ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Suzanne lives in inner-city Sydney. She has five adult children and believes the family and long term friends are life’s true riches.
After a fourteen-year career in Community Research and Development, Suzanne moved into the private sector and established Fleming and Associates; a Newcastle based management consultancy.
Fleming and Associates, won a highly prestigious contract with the mining giant, BHP Billiton, to design and deliver a Change Management program that was to be an essential component of the closure of the Newcastle Steelworks. The program was delivered to all staffing tiers, from senior management to front-line workers, before, during and after the closure. The Change Management program examined the psychological impact of imposed change, from the perspective of retrenched and retained workers, as well as from that of the individuals who were responsible for delivering the termination messages to the employees; many of whom were long-serving workers. The program designed by Suzanne, was highly praised by the global management company, McKinsey & Company.
In addition to her professional practice, Suzanne was a part-time college and university teacher for two decades. Her specialist teaching areas were, business startup strategies, business management, information technology, human resources management and creative writing. Suzanne worked on special assignments in London and Vietnam. She is a qualified eLearning facilitator and still delivers online creative writing courses.
For three years Suzanne was the State Manager of the TAFE WORKCOVER Retraining Project. An innovative and highly successful program to help improve employment opportunities for injured workers. Suzanne now 'hand-picks' her consulting work and only undertakes projects that she finds interesting and enjoyable.
The things she enjoys most are her family, her work, writing, reading, gardening, preparing small dinner parties for special friends, and spending time with interesting people. Her favourite quote: Strive to live the ordinary life in an extraordinary way.
Suzanne was mentored by the highly respected Australian journalist, Denis Butler, and she will always be grateful for the guidance he gave her. Denis supported her when she was a Literary Critic for the Newcastle Herald newspaper and he taught her to trust her writing ability. Denis enthusiastically encouraged Suzanne to pursue a career as a novelist.
Her message to other writers: ‘Never give up. Keep writing. It’s the path to self-knowledge and a great way to learn about other people. Take rejection well and be your own harshest critic. Examine every piece you write and know you can always do better. There is no such thing as perfection, but there is always room for improvement.’
CORPORATE TRAINING PROGRAMS
Staff Recruitment and Selection.
Change Management for Large Corporations.
A Trainee Accountant’s Survival Guide.
Standard Operating Procedures Made Easy.
Get With The Program: a self-help text for new managers.
SAINAP [Skills Audits Industry Needs Analysis Program]: a resource for Employment Consultants and people who are serious about career planning.
That’s The Way To Do It: for people who are serious about Efficiency Audits and Organisational Restructure.
We’re In for It Now: to help companies build a team-based workforce.
Stand Aside - I’m The Boss: a quick reference for new managers.
OTHER WORK BY SUZANNE FLEMING
Protect the Bloody Silver
The Art Dealer
Voices in the Dark
He's My Friend
The Little Hill
Don’t Pick the Flowers