About Me

 

Environmentally sustainable business coach

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.”
– Federico Fellini

I’ve been helping people achieve their goals and dreams all my life.  As operations manager of Falcon Sailing in Greece I ran 4 fleets of yachts, villa accomodation and a sailing school.

As Head of the School of Performing and Screen Arts I helped the tutors and the students achieve their dreams whilst building the largest school of its kind in Australasia and contributing significantly to the growth and reputation of our institution.

As a business coach I have helped over 113 businesses make the changes they need to make to achieve growth targets even during times of recession.

How do I achieve this?

I am skilled at asking the right questions and saying things that clients may have heard many times before but never really ‘got’.  When I say it they seem to get the picture and understand the importance of doing what needs to be done.

I am committed to an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on our planet. I hold this value as the overriding principle of my life – but it was not always the case. I grew up in Northland New Zealand and had what I consider to be an idyllic childhood climbing trees, riding horses, camping, sailing and traveling. I moved through school without too many hiccups and found myself at university where I did not excel first time round. So I set off on the big OE. Almost 14 years later after many adventures, 25,000 nautical miles in yachts I returned to New Zealand where I found ample opportunity to work and explore what life had to offer next.

My path

Turning 40 I began serious personal development work and started to be coached, to attend workshops, write a journal, meditate and reflect. I expected to see changes, to notice differences in the world around me. What I experienced was quite the opposite in many ways. What I learnt and continue learning every day is the experiences don’t change, life continues to throw challenges my way on a regular basis. It is only what I do with the challenges and experiences that is changing. It is the way I choose to respond that makes the experience valuable and useful; it is in choosing responses and actions that I move towards my true goals and objectives that make the difference.

I have learnt that the choices I make come from my values and beliefs. Sometimes these choices move me toward my goals and sometimes away from them. And as I learn to respond more and more with the question  “what can or do I need to learn here?” I find that I am increasingly grateful for every challenge, every opportunity. Because when approached in this way each decision is such a valuable experience supporting my growth.
And now it seems that the world is a different place – kinder, more forgiving and more giving. I get more of what I want – everyday.

I have had wonderful adventures so far in my life, spending many years living on a yacht and sailing the oceans of the world, returning to New Zealand and building a school for the performing arts, creating and running my own businesses, being married and having two loving caring sons, living the lifestyle I desire on a small block of land with nature as my inspiration every day. But the thing that gives me the most fulfillment is knowing that I make a difference in the lives of the people I work with. And that difference is helping make the world a better place.

The time is right for you

Maybe you are feeling it is time right now to make some changes, learn about your values and beliefs and how to understand them. Click here and email me your most pressing challenge.

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”
– Lao Tzu

Working with structural tension (i.e. having a clear vision of the life I desire and where I am in relation to that vision) I begin to see just how much I have added to my picture of reality.

Beliefs, concepts and emotions all add layers of meaning to physical reality. But that meaning exists for me only – it has no objective existence. For example, the word ‘mother’ business’ has a complicated network of meaning for each of us. And attached to that meaning are beliefs about being a mother what a business is and being a good or a bad mother business.

Through becoming more aware of these artificial constructs I have become aware of how my beliefs and emotions colour my perception of events in my life.

And as I see through the constructs slowly I can begin to step out of my fabrications to experience the truth, spaciousness and possibilities of reality.

Even in 2011 with many of our global and local structures failing us, I see the possibility of discovering/creating/designing new ways of living an environmentally sustainable, spiritualy fulfilling and socially just life.


 

Bridget Marsh a painting with meaningThe poem below was on the wall of the bedroom in the farmhouse where I stayed as often as I could when I was growing up. I read it almost daily during my holidays as a young teenager. I understand its deep meaning more today than I did then – then it was a lovely poem about sailing.

“One ship drives east and another west
With the self same winds that blow
Tis the set of the sails and not the gales
That decides the way to go

Like the winds of the sea Are the ways of fate
As we voyage along through life
Tis the will of the soul That decides the goal and not
The calm or the strife”

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