Describe ‘you’ in five words: Leader, Mother, Lover, Motivator, Teacher
Tell us a little about what you do… Tribunity’s purpose is ‘business and human empowerment’. We mentor and serve as business advisers to a cross-section of industry from Real Estate, Investment, Transport, Shipping, Retail, Mining as well as other small to mid-size businesses. We work with individuals and teams through workshops, group or one-on-one sessions. I corporate-speak on topics such as, leadership, mindset, communication, business ethics, workplace diversity and team engagement. After successfully retiring from my 24 years in International Shipping, a business turnover of $70 million, with a motivated team in excess of 300 in 14 branches spread throughout the Pacific, I wanted to take what I loved doing in business and share those skills with others.
Most important business lesson you’ve learned over the past few years? I would say – being myself, believing in myself, investing in myself and respecting myself. Authenticity and integrity go a long way in business and anyone taking shortcuts in these areas crashes eventually.
Why do you think it’s important to be mentored, and to mentor others in return? It’s egoistic to believe that an individual holds all the ‘best’ answers and that their thought process is clear from judgement and limiting beliefs, which is why as far back in history, we find kings, leaders, politicians, sportsmen etc.. I’ve invested in having a mentor (advisors, confidants). You have to find someone who has already excelled in the area you’re looking to excel in. They bring you to that destination faster and more efficiently by hedging on the lessons they’ve already mastered. The value in that should be the priority we place in ensuring we have the best mentors in our lives. The quality of our lives will be vastly improved and the people that we interact with benefit from learning from us.
Did you have a mentor who has helped you? Absolutely I have. From a very young age of 22, my business career had grown fast and I was very blessed to have found a mentor to guide me through a period which needed many challenging decisions. With the insights and thinking process that I learned through this time, I believe that the decisions I made from that time onwards had the greatest impact on my career achievements and the meanings I put on what my life was about.
Advice for aspiring young Gold Coasters who might want to follow in your footsteps… You don’t have to know what you want to be, but you have to be the best you can be. Know who you are, invest in yourself, believe in your dreams and abilities; help others succeed and always remember that life is an exciting adventure that starts with our attitude.
Fave coffee/dining/bar on the GC? Best coffee is equal between Elk in Broadbeach and Black Coffee Lyrics in Surfers. Best bar is Stingray at QT Surfers, and best dining is the company you’re with!