Where did your personal inspiration, entrepreneurial/leadership purpose come from – what shaped your views?
My inspiration for my path came from my background in sport and the urge to be better and win more, in my case to improve my own self-belief. I was a professional racing driver. Having found a way to do that for myself based on my psychotherapeutic studies and experience, I found that I could apply that in sport and I started to train others in sport first and then in business and other activities.
What’s the purpose of your organisation?
I have many organisations and activities. Business coaching is the overall simple definition, but my driving purpose is to make the world a better place than we misguided people turned it into starting at the industrial revolution with capitalism and consumerism. We must evolve to the stage of cooperation and grow up to stop competition in the workplace.
What have been your critical lessons learnt along your entrepreneurial journey?
Listen and understand what other people do and why, and then explore what they do well and what they have missed and seek the best ways to meet ones goals. Always be open to new ways, new thinking and new purposes.
What are the characteristics that in your experience entrepreneurs require now and in the future?
The thing that many people now need and lack most is whole system thinking. This is so essential in today’s complex world, we need awareness about the change, economics, environment, energetics, energy, food, water etc these are all connected problems and we need to understand how they connect and influence one another. Many people, especially leaders are afraid to explore and face the issues. They just think of themselves……….especially business leaders and politicians whose behaviour is often adolescent today.
What would be your 5 top tips for purposeful entrepreneurs?
- Grow up and get mature.
- Think and care for others beyond yourself.
- Look for new and better examples than the normal conservative fearful solutions.
- Be more aware of self and others and ones surroundings.
- Don’t be seduced by IT and its toy derivatives.
- People are more important, as are people skills.
- Think long term, future generations matter.
- Wisdom is far more important than academic knowledge.
- Be kind to others, kindness is love in action. I can say I love you, I must be kind, not just say it.
- Give up FEAR and begin to TRUST life.
“Kindness is love in action”
Sir John Whitmore PhD
Chairman Performance Consultants International
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