One of the aspects of my work with Weaving Influence that I enjoy the most is getting to know the individuals who make up Team Buzz Builder.
Each person brings something unique to our work, sharing different lessons learned from the books we launch, and reminding me each and every time that we could not do it without them.
Today’s highlighted team member is no exception!
Meet John Thurlbeck!
Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for me, John. First question:
Why do you like being a part of Team Buzz Builder (TBB)?
I love the sense of community and of serving others. I believe that leaders lead by learning, by serving and by sharing. I like to lead by example and being part of TBB fulfills that for me.
What benefit do you think you receive from being a part of TBB?
Besides being part of a very diverse community, who also clearly love to serve, I get advance notice of new developments in the literature around leadership, and occasionally other subjects. I have a passion for leadership, so when a PDF arrives I am always excited to get the author’s take on their particular focus. It helps to stretch my thinking, challenge and refashion my perspectives and provides an avenue for me to share that with a wider audience. I also get some cool resources for promoting the books, which helps broaden the focus of my own social media activity and an ever-growing knowledge base that I might otherwise not have invested in.
If someone asked you why they should join, what would you tell them?
Why is simple – If you are keen to serve others to better develop our wisdom about the world of leadership, join now. Do it now! [U.S. | International] Leaders take action and this is one action you must take. If they need anything else, and they are interested in extending their personal connections with some of the leading characters in our field, this is definitely one way to do it! S. Chris Edmonds, Frank Sonnenberg, Ted Coiné, and Mark Babbitt are some that I am now closely connected with as a result of promoting their books.
Tell me about your work/family/life/hobbies…
I am passionate about developing people and enabling individuals, teams and organisations make transformational change. However, the real loves of my life are my soul mate and wife, Lesley, and our son, Jack. They are my first priority. We all share a huge passion for travelling. Les and I are heading to Bali in March and we are so looking forward to it!
In between helping people with transformational change, I write, I coach, I curate stuff, and I volunteer as chair of a voluntary youth charity. I will be bringing out a new blog in 2016, as I rebrand my business, and am currently writing my second book, which is focused on leaders and curiosity, building on nearly 40 years working with people in various settings.
My hobbies include travel, gardening, reading, meditation and keeping fit.
Connect with John Online
Book Website: http://www.energizeyourleadership.net/
Carrie Koens joined the Weaving Influence team in May 2012 and has held a number of roles, including three years as the Book Launch Director (a title she stepped away from in June 2016 in order to focus on the needs of her growing family), and she currently serves the team as a Writer and Consultant. An INTJ with a penchant for culture, book stores, Parisian cafés, Indian curry, British mystery shows, and her passport, you can find her on Twitter @CGKoens.