It has taken me a long time to figure out what I really am interested and passionate about. After school I did some mission work, then did compulsory service in the defence force for two years, and thereafter found a job as an office cleaner in a cardboard factory. From there I went into the insurance industry where I was reasonably successful and desperately unhappy. Quitting in sheer desperation, I tried to start a business, failed miserably, and after several months of living on bread and potatoes, went back into insurance. I got a good pay-back from tax because of the period that I was without income, and used that to pay for the studies an exams to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. For a few years I was very happy working in the IT industry, became manager, and later national operations manager. I worked 7 days a week, 16 hours a day, leading the department to pretty astounding results, while also leading a youth group on the side for one of the largest churches in our city - and then promptly burnt out. I took a break, went to China, spent a year rediscovering myself, went back to "normal" work, began to do some management consulting and became strategic manager and later director of a non-profit organisation. From here I started lecturing at a business school part time, and later at an university. I found some opportunities consulting more in the international market - which brought me to where I am today, as change management coordinator for the China plant of an international off-shore company.
During all this time, I continually studied, and completed first a Bachelors in Management and then a Masters in Managing and Leading Innovation and Change.
I am fascinated by, and therefore incessantly read and write about the integration of design, purpose and calling with performance and success as a foundation for living a successful, fulfilling and meaningful life; and about the way this scales into the design, purpose, performance and success of teams, organisations, and societies.
22 May 2015
Xiamen, China firstname.lastname@example.org