When I am not speaking at conferences, advising on strategy or coaching leaders, you’ll probably find me on a nearby beach, mountain moto riding and sharing life with my devoted wife Johanna and our talented children.
My parents are both teachers. In my early childhood, we moved from Australia to New Guinea and California and then gradually back again, which resulted in me attending six different primary schools. Living in a remote Papuan village taught me a great deal about emotional intelligence, wildlife and tribal people. Our suburban home in Silicon Valley was less than 5 mins drive from where Amazon, Facebook and Google are headquartered today. At the age of seven, my father created a login for me on the Stanford University network, but I preferred to connect in person with my friends down the street. Not much has changed, I still prefer meeting and getting to know people in person. My people skills individually and in groups have been fine-tuned throughout my life and I enjoyed success in many leadership roles early in my career. At age 35, I found myself being called upon to advise, coach and speak to leaders and groups and support them both professionally and privately. I learn something new from each and every person I meet and I feel blessed to have been touched by thousands of people in my work. As a presenter, I have given over 1000 speeches in 12 countries on 4 continents. My speeches aim to inspire people to think differently and share ideas. These days my speaking role is less and less about being the expert, but rather I look more and more to uncover the incredible expertise already in the room.