Joined-Up is led by Jon Lindsay. Jon has built on his wide industry experience over many years as a business leader and now acts as a trusted advisor to CEOs and senior executives.


As a Chair at The Executive Connection (TEC), Jon has delved into the strategies and leadership of many Australian businesses over the last ten years. On top of 30 years as a business leader, Jon has a cumulative 250 years of sharing the intimate and current challenges of CEO’s of many privately held organisations.

Jon has used Joined-Up® as a concept for decades in conversations with his own executive teams as well as clients and TEC members. Over the last ten years he has been helping business leaders focus on their “flow” as a leader.

As a leading authority in “Joined-Up” Leadership, Jon draws from many of the world’s foremost business thinkers to promote those ideas based on core principles, common sense and simple models. 

Jon has described his main influences:

“On reflection I was heavily influenced by Michael Porter’s ideas while at Harvard and the Joined-Up concept started in earnest with my first MD role with the World Class Manufacturing and the Investors in People initiative in the late 1980’s in the UK.

Add in the ideas of Goldratt on constraints, Drucker on leadership effectiveness, Collins on Sustainability, Lencioni on Organisational Health together with the steady input of some great TEC / Vistage speakers over the last 18 years and it is the blend of these ideas that are all part of the Joined-Up concept.

I was introduced to the concept of “Kokorazashi” by a Japanese Joint Venture partner early in my executive career. Originally explained as “Vision” the subtleties of this character only evolved years later, resonating strongly with the Jim Collins concept of Level 5 leadership which I now describe as “aligning Vision and Action”

What Jon Does:

  • Facilitates strategy formation and implementation workshops. Engaging with an executive team to join up the strategic objectives to purpose and core values.

  • Works with other expert practitioners to structure tailored strategy implementation workshops focused on Results Focus, Proposition, Brand, Principles and Values, Engagement and Business models.

  • Mentors business leaders on a regular basis, including TEC members, both business owners and corporate leaders.

  • Runs CEO peer group meetings for TEC. Members, with a wide diversity of business models, continue to provide and resolve real world issues every month. Jon is always looking for members to complement his two groups.

  • Leads a range of workshops in the area of Lean Leadership. As a pioneer in the adoption of Lean in service businesses he continues to seek out and support business leaders of organisations committed to Enterprise Excellence.

  • Speaks on several aspects of ”Joined Up” strategy providing audiences with simple tools to distil and communicate elements of business strategy. In particular this addresses the tensions most organisations experience between different stakeholders and the increased recognition of the need to focus on outcomes and accountability for the whole organisation