For more than 20 years, my passion has been to work with those who invent the businesses, lifestyles, tools and the culture of tomorrow—the people who create our world’s future.
During my childhood, my father owned a small fashion business representing numerous global fashion brands. Passionate as he was about his business, we as a family traversed the anxious ups and downs of regularly not being paid on time or in full.
I remember thinking, “There has to be a better way of running this business”, but my father wasn’t open to alternate approaches from a 12-year old.
When I eventually started my first business in 1997, one of Australia’s earliest professional coaching firms, we attracted an international niche of creative artists such as actors, writers, producers, inventors and entrepreneurs. While coaching these business owners—some already very successful and others struggling—I noticed that as we facilitated changes in their personal attitudes, something important happened: their business results changed, too.
I could see a direct relationship between our personal work and our clients making a genuine difference in the world.
After noticing this relationship, my team was eager to scientifically test my thesis that people’s motivations and attitudes influence their business outcomes.