Keith June 8th, 2007
Keith De La Rue works as an educator and independent consultant in knowledge management, communication, learning and social media. He previously spent eight years working in Knowledge Management at Telstra, Australia, where he led a team engaged in the transfer of product and service knowledge to Telstra’s enterprise and business sales force. This group has been known both within and outside of Telstra for its innovative work in this field.
In addition to developing knowledge sharing strategies and tools, he also develops and delivers post-graduate training in these fields.
Keith is a committee member of the Melbourne Knowledge Management Leadership Forum, and is a regular speaker at conferences in Australia and overseas since 2004 on a range of topics. He has also had experience in facilitation of personal development and strategic planning workshops. He is an experienced blogger, currently blogging at http://delarue.net/.
Keith has worked in the Telecommunications and IT industries for over thirty years. In a previous role, he spent six years as a Telecommunications Consultant, consulting with a number of major Telstra business clients across a broad range of industries.
He holds a degree in Computer Science from RMIT, and is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, and of Mensa, where he spent six years (between 1997 and 2005) as a regular columnist for TableAus, the national magazine. Keith has also appeared on radio and in quiz programs on TV, and has planned and delivered a number of Trivia Nights.
He is married, with three children, and lives in Pascoe Vale, a suburb of Melbourne. He also enjoys travelling, reading, writing, music and trivia.
I enjoy travel. Most recently, I have done a number of trips to Singapore (seven since 2004), Malaysia (three in 2007 and 2008) and New Zealand to speak at conferences (as well as a number of cities around Australia). Previously, this often involved long trips by car with my family around various parts of Australia:
- In late 1998, we drove over to Western Australia with Renée and Lauren, travelling almost 14,000 km in six weeks.
- In 1990, we took all three children – Scott, Renée and Lauren – up the “centre” to Darwin, across to Cairns and home down the east coast. This was in a Nissan Bluebird wagon – 15,000 km in nine weeks. Lauren was only 15 months old on that trip.
- I travelled to Europe for one month in 1984 to pick up a BMW K100RT motorcycle on the “European Delivery” program, and had it freighted back to Australia.
- In 1983, I spent six months back-packing around Europe, with a few days in Singapore and Malaysia on the way there, and in the USA on the way home. While in the USA in October, I visited the Grand Canyon, and did the walk down the South Kaibab Trail and back up the Bright Angel trail – in the one day. While I did hitch a lift part of the way along the South Rim to the South Kaibab trail head, the trail walk itself was around 25 km, with a fall and rise (in that order) of around 1,400 m. After carrying 20 kg around for 6 months, that was probably the fittest that I’ve ever been in my life.
- My main claim to fame is my 1980 trip by motorcycle (Suzuki GSX750) from Melbourne to Karratha, WA (a distance of 5,000 km) in 5 days and 6 hours.
Other claims to fame:
- I can read and write upside-down. I apparently learned to read upside-down as a child, sitting at the table opposite my father when he was reading the newspaper. Only recently I experimented with writing upside-down (in block capitals) while doing small group facilitation, and found that it actually came quite easily to me.
- My IQ is around 135, placing me in the top 2% of the population, and hence eligible for Mensa. (I have scored in the 99th percentile in a recent spatial thinking test, which may contribute to the point above.)
- I have climbed the highest peak on one continent: Mt Kosciuszko, Australia, 2,228 metres (7,310 ft), in 2002.
- I saw and photographed a black leopard in 1997 in Wilson’s Promontory National Park, Victoria. The photograph featured in a movie.
- I have been developing and editing web sites since 1998.
- I used to play in a band that once performed for an audience of 17,000 people. (It was at a scout jamboree, in 1977.)
- I am descended from two First Fleet convicts.