Here's a question: what are you doing?
No, really, what are you doing? What’s your purpose?
In addition to your skills and capabilities, you need to understand what you want, what you need, what you are good at, and how you are going to work with others, in order to succeed.
Whatever you are trying to achieve – and you may not know what that is (and that’s ok) – you do need to be guided by data, and an understanding of your impact on others, in order to make good decisions. You also need to be your best self, and enable others to be their best selves, in order to be of service to your stakeholders.
I would love to learn more about you. For now, you can learn more about me below. After you have a little poke around, let’s talk.
Here is something about me
Strategy consultant Executive coach
Entrepreneur & activist in the food industry
What I really do well
Coaching senior leaders
Developing senior teams that add value
Actively facilitate large groups in the public and private sectors to agree on ways forward
Write cook books
Teach critical thinking to undergraduates
Bring opposing sides together in a highly constructive way
My particular strengths
Empathetic and kind
Creative and original
Fearless and humane
Great baker of bread
Fun and funny
My work experience
Independent consultant and coach. 2005 – present
Social entrepreneur and food activist. 2010 – present
Professional baker. 2010-2020
Monitor Company: Partner. 2000 – 2005
Gemini Consulting: Principle, senior consultant. 1996 – 2000
Standard Chartered Bank: group strategy. 1993 – 1995
My qualifications include
Team coaching, Global Team Coaching Institute, 2021
Leading positive change through appreciation enquiry, Case Western Business School, 2017
Executive coaching, Tavistock Institute, 2005
MBA, London Business School (1993)
MA, University of Toronto (1988)
BA, McGill University (1987)
Some of my interests
- Writing books
- All you knead is Brad (2012)
- The Book of Buns (2014)
- Perfecting Sourdough (2016)
- Mexico – the World Vegetarian (2021)
- Traveling, eating, cooking & exploring
- Reading and listening – keeping up on the latest ideas
The Palliative Society – Buyng-Chuyl Han. Korean-born, German philosopher. Short books. Incredible thoughts. Read anything by him.
China Unbound – Joanna Chiu. An alaysis of China’s impact on the world order. Well written and to the point.
Harry Potter – JK Rowlins. Of course I read it years ago in English. Now I am reading it in Spanish.
The Untold Story – Genevieve Cogman. The most recent in The Invisible Library series. Fantastic fun.
Circe – Madeline Miller. Explores the Greek goddess’ search for her identity and explores important themes of loving of human frailty.
Stories of Trees, Woods, and the Forest – Everyman’s pocket classics. An anthology of work by authors inspired by trees.
All the Quiet Places – Brian Thomas Isaac. A story of ourselves and the other that we may find anywhere.
Baking with Dorie – Dorie Greenspan.
Koreatown: A Cookbook – by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard. Super book with most the high points of simple Korean cooking.
China Room – by Sunjeev Sahota. A story about the dangerous struggle for personal freedom within a hostile environment.
Free – Lea Ypi. An amazing account of a child’s experience of the end of communism in Yugoslavia.