Masterclass | The Parable of the Sadhu

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One of the initiatives of the 2018 club strategy, responding to member demand, was to create a series of Master Classes, offered by people with special expertise and experience. Already the series has been a hit, providing innovative learning opportunities through interactive discussions with a broad spectrum of other members.

The Parable of the Sadhu is one of the most famous case discussion sessions of recent years. In the best Harvard Business School tradition, it challenges participants on issues of moral dilemma, the values of organisations (which often place goal achievement ahead of other considerations) personal versus group responsibility, and making decisions in a crisis.


The story: A hot-shot upcoming investment banker is granted a 6-month sabbatical from his prestigious firm to “find himself” and to grow as a future leader. He uses this to undertake a demanding trek and ascent in the Himalayas, the world’s tallest mountain range, accompanied by one other westerner.


On the most critical day of their entire journey, an unexpected event occurs that tests him, his values and beliefs, his courage and his ability to make decisions of which he will later be proud.


We put ourselves in the boots of the protagonist and, through guided discussion and debate, pick apart the facts, options, goals and risks to determine what to do.

This Master Class will be led by Ted Blamey, Club Life Member and Harvard MBA. Ted led our first club session with Leadership Lessons from the American Civil War, highly rated by all who attended (av. 8.6 out of 10). Over the last 5 years he has presented the Sadhu case to a wide range of audiences with similarly positive responses.

No prior preparation is needed other than optional reading of a short (4-page) HBR extract that will be sent to all participants in advance.

This class is offered at no charge to members other than for catering and wait staff.

In this Master Class, while analysing the crisis, its ethical and practical issues, you will ponder how you would react in situations that pose similar dilemmas.

With broad applicability to any career or profession, it is particularly recommended, though by no means exclusively, for younger and mid-career members.

Danny Van D’huynslager, Convenor

Venue:  Perpetual Trustees, Level 18, 123 Pitt Street,  Sydney
Date: Thursday, 7 May 2020
Time & catering:

  • 5.30 pm - afternoon tea, meet & mingle
  • 6.00 pm sharp - Class begins
  • Break-out discussion session during the class
  •  8:00 pm  - Class ends
  • Drinks and canapés till 9.00 pm

Cost:  $50 per head



5:30PM Thu 7 May 2020 - 9:00PM Wed 20 May 2020 ( Timezone: Australia/Sydney )


Perpetual Trustees
Level 18, 123 Pitt Street
Sydney, Australia

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