International Leadership and Team Building Expert, Master Storyteller
The human skills of leadership explored through African animal fables to develop high-functioning people and teams
I'm a passionate storyteller, working with businesses and leaders internationally to help them develop high-functioning teams through improved corporate culture and employee engagement.
Professor Robert McKee said: “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world”. I believe he's right.
I share the lessons I've learned in a unique way - through African animal fables. My presentations and programs are immersive and experiential, taking audiences on captivating journeys of the imagination into the African bush on “Leadership Safaris”.
An ex-CEO and Managing Director, I interlace my animal fable presentations with anecdotes, examples and stories from my business experience and my unusual life journey through an upbringing and military service in war-torn Zimbabwe, personal tragedies, and fulfilling triumphs, to teach in a practical yet highly engaging way.
Each of my Big Five Leadership Territories focuses on a specific aspect of the "people" side of business, helping you develop high-performing teams, engaged individuals, and exceptional workplace cultures. Each territory can be delivered as a keynote presentation and/or a hands-on workshop or extended program.
I have lived and worked on three continents, founded my own successful advertising agency from which not a single staff member resigned in 7 years, and later, in Australia, led a large human services company through the merging of 12 separate organisations in a four year period, to achieve global top-tier staff satisfaction and engagement ratings only one year after the main merger.
I have degrees in business and psychology, literally thousands of hours of other study and reading, and am the author of “Leading for an Engaged Culture: How The Meerkats Formed a Family and Other Stories”, as well as a personal development book: “Purposeful – A Step-By-Step Guide to Finding Clear Direction in a Chaotic World”. My third book (a selection of my Leadership Safari fables with principles and tips for developing high-functioning people and teams) is due for publication around April 2023. I have also been published in numerous business magazines and have appeared on national radio and television in Australia.
I have worked around the world with some of the world’s biggest brands, including ANZ Bank, Caterpillar, Johnson & Johnson, P&O, Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever, and Young and Rubicam.