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Thank you to the 1646 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 questions! I hope reading 7 Questions with

Scott Mitchell Milne

helps you in your leadership.

Scott Mitchell Milne

Scott Mitchell Milne

Name: Scott Mitchell Milne

Title: Principal consultant

Organisation: Consultant

Scott Milne ESM, FRSA, FAcEM, FAIES, F.ISRM, FSBP, FStratPS, DSAC, BA (ANU), BSW (CSU), MPINLP, Dip.PM, MAASW(Acc), MIAEM, MANZMHA. Scott has had a dual career as an Emergency Manager and Accredited Qualified Social Worker. Past Global Professional Standards Director and President Oceania IAEM. Past National Director AIES. He has presented internationally.

Formerly the Response Manager-Emergency Management, with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority having maritime & aviation search and rescue responsibility for 53m square kilometers of land and sea. Director at Emergency Management Australia (EMA), EXO to the Director General EMA, and A/g Director AEMI. He was Australian Capital Territory Executive Officer Emergency Management; Emergency Services Authority, Manager Joint Plans and Operations; and ACT Executive Officer Emergency Management Policy.

Scott’s public service career spanned over 35 years in: Emergency Management, operations, disaster recovery, counter terrorism, CIP, multi-agency capability development, and Social Work covering disaster recovery, health, hospital, mental health and child protection. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Emergency Management Academy, AIES, Society of Bereavement Professionals, Institute of Strategic Risk Management, and Strategic Planning Society. A graduate of the Australian National University, Charles Sturt University, the Emergency Management Australia Institute, and Emergency Management Academy.

An SES volunteer for 30 years, Life Member of Australian Capital Territory State Emergency Service (SES), and served in a variety of command positions including HQ Commander ACT SES & RFS for ten years. Senior roles include search for missing aircraft MH370 2014, SIEV 221, Montara Oil Spill '09, Tropical Cyclones, Tsunami Crisis '04/05, various floods and bushfires including ACT '03, MIR Space Station re-entry '01, Y2K National Operations Centre, Olympic Volunteers in Policing, and Thredbo Landslide '97. Scott is a multi award winner, including the Emergency Service Medal (ESM) for leadership in Emergency and Rural Fire Services and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Scott is also a Director on a number of charity and association boards, and a sports coach.

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

Transitioning from routine to crisis. Identifying and managing the capability of individuals and teams to change their working mode to meet the situation.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I started as a volunteer in an emergency service and built on that experience and training into a range of leadership roles.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Every day is different and I use both electronic and paper based tools, including diary's, check lists, and time set aside for specific tasks.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Scheduling time for self

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Corps Business: The 30 management principles of the US Marines. by David H. Freedman. The book holds so many useful techniques including, the rule of three, managing by end state / commanders intent, teamwork, known roles, 70 percent solution, empowerment, take responsibility, etc.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Lead for the situation you are in, plan for difficulty and bring your team with you, empower your team to do their best.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

Knowing that I had empowered a team and the individuals within it so that they could function without me.

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