Companies to
Succession and the
Second Ascent

Glenn A. Williams is the advisor called upon to navigate the demanding complexities of succession, rapid growth and structural transformation.

About Glenn A. Williams

As an accomplished consultant, CEO, director, and chairperson, Glenn’s journey began with a prestigious education from the Melbourne Business School, ESSEC in Paris, and Harvard University in Boston. His global experience spans industries and continents, giving him a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities that complex organizations face.

Glenn founded nLIVEn, a pioneering strategic consulting firm that has introduced groundbreaking concepts like Strategic Guidance Systems, Strategic Fitness, and AdaptAbility, all backed by extensive research and practical experience.

Over the three decades of Glenn’s career, he has become the beacon to many at the crossroads of success and significance. His calm sage-like wisdom and deep business acumen have made him the go-to advisor for companies and leaders on the succession voyage.

Glenn now advises established, purpose-driven organizations through major growth periods, pioneering new concepts, products or territories and approaching pivotal succession milestones. He serves as the strategic compass for founders, boards and leadership teams, helping them design and implement strategic guidance systems that enable them to dynamically adapt to change, thereby continuously improving their agility.

Beyond his consulting work, Glenn is recognized internationally as a keynote speaker, media commentator, futurist and advisor to global leaders. His forward-thinking insights into leadership, succession, change and business make him a leading-edge thinker and futurist in the world of strategic guidance.

His new show The Founder’s Encore, will delve into the stories of accomplished leaders, thinkers and innovators, exploring themes of change, adaptability, success, succession and legacy.

Trusted By

Glenn helped me successfully navigate the dual succession of both the Founder/Chairman plus the outgoing CEO of a 20 years old ASX listed business to make a successful transition into the CEO role.
Matthew Chun
CEO, Becton Ltd
Prior to meeting Glenn, I lacked clarity in relation to my future aspirations. A truly inspirational program resulting in the clarity to confidently and actively plan my future pathway forward.
Angela Young
CEO, Strauman
Glenn helped me make a successful career transition from football to basketball after I accepted my first CEO appointment, orienting me to the role so the board and I could develop a winning strategy.
Graeme Allen
CEO, Dandenong Basketball Association
Thank you from the bottom of my heart Glenn. You believed in my abilities. You got me to focus on the business in a way I was made to believe I couldn’t. As a result, we’ve won several industry awards.
Louise Ward
Director, Yarra Valley Estate & Edible Forest Yarra Valley
Read the stories of our trusted clients who have navigated complex growth, succession and structural transformation with expert stewardship by Glenn A. Williams.
Time with Glenn is a break from focusing on other people, to better understand myself and develop insights. Cultivating vision. Reflecting on progress. Invaluable for regularly recharging my batteries.
Peter Cleary
Founder & Managing Director, Zinc Group
I’ve participated in other programs for CEOs and directors. Nothing addressed my needs in a fast-track, personalized way like working with Glenn. A must for anyone wanting more out of life and business.
Paul Wheelton OAM
Chair, The Wheelton Group
Glenn helped me clarify my vision, design a strategy and formulate a plan to make progress. This included internationalizing our business, which inspired me to relocate myself to live in the USA.
Sarah Findlay
Founder, Dawn til Dusk
Glenn was of enormous assistance. We worked together in a very laid-back fashion, meeting for coffee or lunch once per week. I was able to ride the changes, stay relaxed and keep my sense of humor.
Bob Pound
Managing Director, RJ Pound Services

Let Glenn help guide your journey

The Official Bio:
Glenn A. Williams

Glenn A. Williams is the world-class advisor to companies at the pivotal points of succession, rapid growth and structural transformation. He has spent over three decades working with complex organizations on their strategic approach to change.

Educated at the Melbourne Business School, ESSEC in Paris and Harvard University in Boston, Glenn went on to gain experience in all facets of global organizations as a Manager, CEO, Director and Chairperson. As the Founder of strategic consulting firm nLIVEn, Glenn has pioneered the concepts of Strategic Guidance Systems, Strategic Fitness and AdaptAbility; all of which are backed by research and over 30 years of practical execution in growth companies.

As an expert consultant to established, purpose-driven organizations, Glenn specializes in acting as the strategic guide to the board and leadership team on major growth periods, pioneering new concepts, products or territories, or approaching a succession milestone.

A sought-after international keynote speaker, media commentator and advisor to global leaders, Glenn divides his time between consulting, board and advisory positions, as well as speaking and media appearances where he is a leading-edge thinker and futurist on leadership, succession, change and business.

Glenn has limited speaking dates available for global events. His show, The Founder’s Encore due for launch in Q1 2024 interviews accomplished leaders, global thinkers, entrepreneurs, innovators, the wise – digging deep into change, adaptability, the truth of their success, their missions, succession and legacy.

The Succession Pathway

Glenn A. Williams has authored the guide to business transition called “The Succession Pathway” for founder-led businesses and non-founder-led businesses. Whether you are currently experiencing the complexities of steering your empire through succession or contemplating a succession transition in the coming years, “The Succession Pathway” will prudently orient you to this critical leadership challenge.

Glenn’s experience as the world-class succession advisor for over three decades means he has personally traversed almost every opportunity and challenge a founder, successor, business, board, shareholder and leadership team can face.

He has captured his most critically essential thinking in this clear, concise and effective guide.

“When the Founder & Managing Director of our business told me it was time to implement our succession plan, I sought Glenn’s expert advisory support to ensure my successful transition into the Managing Director role. As a Successor, I was keen for our leadership team to develop a shared vision that respected the heritage of our Founder’s legacy. Yet, we needed a strategy for unlocking untapped potential within the team and the business. Glenn has expertly and wisely guided our leadership team over the past seven years through a period of significant growth. Glenn is now working diligently with my future Successor, preparing our business for the next leadership transition. If you’re looking for world-class business succession advisory support, look no further.”

Robert Sarafov
Managing Director, APC

Consulting &

Glenn A. Williams specializes in guiding organizations and leaders through the critical junctures of succession, rapid growth, and structural transformation. Through his consulting firm nLIVEn, Glenn brings unparalleled expertise, proven strategies, as well as a forward-thinking approach to empower leadership teams, boards and founders on their journey to enduring success.

Speaking &

Glenn’s influence reaches far beyond the boardroom. He is an internationally-recognized keynote speaker, media commentator and futurist. His unique insights into leadership, succession, change and business combined with his ability to teach powerful concepts with clarity plus precision make him a popular sage for audiences globally.

The Founder’s
Encore Show

Glenn interviews accomplished leaders, global thinkers, entrepreneurs, innovators, the wise for his new show, The Founder’s Encore launching Q1 2024. On the show, Glenn digs deep into the stories of success, succession along with what comes after the baton changes hands – exploring change, adaptability, the truth of success and the second ascent.

Studies, Stories
& Interviews

Studies, Stories
& Interviews

When a publically listed Australian Property Development company was preparing for a dual handover (of its founder / Chairman after 20 years as well as its CEO), the new successor faced the challenge of his career. Enrolling in a Professional Partnership Program helped him solidify, organize and leverage his experience and knowledge to create a clear vision and strategic pathway, architecting the Company’s revolution.

“Anyone who is serious about achieving a big scary decision, taking the next step in their business / career or following their passion would benefit from engaging with Glenn. Expect gentleness to encourage reflection, but the kind of firmness that doesn’t allow you to cop out when things get difficult or too hard.”

David Kelly
Founder & Managing Director, KHQ Lawyers

The Succession Pathway​

Download Glenn A. Williams’ e-book “The Succession Pathway​” to guide you through the complexities of succession planning.