In 2016, Bill moved on from being an experienced corporate leader and lawyer to become an executive and life coach. He lives with his partner Margi Brown Ash on acreage in Brisbane, where they raised their four children.
Bill's passion is gaining insight into how our conversations affect everything we think, say, and do; and how they enhance our relationships in our families, workplaces, and society.
Bill has grown his understanding of conversations and relationships through working in law firms and corporations in Brisbane, Sydney, Houston, Toronto, and Hong Kong; and before he became a parent, traveling to cities, towns, and villages in North and South America and Asia, engaging in conversations and forming relationships with people from all walks of life, cultures, and identities; and more recently joining in raising money for Oxfam through cycling in Sri Lanka.
To gain insights into the skills enabling us to have more effective conversations and grow our relationships, Bill pursued formal studying and training by:
-- Gaining a Master of Counselling at Queensland's QUT, focusing on strengths, solutions, listening, and collaborative practices.
-- Gaining a Graduate Diploma of Ontological Coaching at the Newfield Institute, understanding how the dynamic interplay of our language (listening and speaking), our moods and emotions, and our body (physiology and body language) inform everything we think, say, and do.
-- Working with the US based Jean Houston, a world leader in human potential.
-- Acting as a mentor/coach within the Wesfarmers Group (including being part of the indigenous and Women in Business programs) and mentoring programs for QUT, the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia, and Out for Australia.
-- Exploring how our stories inform our way of being through studying Narrative Therapy at Dulwich Centre, Adelaide.
With his experience and formal learning, Bill has written a one-stop-shop book offering user-friendly skills with personal stories, case studies, and exercises to help you have effective conversations in your family, workplace, and society; and grow and enrich your relationships.
Bill's book, Redesigning Conversations: A Guide to Communicating Effectively in the Family, Workplace, and Society, brings together many of the key learnings from books such as:
-- on listening: Kate Murphy's You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters.
-- on thinking: Adam Grant's Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know.
-- on emotions: Susan David's Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life.
-- on our mindset: Carol Dweck's Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.