I am a Global Warrior Profile – Moyra Weston

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I am A Global WarriorMoyra Weston @Moyrawcc 

Moyra is a leadership coach and facilitator and has been working with Global Warriors for over 4 years.   Her satisfaction comes from supporting people in connecting to the best in themselves – in all areas of their lives, thereby becoming even more effective in their leadership. She is a very happy mother to her two children and grandmother to her two granddaughters – and is very excited about the prospect of her future grandson being born! Moyra splits her time between London and the South Coast of the UK, where she joins her partner in developing properties – this time helping buildings achieve their full potential!  Her other passions include gardening, art and weight lifting.

 

When were you at your happiest?

I have 2 memories which spring immediately to mind.

When I first fell in love with my partner Ed, we were inseparable. The first time we were separated – I was attending a conference for work – we missed each other terribly.  On the journey back home, Ed met me on the bridge in York station – it was one of the most romantic moments of my life – my heart was beating so loudly and I knew he felt the same.  We were so thrilled to see each other. We are still crazy about each other 24 years later!

The second memory was when I helped deliver my 2nd granddaughter – Che. It was a home birth and the midwife asked if I would like to help. I supported my daughter Lauren throughout the birth and caught Che as she emerged into the world – even cutting the cord.  It was such an unforgettable and special experience.

What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is that humanity will not catch on fully to how important it is to look after each other and look after where we live. The messages are all there, and as individuals, people are kind and generous, yet there is so much hatred, violence and violation of the planet.  It is a time for kindness and caring to win and for us to act on our collective responsibility.

What is your earliest memory?

I was probably about two and a half and my uncle came to our house.  He  opened his gigantic workman hands and inside there was a little baby rabbit that he had brought for us.

Who do you most admire and why?

The type of people I admire are ordinary heroes.  I really admire Baroness Doreen Lawrence, whose son Stephen  Lawrence was killed in a racist attack in 1993.  Through sheer determination she, with her husband, sought justice for her son during the criminal investigation whilst trying to create a positive legacy.  Her campaigning has resulted in a shift in public attitudes, and policing methods overhauled, and the exposure of police racism and corruption. She also established a charitable trust offering financial support for students of  Architecture from disadvantaged backgrounds.

I am full of admiration for her, for the positive legacy she has created out of that awful tragedy. She made a brave choice to make change for the better, despite the on-going challenges she faced. She is a very wise woman, who is now a member of the House of Lords.

What is the quality that most irritates you about yourself?

I am a not a completer finisher. I love to start things…. (!)

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Several years ago, I had dinner at a then colleagues house where we had a lot to drink.   I worked at the Citizens Advice Bureau at the time and gave her lots of advice after her expressing how unhappy she was about her job.  The next morning she quit her job and I had no recollection of what I had advised her!

Which book changed your life?

There have been so many books! But one of them is Toni Morrison’s- Beloved.  I always thought I had a lot of empathy but after reading it, it gave me such a different perspective about the experiences people go through.  Even now just thinking about it makes me very emotional.

Another I have really appreciated is The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett which explores how the more equal the society,  the healthier the society is in many aspects.  This is something I always believed in and this book laid out all the research to support my belief.

What do you owe your parents?

Absolutely everything: The amazing experience of being LOVED fiercely and unconditionally.  They gave me the passion for life-long learning and I grew up being surrounded by books – unheard of on the council estate I lived on, in South East London.    Despite my leaving school with no useful qualifications my Mum and Dad encouraged me to attend University as a mature student- the same University they were attending!

My mum and Dad started their degrees in their 40s and 50s and went on to study MA’s.

They were socialists and really cared about other people and fought hard for fairness and equality.

What does great leadership look like?

For me a great leader is somebody who is comfortable in their own skin.  They have thought about the values they are taking into their workplace or arena they are in, they have integrity in terms of what they do, and bring people with them with an essence of equality.   Most importantly they have a sense that leadership doesn’t reside just in them, but can be sourced from all around them.

The mark of a good leader is one that creates leaders rather than followers.

What was your worst job ever?

When I was a teenager I had a summer job in the kitchen of an electronics factory.  For the mid-morning snack the workmen would have lard and dripping on bread and I was the person who had to prepare it, every day, for weeks. It was horrible and I struggled hard not to vomit.

What is your best (clean) joke?

I share this with my grandchildren.

A road and a path go to a pub for a drink.

The barman serves the road but then turns to the path and says ‘I’m not going to serve you – you are barred

‘Why am I barred? ‘ asks the path

The barman replies ‘Because you are a psychopath! (cycle path)

What would you most like to change about modern day life?

I would like us to be more conscious of how we lead, how we treat other people at work, at home or in the most ordinary situations. We have many more choices about how we impact the planet for instance, I would like to see industry more conscious about those choices, putting more resources behind some of the amazing environmental projects that exist. The Ocean Clean Up is an example of an initiative started by a school boy, that has grown in influence and benefitted from crowd sourcing. Corporates could make choices about what plastics, or alternate materials they use and produce, how foods and goods are packaged etc. There are many great initiatives out there that could be given even more support, creating a beneficial impact on the planet and future generations.

If you met an alien from outer space, what would you tell them about the human race?

The human race is at essence about love, kindness and care for each other. However, when that gets corrupted, it can become the exact opposite, so be prepared to meet the best and the worst. Love and kindness will always get the best out of the human race.

What area of life would you most like to see transformed by our conscious movement?

That corporate leaders can become the most influential change makers for the health and happiness of people, creatures and the planet.  They have that ability.

That everyone understands that they can be a leader,  like Doreen Lawrence and my parents  – in whatever aspect of life they choose to operate in.

What is your dream for humanity?

My dream is that people would realise that sometimes power lies in the wrong hands, and that we all have the power to change things for the better. Even those that are making really unhealthy decisions for the globe can be influenced to make unselfish change for the better.

It is important to care about ourselves AND we also need to care for others – the I AND the We.

@Moyrawcc 

I am a Global Warrior Profile – Duncan Müller

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I am a Global Warrior – Duncan Müller

Duncan is a coach… and whether developing leadership or developing teams, he loves this work. Before becoming a coach, he worked for over 20 years in marketing communications, holding leadership positions in South Africa and in the UK. While he enjoyed those years, he’s thrilled to have found real purpose as a coach, helping leaders and teams see fresh possibilities, cross their edges and reach for their dreams. Now he’s clear his mission is to unlock peoples’ potentials and help them move forward. When not working, Duncan enjoys running, thought-provoking theatre and films, gorgeous food and travelling.

  1. When were you at your happiest?

Among my happiest times were those carefree happy-go-lucky moments in childhood… when I was generally (good) naughty, being awkward around girls, experimenting with smoking cigarettes, and trying to look cool… moments of light-hearted fun.

And, if I fast forward to now… I’m at my happiest when I’m centered and grounded. When I’m just being me. When I’m in flow. I just love those moments.

2. What is your greatest fear?

To retire penniless.

3. What is your earliest memory?

Swimming with my family in our pool at home in Cape Town. I even remember my orange and brown swimming trunks which had a little brass buckle which clicked together.

4. Who do you most admire and why?

Nelson Mandela. I lived through apartheid and saw its divisions, its pains – and, yet make no mistake – I materially benefitted from it too. I admire Mandela’s ability to be loving, compassionate and forgive. On 11th February 1990, me, my brother and a good friend went to hear his first speech after being released from prison earlier that day. Just being among a sea of people celebrating his release was beautiful; a privilege to experience such a milestone in South Africa’s turbulent history. Mandela was four hours late, and I actually missed his speech, but that moment still stays with me.

5. What is the quality that most irritates you about yourself?

Thinking I’m right and then not enjoying it when I am shown to be wrong.

6. What was your most embarrassing moment?

As a teenager, I used to steal my mom’s car (sans driving license) late at night and go out with my friends. On one occasion, after having a few fun-filled hours with my mates, I parked the car near to my home to give the car time to cool down (a necessary step as the noisy cooling-down process would give me away) and went back to a nearby party. After twenty minutes, I returned to find the car missing. Gone. I was utterly distraught. How could I explain this to my mom? I ran home to peak through the garage door, but alas, the car was not there. After an hour or so searching (with a friend who coincidently had stolen his mother’s car as well), I returned home disheveled, embarrassed and ashamed (scared too). I told my mom everything, breaking down in tears. After twenty grueling minutes, she explained she had been suspicious, realised the car was missing, so had gone out, seen it parked down the road and, realising what had happened, had moved it – not to our garage, but to a neighbour’s house – to teach me a lesson (which she most certainly did).

7. Which book changed your life?

Brené Brown’s ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ introduced me to the concept of vulnerability… it gave me the courage to be with my vulnerability, to let go of who I think I should be and embrace who I am, warts and all.

8. What do you owe your parents?

A strong sense of independence which can be helpful and, curiously, sometimes gets in the way of creating connections with people (something that’s dear to me). I also owe the ability to strongly hold being right, which can get me into trouble (see above).

9. What does great leadership look like?

For me, leadership starts from within… from that deeper place… where we’re conscious of our light and our shadow, and where we’re connected to our dreams and hopes. From that place, we’re empowered to courageously step forward, crossing our edges in service of the impact we want to create – not just for us as individuals, but for the greater collective good too.

10. What was your worst job ever?

Working for an advertising agency in London that exploited its people to such an extent with the sheer volume of work and a ruthless and uncaring culture that every day someone in my team was in tears. At around midnight on my last Friday night of working there, I too found myself weeping into my hands, feeling lost and alone. A low point in my work and from which I’ve learnt a lot.

11. What is your best (clean) joke?

How many coaches does it take to change a light bulb?

Just one, but the light bulb has to really want to change.

12. What would you most like to change about modern day life?

There is so much fear around. Fear of not belonging. Of not being enough. I would like people to be able to step into their fears, drop their masks and powerfully stand in their ‘I Am’.

13. If you met an alien from outer space, what would you tell them about the human race?

That we’re learning, we’re evolving, and we’re not quite there yet, so please be patient. (I’d also be hoping to be rescued by Han Solo.)

14. What area of life would you most like to see transformed by our conscious movement?

I believe curiosity is a door that, if opened, might solve many of society’s challenges. So, I hope people would step through the door into a more curious mindset, and be more curious about themselves and more curious about others.

15. What is your dream for humanity?

That we can drop our barriers, even just a little, to see our shared humanity beneath.

 

 

 

I am a Global Warrior Profile – Jacqueline Beall

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I am a Global Warrior – Jacqueline Beall @Jacqueline968

Jacqueline is a leadership coach and training facilitator, and has been working with Global Warriors for over four years. She is passionately curious about what motivates and inspires people and loves working with people to explore and fully understand what is really important to them and for them to believe that anything and everything they choose to achieve is possible.  She is committed to her own ongoing personal development and finding balance in life.  She is a very proud mother to Samantha and Matthew, lives in East London and has a life long love affair with dancing.

When are you at your happiest?   I’m happiest when I’m dancing.  Dancing has been in my life since my mum sent me to my first class when I was two years old.  I still have my first very tiny pair of tap shoes.  Since those early years I have continued to dance in one form or another and about a year ago I discovered salsa.  I have been having a one to one lesson each week and when I come out I am floating – it connects me to myself and gives me harmony with my mind, body and soul. My dance teacher, Gary, is like having another coach in my life. Gary is always saying things like “complete your turns” and “don’t anticipate“ which are metaphors for my life as I can be a bit of a procrastinator and often I’m trying to be one step ahead of myself!

I recently completed an Evocative leadership programme that culminated in camping for a week in a canyon in New Mexico.  In isolation – no toilet, no bathroom and no hairdryer!!  I’m still amazed and so proud that I made it through the week. I learnt a lot about myself there. It showed me just how much courage I have and what I am capable of – if I can do that I can do anything!  Now the memory is my special “go to” place, when life feels a little stuck.  I can transport myself back to being in that vast expansive space and dream about what I can create or make possible for myself.

What is your greatest fear?  I do have a fear for my two children – always wanting them to be safe and happy.  Apart from that, I have learnt that there is nothing really to be fearful about as I trust that I have the strength and courage to navigate through whatever is thrown at me.  We all have that within ourselves and we just need to remind ourselves from time to time.

What is your earliest memory?  I must have been about 3 or 4 sitting on my Dad’s lap, listening to the radio whilst he sang in a Frank Sinatra style. I felt so loved and protected. I always had a close bond with my Dad, perhaps due to the fact that he delivered me!

Who do you most admire and why?  My Mum – she had quite a hard life, she lost her Father at aged 4 and grew up during WW2.  She had 5 children and always worked hard to do the best for us and for other people. She very much handed down her strong values and I still hear her saying “always do your best.”  When I face difficult situations I always wonder what or how she would deal with things.

What is the quality that most irritates you about yourself?  My procrastination – I start so many things, especially books, and do not finish them.

What was your most embarrassing moment?  Shortly after having my daughter I joined a gym to lose weight.  I had been on the treadmill and as I got off (with my jelly legs) and surrounded by really cool fit people I, not very gracefully, stepped off of the treadmill and fell flat on my face. – A very Bridget Jones moment!

What do you owe your parents?  My parents always lived to their means and to their values.  They gave me a good sense of right and wrong and a strong work ethic – great gifts from both of them.

What does great leadership look like?  Leadership is about giving ourselves permission to create the life we want to have which also inspires others to do the same.  Leadership is also having courage, even if that means standing in the fire at times.  Being able to navigate through life, the good and the bad times, with determination to have the very best for all concerned.

What was your worst job ever?  At about 14 I made the white paper frills for lamb cutlets.  Night after night making boxes of frills for about 10p a box!

What is your best (clean) joke?  What did the Buddha ask the hot dog vendor?   Make me one with everything.

What would you most like to change about modern day life?  Modern day life is so fast paced and chaotic. I would love everybody to be more present and embrace being in the moment.  Look for happiness in the ‘here and now.’  Not in the ‘if’ and ‘when.’

If you met an alien from outer space, what would you tell them about the human race?  Be patient with us – we are getting there.

What area of life would you most like to see transformed by our conscious movement?  I love hearing about the difference that conscious leaders are making, however big or small.  It is these differences that are transforming lives, families, colleagues, communities and beyond.  Sometimes it is the little things that make such a big difference – like acknowledgement and appreciation of self and others.

What is your dream for humanity?  To break free from limitations and discover a shared humanity.

Guest Blog – Success Beyond Success What We Can Learn About Ourselves and the Future of Political Leadership From This Election

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Guest Blog by Jon Hill @blueprintcoach

On the day of the UK general election, politicians, media outlets, party members, and social media rabble-rousers are making a final push for victory. Now more than ever it is clear how the fundamental metric of political success has become reduced to just one thing – to win.

Not, of course, that wishing to ‘win’ an election is anything other than an entirely sensible and potentially noble aspiration. The party that wins is that which then has the capacity to realise its vision for the country, to actively create an impact in the world. However, what happens when the will to win becomes an end in itself? What does it mean for us as people and citizens when the language of ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ becomes unmoored from any clear sense of what it is that those competing are striving for?

It’s no coincidence that the system used to elect MPs to Westminster is known as ‘first past the post’. It’s no coincidence that Donald Trump repeatedly assured his followers on the campaign trail that “we’re going to win so much…you’re going to be so sick of winning”; that he brands his rivals ‘losers’.

It’s tempting to hold Trump up as an example of what happens when ego and power run amok, but perhaps those of us who abhor him notice in him a little of ourselves. Might it be helpful to put ourselves in his shoes, or those of any politician apparently blinded by the pursuit of victory? Or at the very least to ask ourselves how our own pursuit of success might sometimes have led us to wander from the path that actually feels most true for us – to sacrifice our values in order to achieve our goals?

In our culture, success and ‘winning’ have become synonymous. And for someone to win, someone else has to lose – thus we search for evidence of our success or otherwise by comparing ourselves to other people.  Our minds are constantly on the lookout for evidence that we are either ‘winning’ or  ‘losing’. “How much am I earning? How much am I earning compared to my friends? How good is my relationship? How good is my relationship compared to my friends? Am I hitting my targets at work? Are my colleagues hitting their targets?”

Not only are these markers of success by their nature comparative, they are totally external – based on things outside of us, over which we have at best limited control.

But here’s the thing.  When you actually ask people, none of this stuff actually matters to them. There is an exercise we have done in Conscious Leadership workshops in the past. We present people with 15 or so pictures of a diverse array of people who could be described as ‘leaders’ – from Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King, via Lady Gaga.  We then ask them to choose the one that they respect or admire the most, and to then discuss the qualities that particularly evoke that respect or admiration.

When we do this exercise with people the leaders they choose are always different, but the kind of qualities that are reflected back are invariably very similar. People talk about admiring kindness, humility, honesty, positivity, courage, perseverance. Vanishingly small are the occasions that people mention things like beauty, fame, youth, wealth, or power.  When we truly pause to reflect on what really matters to us these things do not even enter the conversation. And yet, these are the things that we judge ourselves on and often strive for on a daily basis, often at the expense of the stuff that does matter – our values.

Author and conscious business coach Fred Kofman @fredkofman talks about ‘success beyond success’. He talks about switching focus from the outcome of our endeavours to the process of endeavouring – away from what we achieve to how we are as we strive to achieve it. The measure of success beyond success is not ‘what did I do?’ but ‘to what degree did I uphold my core values as I did it?’ This is a success that comes not from looking at your bank balance, not from taking a seat in the House of Commons, but from looking in the mirror at the end of the day and feeling truly, authentically proud of the person you have been.

The beauty of success beyond success is this – it is 100% in your hands. No other person, no shift in the market, no external factor can influence it at all. It is completely independent of any outcome. If you were true to yourself and showed up at your best as you strove to achieve your goal, whether or not it was actually reached is actually immaterial.  Not, of course, that this means that goals in themselves are unimportant, they absolutely are – but from this perspective the achievement of goals becomes secondary to the pursuit of values.

This may seem like a radical shift, especially on the day of a general election. But regardless of the outcome, the campaign itself has shone a light on some changing attitudes in UK voters. When the election was called, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s personal approval rating was historically low – he was seen as fundamentally unelectable. However, over the course of just over six weeks it has risen dramatically. While he still has many vigorous critics, new supporters have praised what they see as his dignity in the face of media scorn, his comfort on the public stage, and his consistent adherence to a clear set of principles.

Especially amongst younger people these qualities set Corbyn apart from other politicians. They seem to see in him someone who has put ‘success beyond success’ above the will to win at all costs. That doesn’t mean that the sting of defeat will be any less acute for those who support him should – as polls predict – the outcome tomorrow is defeat for the Labour Party. But perhaps what is being built is a more sustainable vision of success in the next generation of leaders. A generation of conscious leaders, led by values rather than party politics, religious dogma, or the pursuit of the old trappings of ‘success’. Whatever the outcome today, this gives me hope.

Jon is an experienced training facilitator and performance coach, based in London and specialising in working with people around health, wellbeing and resilience. With a background in psychology, and health and social care, he now works with a range of clients within the corporate and the public sector. In recent years these have included Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, the NHS, local London Borough Social Services, and a number of high-profile charities.
His focus is on helping people to maximise their energy and enhance their motivation so that they can perform at their best at work and at home. @blueprintcoach

Biba Binotti, CEO, Global Warriors : The Leader Within

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Biba Binotti, CEO Global Warriors inspires leaders across the world to make a big difference.  The progressors, early adopters and challengers who dare to be different in order to make a big difference in their worlds – or the world! Leaders who inspire followership and evoke change through real, conscious and intentional relationships and impacts.

Watch Biba describe her inspirational journey and vision about creating a global conscious movement where leading is not just attributed to a title…but is  focused on finding the leader within… in everyone and everything.

Additional link: http://www.globalwarriors.co.uk/certainty-change-turning-tragedy-transformation-biba-binotti/

RECLAIM founder and the first Conscious Leader pro bono leader is recognised in Metro’s top 10 UK inspiring female activists and politicians

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27 April 2017, London, UK.   Ruth Ibegbuna, the founder of RECLAIM, an award-winning social action and youth development leadership programme across Greater Manchester has been recognised by Metro as one of the UKs most inspiring activists.

Ruth is also the first Conscious Leader from a Non Government organisation (NGO) to participate in the leadership programme as part of a pro bono scheme open to leaders from charities and non-profit organisations.

RECLAIM was set up in 2007 and aims to identify and support working-class teenage leaders within areas of social instability through education and empowerment.

The Conscious Leader programme, developed by Global Warriors, coaches leaders to create a sustainable future, not just of an organisation but the world – with heart.

About Global Warriors

Global Warriors Ltd vision is to change the world one leader at a time bringing heart and humanity back into the workplace, home and the world. They lead by example with their innovative team and leadership development programmes, workshops and trainings. Global Warriors has worked with many organisations, large and small, equipping 100’s of leaders of today to be the leaders of tomorrow in a world moving at an unprecedented speed and pace of change driven by digitization.

For more information please visit: http://www.globalwarriors.co.uk/

About Reclaim

RECLAIM is a youth leadership and social change organisation.  We are a small but bold charity, using our experience and platform to support and amplify the voices of working class young people.

RECLAIM was set up in Moss Side in 2007, to identify and support young leaders from an intensely pressurised community. Ten years later, the ideas, hope and resilience of the young people supported inspire every day. RECLAIM allows young people to develop their skills and potential and to build their pathway to make the world a better place for all.

For more information please visit: https://www.reclaim.org.uk/

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Conscious Leaders gallop towards authentic leadership

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At the core of authentic leadership is empathy, communication and consistency – big asks in a world with highly dynamic, potentially political and demanding environments. Finding a genuine leadership “mirror” giving us feedback which we can trust and explored can be hard to find.

Horses are masters of showing us how genuine we really are in delivering these skills. With horses you get what you asked for even if that wasn’t what you wanted!   They respond to what they are experiencing at any moment. They are not swayed by our “perceived” status or standing.  This means feedback is direct, clean and timely.

One of the most memorable parts of the Conscious Leader program is the “horse day” where we have the privilege to work with the best leadership coaches there are.  Partnering with A20 Coaching and their team including Phoebe, Floozy, Hector, Julia, Levi and JohnJo leaders are taken through a series of tasks to explore and play non-verbal communication, leadership roles and trust.

Cohort 30 allowed us special access to their recent day giving us a glimpse of the beautiful, humbling and fun experience with the equine coaching team.

I am a Global Warrior Profile – David Evans

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I am a Global Warrior – David Evans @allpotential

David is a team and leadership coach and professional development trainer.  He has been working with Global Warriors for over two years. As a leadership and team-development coach, David loves working with teams and individuals to assist them in creating a meaningful and positive impact in the world through their work, moving his clients to achieve and go beyond their aspirations.  He is a partner to Helen, and proud father of Reuben (2), Phoebe (5) and Imogen (16). He lives in Brighton, loves walking along the beach, yoga, cooking, reading and hanging out in one of Brighton’s many cafes.

 When were you at your happiest?  I am at my happiest when I am feeling fulfilled: spending time with my family, through my work and also activities such as yoga, meditating and sitting by the sea, near to where I live in Brighton.

What is your greatest fear? Hmm…although this may seem cliché, my greatest fear is fear itself and that fear hijack’s my life.

What is your earliest memory?  Ha, ha, ha, Mrs Zelli – my first teacher at school.  She was warm and affectionate, and a bit like Mrs Doubtfire – I remember feeling so welcomed and loved by her in our first class at school… and most importantly, I remember the Smarties she used to give us as a reward, especially the orange one’s – yummy!

Who do you most admire and why?  There isn’t one person in particular that I admire, I admire loads of people.  There are those of have been prominent leaders, such as J K Rowling, Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Nelson Mandella, and then there are the parents and families all around the world who are striving to bring up their children, and friends and family members who have cared for their relatives and partners in difficult times. So what I admire is people’s courage, and I see that in a lot of people I meet, so, I guess I admire nearly everyone I meet!

What is the quality that most irritates you about yourself?  I can be really impatient when I think I’ve got it and other people haven’t caught on.  And in reality this is my arrogance shining through.  It’s a work-in-progress for me, to be a little less arrogant every day.

Which book changed your life?  There are two books that have changed my life.  The first is The Tibetan Book of the Dead.  I came across this in my early 20s after my dad passed away (well the book found me: it fell off a bookshelf in front of me as I went into a second hand book shop in Alysbury).  I read this book over about 3 years, and it opened my mind to the magic of our consciousness, and that if we choose to, we can transform our lives to be anything that we choose.   The second book is the Alchemist, which I have read about 10 times.  Each time I read it I get something new and different, I identify with the different characters, for me it is a master piece of writing about having the courage to follow our heart and fulfill the dreams that are in our hearts.

What do you owe your parents?  My life! Without them I wouldn’t be here, and I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.  Thanks Mum and Dad!

What does great leadership look like?  For me, great leadership starts with self-leadership, and is the ability to feel in your bones and in your heart what you need to do, to feel your deepest dream and desires and then have the courage to follow them, no matter what.  Owning our own power, and taking full responsibility for our lives.  It’s my belief that from this place of self-leadership, we connect with others with an authenticity and integrity to share our dreams and inspire others to bring our collective dreams alive.

What was your worst job ever?  A bit boring – stacking shelves in supermarket.

What would you most like to change about modern day life?  For people to recognize that life is precious – no matter what.  And the gift of a human life is a magical, rare and that as a society we interact with one another as if that was true.

If you met an alien from outer space, what would you tell them about the human race?  That the human race is evolving, what they need the most is compassion, loving-kindness and love, and to be patient with them.

What area of life would you most like to see transformed by our conscious movement?  Our attitude to education – I would love for education to be something that we cherish as a culture throughout our lives, and that our education focuses on us reaching our full potential, through teaching compassion and loving-kindness, and that we are ‘rewarded’ in society by the personal transformation and growth that we make toward becoming deeply fulfilled and integrated in society.

What is your dream for humanity?  To be free and to create a global culture where everyone feels welcome, accepted and wants to be here.