Some recent testimonials:

Tony Macvean, Managing Partner, Hall & Wilcox Lawyers:

“We have worked with Joel Barolsky for many years, initially at Beaton Consulting and in more recent years at Barolsky Advisers.  In particular, I have worked with Joel extensively in my time as Managing Partner of the firm since 2007.
We have worked with Joel on a large number and variety of projects, both large and small.  An example of these projects include: strategic planning development and review (both in 2007 and 2010); partner retreats (numerous); firm governance structure review (2006 and 2013); branding workshops; client relationship and business development workshops and various other projects of an ad hoc nature.
Joel is a key adviser to the firm and me.  His advice is practical and straightforward.  He is aware of current trends but grounded in reality.  He is a sounding board for just about everything I do at the firm.
We have had significant success in recent years – in my mind, there is no doubt that Joel has contributed greatly to this success.  We enjoy and appreciate working with him.
I have no hesitation in recommending Joel.”

David Nathan, CEO Avant and former Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie Australia:

"Joel facilitated a number of our annual Board strategy offsites. He easily came to grips with our Board dynamics, our competitive positioning and our risk appetite. He is respected by all of the Directors and always took us forward with clear and achievable strategic outcomes. He does so by mixing flexibility, commerciality, anecdotes, honesty, consensus, good planning and a touch of humour."

Helen Besly, Managing Director, Rowland:

“I have had the pleasure of working with Joel Barolsky over the past seven years.  He has designed and facilitated several strategic planning sessions for Rowland, led leadership workshops for senior managers and provided guidance and advice on a range of challenges and initiatives from profit sharing models to BD approaches.  He is insightful, enthusiastic and very engaging.  His knowledge of the professional services environment is astute and perceptive. He is pragmatic and creative in his problem solving.  I look forward to our continued work together.”  

David Rennick, CEO Pincent Masons Australia:

"Joel is a thoughtful strategist capable of influencing professionals at all levels, using robust debate through to gentle persuasion. His insight into client behaviour is exceptional. Joel is a valued confidante of mine and of many leaders in the legal industry."

Damian Pedreschi, Group Director Sales and Marketing, Beca:

“Joel’s insights shaped our thinking and provided us with a platform for success. His unique ability to communicate ‘better practice’ both conceptually and practically has engaged and excited our CRM team here at Beca.  His blog is now compulsory reading.”

Joff Macleod, Partner PwC and former Managing Partner MGI Melbourne:

I have had the pleasure of working with Joel Barolsky on numerous occasions. Joel has facilitated strategic planning sessions for various professional organisations that I have been involved in at a firm level, National network level and International affiliation level. Joel has also facilitated strategic planning programs for a not for profit organisation I Chair, The Ardoch Youth Foundation. This has included sessions with the Board addressing board dynamic and strategic focus and with the senior management team addressing implementation of strategic plans.

Joel has a great style and always grasps the key strategic issues with ease. His facilitation methods have always provided great support to these organisations and their leadership teams in an outcome focussed and commercial way."

John Poulsen, National Managing Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (AU):

We engaged Joel Barolsky to assist us in facilitating our Australian
Partner Retreat in March 2017, which was focussed on aligning our
Australian Partners around our strategy for the next 18 months or so. 
We are a ‘Global Boutique’ firm in Australia, with 21 Partners in our 3
offices (Sydney, Perth and Darwin) and are one of the fastest growing
law firms in Australia.  With our Sydney office having been built from
scratch with lateral Partners from other leading firms in Sydney, it was
very important to us to be aligned around our culture and strategy
going forward.  Joel in a quiet and unassuming way understood
exactly what we needed and using his  ‘Ability, Stability, Affinity + Agility’
tool (amongst others) got the Partner group focussed and aligned
around a strategy that will help us to continue to grow in Australia
and deliver services of value to our clients.’


Greg Steele, Managing Director, Hyder Australasia:

Over many years Joel has been a reliable source of knowledge, innovation and motivation in assisting Hyder successfully implement its Key Account Management program.”

Dr Jennifer McDonald, Head of College, University College, The University of Melbourne:

“Joel’s advice was invaluable in assisting University College with the preparation of the next iteration of the College’s strategic plan. He played a key role not only through his expert facilitation of the Council’s strategic planning workshop, but also through his advice and assistance with the planning and delivery of each step in the process. He provided advice on structure and reviewed drafts of documents and presentations as well as reviewed and commented on the final planning document. This ensured a highly effective strategic planning process which led to an excellent outcome for the College Council. Joel is a pleasure to work with and he is extremely generous in sharing his insights and expertise. I recommend him to you.”

Brooke Young, Vice President Marketing and Advancement, Victoria University:

“The tailored workshops for executives and staff on topics such as marketing, stakeholder engagement and customer lifecycle have been first rate. The quality of facilitation, ideas presented and range of examples provided helped staff take their skills to a higher level and increase productivity.  Sessions were highly practical and interactive and were well suited to the needs of our organisation.

We have also relied on Barolsky Advisors' expert insight and advice when developing organisation wide marketing, communications and engagement strategies.  It is critical for consultants to correctly identify issues, analyse problems using the latest frameworks and work in partnership to generate solutions.  Working together, we were able to develop a more market focussed strategy, execute the plan and evaluate its success.  A great outcome!”