Category: mentor

Growth Consciousness


Growth consciousness focuses on the journey rather than just the immediate goal.

“The greatest leaders are those who never consider themselves the finished article”

– my mentor Christian Simpson

Do you want
comfort ,
a challenge
or change ?

Growth is in the stretch.

The transformational journey is lifelong.

📷 Ye Fung Tchen

Who is in your circle?

Alejandro Escamilla
📷: Alejandro Escamilla


For more than 20 years I have been on a personal growth journey with John Maxwell mentoring me from afar via his books, CDs etc.

Now I am so fortunate to be mentored by John.

I was so glad I had pen handy when I was in the room with him in Florida. You see, words are powerful & creative.

So what did John say that day?

I see you as a transformational leader …someone who influences people to think , speak , act in such a way that it brings positive difference in their life and the lives of others

Sometimes you have to borrow another’s belief in you to get traction….that’s why it is so important who is in your inner circle.

I encourage you to take a moment today to intentionally audit who you allow to speak into your life.

Who do you learn from?

Who you learn from matters!

Contact me to discuss mentorship

Education and meditation

Ben White

Pic: Ben White

There are different forms of “education” available to us.

The Latin origin of the word education is “educo
It refers to a drawing out from within rather than cramming so much information in.

There is so much value in coaching, mentorship and meditation.

(The etymology of “meditate” suggests a chewing over or thinking deeply on something.)


I love how my mentor Christian Simpson articulates it:

“Evaluated experiences are life’s rich learning ground. They feed the soul. They’re the source of our growth, our “becoming”, our evolution and wisdom“

🔑Do you slow down in this fast paced world?

🔑Do you schedule time to draw out of your resourcefulness?

🔑Do you evaluate your experiences?

🔑Do you have a coach?

🔑Do you have a mentor?

🔑What is the unasked question?

To contact me for coaching, training, mentorship and playing the Leadership Game:

Clear the path!

Joe Gardner
Pic: Joe Gardner

You likely have heard the cliches “life is a journey” and “life is a marathon not a sprint“

Life’s “road” has it’s potholes and debris.

My mandate is to clear the path for long distance runners.

May your path be long and clear!

Here’s 3 considerations and keys for our journey:

1️⃣ Does your path lead to where you want to go?

🔑 In this fast life, slow down to intentionally evaluate your steps. Are they taking you closer to your desired destination?

2️⃣ Get clear on what you value, who you are, where you are, where you desire to be and who is running wth you.

🔑 Questions -> clarity -> success

3️⃣ Wouldn’t it be great if we could get the “heads up” on the upcoming potholes to avoid injury and go further with peace and prosperity ?


“Mentorship is success without the pain” – Dr Mike Murdock

To contact me for coaching , training , mentorship and playing the Leadership Game:


F. O. C. U. S.

Fixed Ocular Command Underpinning Success.


My determination of where I am going is fixed. How I get there is not.
“Be stubborn about the vision, be flexible with your plan”
– John Maxwell.
Is my focus monomaniacal?
Would friends call it an all consuming obsession?
Crazed maybe?


Seeing with my eyes and my imagination.

Seeing where I want to go with the knowledge of having seen where I already am and most importantly seeing who I am.

“You will never outperform your own self image”
– Maxwell Maltz
“Discipline equals freedom”
– Jocko Willink
Am I following up my intent with corresponding action?
Are my activities moving me closer to what I want to accomplish?
“When I’m old, how much would I be willing to pay to travel back in time and relive the moment that I’m experiencing right now?”
– Muneeb Ali
Is my definition of success clearly written out?
Not my parents’. Not my spouse’. Mine.
Not sure?
Here’s a start…
Is it simply goal getting?
How will it feel?
What will it look like?
Who will it impact?
📷: Danny Feng
F. O. C. U. S.
Fixed Ocular Command Underpinning Success.


Let’s play the John Maxwell Team Leadership Game!

As John Maxwell says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership”

I know you are on the path to become a great leader and add value to others.

I invite you to join me and other business leaders, professional speakers, and trainers as we experience the “John Maxwell Team Leadership Game.” I am excited to share this innovative and valuable tool with you to improve your organizational leadership skills. I am glad we’re connected because this game is only available to you through a John Maxwell Team member.

The Leadership Game is a fun and innovative resource based on the teachings of John Maxwell. The game will help YOU increase your leadership value within your organization or business. By playing this game, you will be able to raise the leadership awareness of your team, clients, and coworkers and introduce the timeless leadership principles that will bring about positive change through communication and connection!

Here’s what Leadership Game players are saying:

“I had the privilege of playing the Leadership game twice in the last year. Two things learned are that we are leaders in every aspect of life. Others are always watching. The other is that what others see in us may not be what we see. I felt inspired, encouraged and empowered to be more.”

-Nancy King, Senior Sales Director, Mary Kay Cosmetics

“Going into this game I did not know what to expect, but as it turns out I was super impressed with it and can’t wait to play it again. This game helped our team recognize our personal strengths and weaknesses, but most importantly it helped us get to know each other on a higher personal level. We even had some of our members walk out of the game feeling like they needed to invest more in their education and themselves to grow as individuals. Overall, I would say it was a great game!”

-Ricardo Benavides, Broker and Owner of Big Realty

By joining us and playing the “Leadership Game,” you can blaze a trail for your leadership path. Let John Maxwell and me help you on your journey.

Please contact me at to reserve your spot

Leadership rocked like a redhead! 2/2

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

– John C. Maxwell

In part 2 of this leadership interview, Aussie winemaker Jen Pfeiffer shares about mentorship, reading, her morning routine and how her wines’ cool labels came about…

Part one can be found here


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JE ; Your “Rock It Like A Redhead” brand has some really cool labels with the flowing ginger mane and David Bowie references. Tell us the story behind this.

JF: As a flaming redhead, I believe my red hair contributes to my passion for wine and my drive to succeed in the industry, so the red hair was something I wanted to express of my label.   I was searching the net one night for “images of redheads” and I found an image of a woman with flaming, flowing red hair.  I thought to myself, that’s it!  That’s what I want.  I immediately sent the image to my graphic designer who asked me if I had asked permission from the artist to use the image.  Not having done that, I contacted the artist – Riccardo Bessa – who promptly told me that no, I couldn’t use that image as it was an image of Florence, from Florence and the Machine.  Dejected, as I had loved that picture of Florence, I moped around the winery for a few days, until I thought, why don’t I ask Riccardo if he can produce an image for my label.  Fortunately he said yes, and the rest is history as they say……

In terms of the Bowie references, I was struggling to come up with names to differentiate the three different tiers within my range.  My friend Kylie said why don’t I just name them after some of my favourite Bowie songs… the Rebel, the Hero and the Diamond were all born.

JE: What does a typical first hour of the day look like for Jen Pfeiffer?

JF: I like to get to work around an hour before any of my team start, so I can plan and prepare for the day.  I like to be organized for my staff.  I think that’s really important in management.  We start with a team meeting each morning outlining what we need to achieve each day, then we set about doing it.

JE: Do you have a personal growth plan? Read non-fiction books? 

JF: I don’t have a personal growth plan – although this question is making me think I might need one!

I read more for escapism, so I prefer to read fiction or biographies on some of my favourite musicians (Bowie is of course at the top of that list!).

JE: Are you mentoring young winemakers? if so tell us about this experience or judging wines (and providing feedback)

JF: I certainly do mentor young winemakers – each year, we take on 4 young winemakers from Australia and abroad to work at the winery for vintage.  Depending on the stage of the professional development, some are just looking to gain more experience and make their own conclusions about why I make wine in the way I do, others are wanting more structured learning course with definite questions that require answers, for example – what happens if you don’t refrigerate a tank when it is fermenting? And some have a lot of theoretical knowledge but no practical experience, so need to learn how to operate pumps, clean tanks, etc.  ‘

I have found that I have become a lot better at this as I’ve gotten older – I have more patience, empathy and understanding of what they are going through, as I have been there myself.  There is no better feeling than seeing someone come out of the vintage a changed person, as they have grown both personally and professionally.  It’s very rewarding.

JE: Whats your favourite non-wine drink?

JF: Water during the day, and gin and tonic when the sun goes down.

To find out more or connect with Jen Pfeiffer check out her website