Andrew O’Keeffe is the director of Hardwired Humans and author of Hardwired Humans and The Boss. His early career background included senior roles with IBM and Optus. Andrew has a close relationship with legendary chimpanzee researcher Dr Jane Goodall and over the last decade when Dr Goodall has visited Australia, she and Andrew have spoken together to business audiences.
Andrew O’Keeffe is a keynote speaker with a difference. He speaks about harmonious workplaces, leadership and change management based on human nature. He incorporates stories shared with him in extensive interviews with ancestral people including the Bushmen of the Kalahari, the Himba of north-west Namibia and the Maasai and Samburu of Kenya.
Given that both our happiest, and also our most challenging, moments at work have to do with “people”, it’s helpful for an audience to have an explanation of human nature. Our nature originated in our ancestral setting before we suddenly – with the beginning of the Industrial Revolution only 250 years ago – shifted into offices and factories. What did our ancestors work out that served them well and led to thriving communities?