A tale for young and old

Councillor Kevin Wright, Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West, author Kylie Wright-Ford and Ian Donges at Kylie's book launch on Monday night.
Councillor Kevin Wright, Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West, author Kylie Wright-Ford and Ian Donges at Kylie's book launch on Monday night.

A lot of Kylie Wright-Ford’s career is about switches. 

Whether it is switching between the city and country, between Australia and North America or simply switching mindsets in the workplace, Kylie has learnt to adapt to the constant change. 

This has inspired the former Cowra resident’s new book, The Leadership Mind Switch written with co-author Debra Benton, which she launched in front of friends, family and fans at the Oxley on Monday night. 

“She (Debra) is in her 60’s so she’s what you call a “baby boomer” then I’m “Gen X” so I’m in my forties and we met at an event where I was interviewing her actually and we just started talking about where are things hard in businesses at the moment,” she said. 

“Ultimately what’s getting hard is that there is this big change, where millennials are changing the way they communicate… it’s really frustrating to the generations who are used to doing things in different ways.

“We decided to write a book by researching hundreds of people who were either leaders or who wanted to be leaders and asked them what things mattered in this environment.”

She said she hopes the book willinspire those in business to become more open-minded about difference. 

“The book is about ways to be more open and accepting of different ways of doing things ultimately and how to embrace instead of resist change,” she said. 

“It takes two to actually make change.”

Kylie said it both exciting and nerve-racking to launch the book in her hometown. 

”I come about three times a year, I bring one of my kids or my husband brings one of our children and we love Cowra,” she said. 

“I’ve always visited a lot but I have been gone since I was 17. It feels all very familiar but very different, equally comfortable.”

She also took the opportunity to give some advice to Cowra’s business owners. 

“If you’re running a shop or something, you’re running a leadership position in the town… you’re setting an example for the future generations. My advice is take that seriously.” 

The Leadership Mind Switch is available now.