab for a range of leadership articles and videos for your next professional military education session. 

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.


Comment. Great to see podcasting being embraced. This PME vector is certainly worth investing in. Q. What's the difference between influence and manipulation? ~The purpose. 'Building an agile team rapidly' is a higher order goal where it is both self serving and directly serving the organisation in line with army values. We are inherently put off by an overt display of manipulation. It's often apparent in first attempts / deliberate efforts to build social capital. Formally or otherwise. FIX. REFRAME: the intent is noble, the outcome is teams orientated towards a common goal ie. normed and performing. Practice the techniques in influence / manipulation. Flex the muscle where genuine relationships are already established / throw yourself in the deep end, without liquid courage or props ~ smokers. Consider reading: How to win friends and influence people, Dale Carnegie. Open to lines of discussion, suggested reading lists etc. Thanks, T.

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